Implant infection. Any suggestions?

I had 520 cc silicon implants removed and replaced with 415cc. Within a few days of my procedure my incision opened. A week later i develope a 104 fever and blood preasure dropped 60/40 and i hospitalized. It was determined i had an E.coli infection in both of breast. Implants were removed and I'm feeling much better. It now been 4 weeks since the removal, how long do i have to wait before getting the implants put back in?

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Implant infection. Any suggestions?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. The breasts may lose their elasticity and firmness which can be caused by different factors such as pregnancy, massive weight loss, lactation and aging. To reaffirm the breasts and restore the natural look your surgeon can perform a mastopexy or breast lift. A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively. By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast, Actually the perkiness on a person or another, depends on patients skin and breast tissue… Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer. One of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures.


Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Implant infection

While every physician is different, I agree with the sentiments below. An active infection must be cleared and the tissues must reach equilibrium before re-implantation. This can take anywhere from 2-6 months depending on how you heal.

Asaf Yalif, MD
Roswell Plastic Surgeon
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Implant infection. Any suggestions?

I'm sorry to hear about your infection. I usually have patients wait 3 to 6 months before reaugmentation. If you perform the procedure too soon, bacteria still present in your tissues, but not causing an infection can flare up and cause another infection. Realistically, the longer you wait ( closer to 6 months), the less likely you are to have another infection. Good luck

Implant infection. Any suggestions?

Generally speaking, any time there is any type of infection or implant exposure where the implant must be removed, patients must wait a minimum of 3 months before continuing with a replacement surgery. 

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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