Disfigured after explanation due to infection; is this permanent? (Photo)
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Disfigured after explanation due to infection; is this permanent?
Personally, I think that the management of breast implant infection and/or exposure situation needs to be individualized. In most cases, patients are best served by removing the breast implant involved, with the goal of breast re augmentation many months subsequently. Ultimately, timing of the re operation is best individualized depending on the clinical/microbiology findings.
Factors that I use when deciding when to return to the operating room include: the nature of the infection present initially ( superficial versus deep, microbiology results…), how well and/or quickly the patient's tissues "heal" after removal of breast implants, the patient's physical examination with emphasis on softness/pliability of the patient's tissues… Generally, if in doubt, best to undergo breast re augmentation later rather than too soon.
Keep in mind, what I have described is based on my personal experience/opinions. your plastic surgeon, having the benefit of knowing your history and current situation, will always be your best resource. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be pleased with longer-term.