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Breast Implant Infection

Infection is rare following breast augmentation but may occur with wound breakdown, infection elsewhere in the body, trauma and we have even seen with insect bites on the breast. Curiously, we once saw a breast implant infection from an insect bite on a woman and arm. If minor, antibiotics may correct a minor infection while if not minor the implant will need to be removed and replaced at a later date. The problem with even minor breast infections is that capsular contracture usually forms following an infection. The best advice is to catch infection early and treat with antibiotics.

If an implant exposure is found the safest course is to remove the implant and let the tissues heal, then replace the implants. We generally wait at least 3 months after infection or exposure to replace implants. Replacement surgery often entails capsulectomy and if the skin is very thin, reinforcement with Strattice.

 

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