With any surgical procedure that is done
today - there is always a small risk of the possibility of an infection
occurring. An infection can become noticeable within 7–10 days postoperatively;
however can usually noticeable at any point following surgery.
cellulitis around the
incision and the actual breast
Most surgeons, if they suspect an infection will
take a swab of the actual drainage and send it to a laboratory for
typing, so they know firsthand what type of antibiotics will target the
specific infection. Caught early enough – most patients will only
need to have antibiotic therapy without any surgical intervention.
However, if the infection is bad enough, then the implant might be
removed until the infection clears up on its own. If the implant
needs to be removed following an infection, typically it is replaced
within a 3-6 month time frame.
These two strains of bacteria are common
because staph lives on our skin at all times.
If the implant is not removed, sometimes
an infection in an affected breast can result in capsular contracture
later on. During the surgical procedure, you will normally get an
IV of antibiotics to help fight off any potential infection, but it is
very important that the patient takes extreme care of the surgical site
Important things to remember are not to submerge your incision into a
tub full of water or to get the incision wet in a Jacuzzi/swimming pool
– until your own plastic surgeon has released you to do so. The
incision usually needs to be completely closed and healed before any of
these activities are considered safe.
Not touching the incision with your hands will help tremendously with
keeping the surgical area sterile. Do not apply scar treatments –
lotions – and or oils to the incision until your own plastic surgeon has
told you it is safe to do so. Bacteria can reside in some
ointments, so keeping the incision dry and free of anything foreign is
in your best interest.
transaxillary incision, your
plastic surgeon will also tell you when it is best to start using
deodorant again. Do not apply deodorant while the incision is
still open and healing, as this is a way of introducing bacteria into
the surgical site.
Make sure you finish your complete prescription of oral antibiotics.
Even though you might think you will not need them all, you need to
finish the prescription in its entirety.