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Antibiotics in cosmetic surgery

Nowadays, undergoing cosmetic surgeries is common in our society. Some people are having buttock augmentations, tummy tucks, breast augmentations and many more. To minimize complications, surgeons examine anecdotal studies and peer-reviewed studies to figure out better ways. One of the things that surgeon do to avoid complications is giving patients prophylactic antibiotics. These are antibiotics that are given to the patient an hour before the person sleeps. Studies show that it decreases the chance of having a postoperative infection.

Though having an infection is not common after having a cosmetic procedure, both surgeons and patients should be careful and be aware of it. Cosmetic procedures are classified as a clean surgery, an elective not emergent surgery where there is no break in sterile technique and there are no organ fluids entered during the procedure. The risk of infection in this type of procedure is about 2%. Also, clean procedures constitute approximately 60% of all surgical procedures and account for approximately 40% of all wound infections. It is estimated that prophylaxis for clean procedures will reduce the overall incidence of wound infection by 17%.

Most of the time, antibiotics are provided through IV. These antibiotics can be given to cover broad spectrums of different bacteria, depending on the situation and location of the surgery. Staph aureus is the most common bacterium that causes infection. Know that there is a rising trend of bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotics like the MRSA which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. There are cases that even though you cannot see the bacteria on your skin, they are everywhere in the body. Giving the patient a good sterile technique, prepping the patient before surgery, and providing IV antibiotics have made elective surgery possible. It is a standard of care to provide you with IV antibiotics before surgery.

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