Signs of infection after breast lift

Signs of infection after breast lift

18th Dec 2018

The breast lift can restore the beautiful appearance of the breasts for women confronted with breast ptosis. Breast ptosis or sagginess can occur early or late in life, depending on a wide variety of factors; however, most women are confronted with this issue by the time they reach 50 years old. The breast lift, also called mastopexy, can be performed on women of different ages. The procedure can be done with or without breast implants, depending on the desires of the patient and the recommendation of the plastic surgeon.

The breast lift is a procedure that can be performed in more than one way. In other words, depending on the physical characteristics of the patient, the level of mammary ptosis, the desires of the patient and the skills and experience of the plastic surgeon, the doctor will choose the surgical plan.

What happens during mastopexy is that the plastic surgeon will have to make one or more incisions. The mammary gland will be re-entered and repositioned in a natural position on the chest wall, the excess skin and fat tissue are removed, and the incisions are sutured. The only thing that is different is the surgical approach or the position of the incisions. When we have three incisions—usually around the areola, in the inframammary fold and going vertically from the areola toward the inframammary fold—the incisions will take longer to heal and the recovery process takes longer as well.

The breast lift also has risks, not only benefits. Among these risks, developing an infection is a significant one, and the patient needs to be aware of it as the incisions can be quite long. This means that considerable care and attention must be given to maintaining the area clean and disinfected until the surgical wounds heal. Otherwise, an infection can occur during the recovery period.

When a patient goes under the knife for mastopexy, the plastic surgeon should take serious precautions to prevent infections. Even if all protocols are followed, infections could still occur after the breast lift. If the breast lift was performed with implants and the patient is confronted with high fever, chills, nausea, a lack of appetite and the breasts are swollen and painful, there might be deep tissue infection. To treat this, an additional intervention might be required to remove the implants for at least six months.

Other signs of infection at a more superficial level are pus flowing from the surgical wounds or the swelling and purplish appearance of the incisions. Antibiotics are the treatment in case of infection, and the patient should seek medical help as soon as possible after experiencing the first signs of infection.

To prevent infections, some plastic surgeons will administer antibiotics during the breast lift and prescribe antibiotics for five more days after the procedure.

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