Infection After Breast Augmentation

Infection is a risk after any type of surgery, breast augmentation included. They can occur shortly after surgery, or years down the road, although the latter is very rare. In rare circumstances, infection can result in TSS, or Toxic Shock Syndrome.

In the United States, surgeons usually give prophylactic antibiotics via IV either during surgery, or afterward, as well as prescribe antibiotics to be taken for at least 10 days after your surgery as a precautionary measure. Even with antibiotics, infections can occur, although they are fairly rare.

If you get an infection that does not respond to antibiotics, your breast implants may need to be removed, at least until the infection has been taken care of. Afterwards, you can be re-implanted.

Signs of Infection

There are several signs of infection, so be sure to familiarize yourself with them so that you know what to look for. Infections can come on very rapidly.

  • Fever of 101° or higher
  • Swelling of the breast that is not a normal amount of swelling
  • Breasts that are hot to the touch
  • Breasts that become more and more painful
  • Flu-like symptoms such as body aches and pains