It is not normal to have redness and tenderness one month after a breast augmentation. Both of these symptoms are suggestive of infection. Your surgeon is probably trying to salvage the implant with the courses of antibiotics that you are taking. Close follow up with your surgeon is critical until the implant declares itself. A sonogram may help the diagnosis. Kenneth R.
Possible problems after mastectomy
Blog about mastectomy and breast reconstruction - BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: YOUR RIGHT. YOUR CHOICE
Many women who have a mastectomy—surgery to remove an entire breast to treat or prevent breast cancer—have the option of having the shape of the removed breast rebuilt. Women who choose to have their breasts rebuilt have several options for how it can be done. Breasts can be rebuilt using implants saline or silicone. They can also be rebuilt using autologous tissue that is, tissue from elsewhere in the body. Sometimes both implants and autologous tissue are used to rebuild the breast. Surgery to reconstruct the breasts can be done or started at the time of the mastectomy which is called immediate reconstruction or it can be done after the mastectomy incisions have healed and breast cancer therapy has been completed which is called delayed reconstruction. Delayed reconstruction can happen months or even years after the mastectomy.
Infection After Breast Augmentation
Women undergoing breast reconstruction top the list of patients at risk for surgical site infections. This is an especially traumatic fact given that many of these women have undergone a mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis. Due to the potential of infection, these women must wait until after they undergo radiation treatment to get the reconstruction. Surgical site infection is the leading cause of death in women after breast implantation. Breast implants are used in two types of cosmetic surgery.
The major signs of a surgical site infection are pain, fever and changes in the appearance of the incision and surrounding skin. Infection after surgery can lead to more pain, prolonged time in the hospital, readmission to the hospital and, in rare cases, life-threatening illness. By knowing the signs and symptoms, however, and looking at your incision regularly, you can help boost the odds of early detection and prompt treatment of any infection that might occur.