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Breast Lift Incision Infection

Breast Lift Incision Infection
Medically reviewed by Dr. Omar Tillo MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)

A breast lift can be an excellent way to treat the appearance of sagging or asymmetry in your breasts. As with any surgery, there is a slight possibility of infection at your incision sites, though this is rare.

This article will explore this topic in detail, as well as explaining how best to protect yourself from infection during the recovery process.

At the CREO Clinic, our double board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, has performed countless safe and successful breast lift procedures throughout his distinguished career. Book a consultation with Dr. Tillo today to learn more about breast lift’s many benefits.

Can You Get an Infection After a Breast Lift?

While it is an increasingly unusual occurrence, it is possible that your incision sites can become infected after your breast lift surgery. Establishments that carefully adhere to health and safety guidelines will minimise the risk of infection developing. 

In some cases, prophylactic courses of antibiotics may be given to prevent infection.

How to Know if You’re Breast Lift Incisions are Infected

There are some key indicators of infection at incision sites. If these appear, it is vital to inform your surgeon as soon as possible so that the infection can be treated.

Discharge From Incisions

Fluid discharging from the incision sites is a normal part of your breast lift recovery. However, if the discharge is green, yellow, or cloudy in appearance, there may be an infection.

Spidery Redness Around Incisions

Your recovery from breast lift surgery will naturally result in some redness. Still, a redness that spreads away from the incision in a spiderweb-type pattern could be evidence that the site is infected.

Swollen Incision Site

All healing incisions will show signs of swelling, especially in the early stages. If the swelling stays red well into the later stages of recovery, ensure your surgeon is aware as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Breast Lift Incision Infection

There are a few important steps you can take to protect your incisions from infection:

Ensure Your Plastic Surgeon is Qualified

One of the most important factors to consider in protecting yourself from potential infection is an experienced and highly qualified cosmetic surgeon. A skilled and qualified surgeon is more likely to take the necessary steps to minimise the possibility of an infection.

Thoroughly Clean Incision Sites

Your incision sites need to be cleaned regularly and thoroughly after your procedure. You may not be able to shower in the first 48 hours after your surgery, but you can clean around your incisions using a sponge bath during this time.

After the first 48 hours have passed, create a regular regime for cleaning your incisions to decrease the chance of infection.

Follow All Aftercare Instructions

Your surgeon will provide detailed aftercare instructions for your recovery, including the steps you should take to care for your incisions. 

Follow these instructions to the letter, as they have been carefully compiled to help achieve optimal breast lift results, and to prevent infections at your incision sites.

What to Do if Your Breast Lift Incisions Become Infected

If you are experiencing symptoms of infection, you should always call your surgeon immediately to assess your wounds. They will then be able to treat you accordingly, which may require a prescription of antibiotics

Is a Breast Lift Worth It?

The risk of complications such as infection following a breast lift is minimal, and the procedure can offer dramatic aesthetic and functional improvements, significantly boosting your quality of life. For many women, the many benefits of a breast lift make it an exciting prospect and a worthwhile endeavour overall.

Schedule a Consultation With CREO Clinic Today:

To discover how breast lift surgery could benefit you, book a consultation with Dr. Omar Tillo, the CREO Clinic’s highly respected body contouring surgeon. 

Dr. Tillo Will use his extensive expertise to create a personalised treatment plan, designed specifically to achieve your body goals and put you on the path to feeling more comfortable in the skin you live in.

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