Post Surgery Care

Infection After Plastic Surgery

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Dealing with Plastic Surgery Infections

Every medical procedure involves certain risks, even plastic surgeries and other cosmetic procedures. Plastic and cosmetic surgery is done to enhance a person’s physical appearance, not for medical purposes. However, it still involves skin incisions and therefore, also involve dangers. Our skin acts as a natural barrier against lots of bacteria, and any opening can be prone to infection.

What can you do to avoid plastic surgery infection?

To avoid infection, choose the right doctor and skin care clinic. Make sure that your plastic surgeon is experienced and qualified. As per the advice of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), your plastic surgeon should be board-certified.

Do your part and follow their instructions, so you can prepare for your procedure properly.

Are you a smoker? If your doctor tells you to quit, even just for a while, then do it. You need to be at your healthiest when going to the operating table. Your immune system should be able to protect you at all costs.

Post-Plastic Surgery Infections

Infections from plastic surgery can make someone terribly ill. It can also make a huge impact on the procedure’s outcome. For instance, when an incision becomes infected, it will not heal properly and leave a scar. This is an unexpected result after a cosmetic treatment, since of course, you would want to enhance your appearance, not get a new scar.

An infection from a tummy tuck procedure may require the incision to be reopened. It needs to be reopened to drain the infected fluid or pus. This, in turn, will result to a noticeable scar.

When it comes to chin and breast augmentation, if the infection manages to spread to the implant from the incision, then, the implant may have to be removed. It can take 3 to 6 months before a new implant can be placed.

Pre-Surgery Precautions

How can you prevent infection? Preventing plastic surgery actually begins even before a plastic surgeon makes the first incision. The surgery room needs to be sterilized and cleaned. Aside from that, the doctor and staff members should be properly dressed with their surgical attire—complete with gloves, face masks and scrubs.

The areas of your body which will be operated on should be prepped with an antiseptic.

Just in case bacteria still finds their way into your body, then maybe it’s not a problem. Most of the time, our body’s own defense mechanisms can defeat these invaders even before they settle and multiply.  

At the end of the day, the risk of infection after a plastic surgery for many patients is only about 1%. Please note that some people are more susceptible compared to the others. If a person is a smoker, has diabetes, or takes in steroids, then there is a higher risk of infection.

Look for the Signs and Symptoms of Infection

After your plastic surgery, it’s crucial to be on the lookout for signs of infection.  

Make sure to contact your surgeon immediately if ever you experience any of the following:

  • A fever higher than 101.5 F
  • A lot of pain at the incision site
  • Severe redness at the incision site
  • Increased warm feeling at the incision site
  • Any foul odor from the incision site
  • Discharge coming from the incision

If you develop an infection, your doctor would prescribe an oral antibiotic. In case a more drastic approach is needed, the incision will be drained and open.

A severe infection would require you to get hospitalized, so you can properly receive intravenous antibiotics. This, however, is rare after a plastic surgery.

At the end of the day, you just need to follow your plastic surgeon’s advice and instructions. Then, you will be okay, and you will get the result you’ve always wanted.