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What happens when infection and bleeding occur after breast augmentation?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Breast augmentation has the standard risks of infection and bleeding. Infection is rare but when it does occur, it may require removal of the implants. The body simply cannot fight infection efficiently if a foreign object is present. Many plastic surgeons are reluctant to replace implants in a patient who has developed an infection. Bacteria lie dormant in scar tissue for a long time, and a second infection may be provoked by another operation. Most plastic surgeons will not replace the implants for at least six months.

Bleeding is not common after this surgery, but it can be dramatic if it does occur. Blood clots in the legs, clots spreading to the lungs, punctured lungs, and death have been reported with this procedure.
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