Ask a doctor

Fluid Pocket, Burning Sensation, 2 Weeks After Smart Lipo

Im 13 days after smartlipo in my abs, flanks and axila/bra area and 5 days ago I developed a big wavy pocket next to my belly button the size of a cd, when I put the binder I had this burning sensation, it was drained out at the doctors but it came back yesterday, not as big but giving an awful look to my stomach, why is this happening? I have very painful lumps on the bra area and wearing no spanx but no fluid there.

Doctor Answers 3

Continue to see your doctor until this resolves.

This may be a seroma which is a pocket of fluid that sometimes occurs following liposuction.  If you doctor is  a skilled and experience in performing many cases of liposuction and SmartLipo, he/she will know what to do for you.

Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

440 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Fluid Pocket, Burning Sensation, 2 Weeks After Smart Lipo

This is a very rare complication following Smart Lipo. Seroma formation needs aggressive aspiration or even insertion of a drain to help correct. I also advise my patients to stop the compression. I see this more with VASER lipo than Smart Lipo. Did you have a VASER component also? Best of luck. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

6330 Manor Lane
Miami, FL 33143


You have a small seroma that is having trouble healing.  Your doctor needs to continue to monitor this and this will delay healing, but if you are compliant, the results should not be compromised.

Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD
Bay Area Dermatologist
4.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

360 Rose Ave
Danville, CA 94526

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.