Based on your photo and description I think you are right to be concerned about fluid reaccumulating (a seroma). You should contact your surgeon for an assessment. You may need to have the fluid aspirated (removed with a needle) or, rarely, to have a drain reinserted. Neither is pleasant (!) but your recovery will be expedited with the appropriate intervention at this stage.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Thank you for the picture. If you had your drain removed and you developed swelling right after its removal I think you probably have fluid. This fluid needs to be drained. I will contact your plastic surgeon.
Earl Stephenson Jr MD DDS FACS
Inform your surgeon of your concerns for his evaluation and advise. Good luck! Dean Vistnes.
Based on your description, it could be a seroma and I would encourage you to return to your plastic surgeon for followup.
Your concerns are valid but it is very difficult to tell you if your situation is from normal swelling or from fluid collection with only a photo like this. You need to be examined, and I stress to anyone with questions like this after their procedure- best to contact your surgeon and ask them directly, as she or he will likely want to see you and make sure that you are both comfortable and that all of your questions are answered.
Best to return to your surgeon for a follow up examination. Does sound like fluid retention. Drainage could be needed...
After a tummy-tuck, drains are placed to allow any fluid that accumulates under the skin flap to come out. However, if after the drain is removed there is a sloshing feeling or fluid shift type of feeling (like a water bed) it can indicate that additional fluid has accumulated under the flap. Ordinary swelling just feels boggy, but there is no sensation of fluid moving around. If however you do have this fluid under the flap it is recommended that it be removed by drawing it out with a needle to speed up recovery from the surgery.
Please contact your board certified plastic surgeon regarding your concerns. Upon examination your surgeon will be able to address your concerns. Best of luck!
Hi and thanks for your question. Yes, from what you describe it sounds as if you may indeed have some fluid called a seroma. I'd advise that you make an appointment to see your PS. This can happen. It can be treated with aspiration with or without steroid injection that has been shown to reduce recurrence. In fact I now rarely use drains after a tummy tuck, since I use a combination. of internal suturing and a special internal fibrin glue/sealant. Wearing a compression garment can help. Good luck.
Any time a drain is removed and swelling then gets worse and worse a fluid collection can be building inside. Insertion of a drain may be needed and is a very quick procedure to have done and may be needed. See your surgeon to get assessed.