Seroma or Normal Swelling After Breast Augmentation?
- Asked by KK in PA in Hershey, PA
- 4 years ago
How can you tell the difference between a seroma and normal swelling? I have an area of puffiness over my right breast, and the area is numb. But it is squishy, not hard like typical swelling.
It has been two weeks since my Breast augmentation surgery. Also, my right implant still sits higher than my left.
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Seroma is uncommon
In term of the implants falling. I have all of my augmentation patients wear a bra that has a strap that goes over the breasts forcing them to fall. I have patient wear this bra for 3 weeks after the surgery. I have never had implants not settle with this bra. Without it they can continue to ride high. Ask your surgeon for one or buy one off the internet.
Seroma or swelling
It can be difficult to differentiate between the two. Early on there is likely a little of both and as you heal both should improve. Swelling that starts later on in the recovery, months after surgery, is much more likely to be seroma as opposed to swelling.
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Seroma or Swelling after breast implant augmentation
Your plastic surgeon is the best person to distinguich a seroma from swelling in the early post-operative period.
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It may be difficult to tell by physical exam alone. If there is a concern, an ultrasound may be helpful. The question would become, what to do with it? The numbness is more likely due to surgery.
This may be normal
Only your surgeon will know if this is normal or something to be concerned about. Go back for a visit to be checked. If unclear, an ultrasound can be done to look for fluid around the implant that could represent a seroma or resolving hematoma.
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See you plastic surgeon for an evaluation
If your swelling is asymmetric or more on one side than the other, you should make an appointment with your plastic surgeon. It is not uncommon for one implant to settle at a different rate than the other and usually time and or massage will help this. An ultrasound would be a helpful study if your plastic surgeon is concerned about a seroma forming.Take care.
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You'll need an exam to distinguish seroma from swelling
Without examination, at this stage it is not easy to say. Your surgeon might be willing to order ultrasound, but hopefully after exam, with or without ultrasound, that could be differentiated.
Implants and swelling vs seroma?
At 2 weeks, it may difficult to tell. Is the squishy sensation the saline implant? If it is gel implant than it is a different story. It is best to be evaluated by your surgeon. He may wan to get an ultrasound to be sure.
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