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Could this be swelling or fluid after my tummy tuck? (Photo)

I am 17 days post op and my tummy appears to be extremely swollen. Do you think I have swelling or could this be fluid on my belly?

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Swelling vs seroma

Swelling is common up to 6-8 weeks post op depending on activity level and binder use. Drains usually reduce seroma (fluid) formation and are left in until the drainage decreases, typically 2 weeks.  Women that drink a lot of water or have low protein or anemia are more prone to fluid collection.  I recommend my patients have minimal activity and wear a tight binder for up to 6 weeks for maximum results.

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Post Tummy Tuck

It is common for your to have swelling and fluid retention this early in the healing process. It can easily take 3-6 months to see results. Follow up with your doctor for his advice and evaluation, fluid build up under the skin would require an in person examination. Good luck! Dean Vistnes.

M. Dean Vistnes, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling vs. Seroma after an abdominoplasty

Difficult to know if this is swelling of your soft tissues or a seroma or collection of fluid under the skin.  If you feel fluid moving back and forth when you turn it may be a seroma.  Any questions see your plastic surgeon.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Could this be swelling or fluid after my tummy tuck?

Only IN PERSON examination would allow a guess to if there is retained fluid... Also did you try weight loss prior? 

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