Could this be swelling or fluid after my tummy tuck? (Photo)
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Post Tummy Tuck
Could this be swelling or fluid after my tummy tuck?
Fluid or swelling 17 days after tummy tuck?
Did you have a drain or drains? Did your surgeon check you several days after your drain removal to see if any seroma accumulated? If not, make an appointment soon, as persistent seroma can inhibit healing and prevent adherence of the skin flaps to the underlying muscle layer.
Binders, girdles, or Spanx will not make a seroma go away, but your surgeon can aspirate it easily and painlessly (if indeed you have a seroma). If you do, it may take more than one aspiration, but the collection of fluid will gradually diminish and be done. BTW, this is why the drain(s) should not be removed too early, and why some surgeons who do not use drain(s) have seromas in their tummy tuck patients.
Call your surgeon and be seen; this is the only way to figure out what is going on, and plain old swelling could indeed be all that is happening. Go find out! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen