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Tummy Tuck, Post Op Day 5, Bit of Fluid?

Hi I had a drain less tummy tuck 5 days ago. My tummy is flat and looking good but I have noticed a small amount of fluid like quishing between my belly button and cut. The area is about the size of my palm and is not too raised is this anything to worry about and what is it? Many thanks

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Edema following drainless tummy tuck.


From your description given, the swelling sounds like fluid.  I suggest you contact your surgeon.  Usually, aspirating the fluid out depletes the sensation of fullness and swelling.  You should keep strict compression on the area after aspiration so the pocket will adhere and heal.Thank you.

Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Fluid after tummy tuck?


There is always some fluid somewhere after a tummy tuck.  Some come out, and some needs needle aspiration.   No big deal.  Drains for a few days eliminate some of this but not all.  Drain or no drains are fine.  You will be fine.  Let you TT surgeon know  about this and get his advice please.  MY best,  Dr C

George Commons, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Tummy Tuck, Post Op Day 5, Bit of Fluid?


From your description, I suspect there may be fluid collection (seroma). Often these are addressed by aspiration, but it will your surgeon's decision. A call for an appointment is the next step. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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What you are experiencing is perfectly normal.  Follow up with your Plastic Surgeon, as he may need to do needle aspiration.  There is always a little fluid after a Tummy Tuck.  Nothing to worry about. 

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