What is this lump by my hipbone after tumescent lipo? It started squishy and now it has hardened to feel like muscle. (photo)
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A few thoughts
It may also be a residual seroma.
Seromas are fluid buildup that persists after surgery. They generally need to be drained with a needle and syringe in order for them to disappear. When they initially form, they feel like a squishy liquid underneath the skin.
Eventually, a capsule of scar tissue forms around the fluid collection.
This often feels like a firm mass later on.
An ultrasound would help determine if you have a seroma.
If you have medical insurance, you may want your plastic surgeon to order an ultrasound test to check it out.
When these are not drained early on, it becomes more and more difficult to have them removed without surgery down the line.
I suggest you continue to follow up with your plastic surgeon. If you don't get the care you need, then consider a second opinion or perhaps visiting your primary care doctor.
Hopefully this is something that will get better on its own.
Consider reposting on RealSelf if you need more answers or if things change.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
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Lump after liposcution
It seems like you have developed a hematoma (collection of blood under the skin). Only an in person exam and evaluation will be able to tell for sure.
I would discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon again, and if you are still uncomfortable with his explanation seek a second opinion with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area.