I have fluid buildup from a tummy-tuck!

yet instead I am going back Tuesday for more possible drainage. Currently I have extra compression (washcloth) under my garment and have followed instructions to the "T", and it feels like a big setback. Today is week three (3) and I should be on the road to recovery,. Any hints or anything I can do?

Doctor Answers 4

Fluid buildup post tummy

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This can happen and may require several office visits to have it aspirated.Once in  a while you have to open it up and place a drain but this is not the case the majority of the time.

Seroma after tummy tuck

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Persistent fluid accumulation after a tummy tuck can occasionally occur.  Serial in-office drainages with a syringe is my preferred treatment.  Some surgeons prefer replacement of a drain which is also a good option.  I also advise my patients to wear their compression garments until the fluid accumulation resolves.  This will eventually resolve in my experience.  Good luck and be safe.

Stromatolites after an abdominoplasty

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  • Thanks for the question.  It is certainly possible to have some remnants of abdominal fluid after three weeks following an abdominoplasty .  Either limited aspirations through the skin or reinsertion of a othe drain would be recommended. Follow the advice of your local Plastic Surgeon for this guidance.
Good luck to you.

Frank Rieger M.D.  Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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May need new drain

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In patients that have prolonged drainage, sometime replacing a drain may be the answer to get the fluid to subside. Also injecting tetracycline into the pecked can help the tissue to stick down. We see this. 
Good luck,
Dr T

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