Hello. You should never had let a nurse practice a surgery on you, with the respect all nurses deserves, they do an excellent job in their area. Returning to seroma, clinically we realize if we have a seroma if we have what we call " liquid waves " . If it is a large seroma it should be drained by suction with a needle and then place a compression garment. At the same time we must always cover with antibiotics while this is resolved .
What to do with questions after #liposuction and #plasticsurgery
Thank you for your question about a possible seroma forming after your liposuction procedure. You should discuss this in person with your board certified plasticsurgeon as soon as possible for evaluation. If you have a seroma it will need to be aspirated and you will require new compression. Very best.
-Brian S. Coan, MD, FACS
Worried about swelling after liposuction
Thank you for asking about your liposuction.
- I am sorry your doctor is out of town -
- Seromas are unusual but can occur -
- Your surgeon would have another surgeon covering his practice.
- Call your surgeon's office and ask to be directed to the covering surgeon so s/he can check you for a seroma.
- Or ask the office to order an ultrasound of the area - it will show a seroma.
- If your surgeon is not a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon it would be better to see one because seromas, not correctly treatment, may not go away.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes.
Please go see a board certified physician who performs this types of procedures regularly to ensure you are okay. If there is a seroma, youd need aspiration, new compression, ultrasound/RF treatments regularly to ensure no scar tissue forms. Best, Dr. Emer.
A seroma will often present with swelling and a fluid wave in the area. Recommend examination by your plastic surgeon ASAP to determine if the area needs to be drained.
It is not possible to tell if you have a seroma without an exam. Even then it may be difficult to tell. I would not wait 10 days if you have a seroma; early treatment is better. Ask to be seen again on Monday.
If the nurse is not sure either, ask if there is a covering physician who could evaluate.
Seroma after liposuction is extremely rare.
Seroma after conventional liposuction is almost unheard of. When laser or ultrasound are used as adjuncts it is more often seen. It is not an emergency but your own surgeon should have a colleague available to check you if there is concern.