How can you reduce drainage from a seroma after liposuction?

I underwent an aggressive (as per my PS) inner and outer thigh liposuction 2 wks ago (I'm 5'11, 215lbs). I had 3L of fat removed & I was not under anesthesia for the process. I flew 6 days post op (5hr flight) & removed my stitches at day 7 post op. After the sutures were removed, I had very heavy drainage from the back of my thighs. The drainage has reduced slightly but what I can do to speed the process? I leak through my clothes daily. Any advice is appreciated as my dr. hasn't been helpful.

Doctor Answers 3

Persistent drainage after aggressive liposuction

Thank you for asking about your liposuction drainage.

  • It isn't clear what is going on.
  • It sounds as though you did not drain until after your flight.
  • If you had a seroma, one would expect it to be evident earlier
  • You first need an examination - by another plastic surgeon if not your own.
  • A seroma would need drainage -
  • But it sounds to me as though you may have an infection from the long plane flight.
  • So first a diagnosis of the problem - then the treatment!
  • Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes, Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD

Post Liposuction Pain/ Swelling -- Start Venus Legacy, Vanquish, Exilis Ultra, Massage, Cellutone/Z Wave

I suggest lymphatic massage and RF treatments. we do this from the first week after the procedure.  Compression is essential.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 168 reviews

Seroma after liposuction

First you  need a diagnosis. By your description you

may just be eliminating some of the fluid that accumulates

as swelling after the procedure and not a seroma. This 

should be improving daily. I suggest to contact your plastic 

surgeon share your concerns and follow his instructions. 

Best wishes.

Fernando Colon, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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