Tummy tuck question.
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Ball-shaped Lump Under Breast
Hello and thank you for your question. Photos would help to see the issue and provide more detailed information, but in general it could be the healing process if your procedure was within the past few months. Swelling can persist for several months and will gradually improve and will look better at three months, six months, and even one year. If it has been longer than this then it would be a good idea to return to your surgeon with the issue and have the area examined to make sure that everything is healing properly or if there is something, possibly excess fat, that needs to be removed from your upper abdomen from under the breast.
Revision surgery is unusual but may be desired for several reasons. Most revisions should be done after 9-12 months. One cause for revision surgery are “dog ears” at the ends of the incisions. These are small folds of excess skin that do not flatten over time. They can be excised, suctioned or both. Excess fat or loose skin may require liposuction and skin excision to obtain the best result. A direct follow-up visit with your surgeon would be best to determine the most helpful resolution. Good luck!
What you are describing could be a serum or fluid collection, residual fatty tissue, gathered tissue from incomplete release, none of which can be confirmed without a proper examination. I would encourage you to seek a follow up exam.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Ali Mosharrafa
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Sorry to hear about this. I will take a guess (no photo) that the ball like lump is located in the upper abdomen just below the breast bone. Given that, and the fact that you had lipo, my guess is that the flap in that area was not released enough from the muscle layer. When the muscle layer was tightened at the midline, the overlying tissue was brought in causing it to rise up.
Depending on the presentation as well as time since surgery, you may or may not expect significant improvement.
All the best.
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