How Long Does It Take to Stop a Seroma From Draining After Surgery for Silicone Implants?

I am 3 weeks postoperatively silicone. After the first week, developed a large seroma and my doctor would not drain. In 15 days drained spontaneously through the scar, and now I have to try to drain help decrease the amount of liquid. How long does it take to stop seroma to drain and heal?

Doctor Answers 14

Drainage and seroma after breast augmentation

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Seroma is a late problem after breast augmentation, and over many years we have never seen one after three weeks. Drainage is a very serious situation that implies an implant infection until shown otherwise. Keep in close contact with your surgeon.

Best of luck,


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Seroma post augmentation is rare and should be treated aggressively

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The reason for the seroma can be infection,blood cloth and too big a pocket. The drainage of the seroma to outside has high risk of infection. The options are placement of drainer and oral antibiotics. You are at high risk of capsular contracture even if seroma resolved by the drainage. If no response you may have to remove the implant and replace it after 3-6 months.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

Post-operative Seroma Formation

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Significant fluid collections following breast augmentation should be investigated aggressively. It's unusual for patients to have isolated seromas following breast augmentation surgery. In most cases, this type of problem is related to either post-operative bleeding or infection. For this reason, re-operative surgery is usually necessary to determine the cause of this problem and treat whatever condition is found.

For these reason, it's important that you consult your surgeon as soon as possible. Under these circumstances, re-exploration will probably be necessary. If infection is found, there's a strong probability that treatment will require implant removal and systemic antibiotics.

Treatment of seromas

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Spontaneously draining seromas a month after breast augmentation makes me highly suspicious of an infection. You probably will not like it but your best bet is to remove the affected implant for 3 to 6 months before placing another one with a course of antibiotics starting yesterday. The end result will be better than ending up with a chronic infection that intermittently responds to antibiotics but eventually leads to bad capsular contracture.

My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.

Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Seroma after implants

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Seroma formation after breast augmentation is very unusual, but can happen.  It is very important that you follow closely with your surgeon to ensure that there are no signs of infection.  


Good Luck.

More aggressive treatment needed!

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As you may gather from the other comments, a much more aggressive approach is necessary. The pocket needs to be cleaned, drained and closed. A new implant may be necessary as well. The consequences of a delay may be a serious infection that could require implant removal. See your doctor!

Brian Klink, MD
Vacaville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Seroma draining after breast augmentation

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My concern would be with infection of the implant if you have an open draining portion of the incision that is communicating with the space around the implant and the implant itself.  In this very unusual scenario I would take my patient back to surgery, excise the portion of the incision (or in effect the whole incision) where there is an opening, place a suction drain, and get a good closure of the incision.  Discuss this with your surgeon.

Seroma after a breast augmentation

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Seromas are a very frustrating problem because they can take a long time to resolve.  The main concern right now is that you have an increased risk of infection because bacteria can potenitally get inside through the leaking hole.  Placing a drain and a compressive dressing is the best option right now.
Martin Jugenburg, MD

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 517 reviews

Seroma after breast augmentation

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Seroma after augmentation is unusual but can happen.  My main concern is for the area that is draining  not exposing the implant and causing an infection.  How long it drains is variable.  You should be on antibiotics.  Confer with you board certified Plastic surgeon.

All the best,

Talmage J. Raine MD FACS 

Talmage J. Raine, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Post op Seroma

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This is a difficult problem and without further information there is no easy answer. There is a concern of possible infection of your implant. do you have a fever. Has  a culture been done. An ultrasound could be helpful to identify where and how much fluid is present. the longer this persists the greater the chance of infection and the need for implant removal.

Richard Linderman, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon

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