Is a Pretty Large Hard Area a Sign of a Seroma 8 Days PO on Submental Liposuction?

I'm 35 years old and had submental liposuction 8 days ago. The stitches came out on day 5 and at that point I wasn't concerned as there was a good deal of swelling. As I've progressed, the swelling is significantly better on my left side but my right side has a very large, and very hard, area extending from the midline to the corner of my jaw. I knew ahead of time that "lumps" and "bumps" are part of the recovery but what I don't know is how to define this-are hard areas this large normal?

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8 Days PO on Submental Liposuction?

Neck liposuction can produce a fair amount of swelling. One side being more swollen than the other can happen just normally. If you have a heavy bruise on that side then that might mean you have a hematoma. Hematomas are possible with liposuction.

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Seroma is uncommon after chin liposuction

The volume and amount of fat aspirated after liposuction of the chin and neck are quite small and seroma tends to be an uncommon problem. A firm lump might be an area of bleeding, and your surgeon should have a look.

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