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?

Doctor Answers 2

8 Days PO on Submental Liposuction?

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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.

Bakersfield Plastic Surgeon

Seroma is uncommon after chin liposuction

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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.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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