Seroma problem for almost a year
Doctor Answers 3
When they do happen the treatment is draining it completely and frequently until it has resolved.
Sometimes placing a drain is helpful.
In those cases the drain should be left in until there is very little fluid coming out of the drain.
Drains typically stay in for a few days but can need to stay in for several weeks.
If it's a seroma is not treated early a membrane or it capsule will develop around the fluid collection.
Once a capsule has formed it becomes more difficult to get the seroma to resolve by draining it.
at this point you may need to have the seroma including the capsule surgically removed.
your original plastic surgeon is responsible for taking care of you.
Continue communicating with your plastic surgeon to see if he or she is willing to manage this until you have a definitive treatment plan.
Traveling for cosmetic surgery is not ideal specifically when complications or revisions are needed.
Any board-certified plastic surgeon should know how to properly manage to seromas.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom M.D.