Is it normal that the swelling increased 5 days after surgery?

I got fluids off my left side only once but couldn't get them out from the right side. Now im 5 days post OP and the swelling has increased near the underarm region. Im worried whether or not it is seroma

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About Swelling After Gynecomastia Surgery

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A collection of fluid under the skin occurs occasionally during the postoperative period. Aspiration of the fluid with a needle is frequently helpful. Secondary surgery is rarely necessary.

Bruising and #swelling are normal and usually increase slightly after the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks. However, it may take 6-9 weeks to disappear completely.

Also, as you heal, the area may feel “lumpy” and irregular. This, too, decreases with time, and massaging these areas will help soften the scar tissue. The #compression garment helps reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will #heal. It can also assist in the retraction of the skin.

If you have any concerns about #healing, its best to ask questions of your surgeon or their nursing staff.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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5 days post op

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A possible seroma or any changes in your course of recovery need to be assessed in person by your Plastic Surgeon.

All the best

Follow ups needed to distinguish between normal swelling and collections

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it is normal to have swelling as you describe, however hematomas and seromas do occur and need to be evaluated in person and possibly drained.  you need to make a follow up appointment with your doctor that soon after surgery.

good luck

Marwan R. Khalifeh, MD
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after gynecomastia

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Swelling within the tissues within the first 2-5 days is common, and not alarming at all.  However, it may also be related to discreet pockets of fluid, or seromas, which may need to be evacuated.  If you are not sure, discuss with your surgeon.  

Jeffrey D. Wagner, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Is it normal that the swelling increased 5 days after surgery?

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Thank you for your question.  Swelling within the first week of surgery is common but you should be seeing steady overall improvement.  If you feel that you have developed a discrete fluid collection, or you have a significant change in your overall appearance, see your surgeon for an in-person evaluation.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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