Is a Tender, Soft Bulge Around my Navel Normal for 7 Weeks Post Tummy Tuck? Is swelling usually mushy? (photos)
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Seroma after TT
Tummy Tuck Swelling
Thank you for the question.
Based on your description the mobile area of swelling is most likely a seroma. What you may be feeling is a “fluid wave”, a classic physical finding consistent with seroma. I was just continued follow-up with your plastic surgeon and repeat your concerns regarding the area. He/she will be able to give you more accurate advice based on direct examination.
What you describe certainly sounds like a fluid collection, or seroma. Generalized swelling does not move from side to side. Your surgeon should know best, but I usually just try aspirating the fluid with a needle and a syringe to find the answer. It's quite simple and painless.