Seromas after liposuction.
I disagree with the previous comment. Seromas should be very uncommon after liposuction. Almost always there has been laser or ultrasonic assistance. Treatment is serial aspiration until the have resolved.
Seromas are not uncommon after liposuction. The body likes to fill spaces with fluid- that's why we sometimes use drains. As long as the fluid remains clear and is removed regularly, the skin will stick down and the fluid will eventually stop coming back. Sometimes it helps to have a small drain called a seroma catheter inserted if there is a lot of fluid and it keeps coming back. The jury is out on antibiotics- I usually prescribe them for a few days, but it is not clear that they are necessary.
Seromas After Liposuction
this needs lymphatic massage, drainage daily and tight compression. It will take weeks for it to resolve. A close watch should be placed on this. If it continues to recur then placing a drain may help resolution. Best, Dr. emer.
Serums can happen with isolated liposuction but are not that common with traditional or PAL. They tend to occur more with heating type devices. Aspiration often multiple times will usually treat this satisfactory. Sometimes a drain is placed or future surgery may be required if it does not resolve.
Treating seromas after liposuction.
Thank you for asking about your friend's liposuction.
- In my practice, seromas are uncommon and usually small.
- Your friend's seroma needs to be aspirated 2-3 times a week until the fluid stops forming.
- One aspiration is not enough.
- If he has been prescribed antibiotics by her treating surgeon he should take them.
- This is not a blood clot.
- Irregularities can result from seromas but usually resolve.
- You are a kind and supportive friend - if possible go with him to his next appointment to put your questions to the treating surgeon.
Always see a Board
Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best
There are many ways to treat a seroma. I will normally try aspiration 2-3x. If that is not working, the next step is to insert a drain. Another option is injecting a sclerosant. Normally the skin will eventually "stick". The use of post op antibiotics is variable in this situation.
This area is prone to seroma formation . . . This is treated by repeated aspiration in the office 1-2 per week until it finally resolves which can be anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending. If not follow closely, it can be come infected or form a permanent pocket which will require excision. Best to keep contact and follow up with your plastic surgeon . . .
Thank you for the question and photos. Seromas can happen after liposuction. They may need to drained repeatedly if the seroma recurs and occasionally a drain may be needed. I would recommend that she revisit with her plastic surgeon who can help manage the seroma.