Why do I need to be drained so much, is this normal?

I had smart lipo done on my upper, middle, lower, flank and love handles August 31, 2016. Since then I have been drained three times. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 5

Smart Lipo

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Thank you for your question. As other doctors here had mentioned, drainage is normally done after any kind of lipo procedure to prevent swelling. Since there are individual differences, some people require more frequent drainage than others. It takes months for body to readjust and reshape itself after any procedure, so your condition right now is normal. I recommend that you keep following up closely with your physician. Best of luck.

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I think it is quite unusual

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i have done 621 Smartlipo cases and never needed to drain anyone. however, it can happen and it is nothing to worry about since your surgeon seems to be looking after it and is following you closely. 

david berman md

Smart Lipo/Upper/Middle/Lower/Flank/Love Handles/Drained 3 times--Add RF Treatments, Velashape, Venus Legacy

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This is normal to help with swelling.  Lymphatic massage, hyperbaric oxygen, compression, and radiofrequency treatments like Velashape and Venus legacy can help significantly.  See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Thanks for your question. The more drainage that comes out the better so that you have less swelling and bruising. However, swelling is normal and is usually cyclical being least in the morning and most in the evening. Usually, by one month the majority of it is gone. Hope this helps. Best, Dr. Katz

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Why do you need your surgeon to drain you out after your lipo?

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Fluid accumulates in the areas that are treated with lipo of any type. The lipo incisions are usually left open so that the fluid can drain out on it's own with help from compression garments and massage. Sometimes, pockets of fluid get trapped and need to be drained out with help from your surgeon. These might be seromas and trapped fluid can be problematic if it gets infected.

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