M bell i a litTle bulgier on one side.. it's not squishy or waterbed feeling like some people describe their seromas.... but can that lower abdomen really just be swelling above the incion like that ? can it be a seroma and still not have that waterbed efect? I have tapped n it to see if i get a wav...but i just can't tell.
I will be 3 weeks post op in 2 days ....can you tell between seroma and swelling by just looking at my lower abdomen? (photo)
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It is impossible to tell from your photographs whether you have a seroma or not. I recommend following up with your plastic surgeon as this is obviously concerning to you.
Can you tell between seroma and swelling by just looking at my lower abdomen?
An actual exam is necessary to exclude the possibility of seroma. The photo is not particularly suspicious!
Call your surgeon. All the best.
I will be 3 weeks post op in 2 days ....can you tell between seroma and swelling by just looking at my lower abdomen?
NO WAY without IN PERSON examination to tell you if you have swelling or seroma!!! Best to be examined IN PERSON
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