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If you still have a fluid collection, this should be drained to treat this.
As another surgeon has stated: Without photos and the benefit of physical exam- it's difficult to
It is always best to ask these questions of your chosen surgeon as recommendations may be different.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Seromas need ongoing care!
The history sounds consistent with a seroma. Seroma is the number 1 risk of the tummy tuck surgery. The other possible cause of a bulge could be a breakdown of the repair of the muscles and a hernia. If it is a seroma, you need to understand that they can be active or inactive. An active seroma will need to be drained repeatedly and may require surgery to fully resolve the problem. An inactive seroma can be drained and will not recur. The key thing is to figure out if the seroma will go away with frequent draining. If you drain the seroma every day or so and it recurs, then a drain should be placed. If the drain does not stop draining over a 10 day to 2 week trial, then unfortunately, the fluid collection has become a pseudocyst which will continue to produce fluid. In this case, the pseudocyst will need to be removed surgically. Although this is a real bummer, with removal of the pseudocyst, the belly will be flat again and typically heal well. This is very frustrating situation, but the risk of this is reported as high as 50% in some articles. Nothing was done wrong, you simply need to continue with the treatment with a Plastic Surgeon until the problem is resolved. Good luck.
Thank you for sharing your question. Unfortunately without a full series of photographs, or an in-person examination, it is difficult to offer definite advice. Based on your narrative I would be concern that you have re accumulated a discrete fluid collection that may require additional aspiration. See your surgeon, or a local plastic surgeon, for evaluation and treatment.
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You should find a plastic surgeon in Florida to evaluate you. Best of luck and enjoy the nice weather.
you most likely have a repeat accumulation of the fluid. It would be best to have it drained again although it is not anything dangerous. Draining it will allow the skin to heal better though