4 Wks Post Mini Tummy Tuck, Flank Lipo. Concerned I Have Seroma. Total Area Above Suture Line is Jiggly?

4 wks post op mini tt, flank lipo. Had one drain for 5 days with output of 25 cc first, then 20cc, 15 cc, 10 cc, 7 cc and it was removed. However from the beginning I had a pouch above suture line that is jiggly when I walk. It's still that way. Is this a seroma. My muscle def is good so did not do any muscle repair. Also no fat in upper abs.

Doctor Answers 6

Get checked out by your surgeon

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It's best for you to see your surgeon since the photo is insufficient in showing if you do or not. Best of luck!

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All I can say from the photo is that you might have a seroma. This will be easy for your surgeon to ascertain and an actual in person evaluation will be necessary for this. It merits a call for an appointment. Thanks and best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Seroma after tummy tuck

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A seroma after tummy tuck can seem like a sloshing or wave like shifting in the lower abdomen, and are not uncommon after drain removal, so let you surgeon have a look.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews


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Thanks for your question, but it is difficult to tell from your picture if you have a fluid collection/seroma.  Please see your plastic surgeon.

Seroma after mini-tummy tuck?

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It is difficult to tell you whether or not you have a seroma without an exam. If you feel a fluid shift as you walk or a swooshing feeling from fluid, then you probably do.  It is best to be seen by your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Seroma after Tummy Tuck?

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It will be in your best interest to follow-up with your plastic surgeon to rule out complications such as seroma. Online consultants will not be able to do so for you.

Best wishes.

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