How can I know if it's seroma or just swelling after a tummy tuck?
Hi. You are correct to have contacted your doctor. He/she can tell after doing a physical exam if it is swelling or seroma. The good news is that I don't think you have an abscess. These are usually red, hot, and draining pus or fluid. Also, you might have a fever if you had an abscess. Once your doctor evaluates you and helps you figure out what the issue is, he/she can get you back on track for recovery. Best of luck!
Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 11 Tummy Tuck before & afters:
Thank you for sharing your question and photo. Unfortunately, you will need to be seen by your Surgeon to determine if you are experiencing swelling or a seroma. There is no way to safely be sure of this from examining yourself. I hope this was helpful to you.
Dr. A. K. Bhattacharya has 2 Tummy tuck before & afters:
As soon as you visit your doctor, you should have your answer. He or she can try and drain fluid using a tiny needle. It may be scar tissue or a seroma, but it does not appear to me that is an abscess based on this picture.
Dr. Jonathan Zelken has 4 Liposuction, Tummytuck before & afters: