A seroma keeps developing after I had a tummy tuck two months ago. What can I do?
The doctor has already drained it but the incision is still ugly and I still have a pocket of fluid now. Where do I go from here? Do I need another surgery or is there something I need to wear? Are there certain exercises that I could do to lessen the fluid?
Seromas after a tummy tuck are very frustrating. You may need the fluid collection drained again. You may also need a new drain placed in the pocket to prevent re-accumulation. In some cases, a sclerosing agent is injected to help the pocket scar down. And if these options fail, you may need a revision procedure where the seroma cavity is excised and closed again over a drain. For now, you should wear a snug garment or an ace over the area to help your body absorb the fluid. I would follow up with your surgeon to discuss the best options for you.
Dr. Gary Breslow has 16 Tummytuck before & afters:
After 2 months, the space where the seroma is accumulating has a mature lining. You can try to have the space drained with a needle a few times making sure to keep the area compressed after it is drained. You could get lucky and have it resolve that way. But if not, then you would need a small surgery to remove the lining of the seroma space. Sorry. Talk to your PS about the options. Best of luck!
Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 11 Tummy Tuck before & afters: