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Seroma: What It Is and How do you treat?

A seroma is a collection of fluid in the body that can occur after plastic surgery procedures or other types of surgery. Seromas typically appear as a soft, fluid-filled lump under the skin and can range in size from a few centimeters to several inches.

Seromas can occur when lymphatic vessels or blood vessels are damaged during surgery, causing fluid to accumulate in the tissues. They can also occur when a surgical incision disrupts the normal drainage of fluids from the body, allowing fluid to collect in a pocket under the skin.

Seromas are most commonly associated with procedures that involve significant tissue dissection, such as breast surgery, tummy tuck surgery, or liposuction. They can also occur after reconstructive surgery, such as breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

Although it's not a life-threatening condition, it can cause complications if left untreated.

How to treat seroma?

A seroma can be drained by needle aspiration and this should only be done by a trained healthcare professional. In some cases, a seroma may be too large to be treated with a needle or small incision, and a larger surgical procedure may be necessary to remove the fluid and prevent reoccurrence.

In some cases, your surgeon may prescribe medication to help reduce fluid, inflammation, and promote healing. Additionally, compression garments can also be used to help reduce the buildup of fluid and prevent future occurrences.

However, the key to treating seromas is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. It is very important for patients to follow their surgeon's instructions for post-operative care, including wound care and movement restrictions. Avoid activities that may put unnecessary strain on the affected area as well.

If left untreated, seroma can cause complications such as infection, abscesses, and even fibrosis. It's important to seek medical attention if you notice any signs of seroma, such as swelling, tenderness, or discomfort. Don't ignore the symptoms, as early detection and treatment can prevent more serious complications down the road.

Are you struggling with seroma? You may have your seroma extracted by our registered nurse here at Bodies of Atlanta.

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