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Are Seromas from Tummy Tucks Different Than Those from Liposuction or BBLs?

Are Seromas from Tummy Tucks Different Than Those from Liposuction or BBLs?

Seromas are a familiar term in the world of post-operative recovery, and they're commonly associated with surgeries like tummy tucks, liposuction, and Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs). But one question often arises: are seromas resulting from a tummy tuck different than those from liposuction or a BBL?

Before diving into the specifics, it's vital to grasp a general understanding of seromas. Seromas are fluid-filled pockets that can form at the surgical site post-operatively. They fall into two broad categories:

  1. Clinically Obvious Seromas: These are easily identifiable by both the surgeon and the patient due to a clear fluid wave or a distinct bulge. Their presence is hard to miss, and they typically necessitate drainage.
  2. Sub-clinical Seromas: These are more elusive and aren't detectable through a standard physical examination. A radiologist might incidentally find them during a CT scan meant for another purpose. Though these are common, they're usually small, don't impact the surgical outcome, and are best left undisturbed.

Now, coming to the main question: While the nature of seromas remains the same, fluid trapped below the skin and fat, their prevalence and location varies based on the surgical procedure. Tummy tucks, given their invasive nature, have a higher tendency to develop seromas, especially if there's extensive tissue dissection, whereas liposuction and BBLs, on the other hand, involve the removal or transfer of fat, which can also lead to pockets of fluid accumulation, albeit less frequently.

Fajas are specially designed garments that provide gentle compression to the treated areas, helping to reduce swelling and fluid buildup. Wearing an Ogee Faja after surgery can promote proper healing and contouring, while also providing support and comfort. By minimizing movement and providing gentle pressure, fajas help to prevent seromas. So, if you're looking for an effective way to enhance your recovery and promote optimal results, consider incorporating a faja into your post-surgical care routine. 

In conclusion, seromas occur more frequently in patients undergoing a tummy tuck and typically occur in the front of the abdomen, where seromas from liposuction or BBL occur more commonly in the back over the area of the tailbone. That doesn't mean you cannot get a seroma from liposuction or a BBL in the front of the abdomen, it's just not as commonly send in the front as it is in the back. Always ensure to see your plastic surgeon if you are concerned you may have a seroma.

 

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