The Risk of Seroma after Plastic Surgery

Surgical Complications and Seroma

There are many complications that can occur after undergoing surgical procedures, some of which can cause permanent damage to your body, while others can make you sick. It is always very important to heed the your surgeon’s’ advice for care before and after a surgical procedure. Everyone’s body heals differently and reacts differently to procedures and even though some of the care instructions may seem silly, you will regret not following them. Below you will see a list of complications that can occur after a surgical procedure:

Seroma and Plastic Surgery

  • Nerve Damage
  • Hematoma
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Seroma
  • Anesthesia Complications
  • Organ Damage
  • Blood Damage

This is just to name a few – there are many other issues that can arise that are directly linked to the risk of undergoing surgical procedures. We are going to focus upon Seroma.

What is a Seroma?

Seroma can occur after plastic surgery, and it generally is most often associated with those patients who undergo a tummy tuck procedure. The serum that is naturally in your blood can start to pool up underneath the surface of your skin, which in turn become extremely painful. The swelling creates pressure and the area can start to look like a large blister. Oftentimes, seroma is a breeding ground for infections which can get into the blood stream and become fatal.

What to Do if you have Seroma?

If you have undergone a surgical procedure and start to see some swelling, it is always best to get it checked out by your physician or follow up with your plastic surgeon. They will quickly be able to access the area and let you know the best course of action to take. If in fact you have a seroma, it is usually drained by a needle (they may reoccur) and antibiotics may be administered.

The most important thing to remember is following the surgeon’s advice and care instructions to help prevent any issues before, during or after any surgical procedure.



Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Rast abides by a philosophy of helping plastic surgery patients in Kansas City to more achieve more beautiful appearances and true inner happiness.

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