Pictured above is a gynecomastia patient who had 50 grams of breast tissue removed from his right side and 77 grams from his left. Also, 250 ccs. of fat was removed from each side. His post-op course was uncomplicated.
When tissue is removed from a surgical site, sometimes clear fluid may collect, and this is referred to as a seroma. A seroma may cause swelling, the skin to sag, and can be painful. It may also lead to an infection and delay the healing of the wound. A hematoma is different than a seroma in that it contains red blood cells. Should an abscess develop, medical treatment will be required.
The Use of Drains
If a seroma if not treated, it might calcify forming small knots. A large seroma may need to be drained by needle aspiration or even replacement of a drain. The best way to avoid seromas is with the use of drains placed at the end of a surgical procedure and by wearing a compression vest. The vest will also help reduce swelling and help the chest heal faster.
The Compression Vest
Some surgeons do not use drains, and some do not use compression vests. After over 25 years of experience, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. believes in the use of drains and compression vests and has had very few complications as a result. Dr. Delgado has designed a compression vest for his gynecomastia patients to make them more comfortable and efficient, with built-in pockets to hold the drain bulbs instead of attaching them with a safety pin. The compression vests decrease post-operative pain, aid in blood flow and help bind the chest tissues together.Cal
Call now for a personalized consultation with Dr. Delgado regarding any gynecomastia issues you may have at (415) 898-4161.