Cosmetic surgery has become very popular nowadays and people undergo this surgery to enhance their appearance. One of the cosmetic surgery procedures that women choose is breast enlargement. While the surgery offers good results, there can sometimes be unexpected side effects. One such side effect is the formation of a seroma.
What is a seroma?
A seroma is a lump or mass that is formed due to accumulation of fluids with an organ or tissues of the body. It mostly occurs as a side effect of surgery. Once breast enlargement or any other breast-related cosmetic procedure is done, there is a chance of a seroma developing. The seroma is a pocket filled with fluid and usually occurs due to injury to lymph tissues during surgery.
Are seromas harmful?
Seromas are generally not harmful and get absorbed into the body on its own. However, this process can take a lot of time even over a month. Some people may even need a year for the seroma to be absorbed. The healing can be accompanied by hardening of tissues. Some people may experience complications due to the seroma. This could include pain, excess fluid buildup, and fever. In such cases, it is important to see a doctor immediately.
MLD may help to drain seromas
MLD or Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage is the best natural treatment for seromas. This is why even surgeons may recommend MLD when there is a seroma. Apart from treating seromas, MLD can also be helpful in preventing seromas.
To treat a seroma, the fluid in it has to be drained out. This is where a massage can be helpful.
MLD involves carrying out a massage with the objective of draining out lymph fluid, so it moves through the lymphatic system. The fluid would then be eliminated from the body.
Your therapist will use very light pressure, combined with soft pumping movements to drain the excess of fluid from the affected area towards the lymph nodes ( where the fluid will be absorbed and eliminated).
Apart from draining breast fluid from the seroma, MLD helps in quicker healing. It also helps reduce scar tissue, swelling, and pain.
When do you need doctor intervention to treat your seroma?
Some seromas can form a capsule and remain in your body until they are removed surgically. If you start experiencing symptoms of an infection the seroma may have developed into an abscess and you need medical intervention, as it rarely disappears on its own.
Consult your doctor immediately if:
You are presenting fever
There is an increase of fluid build -up in the area
The seroma doesn’t get better
You feel pain
It puts excessive pressure on the area of surgery or injury, the skin, or an organ
You notice symptoms of infection like redness, warmth, or tenderness
You can visit a licensed massage therapist in Riverview, FL to get the MLD done. Choosing an experienced therapist is vital and you need to evaluate their expertise in handling such cases. Going with a reputed therapist will assure you of a safe experience with effective results.
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To schedule an appointment with Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Advanced Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist and Health Coach, Anna Bass LMT, please call 412-328-4540 or Book a Massage Here.
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