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Ultrasound-guided drainage of a seroma following tumescent liposuction
Version of Record online: 30 JAN 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 121–124, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Stebbins, W. G., Hanke, C. W. and Petersen, J. (2011), Ultrasound-guided drainage of a seroma following tumescent liposuction. Dermatologic Therapy, 24: 121–124. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2010.01384.x
- Issue online: 30 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 30 JAN 2011
Of the complications that can occur following tumescent liposuction, seroma formation is unusual. It is a common practice for seromas to be aspirated blindly with a needle and syringe. We present a case of seroma formation following liposuction, with a subsequent step-by-step technical description of ultrasound-guided drainage of the seroma. Utilization of ultrasound provides a safe, effective method for aspirating seromas, allowing for accurate visualization and delineation of the seroma margins, proper needle placement, and monitoring of progress. It is a simple and useful tool in postprocedural management of patients undergoing liposuction.