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Ultrasound-guided drainage of a seroma following tumescent liposuction


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C. William Hanke, MD, Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, 13400 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032, or email:


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.