Dr. Marga is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with additional training as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She is the Founder of the National Institute of Lymphology and serves as a Medical Advisor to the Norton School. Dr. Marga promotes the the highest standard of lymphedema care for surgical patients nationwide.
Small collections of blood and fluid can form under the skin of your surgical sites. Normally, this fluid is absorbed spontaneously by your body. Larger fluid collections may require needle aspiration, drainage or even a surgical drainage procedure.
Skin infections can occur and present as redness, tenderness and swelling. Some patients have additional fever and malaise. Simple wound infections can be treated with antibiotics while a frank abscess will require surgical drainage.
Abnormal scars may occur even though we have used the most modern plastic surgery techniques. Injection of steroids into the scars, placement of silicone sheeting onto the scars, or further surgery to correct the scars is occasionally necessary. Some areas of the body scar more than others, and some people scar more than others do. Your own history of scarring should give you some indication of what you can expect.