The Risk of Hematoma after Plastic Surgery By Gregory Mesna on June 20, 2015

Woman massaging her legDr. Gregory T. Mesna offers a range of cosmetic procedures that allow patients to enhance their natural beauty and improve their self-confidence. These treatments, which include facial plastic surgery to address signs of aging on the face and body contouring to sculpt a more attractive figure, offer patients a number of benefits. However, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations regarding plastic surgery procedures and the healing process. As with any other surgery, recovery from cosmetic treatment does involve side effects and the risk of surgical complications. Bruising is one of the most common side effects of plastic surgery and should not be any cause of concern. However, there is a risk that bruising may develop into a hematoma. Hematomas after plastic surgery are rare for our Minneapolis patients, but can be a serious risk, so it is important to understand what a hematoma is and how to avoid this potential complication.

The Difference Between Bruises and Hematomas

In appearance, a bruise and hematoma look similar. However, bruises are a normal part of plastic surgery recovery and do not require any special attention, while hematomas can be a cause for concern and may require special care. For this reason, it is important to understand the difference between a bruise and a hematoma. A bruise is the result of blood leaking outside of the vessels beneath the skin. Bruises may vary in severity, but they will typically heal on their own within a week or two. Hematomas develop when blood begins to pool and clot beneath the skin. If an area has suffered a hematoma rather than a bruise, the area will feel hard to the touch.

Am I at Risk for a Hematoma?

Technically, any bruise has the potential to develop into a hematoma. However, it does not happen very often. There are some factors that can increase a patient’s risk of developing a hematoma. Patients in the following situations are more likely to suffer from a hematoma:

  • Those with high blood pressure
  • Those who experience nausea or vomiting following surgery
  • Patients who smoke
  • Patients who use blood thinners

Avoiding a Hematoma

While there is no guarantee that a hematoma will not develop following plastic surgery, there are some steps that patients can take to help prevent the development of a hematoma. It is important that patients follow the specific aftercare instructions that are provided by Dr. Mesna. The following are especially important in avoiding a hematoma:

  • Wear provided compression garments as instructed during recovery
  • Avoid placing pressure on the incision site
  • Do not do any heavy lifting or strenuous activities until permitted by the doctor
  • Avoid the use of blood thinners
  • Refrain from smoking in the weeks before and after surgery

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Gregory T. Mesna has a strong history of providing patients with highly successful plastic surgery results. If you would like to enhance your appearance and improve your confidence through cosmetic treatment, consider the care of an experienced and skilled surgeon such as Dr. Mesna. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to discuss your aesthetic goals and find out how we can help. We look forward to meeting you!

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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