Most tummy tucks involve drainage tubes that are uncomfortable and can be painful. Despite these tubes, the tummy tuck remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries that individuals get. Thankfully, drainless tummy tucks have become popular recently, with many individuals qualifying to receive this type of surgery.

Drainless tummy tucks are as safe and effective as other types of tummy tucks. Sometimes, there are better results from a drainless procedure due to fewer scar holes from where the tubes were. Continue reading below to learn more about a drainless tummy tuck and the benefits associated with this procedure.


What is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is also called an abdominoplasty. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal region of a patient’s body as well as tightening the abdominal muscles, which can become damaged and separated for a variety of reasons. It is often performed for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight or for mothers who have just given birth.

This procedure is performed in the OR located at our office and completed with Ivy sedation. Most commonly, an incision is made from one side of the hip to the other, and the excess skin is removed. Smaller incisions may be made to remove the skin as the surgery continues. Sometimes, liposuction is utilized to remove stubborn, fatty areas.

Differences between a Standard and Drainless Tummy Tuck

The surgical techniques between the two types are no different. The only difference is how the surgical wound is closed for healing. A standard tummy tuck involves two more incisions being made to insert two tubes that will drain excess fluid during the recovery.

A drainless tummy tuck utilizes multiple sutures through a process called progressive tension suture. The lymphatic system is utilized to drain excess fluids in a natural manner. Specifically, Scarpa’s layer is utilized as it remains intact. Sometimes, glue is utilized as well to hold tissues together.

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Most individuals go home on the day of the procedure. There will be some pain associated with the healing process. It should only range to moderate at the very most.

There will also be some tightness and swelling after the procedure, as well as bruising. You will be given prescription medications and should avoid physical activity. You should also avoid alcohol and smoking.

During the second week of recovery, the pain and discomfort will decrease. You should be able to resume normal activity within two weeks. Exercise can be increased within a month. Throughout this month, however, you will wear a compression garment for the best results.

So, What Now?

If you believe that a drainless tummy tuck is right for you, it is time to start the process. Contact our doctors, Dr. Lisa Brostrom and Dr. Dallas Homas, at New Image Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, Texas to set up a consultation. During this consultation, you will be able to ask all of your questions and receive specific information about the procedure and how it will work best for you.

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