Updated for 2020
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you may have heard of the no-drain technique. Until recently, all tummy tucks required the use of collection drains in order to remove fluid that accumulates beneath the skin after surgery. The drains, sutured to the skin, can cause some discomfort and limit mobility. Fortunately, there’s now more than one way to perform an abdominoplasty. A number of patients today choose the drain-free tummy tuck because of the three main benefits it offers.
1. A More Comfortable Recovery
When it comes to recovery from any surgery, there’s always a certain degree of discomfort, but tummy tucks with drains go a step further and require plastic tubes to be attached to the skin. As fluid builds up, the drain can put pressure against the incision, adding to a recovering patient’s overall discomfort. Drain-free tummy tucks remove this obstacle and offer the opportunity for a much more comfortable recovery.
2. No Fuss, No Muss
A tummy tuck without drains allows you to focus more on healing and worry less about what you have to do during recovery.
Post-surgical drains require maintenance. Individuals must empty the drains several times a day and record the amount of fluid each time. Recovering patients may wear drains for anywhere from a week to a month, and during this time are not able to shower.
When you opt for a no-drain tummy tuck, you won’t be saddled with the burden of dealing with drains, and you won’t have to give yourself sponge baths instead of enjoying regular showers. Instead, drain-free tummy tucks let you fully focus your energy on relaxing and healing.
3. Better Contouring Results
The drain-free tummy tuck includes liposuction to remove fat from the abdomen and surrounding area, which can result in better, more refined contouring than the traditional tummy tuck. Once you’ve healed from your surgery, you’ll be able to enjoy a slimmer, more well-defined waistline.