For decades, plastic surgeons used tubes to drain the fluid that collected inside the abdomen after a tummy tuck. These drains required maintenance, limited mobility and caused discomfort for several days or even few weeks after the procedure. Now, there is a more comfortable, less hassle option in the no-drain tummy tuck. Not only is the absence of drains more convenient, but results could be better as well.
A Look at the Tummy Tuck
During a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon removes excess skin and tightens or repairs abdominal muscles that may have weakened or separated to create a firmer, sleeker abdomen. The traditional tummy tuck left space between the muscle and fat where fluid could collect.
During a no-drain tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon more tightly sutures the skin to the muscle using a special quilted technique to eliminate that extra space. Your body can then absorb the minimal fluid that is produced.
The Benefits of Going Drain-Free
A no-drain tummy tuck includes the added benefit of liposuction to remove stubborn fat in the abdomen and surrounding area. Combing liposuction with a tummy tuck produces better contouring and a smoother abdomen than a tummy tuck on its own.
You may experience less swelling and your body may heal more quickly after a no-drain tummy tuck because the tissue is more quickly stabilized and held closer together. Recovery time may also be shorter because your body won’t have a delayed start on healing the drainage sites.
No-drain tummy tucks also tend to produce improved scar maturation, for a better final result down to the last finishing touch.