Updated for 2020
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 a 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 the results could be better as well.
A no-drain tummy tuck may offer the most comprehensive results with the least complicated recovery.
A Look at the Tummy Tuck
During a tummy tuck, excess skin is removed and weakened or separated abdominal muscles are tightened or repaired 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, Dr. Martin 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. Combining 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 better 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.
To learn more about the no-drain tummy tuck or to schedule your consultation, please contact us online or call our Las Cruces office today at 575-521-7111