The purpose of a tummy tuck is to create a tighter and firmer abdominal wall. The procedure is done by removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tightening muscles, and removing excess fat from the waistline. It’s also common to do liposuction in this area as well.
The most common side effect of having a tummy tuck done is swelling, which can last anywhere from 3 months to up to 3 years after surgery. This swelling can happen because of gravity pulling down on your body as well as fluid build-up due to inflammation at the site of surgery. This fluid build-up needs to be drained through tubes called drains that are usually placed into your body during surgery.
So what are drains exactly? They’re small tubes that run from where they’re placed inside your body out through a small incision made in your skin above your belly button or below it depending on where they were inserted during surgery (usually on either side). They have small openings at both ends so that fluids can escape through them but not enter back into.
Tummy Tuck Drains VS No Drains Review
Tummy tucks are extremely common as patients often want to restore their body to their pre-pregnancy state. There are several things that have made tummy tuck recovery much easier for patients.
One of the biggest advancements is that there are new techniques that allow your plastic surgeon to do a tummy tuck and not have to use drains. The technique is called progressive tension sutures. The sutures help secure the abdominal flap that is advanced down during your tummy tuck in position. By placing these sutures surgeons can often avoid the need for drains. This eliminates the area for the fluid to collect and your body can natural absorb what little fluid is produced as it typically does in your daily life.
Recovery from a tummy tuck is much easier without the drains as patients are able to walk after surgery without the worry of the drains being pulled on. It also avoids the pain and discomfort associated with the drains as they can irritate the skin where they exit the abdomen.
Please discuss your tummy tuck options with you plastic surgeon.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRAIN OR NO DRAINS FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
The no drain tummy tuck has continued to increase in popularity over the past several years as surgeon have gained experience in the procedure. I personally rarely ever use drains in my tummy tucks and I have been extremely happy with the results. The purpose of the drains is to prevent a seroma (collection of fluid in the abdomen), the no drain tummy tuck prevents this fluid collection by using a technique called progressive tension sutures.
Progressive tension sutures hold the abdominal skin in place and avoid any space for fluid to collect. By placing these sutures the body can absorb the fluid that is made in the abdomen naturally as it did before your tummy tuck. Without the sutures there is a large space where the fluid can collect and that is why the drains are needed to remove that fluid and prevent a seroma.
The biggest reason that I have been doing the no drain tummy tuck is that it makes recovery from a tummy tuck much easier. Without the drains patients are able to walk after surgery without the worry of the drains being pulled on. It also avoids the pain and discomfort associated with the drains as they can irritate the skin where they exit the abdomen.