If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you should know what a drainless technique can offer you. This type of tummy tuck procedure can get you great results with less downtime and post-surgical care than a traditional tummy tuck procedure, and here’s what you should know about it.
What is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?
Although the name sounds obvious, the drainless tummy tuck combines liposuction techniques with a unique suturing system that eliminates the need for drains. Traditionally, drains are needed in surgical procedures to siphon off any fluid buildup that can occur at the incision site and cause complication. These can be a hassle to manage during the recovery period and can also require another appointment to have them removed.
How does the procedure work?
Traditional tummy tuck procedures can use liposuction to assist in fat removal, but the goal of the drainless procedure is to use it such that the muscle- and skin-tightening techniques can be less invasive. Because of this, it requires smaller incisions which can be sealed using a layered suture system that prevents the need for drains. In many cases, this can mean better results when it comes to fat removal versus traditional tummy tucks because of the proven effectiveness of liposuction.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery from a drainless tummy tuck takes a few weeks but requires only the use of compression garments to manage swelling and increase blood flow. There can be some pain and discomfort, but these can be managed with prescribed medications and limiting your movement during your recovery. You can generally return to your regular activities within one to two weeks, which is nearly half the recovery time of a traditional tummy tuck— and you won’t have to manage any fluid buildup or empty drains. In order to maintain your best results, it’s important to continue your diet and exercise routine so that you maintain your new contours.