Patients often want to avoid post-operative surgical drains whenever possible. Surgical drains are used to help prevent a build-up of fluid (seroma) in the surgical area. Drains also help prevent a collection of blood (hematoma) from forming under the skin. These types of fluid buildups have the potential to cause infection and/or other serious complications. With so many risk factors, how can patients expect to receive a tummy tuck without drains?
Fortunately, board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Ryan Diederich, practice the progressive tension technique when performing tummy tuck surgery. This technique involves using a row of sutures that create progressive tension to allow even distribution of tension across the abdomen. The progressive tension technique significantly reduces the risk of fluid buildup and other complications. That means no drains! By eliminating the need for drains, patients experience a more comfortable recovery period after surgery.
Besides lowering the risk of infection, other benefits of a drainless tummy tuck include:
- A better looking scar
- Tighter abdomen compared to traditional tummy tuck methods
- Patients can shower the following day
A drainless tummy tuck procedure typically lasts between 1-4 hours. An overnight hospital stay is required to make sure that your recovery is progressing well. After surgery, plan for 1-2 weeks off from work. Because the abdomen muscles are so tight, patients usually walk bent over for a few days. After a 6-week follow-up appointment, most patients are cleared to perform up to 95% of their usual activities. Swelling can last for a few months but should resolve within a year of surgery. Scarring is inevitable, but patients can hide their scars under most bikinis with no issues.
If you are looking to avoid drains after surgery visit Dr. Diederich at his Glen Carbon, IL facility! Our patient care coordinators are available to answer any questions you may have about a drainless tummy tuck procedure. Located right outside of St. Louis, MO, Dr. Diederich and his practice are happy to be serving individuals in the Metro East area. Remember, not all plastic surgeons have training in drainless tummy tucks. Be sure to do your research before committing to a plastic surgeon. When in doubt, always confirm that the surgeon is board-certified. Being board-certified means that a plastic surgeon has had extensive training in all aspects of plastic surgery.