Tummy tucks have long been popular for removing saggy stomach skin and repairing loose muscles following pregnancy or a dramatic weight loss. Traditionally, a drain was inserted under the skin during the procedure to prevent fluid buildup during recovery. However, drain-free tummy tucks can mean a quicker, smoother recovery time. If you’re considering a drainless tummy tuck, there are some questions you should ask before making your decision.
1. Can the Type of Tummy Tuck I Want be Drainless?
The drainless method can be used for any type of tummy tuck. Whether you are interested in a mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck or extended tummy tuck, going drain-free may be possible. Your suitability for a tummy tuck of any kind can be discussed with your board-certified plastic surgeon during your initial consultation, where you’ll get the chance to ask any questions you may have.
2. How Long Will It Take to Recover from a Drainless Tummy Tuck?
This is one of the most common drain-free tummy tuck questions and the answer is that your recovery should be generally faster and easier compared to a traditional tummy tuck. You can expect to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks after your procedure with full recovery taking around 6 to 8 weeks. The main benefit of drainless tummy tucks is avoiding messy post-op drains during recovery.
The main benefit of drainless tummy tucks is avoiding messy post-op drains during recovery.
3. How Many Drainless Tummy Tucks Have You Performed?
As not all surgeons offer drainless tummy tucks, you’ll want to make sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who regularly performs drain-free tummy tucks. As you may expect, the more experience the plastic surgeon has in this technique, the better.