Many women and men struggle with loose abdominal skin due to pregnancy or massive weight loss. The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) was the fifth most popular plastic surgery in 2018 with more than 130,000 procedures in the United States alone. This procedure can restore your figure and provide a smooth body contour, but the traditional abdominoplasty requires post-op drains to aid in recovery. The drainless tummy tuck offers another option for achieving your ideal body shape by using a layering technique for the sutures.
Drainless Tummy Tuck Vs. Traditional Tummy Tuck
The traditional tummy tuck involves removing excess skin tissue and tightening or repositioning the underlying abdominal muscles, which have been stretched out due to pregnancy or weight gain. The drainless abdominoplasty uses an innovative method that layers sutures in a way that negates the need for post-operative drains. Drainless tummy tucks begin with our board-certified plastic surgeon making one or more incisions to remove loose skin tissue and tighten the muscles to give you a flat, sculpted figure. By using multiple layers of sutures, Dr. Schiesel avoids the need for post-surgical drains.
Women looking to restore their pre-baby body may benefit more from a mommy makeover, which combines the tummy tuck with liposuction and a form of breast surgery. Breast augmentation or a breast lift can address sagging breasts or deflation following pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The Benefits of a Drainless Tummy Tuck
The drainless tummy tuck offers a range of benefits. This plastic surgery option eliminates the use of drains during recovery, which benefits the healing process and removes the complicated aspect of measuring outgoing fluid and emptying the drain. The drainless tummy tuck typically requires a shorter recovery time than the traditional abdominoplasty.
You will still need to wear a compression garment during recovery to help reduce swelling and stimulate healing. Tummy tuck patients can typically return to work after one or two weeks, depending on their profession. You will need to stick to light activities and avoiding lifting heavy objects. Your drainless tummy tuck results will begin settling in six to eight weeks following your procedure.
Contact Dr. Brenda Schiesel About the Drainless Tummy Tuck
Dr. Brenda Schiesel is a board-certified plastic surgeon and one of few women in the industry in the Tulsa area. If you’re interested in the drainless tummy tuck or have questions about your options, please contact South Tulsa Plastic Surgery today at (918) 518-5144 to schedule your consultation.
Dr. Schiesel and our skilled staff serve patients in surrounding areas of Oklahoma, including Jenks, Owasso, and Broken Arrow.