Drainless Tummy Tuck


A drainless tummy tuck surgically removes excess skin and underlying fat in the abdominal area. It typically combines liposuction with a traditional tummy tuck using a specific layered suturing technique that eliminates the need for postsurgical drains. Liposuction is used to remove isolated areas of stubborn fat in the abdominal area and to better tone and sculpt abdominal contours. An incision is made along the abdomen so loose skin and muscle tissue can be tightened and removed. Multiple layers of sutures are used which negates the need for post-op drains.

Ideal candidates are individuals with laxity of the skin and abdominal wall muscles after multiple pregnancies. The best candidates are patients whose weight is relatively stable. The procedure isn't suitable for individuals who have undergone massive weight loss. Individuals with a high body mass index (BMI) are also not ideal candidates.

The typical cost ranges from $7000-$9000. The final cost depends on surgical facility fees, anesthesia fees, the surgeon’s level of expertise and the geographic location of the procedure.

The procedure tightens loose skin in the abdominal region. Patients are advised to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to help manage swelling and to aid the healing process. Gradual improvements in the body contour will be noticed and the final results are visible in about 6 to 8 weeks. The results are long lasting provided a healthy diet and steady weight is maintained.

Traditional Tummy Tucks vs. No Drain Tummy Tucks

Traditional Tummy Tucks vs. No Drain Tummy Tucks

submitted on   Fri Jan, 08, 2016 by Steven Vath, MD     
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that is meant to tighten the abdomen and give it a flatter appearance. It is normally used on people after they have had either a significant weight loss or (most commonly) after pregnancy because the skin and muscles of the abdomen get stretched1