Post-surgical drains can be an uncomfortable and messy part of early recovery. Many patients count down the days until they can get their drains removed.
What if there was a better way?
A drainless tummy tuck can improve your tummy tuck recovery experience. Recover faster and more comfortably with a drainless tummy tuck by Dr. Sara Yegiyants.
Why Do We Use Drains in Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Plastic surgeons have relied on drains for decades to remove excess fluid and help their patients heal more quickly after surgery. Operating involves repositioning and separating tissues, creating areas where fluid can accumulate. Surgeons traditionally place drains in these areas to remove the fluid, which travels out of the body through surgical tubing and collects in a small reservoir. Each day, patients measure this fluid and clean their drains until collections slows and they can have their drains taken out.
The Downside of Drains
Drains serve a crucial purpose after tummy tuck surgery. Removing the accumulated fluid helps avoid complications like seromas, infection, and unnecessary swelling. But these benefits come with some downsides.
- Discomfort: Drains can be one of the most unpleasant parts of early tummy tuck recovery. Their placement areas are often tender and sore, making it challenging to find a comfortable sleeping position.
- Messy: Drains collect fluid that can leak or spill. You also need to remove this fluid daily.
- Labor-intensive: Drains need daily cleaning and care.
- Gross: Many patients dislike seeing the collected fluid inside their drain bulbs.
- Embarrassing: Many patients don’t want others to know they’ve had surgery, but drains are a telltale sign. Camouflaging them requires creative styling with your clothing. The embarrassment of drains prevents many patients from returning to work and social activities, even when they are physically ready.
Our patients are delighted when they get their drains removed, often calling them the hardest part of tummy tuck recovery.
There’s a Better Option Than Drains
What if you could enjoy the benefits of a tummy tuck without the discomfort and hassle of drains? Dr. Yegiyants now offers a drainless tummy tuck.
Drainless tummy tucks use special sutures or surgical glues to eliminate the space where fluid collects after abdominoplasty. Attaching tissues halts fluid collection, making drains unnecessary. A drainless tummy tuck can speed healing after abdominoplasty while eliminating the pain and frustration of drains.
Are Results the Same After a Drainless Tummy Tuck?
A drainless tummy tuck produces similar results to a traditional tummy tuck. The specialized suturing and glue used for the procedure ensure fluid does not collect between the tissue planes in the abdomen.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Drainless Tummy Tuck?
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, improve your experience with a drainless procedure. To find out if you’re a good candidate for this surgery, contact Dr. Yegiyants, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, CA. Call Dr. Yegiyants at (805) 682-1731 to schedule a consultation.
Flatten your tummy with no drains needed. Ask about a drainless tummy tuck.