What is a drain free tummy tuck?
One of the most common complaints patients have after a tummy tuck is the need to look after surgical drains for up to two weeks after the surgery. After a traditional abdominoplasty, drains collect blood and other fluids from the abdominal area for up to 2 weeks to prevent the risk of a seroma, or a collection of fluid under the skin. But with the revolutionary drain free tummy tucks as used by our surgeons, invasive surgical drains that require daily care and emptying can be avoided altogether.
Using an innovative surgical technique, our tummy tuck surgeons have created a drain free alternative to traditional tummy tucks that results in less fluid formation (and thus no need for drains), better hidden scar, lower positioned scar, and lower risk of infection. The results of this procedure are a slimmer, stronger abdominal area that is free of excess skin and fat. If you have struggled to remove excess fat and loose skin from your abdomen, and diet and exercise has not helped as much as you would like, choosing a drain free tummy tuck with our surgeons is the best way to create the stomach profile that you have always dreamed about.
The benefits of a drain free tummy tuck
Many of our patients opt for a drain free tummy tuck over traditional abdominoplasty for reasons that include:
- Lower risk of infection
- Avoids the need for surgical drains after surgery
- Faster recovery than a traditional tummy tuck
- Less visible scarring
- Tighter abdominal closure
Drain free abdominoplasty effectively removes excess fat and skin but it cannot be used as a weight loss device. Diet and exercise, or weight loss surgery, should be the first consideration for patients who wish to lose weight. For patients who have already lost weight and still have excess skin and fat that cannot be removed with exercise, drain free abdominoplasty with our tummy tuck surgeons could be an effective solution.
Your personal consultation with an experienced tummy tuck surgeon
If you are considering tummy tuck surgery but are unsure whether use of surgical drains or a drain free tummy tuck is best for you, we would love to invite you into our private clinic for a consultation with a tummy tuck surgeon. During this meeting, you can discuss your reasons for wanting abdominoplasty as well as your expectations for results and recovery in order to determine your suitability as a candidate. You will also have the opportunity to view our state of the art facilities and meet our friendly and experienced staff at this time.
Answering your concerns about drain free tummy tucks
Am I a suitable candidate for this surgery?
Are you unhappy with the excess fat and skin in your abdominal area? Have you reached your target weight loss goal but still have excess skin that won’t tighten with exercise? If you answered yes to either of these questions a drain free tummy tuck could be for you. Women who wish to have this surgery should be in reasonably good shape with a BMI of under 35, and this can be determined during a medical check in your consultation.
Who is not a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
If you have a large belly that feels full and tight, if you are unable to grab and pinch with your hands excess skin on your abdomen, you may not be ready for a drain free tummy tuck. Patients who are still significantly overweight need to lose weight first before being a good tummy tuck candidate. Patients, who are skinny and want a tighter belly, but who do not have sufficient excess skin (which can be grabbed and held in your hands, not just pinched with your fingers) may not be good tummy tuck candidates either.
How should I prepare for a drain-free tummy tuck?
Prior to surgery you may have to stop taking certain kinds of medication, and you should also stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to surgery in order to promote a fast and healthy recovery. Avoid taking blood thinners such as Aspirin, , Omega 3 Fish Oil, and any other herbal medications for two weeks prior to surgery to lower your risk of bleeding and bruising.
What happens in the operating room?
Once you are appropriately anaesthetised, your surgeon will make an incision around the pubic hairline and remove excess fat and skin in your abdominal area. When traditional abdominoplasty is performed, a space between fat and muscle remains where excess fluid gathers and is drained. Sutures are used only to bring the skin edges together. In a drain free tummy tuck, the surgeon uses special sutures to close off the entire abdominal area, completely eliminating the need for surgical drains and taking the tension off the skin closure (which is why your scars are so much nicer after a drain free tummy tuck). The whole process should take 1 to 3 hours, depending on how lean you are.
What is the recovery process following drain-free abdominoplasty?
The recovery process is much the same as a traditional tummy tuck, except you do not need to care for drains and you do not need to worry about an infection around the drain site. You will be required to apply a compression binder to the abdominal area for 6 weeks following surgery in order to protect the muscle repair (for patients that do not require muscle repair, the binder is worn only for 2 weeks). You will be able to return to office-based work after 1 week, but you should avoid any strenuous physical activity for around 6 weeks in order to promote a healthy recovery. If your work involves physical activity, you can go back on modified duties for 6 weeks.
All patients undergoing Drain-Free Tummy Tuck surgery at our surgical facility will initially recover in our Recovery Room and are then transferred to one of our partner Hotels for an overnight stay. The following morning our nurses will visit you in your room to check on you before you are able to go home. Subsequent visits to our clinic take place at 1 week, 4 weeks, 3 months and 6 months after the surgery. Initial visits are with our nurses who look after your dressings, and subsequent visits will be with your surgeon.
Will I have a scar?
Scarring is one of the concerns of women who opt for tummy tucks, but drain free tummy tucks actually result in less prominent scars than traditional tummy tucks. You will have a very thin and faint scar on your pubic hairline where the surgical incision is made. Remember that your scars are very obvious immediately after surgery and then fade over time. It takes 3 months for the scars to ‘look good’ and a full year for scars to mature and settle.
Are there any complications with drain free tummy tuck surgery?
As with all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks associated with drain free tummy tucks. There is a small risk of bleeding, infection, and seromas. Although there are some risks involved, this procedure has fewer complications than ordinary tummy tucks, with a lower risk of infection and seromas. Our private clinic is equipped with state of the art equipment to ensure the most advanced surgical protocols that minimise risk for our patients.
Your surgeon goes to great lengths to ensure your procedure will be performed in a safe manner. This starts with a thorough pre-surgical assessment, detailed planning, meticulous surgical technique and ends with careful post-surgical care. Our facility and safety protocols are designed to comply with Care Quality Commission guidelines.
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