Drainless Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, can create beautiful results. If you have sagging skin, stretch marks and rolls around your lower abdomen, a tummy tuck can reshape your stomach for a tighter, flatter appearance. One of the drawbacks of abdominoplasty is that many plastic surgeons require wearing a surgical drain during recovery. At Maia Plastic Surgery, we offer a drainless tummy tuck at our surgical centers in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Tummy tuck procedures are performed by placing a discreet incision below the bikini line to remove excess skin and fatty tissue. The extent of skin and muscle tightening varies per patient – some individuals may require liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdominal area. Drains are traditionally used to allow fluid buildup during healing to be removed. The drains can be uncomfortable and can increase the risk of infection, often needing to be left in place for a week or longer.
Dr. Maia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who utilizes cutting-edge techniques in her procedures. One of the options she offers to our tummy tuck patients is a drain-free recovery, which is more comfortable and safer through the healing process.
No-Drain Abdominoplasty Procedure
Drains are used post-tummy tuck to remove the serous fluid and blood that can accumulate within the abdominal tissues during healing. The drainless tummy tuck procedure uses advanced suturing techniques to reduce the risk of serous fluid and blood pooling between the muscles and skin. This eliminates the need for drains to remove the fluid.
No-drain tummy tucks offer many benefits. Patients do not need to live with the discomfort and inconvenience of drain tubes for one to two weeks after their procedure. Not only are drains uncomfortable, but they must be cleaned carefully to avoid infection. Dr. Maia’s drainless tummy tuck can improve the recovery process and still give you an incredibly sculpted, flat abdomen after your procedure.
To learn more about the drainless tummy tuck, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery in Tysons, VA, or Chevy Chase, MD to schedule a tummy tuck consultation.