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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.

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J. B.

Dr. Maia and her staff are incredibly professional and truly empathetic. They’ve done a beautiful job with the treatments that I’ve gotten and I look forward to coming to the office every single time.

Karli N.

Dr. Maia deserves more than 5-stars! I’m thrilled with my results and I’m less than 3 months post surgery. Dr. Maia is confident and kind, and not at all pushy like other plastic surgeons. I was overly impressed the morning of the procedure. The surgical and hospital staff know her well! They were ready for her and put me at ease while I was getting settled in the OR. I appreciate the team in Dr. Maia’s office for their patience and care. They are just as calm as Dr. Maia.

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Nate R.

Mid 40s male who’s always had nasal breathing issues and a dorsal bump. I finally decided to do something about it with a septoplasty/rhinoplasty combo. I met with a few doctors but Dr. Maia stood out. She instilled confidence, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. The surgery was straight forward, and the swelling was surprisingly light. A week later the cast was off and I was on the short road to recovery. Honestly, if I had known it was this easy I would have done it earlier. Thanks Dr. Maia!


I recently had Dysport injected by NP Kristina, and I could not be happier with the outcome. I can already see some of the results few days post-injections! I love how quickly Dysport softens the wrinkles, without giving you the "frozen look". Just in time for the upcoming holidays! Earlier this year, I did 3 Morpheus-8 treatments to my face and neck, and I am CONSTANTLY being complimented on how good my skin looks. Worth every penny! I also had fillers injected by Dr. Maia and Kristina. Dr. Maia did my under-eye, which I am obsessed about... what a change! Kristina injected my lips, chin, jawline, and cheeks. My face looks more proportional and guess what.... I FINALLY HAVE A CHIN :) Thank you, Dr. Maia, Kristina, and the Team. You're the best. I will surely be back for more.

R. H.

I had tummy tuck and muscle repair with Dr. Maia 3 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I am 44 and I got my 25 year old body back after tummy tuck with Dr. Maia. The initial consult was great. The surgery was fast. The post op care was excellent. Dr. Maia and team assured me that I had great post recovery and everything going okay. I had no complication whatsoever. The incission was very small and low which I love. She is amazing and caring surgeon. He teams are very responsive and wonderful. I am very happy with the result and everything.

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