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At Marina Plastic Surgery, we utilize progressive tension sutures inside the tissues to close off the space and also relieve tension on the final surgical closure. This translates into less pain, less discomfort, no drains to deal with, and better scarring from less tension. Also, there is no opening from the outside world into the tissues, potentially minimizing infection risk. Schedule your Drainless Tummy Tuck Los Angeles consultation today to meet with a surgeon and discuss the drainless tummy tuck procedure.

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What is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Surgical drains are a feared part of abdominoplasty surgery for many patients. They are awkward, irritating, and uncomfortable. The tubes and collection devices make walking, dressing, and showering more difficult. This can translate into a longer recovery period. Los Angeles drainless tummy tuck patients worry about the pain that can be associated with pulling the drainage tubes out. Drains are commonly used in surgery to prevent fluid from accumulating between tissue planes.

In tummy tuck surgery, there is a space between the abdominal wall and the overlying fat and skin (the abdominal “flap”). If nothing is done to close this space, the body will do what it normally does during the healing process – produce fluid. Since there is nothing to restrict the fluid from accumulating, a seroma can form in this space. Basically, the tissue produces fluid faster than it can reabsorb. Plastic surgeons place negative suction drains in spaces like this to both remove the fluid and create suction between the tissue planes. However – there is a way to eliminate this space without using uncomfortable drainage tubes.

What distinguishes a drainless tummy tuck from a standard tummy tuck?

Traditional tummy tucks may result in edema, bruising, and pain following surgery because they use drains to eliminate extra bodily fluids.

Additionally, a standard abdominoplasty normally necessitates two weeks of rest from vigorous activity, two drains to remove extra fluid from each side, a flat-board appearance right after surgery, and another six to eight weeks for full recovery.

With a drainless tummy tuck, patients can leave the hospital sooner and recover more quickly than with a standard tummy tuck. Additionally, since our internal closures will eventually dissolve into your body, patients don't need to worry about scarring or sutures coming undone in the future.

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“The seroma rate I have experienced using this method is almost zero. I don’t worry about seromas anymore, and my patients don’t worry about drains. I am very happy with this technique and my patients are so grateful that they do not have to experience drainage tubes after tummy tuck surgery.”-Dr. Grant Stevens

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Schedule your Los Angeles Drainless Tummy Tuck consultation at Marina Plastic Surgery today

Marina Plastic Surgery has successfully used progressive tension sutures during abdominoplasty instead of surgical drains for more than six years. Our patients experience a lower seroma rate than traditional tummy tucks and drains. Experience the difference and schedule your Los Angeles No-Drain Tummy Tuck consultation today.

Your Drainless Tummy Tuck Procedure

Your surgery is performed as a traditional abdominoplasty but without surgical drains.

Where does the fluid go if I don't have any drains?

Drains often lengthen recovery and increase the risk of infection. For example, if drains aren't cleaned frequently, they may clog and may even get completely blocked, causing major health dangers. Because no tubes are going in or out of your body during the tummy tuck surgery, the absence of drains also helps comfort. Sutures are used during surgery to keep everything in place and guarantee that you recover with a flat stomach.

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Drainless Tummy Tuck Recovery

The recovery from a drainless tummy tuck is easier than that of a conventional tummy tuck since there are no drains to remove later, which reduces the risk of infection. Additionally, since there are no drains, it is less burdensome to walk around following surgery, allowing your body to recuperate more quickly.

Drainless Tummy Tuck Results

Your compression garment should be worn for up to six weeks to reduce swelling and accelerate the healing process. Your results will gradually improve over the next six to eight weeks and improve even greater with time. To continue to enjoy your results throughout your lifetime, it is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Drainless Tummy Tuck FAQs

A drainless tummy tuck carries risks, much like any surgical operation; these include bleeding, infection, and potential anesthesia-related problems.

Contact our Los Angeles office or fill out our online consultation form to speak with one of our surgeons about your tummy tuck treatment and learn more about your options. They can help you decide if a drainless tummy tuck could be the best option for you.

Because tummy tucks are aesthetic procedures, most insurance companies won't cover them. But in order for you to start obtaining your new look right away, Marina Plastic Surgery provides payment and financing options.


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