Traditional vs. No-Drain Tummy Tuck

When it comes to plastic surgery, new techniques are constantly evolving to ensure a more comfortable recovery. The tummy tuck is no exception!

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that can dramatically recontour your abdominal area. There are many factors that can cause stretched skin and loose tissue in this area including age, pregnancy, and a significant weight loss. The stretched skin you’re left with in these situations can be impossible to remove with diet and exercise alone, so the tummy tuck is often used to achieve a more toned abdomen.

During the tummy tuck, excess skin is removed, and the underlying tissue and muscle is tightened. The belly button is also commonly repositioned during the procedure. A traditional tummy tuck addresses both the upper and lower abdominal area, and can sometimes involve contouring the sides as well.

Why is a drain used?

Surgeons began using drains during the tummy tuck procedure to remove excess fluid that is present where the abdominal tissue was repositioned. This is important in preventing a seroma, or a buildup of fluid beneath the skin. The drain collects and removes the fluid to ensure a successful recovery process. Although important to your recovery, drains can add to your discomfort and create additional hassle during recovery.

What is a no-drain tummy tuck?

More and more surgeons are ditching the drains during the tummy tuck procedure! However, this requires more attention when closing the incision sites in order to prevent a seroma from developing. During a no-drain tummy tuck, a progression tension suture is used to limit the space between tissue after being repositioned. These sutures are very similar to the tufting on a couch. With this space reduced, the ability for fluid to collect is also reduced, eliminating the need for a drain. Without a drain in place, patients are relieved of the hassle and discomfort of a drain beneath their skin. Although you might have a smoother recovery process without the drains, there may initially be more swelling which goes down over time.

Which tummy tuck technique is right for you?

When it comes to deciding which tummy tuck technique is right for you, Dr. Sieber will be there to help! The decision to go drainless is one made between the patient and their surgeon. Dr. Sieber will discuss your concerns and goals and help you weigh the positives and negatives of each technique to determine which one is right for you. Dr. Sieber predominantly performs tummy tucks without drains because of the success he has had with this procedure.

If you’re interested in the traditional tummy tuck or no-drain tummy tuck procedure, contact our office at 415-915-9000 and schedule your consultation at Sieber Plastic Surgery.



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