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Drainless Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks are widely recognized as the most effective way to reshape the midsection for a firmer, toned and attractive abdomen.

It is every patient’s dream to experience a healthy recovery process along with beautiful and natural-looking results. That is where the drainless tummy tuck comes in to save the day.

A drainless tummy tuck is a transformative procedure that uses a layered suturing technique to eliminate the need for post-surgical drains, hence faster recovery. The technique will also enhance the natural appearance of the contours.

Am I a Candidate for a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Typically, the procedure is ideal for anyone struggling with excess hanging skin and pockets of fat either after pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging.

Great candidates should be in good overall health, close to their ideal weight (stable weight), not planning for future pregnancies, and realistic in their expectations of the outcome for the procedure.

How Is a Drainless Tummy Tuck Performed?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Vijay will review your medical history, evaluate your body concerns and discuss your cosmetic goals to create a customized treatment plan.

As for the surgery, a horizontal incision is made along the lower abdomen, right above the pubic area giving your plastic surgeon access to excise loose skin and tighten the abdominal wall muscles. Liposuction can also be used to remove skin and excess fat from the abdominal area. Finally, Dr. Vijay uses a layered suturing technique that allows you to enjoy a drain-free recovery process.

The progressive tension suture technique adheres the tissue layers together, eliminating the space between the layers where fluid may accumulate.

What Is Drainless Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?

The drainless tummy tuck surgery allows for a safer and more comfortable recovery. By eliminating the need for drains, which could be carried around for weeks, the level of post-operative care is considerably reduced. There is generally less pain, swelling and scarring.

Regardless, you will need to have someone stay with you for the first few days. Patients wear compression garments for several weeks to expedite the entire healing process. Light movement — like walking — is encouraged to increase blood circulation and prevent the formation of clots.

While mild discomfort and tenderness are expected, Dr. Vijay will prescribe medication to minimize the pain. Many patients return to light daily activities within one to two weeks after their procedure and can completely recover within a month after surgery.

What Results Can I Expect From a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Most patients notice visible body contouring results once the swelling has disappeared in the first few weeks of recovery. The full results will be gradual. The scar is strategically placed to ensure it is easily concealed by underwear or bikini and will naturally fade over time.

Interested in a Drainless Tummy Tuck in Corpus Christi, TX?

If you want to remove loose or sagging soft tissues in the midsection area with increased post-operative comfort, Dr. Vijay is pleased to offer tummy tuck surgery without drains. Contact us at 361-888-7417 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation today.