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How Do a Drainless Tummy Tuck and a Tummy Tuck Differ?

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Who among us does not want a flatter stomach? A tummy tuck is a cosmetic treatment that removes excess skin and fat from your abdomen, giving you a slimmer appearance. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery offers this body contouring treatment for individuals who lost a great amount of weight or have undergone pregnancy and childbirth.

If you are concerned about getting a tummy tuck because of the extended recovery time, you may want to consider a drainless tummy tuck in Dallas, TX, instead. This safe and effective technique allows you to enjoy your end results even faster. Reach out to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe to learn about the process and how to get started.

What is a drainless tummy tuck?

Anyone who carries excess fat or skin after losing a considerable amount of weight can get a tummy tuck. Similarly, new mothers who are unhappy with loose skin around their stomach may be good candidates for surgery. Until recently, when a plastic surgeon performed a tummy tuck, they needed to place drains around the abdomen. These drains help with fluid that accumulates during recovery. With a drainless tummy tuck, however, Dr. Dauwe uses a special suture technique that seals the tissues. This means there is no space for fluid collection.

Where does the fluid go in a drainless tummy tuck?

During a tummy tuck, the tissues of the abdomen are pulled and trimmed to give you a flattering look. This leaves a small space between the tissues that takes several weeks to heal. When patients in recovery stand up and walk around, gravity causes fluids to collect in the lower abdomen. This is why drains are used as part of the tummy tuck recovery process. You still produce fluid following a drainless tummy tuck. However, our suture technique prevents the fluid from collecting in the first place. It is instead eliminated naturally by your lymph nodes.

The benefits of losing the drains

Drains are a possible reason why patients turn down body contouring surgery. This is because drains make patients feel like their tummy tuck recovery lasts longer. Not only are they cumbersome and awkward, but people also have to go through the process of emptying them and measuring the fluid on a regular basis. Patients also feel strange getting back into regular clothing because they need to accommodate for the drains. In a drainless surgery, you can experience a greater amount of comfort and convenience.

Drainless tummy tuck recovery

Not having a drain also reduces your risk of complications after the procedure. For instance, harmful bacteria and infections can pose a risk when drains are used. After a drainless tummy tuck in Dallas, you will still need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. For 1 – 2 weeks after surgery, it is essential to rest and avoid strenuous activities and overexertion. Most people can return to light activities with permission from Dr. Dauwe. We also recommend patients maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

Get the body contouring results you desire

It is not unusual for people to experience difficulties addressing loose skin and fat around the midsection. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery is proud to offer special surgical techniques to ensure the most efficient recovery possible. If you are interested in getting a drainless tummy tuck in Dallas, TX, contact our clinic and speak with plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe. We can develop a custom tummy tuck treatment plan for you.

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