Drainless (and sort-of painless) Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
What? A tummy tuck without drains? For those of you reading this who have had a tummy tuck by me, you must be scratching your head. Drains and abdominoplasty go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? For years I thought so, but I am here to tell you, I was wrong. In many cases, drains can be avoided. Using a combination of technical variations, most folks can go home without those “necessary evil” tubes and bulbs. Ask anyone who has had a drain, you’ll most likely hear it was the worst part of their recovery. And painless? In addition to rhyming well with drainless, it is the second technical change I have made. This one significantly reduces postoperative pain and the length of time patients require pain medication after surgery. By using a combination of preoperative pain medication, intraoperative blocks, and a specific postoperative antiinflammatory medication, the need for narcotic pain medication is reduced to a few days (or less). With this combination, an overnight stay is no longer required and patients can get home the same day as surgery.
The surgery itself involves removing loose or excess skin at the abdomen and tightening the rectus abdominis (the six pack) muscle. In some patients, I will also directly remove excess abdominal fatty tissue in a way that is safe and helpful to have a natural belly button contour. This operation makes the abdomen flatter and helps to restore the continuity of the abdominal wall muscles often alleviating the “pregnant” appearance of the abdomen. It can remove stretch marks if the stretch marks are below the belly button. Patients tell me they feel better in clothing and bathing suits. It also helps their self-confidence overall.
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