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Questions You Should Ask Your Surgeon About A Drainless Tummy Tuck

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By Jerome Edelstein, MD

Tummy tucks are quickly becoming one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures because they can eliminate stubborn excess fat and skin surrounding the abdomen, while also tightening muscles in the abdominal wall, and this helps patients achieve a slimmer, more even body contour.While traditionally this procedure involved the use of drainage tubes, which were inserted under the skin during surgery to prevent the buildup of fluids postoperatively, it is now possible to undergo a drainless tummy tuck. Although this procedure has many advantages, before going forward with any surgery, it is important to be well informed. The following questions should be asked of your plastic surgeon before undergoing a drainless tummy tuck in Toronto.

Can The Type Of Tummy Tuck I Want Be Completed Without The Use Of Drains?

There are many different types of abdominoplasty procedures including a full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, and a hybrid or, floating tummy tuck. While it is possible to use the drainless technique regardless of which type of tummy tuck you choose, during your initial consultation, it is advisable to ask your surgeon whether you are a suitable candidate for this approach. The advantages and disadvantages of this technique should be discussed to help you determine whether a drainless tummy tuck is the best approach for you.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Drainless Tummy Tuck?

In addition to understanding what is involved with the procedure itself, it is crucial to be sure that you are aware of what the recovery entails. In most cases, the recovery period required for a drainless tummy tuck is shorter and easier for the patient as they are not burdened with the responsibility of emptying the drains two to three times per day, and do not experience the discomfort that drains inserted under the skin can cause. While patients should expect to experience bruising, swelling and wear a compression garment to aid healing and minimize swelling, most individuals can resume work within two weeks and experience a full recovery after six to eight weeks.

How Often Do You Perform Drainless Tummy Tucks?

A drainless tummy tuck is a more complex procedure, which requires an experienced plastic surgeon. In addition to selecting a board-certified surgeon, it is important to find a doctor who has extensive experience performing drainless tummy tucks. During your consultation, ask your surgeon how frequently they perform this type of tummy tuck and be sure to examine before and after pictures to assess the quality of their work.The results of your surgery are a direct result of the skill of your surgeon. If you are considering a drainless tummy tuck in Toronto, it is important to entrust an experienced and reputable plastic surgeon. Contact our clinic today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Edelstein or Dr. Kunaal, renowned board-certified surgeons with the knowledge and skill necessary to deliver optimal results.

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