Achieve Your Ideal Figure with a Drain-Free Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty) is one of the more aggressive body contouring procedures we perform. While our patients love the results, many hesitate to undergo this procedure because of the downtime and having to wear drains. Drains are used to help remove excess fluid from the incision sites and ensure a fast recovery. Now, highly trained surgeons, such as Dr. Sundin, can perform a drain-free procedure that involves using tissue glue to keep the tissues together and promote healing.
How a Drain-Free Tummy Tuck is Performed
Drains are used in the tummy tuck procedure to prevent fluid accumulation after surgery. A full tummy tuck may involve liposuction to remove excess fat, cutting away excess skin and tissues, and manipulating the muscles to create a more contoured appearance. All of this trauma causes inflammation and fluid buildup which is counteracted with drains. Patients wear drains for several days after surgery and need to empty out the drains periodically to ensure a speedy recovery.
The drain-free tummy tuck protocol involves using TissuGlu, an FDA-approved synthetic surgical adhesive to hold the tissue layers tightly together around areas treated. It works to reduce dead space — the empty space between tissue layers that typically fills up with fluid — so there is no fluid buildup. Since it’s bonded so tightly to the tissues during the healing process, it breaks down and is metabolized by the body efficiently.
TissuGlu is 10x stronger than fibrin sealant which speeds up recovery times. It’s strong enough to withstand 10 pounds of shear force which means there is a lower risk of problems with tissues healing.
Not having to worry about drains reduces discomfort during the tummy tuck recovery and healing process. It also reduces the risks of fluid-related issues during the post-procedure phase.
Best Candidates for a Drain-Free Tummy Tuck
- Have a healthy BMI
- Are not undergoing extensive liposuction
- Are not undergoing an extended tummy tuck
- Are at a stable weight
- Are not a smoker or have stopped smoking at the recommended time prior to surgery
- Have realistic expectations
- Have good skin elasticity
Patients with a high BMI or those undergoing a more extensive tummy tuck procedure that involves liposuction and tissue manipulation may not be good candidates for this procedure. For these patients, drains could still be used but may be reduced in number and the duration of having the drain may be shortened.
Only surgeons who have been Drain-Free Certified can perform the drain-free tummy tuck with TissuGlu. Dr. Sundin is one of the few surgeons in the area certified to perform drain-free abdominoplasties and is available for a private consultation. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Sundin to find out if you’re a good candidate for this innovative procedure.