Cary Deuber Excited About The Drainless Tummy Tuck
In one of the newest installments of The Deubers Are In, Cary mentioned how excited she was about the drainless tummy tuck surgery, which her husband, Dr. Mark Deuber, now offers at his Dallas, TX plastic surgery center. This type of surgery does not require patients to have temporary surgical drains placed after the procedure.
“I am on the no-drain bandwagon,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it!”
Most patients aren’t aware of the role that surgical drains play in post-op recovery. Let’s go over some of the basics and then explain why the drainless tummy tuck has so many advantages over traditional approaches to the surgery.
Serous Fluid and Seromas
After undergoing surgery, fluid accumulates under the skin around the incision sites and the surgical area. This liquid is known as serous fluid, and a pocket of serous fluid is known as a seroma. The serous fluid is comprised of plasma from ruptured blood vessels and inflammatory fluid from cells in the area.
Seromas are not always dangerous, though they can be aesthetically displeasing. In some cases, the seroma can become painful or infected, requiring immediate medical attention.
Tummy Tuck and Surgical Drains
As a precaution, surgical drains are usually placed after a patient has undergone tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). These drains help avoid excessive fluid accumulation and lower the risk of developing a seroma.
Surgical drains are common during body contouring procedures as well as breast enhancement surgeries.
Why Surgical Drains Are So Inconvenient
While surgical drains are helpful, they can be uncomfortable and even painful, which makes certain kinds of movements a chore. You can’t shower with drains in place, either, which means sticking to sponge baths until they’re out. Keep in mind that drains typically stay in place for a week to two weeks after a tummy tuck.
Patients will also be responsible for draining the fluid themselves a few times a day and recording the amount of fluid. It’s not the most enjoyable activity, and there’s a chance of unwanted leakage from the tubes. Ironically, it’s possible for the entry point of the drainage tubes to become infected.
As Cary summed it up, “Drains are not fun.”
How Drainless Tummy Tuck Surgery Works
In drainless tummy tuck surgery, surgeons use dissolving sutures as they’re completing the procedure. These sutures are placed to secure the adjusted skin and the underlying muscles of the abdomen. The goal is to leave as little space as possible for fluid to accumulate. By eliminating this space between the adjusted structures of the abdomen, surgeons also eliminate the need for surgical drains.
The Advantages of a Drainless Tummy Tuck
The key advantages of a drainless tummy tuck are as follows:
- Less pain after surgery
- No need to drain fluid and worry about leakage
- Better range of movement while recovering from surgery
- You can take a shower sooner
- Reduces post-surgical scarring
- Low risk of developing a seroma
Now you understand why Cary is on the drainless tummy tuck bandwagon.
Learn More about Advanced Body Contouring
If you would like more information about drainless tummy tuck surgery and if it’s the right option for you, contact the practice of Dr. Mark Deuber. We will go over your situation and give you an honest assessment about your treatment options.
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