Understanding Tummy Tuck Drains

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An abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck, removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen area, resulting in a tighter stomach and improved overall contour. This is an extensive cosmetic procedure that will require a minimum of two weeks of strict resting and healing. During these first two weeks, drains will be placed to aid in a successful recovery. Draining is essential in the recovery process to help the body heal from surgery and prevent infections.

A Tummy Tuck removes stubborn excess skin that is left over after significant weight loss. However, removing excess skin leaves behind empty space allowing seromas to fill that space. Serous fluid is a type of fluid produced by the body to promote healing. However, complications can occur, and that’s why it’s critical to remove the serous fluid and any residual blood. Our bodies can drain these fluids on their own after a minor injury, but after a major surgery like a Tummy Tuck, they can flood the surgical site.

That is why two drains are placed beneath the skin to help remove serous fluids and residual blood. These drains are essentially small tubes with bulbs attached, simply squeeze the bulb to create a manual suction to help flush away excess liquid. By using drains after a Tummy Tuck, you avoid additional swelling and infection, which in return can help with faster healing.

These drains can be left in place for anywhere between a few days to a few weeks; however, most patients have their drains removed after one week. Post-surgical drains will not prevent you from everyday activities. These drains can actually help you recover quickly, allowing you to return to your regular routine sooner. It’s critical to keep your drains clean and protected to prevent bacteria and infections. Although these drains can seem tedious, they are worth it as they help reduce the risk of complications and result in ideal results.