Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, can create dramatic improvements in the patient’s physique, allowing for greater comfort and a more youthful appearance. In recent years, the drain-free tummy tuck has gained popularity among patients and surgeons alike.
Dr. Frank Campanile developed his own exclusive tummy tuck technique, C.L.A.S.S. (Combined Lipo-Abdominoplasty Sculpting & Shaping), which incorporates American, Italian and Brazilian techniques and is inspired by the many advantages of the drain-free tummy tuck.
Dr. Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tuck surgery. As a leader in the industry, he prides himself on his unique surgical techniques that have earned him a reputation as one of Denver’s top abdominoplasty surgeons.
The method and approach refined in Dr. Campanile’s C.L.A.S.S. technique maximize the popular combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty, or lipoabdominoplasty. Because many men and women who get tummy tucks have some amount of excess fat stored in the abdomen, the two procedures go hand-in-hand.
The C.L.A.S.S. tummy tuck takes lipoabdominoplasty a step further, incorporating a special layered suturing technique that minimizes stress on the incision site, allows for a better tummy tuck scar and completely contours the abdomen. The C.L.A.S.S. technique also virtually eliminates the risk of the patient developing seroma and allows for a quicker, easier recovery without the need for post-surgical drains.
The C.L.A.S.S. Tummy Tuck Technique
During a standard tummy tuck procedure, the incision is made in the lower abdomen, minimal fatty tissue is manually removed and the skin is redraped over the abdomen, pulled taut and sutured in place. Many people, however, require a more intensive treatment to achieve their ideal midsection.
The C.L.A.S.S. difference is the inclusion of liposuction of the abdomen, allowing for more comprehensive body contouring to create the most flattering and natural-looking results. Liposuction is performed using selective undermining that preserves blood supply to the abdominal wall.
After liposuction is performed, Dr. Campanile uses a special suturing technique to close the space between the tissue and muscle, eliminating the ability for excess fluid to accumulate and making seromas highly unlikely. Closing this space also means the patient does not need to wear a drain during recovery to collect fluid, one of the more dreaded aspects of tummy tuck recovery for most.
The layered suturing technique has another advantage of minimizing tension on the incision site. Instead of focusing all tension at the site of the incision, tension on the skin and tissue will be more evenly dispersed throughout the abdomen. This helps the scar heal comfortably, makes for a quicker recovery and minimizes the risk of infection.