A number of patients balk at the idea of a tummy tuck when they hear about the necessity for surgical drains during recovery. And why wouldn’t they? Post operative drains sound messy and involved, and that’s the last thing anyone wants to deal with when they’ve just come out of surgery. That’s why I’ve developed the C.L.A.S.S. tummy tuck: it delivers better results,* and with no drains in sight.
Why Are Drains Needed at All?
As uncomfortable as the idea of surgical drains may be, they absolutely serve a vital purpose. Seroma, the internal collection of fluid, is the number one potential complication following abdominoplasty. This excess fluid builds up inside the surgical site. Although harmless by itself, serous fluid is unfortunately the perfect host for potential bacterial growth that could cause infection. Most surgeons prefer to drain the fluid in order to prevent this possibility, even though infection itself is pretty uncommon.
The other reason that post surgical drains are used after abdominoplasty is because draining the seroma helps reduce swelling and improve patient comfort in the early stages of recovery.* There’s just one problem with that perspective, though: most patients feel that the drains themselves are far more uncomfortable than a little swelling!
C.L.A.S.S. Offers a Solution
With my C.L.A.S.S. tummy tuck, I take a different approach toward seroma. I feel that preventing fluid buildup in the first place is far preferable to surgical drains after the fact. I use a special stitching technique that allows for drain-free recovery in over 99 percent of my patients. I also incorporate liposuction at the same time, creating contours with greater finesse than abdominoplasty alone.* Finally, a drain-free solution for men and women who are ready for a better tummy tuck.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.