Stubborn fat, excess skin and not liking your body shape may have you looking into body contouring options. The drain-free method of abdominoplasty, which combines a tummy tuck with liposuction, offers a number of advantages over a traditional tummy tuck and can produce more comprehensive results.
Superior Body Contours
Combining liposuction and abdominoplasty allows your surgeon to improve your contours more extensively than when performing either procedure on its own. Although a traditional tummy tuck removes a small amount of excess fatty tissue from the abdominal cavity, patients with bulges of fat around their stomachs and waists may need the added power of liposuction to create smooth, sleek contours. By removing excess fat first, your surgeon can ensure a sleeker, fitter foundation before tightening the abdominal skin and muscles.
As with any surgery, a tummy tuck requires an incision that will leave a scar. However, the drain-free tummy tuck uses a special suturing technique that disperses tension throughout the abdomen rather than exclusively on the incision site. This eases the pull on the incision itself, which can minimize the chances of adverse scarring.
Traditional abdominoplasty leaves a small open space between the fat and muscles inside your abdomen that closes slowly over time. To prevent internal fluid buildup in this area, patients must use post-surgical drains as they recover.
However, the quilted stitching used in a drain-free tummy tuck leaves fluid with nowhere to accumulate, which (as the name implies) eliminates the need for post-op drains. Aside from alleviating the hassle of drains and decreasing the risk of seroma, a drain-free tummy tuck can also mean a faster and more comfortable recovery.
Dr. Scot Martin concentrates on breast enhancement and body contouring at his practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A nationally recognized plastic surgeon, Dr. Martin is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
He looks forward to meeting you and helping you become the best version of yourself possible.