Abdominoplasty is a proven method for helping men and women with excess, sagging abdominal tissues to achieve a smoother, flatter stomach. The tummy tuck procedure typically involves drains as a method of reducing post-op swelling and fluid buildup. Designed to suction out seroma fluid that accumulates in the potential space between the fat layer and underlying abdominal muscles, these drain tubes are beneficial, yet can be somewhat of a nuisance.
Today, Dr. Amy Ortega brings the innovative drainless tummy tuck to patients in Melbourne. Achieving the same successful body contouring results without bothering with drainage tubes, Dr. Ortega’s drainless tummy tuck provides a cutting-edge option for select men and women.
The Ideal Drainless Tummy Tuck Candidate
Potential candidates for Dr. Ortega’s drainless tummy tuck may be almost anyone seeking an abdominoplasty to improve a bulging or sagging abdominal tissue that has proven stubborn to diet and exercise. The ideal patients will be at a proportionate height and weight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or less. Ideally, patients will not have undergone weight loss surgery and are not including liposuction of the waist/hips to their procedure. To determine if you are a good drainless tummy tuck patient, a private, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ortega should be scheduled.
Drainless Tummy Tuck Consultation with Dr. Ortega
During the abdominoplasty consultation, Dr. Ortega will review your medical history, current medications, and discuss both your short and long-term aesthetic goals. Dr. Ortega will explain all of the available abdominoplasty options, including the drainless tummy tuck. After discussing the benefits and potential complications of each technique, she will use before and after photographs of her patients to help with a visualization of the final results. While the drainless tummy tuck can provide exceptional results when performed on its own, Dr. Ortega Amy also recommend an additional procedure for optimal body contouring.
Dr. Ortega’s Drainless Tummy Tuck Procedure
The drainless tummy tuck is performed using general anesthesia, generally as an outpatient procedure. The surgery will take from two to four hours, depending on the exact tummy tuck technique utilized.
To begin, Dr. Ortega will make an abdominal incision, running from hip to hip, just above the pubic bone. From here, Dr. Ortega will excise the stretched, sagging skin and tissues. She may also tighten the abdominal wall. When needed, the belly button can be recreated at a proportionate height, giving the stomach a natural-looking appearance. Once the desired correction has been obtained, Dr. Ortega will pull the remaining tissues flat and tight, placing sutures above the pubic hairline. To eliminate the need for drain tubes, Dr. Ortega will use TissuGlu in the area between the fatty layer and the abdominal muscles. This will secure the healing tissues, minimizing fluid accumulation between the skin and abdominal muscles. Sterile gauze and a compression dressing will then be applied for optimal healing.
Recovering from a Drainless Tummy Tuck
The recovery from a drainless tummy tuck will take from one to three weeks. Most patients are home resting the same evening. Initially patients must wear a surgical garment or binder, to keep swelling to a minimum and encourage proper healing. Swelling will slowly subside, but may persist for up to six months or longer. The abdomen will be bruised and tender after surgery. Dr. Ortega will prescribe appropriate pain medications for a comfortable recovery.
In one to two weeks, most patients are ready to return to work. However, heavy lifting and exercise will need to be put off for at least six weeks, as the abdomen heals.
Potential Risks and Complications of the Drainless Tummy Tuck
Dr. Ortega’s tummy tuck procedure is considered an extremely safe and effective technique. With all surgical techniques, however, there is a small chance for complications to arise, including unexpected bleeding, infection, scarring, or changes in nerve sensation. If the patient’s body produces more fluid than expected, the fluid may need to be drained using a small needle in the office, or a post-op drain may need to be placed using an in-office procedure. To avoid complications, it is important that patients always put their trust in an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Ortega, to ensure the safest possible procedure and ideal results.
Why Choose Clevens Face and Body Specialists for the drainless tummy tuck procedure?
Dr. Amy Ortega is one of the country’s leading female body contouring surgeons. Known as the Mommy Makeover surgeon, and for bringing the SPAIR Short Scar Breast surgery to the South, Dr. Ortega offers patients both extensive experience and an innate, artistic eye. Over the last two decades, Dr. Ortega has successfully helped thousands of men and women feel more comfortable and confident in their body.
If you would like more information on Dr. Ortega’s innovative drainless tummy tuck procedure, contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists at 321.727.3223, or fill out our online Contact Us form. Our patient coordinator will be happy to answer your questions and concerns, as well as assist in scheduling a private tummy tuck consultation.
Drainless Tummy Tuck FAQ
What is the drainless tummy tuck?
The drainless tummy tuck from Clevens Face and Body Specialists is a unique abdominoplasty method that does not require frustrating drain tubes during the recovery. Using innovative TissuGlu, Dr. Ortega can adhere the skin and muscle for proper healing, discouraging unnecessary fluid accumulation.
Who is a good candidate for a drainless tummy tuck at Clevens Face and Body Specialists?
The ideal candidate for Dr. Ortega’s drainless tummy tuck will be in overall good health and looking to flatten the lower abdomen. Patients should have a BMI of 28 or less, be a nonsmoker, and not need an additional technique, such as liposuction. During the tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Ortega will explain the procedure to determine if you are a good candidate for the drainless abdominoplasty technique.
How long does it take to recover from the drainless tummy tuck?
Depending on the technique used and the exact patient, recovery from a drainless tummy tuck will take one to three weeks. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work one to two weeks after their drainless tummy tuck procedure.
When can I resume my exercise routine, after my drainless tummy tuck?
Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be postponed for at least four to six weeks.
What are the potential complications of the drainless tummy tuck?
Dr. Ortega’s drainless tummy tuck is a safe and reliable abdominoplasty method. However, there is still a small chance for complications to occur, including unexpected bleeding, scarring, infection, poor wound healing, and nerve damage.