By True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine on December 18th, 2022
During tummy tuck, a surgeon reshapes the abdomen by removing excess skin tissue and repositioning and tightening the abdominal muscles. It is a highly individualized procedure that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs and goals. In many instances it is combined with other body contouring procedures to achieve optimal results.
Tummy tuck may be performed using different surgical techniques. One of those techniques is the drainless tummy tuck. Dr. Brian Reagan at True Beauty is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He specializes in the drainless tummy tuck because of its many advantages. Here, Dr. Reagan explains how drainless tummy tuck with progressive tension sutures lowers the risk of post-surgical seromas.
How Is Drainless Tummy Tuck Different From Traditional Methods?
During traditional tummy tuck, surgical tubes are inserted through small incisions; the tubes help drain fluid and prevent fluid buildup under the skin after surgery. A seroma refers to the build-up of clear fluid under the skin during recovery. Seromas can prolong the recovery process and lead to other health issues. Additionally, infection may result if the surgical tubes are not cared for properly.
Drainless tummy tuck combines the traditional tummy tuck procedure with liposuction. Drainless tummy tuck, as its name suggests, does not require surgical tubes because the abdomen is closed with layered sutures, eliminating the need for post-surgical drains.
Dr. Reagan Prefers Drainless Tummy Tuck With Progressive Tension Sutures
At True Beauty, Dr. Reagan prefers drainless tummy tuck because of its many benefits over traditional tummy tuck. Notably, Dr. Reagan prefers drainless tummy tuck with progressive tension sutures because it lowers the risk of post-surgical seromas.
A recent study supports Dr. Reagan’s preference. The study examined results for hundreds of surgical patients over a period of 10 years. The patients underwent drainless tummy tucks in which running barbed sutures were used. The patients had a markedly lower rate of seroma compared to patients with drains.
Drainless tummy tucks offer additional benefits to patients. Drainless tummy tuck patients tend to have smoother healing scars and require shorter recovery periods. All of this contributes to the patient’s overall health and satisfaction.
Schedule Your Drainless Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
If you are ready to learn more about the benefits of drainless tummy tuck, then it is time to schedule your tummy tuck consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Reagan. Contact True Beauty by calling (858) 454-SKIN (7546) or emailing our La Jolla practice today.