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What Are the Benefits of a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Posted July 08, 2019 in Tummy Tuck

There are thousands of people who benefit from abdominoplasty surgery, commonly known as a tummy tuck. This procedure helps people around the world finally achieve their aesthetic goals.

Dr. Pincus offers tummy tuck surgery to patients seeking to remove excess fat from the stomach area, including the lower tummy and waist area (love handles). The end result is a flat, smooth tummy that exercise and diet alone cannot reach.

But, despite the drastic improvements that can be made to their abdomen, some people may be dissuaded by the idea of a long recovery period once the procedure is completed. Luckily, Dr. Pincus offers another option for those people: a drainless tummy tuck that can help mitigate the apprehension of recovery times by simplifying the entire recovery process, giving patients the same level of correction with less extensive downtime.

What Is a Standard Tummy Tuck?

Also known as “abdominoplasty,” a standard tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal area to create a smooth, firm belly.

During this procedure, the abdominal muscles and skin are tightened to correct any sagging. Tummy tuck surgery can also restore abdominal muscles that have weakened or separated, remove stretch marks, and eliminate pockets of fat. All of these corrections work toward creating a more taut appearance.

Tummy tuck surgery is performed by creating a horizontal incision along the lower abdomen, right above the pubic area. The skin is then lifted, and abdominal muscles are repositioned and tightened as needed. The abdominal skin is then placed back down and sutured together.

Bandages are used to keep the sutures in place, and a compression garment will help support healing areas and reduce swelling. Small tubes or drains may be needed to remove excess fluid or blood from surgical sites, especially right after surgery.

A standard tummy tuck recovery usually lasts between six to eight weeks.

What Is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Pincus offers what is referred to as a drainless tummy tuck, which has the same benefits as a traditional tummy tuck but uses a different suturing method that results in faster healing.

True to its name, a drainless tummy tuck avoids the need for post-surgical drains by using an advanced progression suturing technique. This method tacks the skin and underlying tissue to the back of the abdominal wall to eliminate space and relieve tension from the incision.

The recovery time for a drainless tummy tuck is anywhere between two and four weeks.

Can a Drainless Tummy Tuck Work for Me?

Dr. Pincus will work with patients to determine what their goals are for tummy tuck surgery. During the process, Dr. Pincus will examine the abdomen to identify problematic areas and develop an effective surgical plan.

Some people simply do not have the time to devote to an extensive recovery period. A drainless tummy tuck is a good option for those people since this procedure offers all of the transformative results with a more rapid recovery.


A drainless tummy tuck will result in a much better overall healing process, as it can drastically help reduce postoperative symptoms. There is usually less pain and swelling, and surgical wounds heal faster without the need to measure fluids or change drains.

Patients are also far more comfortable throughout recovery without drains or tubes sticking out of surgical sites. Most patients are able to get back to work faster and have sometimes completely recovered within a month after surgery.

Interested in learning more? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Pincus soon by calling our office at 631-352-3556