At my practice, I offer a no-drain tummy tuck for Toronto men and women. In general, a tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) can be an extremely effective procedure for achieving a smooth, flat stomach. It is often the best approach for patients with persistent laxity in the abdominal area caused by excess skin and fat, as well as stretched or separated abdominal muscles. The no-drains technique allows the surgeon to improve on the often-dramatic results of abdominoplasty while allowing for a faster recovery.
Why No Drain?
The no-drain tummy tuck is made possible by the Quill suture, which fastens the flap of overlying skin to the abdominal muscle wall. In more conventional tummy tuck procedures, fluid often accumulates in the space left between the skin and muscle, creating the need for a drain. Because the Quill suture attaches the skin firmly to the muscle, fluid cannot collect in this area. As a result, the patient can recuperate from the procedure without the need for the surgeon to install a drain.
Attaching skin directly to muscle in this area allows for more effective muscle repair. In addition, the lack of need for a drain means a shorter procedure. Other benefits include reduced discomfort and greater range of motion during recovery, both of which contribute to a quicker healing and recovery. Moreover, the patient avoids further discomfort that can occur when the drain is removed.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, ask your surgeon if he or she performs no-drain abdominoplasty and whether it is right for you.