In a traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure, surgical drains are used to prevent fluid accumulation in the "open space" created between the abdominal flap (skin and fat ) and the muscle. The drains are plastic tubes that are placed under the flap and out through the skin to drain the fluid, and then the patient empties the collection tube and records the amount of fluid collection. Not only are the drains irritating and uncomfortable but also a source of infection. Now with the No Drain Tummy Tuck, the use of progressive tension sutures eliminate this space. This technique prevents seroma formation (accumulation of fluid) since there is no longer any space in which fluid can accumulate. The tension sutures are not felt by the patient, but in return allow for better healing and less tension on the surgical incision.
What is the Advantage?
Unsightly, uncomfortable, irritating surgical drainage tubes that cause anxiety for many patients after a tummy tuck limiting their movement, and making showering impossible are eliminated!
The recovery is much easier; there is no pain from the drain sutures pulling on the skin and fear and discomfort associated with them and their removal. There is less risk of infection and need for antibiotics and reduced risk of widened surgical scarring.
Dr. Stamatiou has been utilizing this technique since 2011, and has found a lower seroma rate than is commonly thought to occur with tummy tucks and drains; reports fewer post-operative concerns, and patients are significantly more comfortable and mobile during the first week following their surgery.