In the abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery, there is a space between the abdominal wall and the overlaying fat and skin. If nothing is done to close this space, the body will produce fluid as its normal response during the healing process. Drains are commonly used in surgery to prevent fluid from accumulating between tissue planes.
However, there is a way to eliminate this space without using uncomfortable, irritating drainage tubes. This technique is called a drainless tummy tuck. In the ideal candidate, Dr. Valdez may utilize progressive tension sutures to close off the space. This drainless tummy tuck translates in to less pain, less discomfort, and no drains to deal with.