Reshape Your Midsection with a Drain-Free Tummy Tuck
The traditional tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty) is an aggressive body contouring procedure that reshapes the entire midsection. Many patients undergo this procedure after having a baby or when they have excess skin after weight loss and enjoy great results. However, the downside of this procedure is patients need to wear drains for many days after surgery to prevent fluid buildup. Dr. Sundin is one of the few surgeons in the area certified to perform the drain-free tummy tuck, an innovative technique that involves securing the tissues in place with FDA-approved TissuGlu.
How We Perform a Drain-Free Tummy Tuck
Since a full tummy tuck usually involves liposuction and skin removal, we cause significant damage and trauma to the tissues. Everything heals within a few weeks but patients are fitted with drains to prevent fluid buildup.
The drain-free tummy tuck procedure does not involve placing any drains around the body. Instead, Dr. Sundin uses TissuGlu, an FDA-approved synthetic surgical adhesive, to hold the tissues tightly together so there is no ‘dead space’ that would fill up with fluid. The bond is very tight and the tissues heal quickly, breaking down the TissuGlu gradually until it’s metabolized by the body.
The bond with TissuGlu is very strong which speeds up the recovery time of the traditional tummy tuck procedure. Since we no longer have to worry about fluid buildup with the drain-free tummy tuck, many risks are eliminated.
Am I A Candidate for a Drain-Free Tummy Tuck?
You may be a good candidate for a drain-free tummy tuck if the following apply:
- Have a healthy BMI
- Not undergoing extensive liposuction with the tummy tuck procedure
- Not undergoing an extended tummy tuck
- Are maintaining a stable weight
- Have realistic expectations
- Have good skin elasticity
If you have a high BMI or are undergoing more extensive tummy tuck surgery, you may not be a good candidate for a drain-free procedure. However, Dr. Sundin can perform this procedure with fewer drains and reduce the amount of time you need to have a drain by using TissuGlu in some areas.
Dr. Sundin is a Drain-Free Certified surgeon which means he is certified to perform the tummy tuck procedure using TissuGlu. Schedule your private consultation for a drain-free tummy tuck with Dr. Sundin today.