Drainless Tummy Tuck

Drainless Tummy Tuck equals less pain, less anxiety, and faster recovery!

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In traditional 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 that space, the body produces fluid as its normal response during the healing process. Drains are commonly placed in the incisions for a few days to catch the fluid and prevent it from accumulating between the tissue planes. There is no denying that these drains are irritating and uncomfortable.

At H/K/B, we use a technique that removes the space between the abdominal wall and overlaying fat and skin whenever possible. No space means no need for drains. While not all patients are ideal candidates for this “drainless” tummy tuck technique, recovery is easier for those who can have the surgery safely and effectively without the drains.

Few practices offer a drainless tummy tuck, so if you are interested in this surgery, see us for an examination and consultation to learn if you can benefit from this advancement while removing stubborn fat from the abdomen.

What can a drainless tummy tuck do for me?

A drainless tummy tuck can flatten and tighten the abdomen with a faster and more comfortable recovery period than a traditional tummy tuck.

What can I expect during a drainless tummy tuck?

During your surgery, excess fat and skin are removed from above the belly button down to within the pubic hair area. The incision typically extends from one hipbone to the other, but it is placed very low.

The muscles are repositioned to achieve a flat, tight abdomen with dramatic improvement to the waistline and posture. This process also allows any abdominal muscles that have stretched apart to be brought back together.

In order to close the space between the abdominal wall and overlaying fat and skin, we use progressive tension sutures.

The drainless tummy tuck is an outpatient surgery at our state-of-the-art center, or you can stay in our fully-accredited overnight facility under the care of our top-notch nursing staff – all of whom are certified in advanced cardiac life support. This is not a requirement for a facility’s accreditation and certification, but it ensures the highest level of supervision, evaluation, and care should there ever be an emergency. It means you can relax in the knowledge that you are in good hands.

We also use board-certified anesthesiologists who remain in the operating room during your procedure. This is the gold standard in the operating room, and you should accept nothing less.

How long does it take to recover from a drainless tummy tuck?

Recovery time from a drainless tummy tuck is shorter than from a traditional abdominoplasty but varies from patient to patient. You may be able to return to work within a week, perhaps two, and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Expect some swelling, bruising and soreness for a few days, but we will give you pain medication to help you through this period.

We will also, of course, monitor your progress after your surgery and give you detailed post-operative instructions to make your recovery as easy as possible.

How long does a drainless tummy tuck last?

The results of a drainless tummy tuck are long lasting. It is possible to develop new fat, of course, but you can help to maintain your slimmer contour with the preventative measures of healthy eating and regular exercise.


Drainless abdominoplasty is a very safe surgery, especially when you have experienced surgeons in an advanced facility like H/K/B.

Visit our Before and After Photo Gallery for real Drainless Tummy Tuck results at H/K/B.

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Picture yourself with a flat stomach after a shorter, easier recovery period. Call us today about a drainless tummy tuck in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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