Tummy Tuck procedures, also known as abdominoplasty, have become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery options for men and women alike.
This relatively simple procedure helps you tone up the abdominal area by removing excess skin and tissue caused by weight loss or pregnancy. It’s also the perfect way to help you achieve your ideal appearance when diet and exercise alone don’t seem to be working. Dr. Schusterman is here to provide you with a special type of Tummy Tuck, called the Drainless Tummy Tuck Houston patients can utilize to achieve their beauty goals.
If you’d like to learn more about this process, please reach out to our team today to schedule a consultation.
What is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?
A Drainless Tummy Tuck pairs a traditional Tummy Tuck procedure with a layered technique of suturing, which completely eliminates the need for any post-surgical drains.
We’ll make an incision at your abdomen, which will allow for tightening or removal of loose skin or muscle, causing the undesired appearance. The incision is then closed up using multiple layers of sutures, which eliminates any need for post-surgical drains.
What are the benefits of a Drainless Tummy Tuck?
Unlike a traditional Tummy Tuck, a drainless Houston Tummy Tuck consists of two procedures in one. You’ll get the benefits of both liposuction for belly fat removal, and a tummy tuck to remove loose, hanging skin on the abdominal area, but without the traditional drains to catch fluids during recovery.
As a board-certified Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Schusterman, FACS is highly trained in modern abdominoplasty with liposuction to deliver the best results for his patients. Dr. Schusterman makes sure he layers his sutures so that the sutures do not pull or tug at the scar tissue. This ensures a more comfortable recovery and minimizes scarring, which worsens when pressure or tension puts the incision under strain as it heals.
A drainless tummy tuck is designed to:
- Tighten loose skin on the abdomen
- Reduce stretch marks
- Remove c-section scars
- Improve the way clothes and swimwear fit
- Boost body confidence
A drainless Tummy Tuck also has a less complicated recovery process. As the name implies, this procedure does not require drains as many other surgical procedures do. You won’t have to be concerned with measuring a fluid output or emptying drains as you heal, and the recovery period is often shorter than a traditional abdominoplasty.
Why Choose Dr. Schusterman for your Drainless Tummy Tuck?
If you are considering a tummy tuck for loose skin, the Drainless Tummy Tuck may be the solution for you. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Schusterman for Houston tummy tuck surgery can help determine if a drainless tummy tuck is the right choice for your needs.
During your consultation for a Tummy Tuck, Houston Surgeon Dr. Mark Schusterman will take the time to learn which areas of your abdomen are troubling you. He will then examine the loose skin to determine whether a Drainless Tummy Tuck is the best option to help you attain your cosmetic goals.
The consultation fee is $100, which will go toward the surgical fee if you decide to proceed with a body contouring procedure. The consultation generally takes one hour. This ensures that Dr. Schusterman will have time to answer your questions fully and perform a medical evaluation.
The Drainless Tummy Tuck Procedure
When you arrive on surgery day, Dr. Schusterman will go over your procedure with you one more time as he prepares you for surgery. You will receive general anesthesia, so you will not be awake or experience any pain during the procedure.
During your surgery, Dr. Schusterman will make an incision along the abdomen and use that incision to tighten the skin and muscles into a more contoured and appealing shape, based on the surgery plan you discussed together during your consultation. Following the treatment, he will use progressive tension sutures, which allow closure of the dead space between the muscle and the skin. This treatment also advances the skin, so there is less tension on the scar, which gives a much nicer result during recovery.
Once this is complete, we will move you to a private recovery room, where Dr. Schusterman and his team will monitor your condition until you are ready to be driven home.
The Drainless Tummy Tuck Recovery Process: What to Expect
During the first few weeks following your drainless Tummy Tuck procedure, you’ll be required to wear a compression garment designed to help manage swelling and speed up the healing process.
Most patients are ready to return to light daily activities after one or two weeks of healing time. Provided that you don’t have a physically demanding job, you’ll also be able to return to work at this time. As your healing progresses, you’ll notice improvements in the look and contour of your tummy, and you can expect to see final results in about six to eight weeks. If you’d like to learn more about this process, please contact us for a consultation.
Drainless Tummy Tuck Results
You’ll begin to see your Drainless Tummy Tuck results start to show up about a week after surgery as your swelling goes down and your body adjusts to your slimmer, tighter torso. You’ll notice that you’ll be able to stand upright without discomfort or strain, and you’ll see a flatter, more slender contour show itself in the mirror each day.
While you’ll be able to return to normal activities within a month or two in most cases, your scar will take longer to fade. However, scars from Drainless Tummy Tucks tend to be less severe than in tummy tucks with drains because of the sutures used in the Drainless Tummy Tuck procedure.
Schedule your Drainless Tummy Tuck consultation with Dr. Schusterman today
Houston Drainless Tummy Tuck specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman is a well-respected plastic surgeon with a caring manner and extensive knowledge of the latest surgical and nonsurgical body contouring techniques. Specializing in helping men and women look their best, he has helped many patients improve their appearance and confidence with cosmetic surgery.
Drainless Tummy Tuck FAQs
A tummy tuck with lipo is an excellent solution for patients that wish to remove loose skin after pregnancy or major weight loss, while also smoothing and refining unwanted abdominal fat that has been difficult to remove with diet and exercise alone. While a traditional tummy tuck may remove some underlying fat when the excess skin is trimmed away, adding liposuction to the procedure greatly increases the amount of fat that can be removed from the abdominal area.
The ideal candidate for this type of tummy tuck is a healthy nonsmoker that is within 15-20 pounds of their ideal body weight. A tummy tuck with liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss surgery. It is meant to refine your body contours, reshaping the abdomen to remove fat deposits.
Pregnant women are ineligible for the procedure. It is also best to wait until after you have finished having children to get a tummy tuck, otherwise the skin will simply stretch out again.
Dr. Schusterman will use liposuction to carefully reshape belly fat, along with the hip, flanks, and sides, depending on the areas that you wish to address, along with loose skin removal.
The cost for a tummy tuck with liposuction varies greatly because each patient is unique and the surgery is tailored to your needs. You may only need a mini tummy tuck with lipo, a standard tummy tuck with liposuction, or an extended tummy tuck with lipo. The average cost may range from $6,000 to $12,000 depending on the extent of surgery and type of liposuction used for the procedure.
The best way to get an accurate price for drainless tummy tuck surgery is to come in for a consultation. When you meet Dr. Schusterman for a tummy tuck consultation, you will be provided with the full cost of surgery after determining the type and extent of loose skin removal and liposuction that will be required to meet your needs.
Most patients can return to work just 1-2 weeks post-op, depending on the amount of physical exertion your job requires. Sedentary jobs such as office work or telecommuting jobs require less downtime than physically demanding careers.
Patients that enjoy exercising will be glad to know that they can begin walking the same day of surgery in most cases. While walking upright can be hard at first, a small amount of light exercise, as advised by your doctor, can help speed recovery and reduce the risk of blood clots. Most patients can begin walking fully upright just 10 days after surgery. Moderate exercise programs can begin just 6-8 weeks post-op.
It is important to rest and heal in the first 14 days of recovery. You may ask family members or friends to assist you during this time.
For a mini tummy tuck, you may need 7-10 days off driving. A standard tummy tuck or mommy makeover usually requires 2-3 weeks before you may begin driving. Patients that have had an extended tummy tuck may require 3-4 weeks off driving.
It is rare for health insurance providers to cover the cost of tummy tuck surgery as the surgery is mostly cosmetic in nature. However, some insurances may cover some or all of the procedure if it is deemed medically necessary.
We understand that abdominoplasty is a big decision for many patients and that the expense can be difficult to manage all at once. We proudly offer financing plans such as Care Credit and Union Medical Credit to help make payments more affordable.