Caring for Your Modern Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck is a popular plastic surgery procedure, but a complex one. We want our patients from in and around the Toronto area to understand the recovery process and what can be expected from their tummy tuck procedure.
Dr. Mathew Plant is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Toronto who offers advanced tummy tuck techniques to his patients. This way his patients can enjoy the advantages of a tummy tuck surgery that does not include drains. The recovery from his short-scar, drainless tummy tuck differs slightly from a regular tummy tuck.
Here is what you can expect from a short-scar, no-drain tummy tuck from Dr. Plant.
Making sure to prepare for rest and recovery is essential to long-lasting, beautiful results following your tummy tuck procedure. It takes about 7 to 14 days to heal from the tummy tuck, at which point you can turn back to most normal activities. Dr. Plant will give you a list of detailed instructions to let you know when you can return to work and all normal activities.
During the recovery, you will be wrapped in a compression garment to help reduce swelling, promote blood circulation, and hold the tissues in place during the healing process. Unlike traditional tummy tucks, Dr. Plant does not use drains for his patients. Traditionally, drains were necessary to prevent the buildup of fluid in the potential space between the skin layer and the muscles below. Typically these would remain in for around 2 weeks after surgery, needing to be emptied daily. New suture technology allows Dr. Plant to actually quilt these layers back together, preventing the buildup of fluid and eliminating the need for drains. Avoiding drains decreases the pain and discomfort that is felt after surgery. Plus, patients won’t have to worry about caring for these drains while they are focusing on healing.
For our Toronto patients, we want to offer an easy, stress-free recovery period which is why Dr. Plant performs this advanced tummy tuck procedure. The benefits of a drainless tummy tuck as:
- You do not have to manage drains while healing
- Dressings are WATERPROOF, so you can shower the next day
- No painful drain-holding sutures.
- No additional wound care
- Shorter scar
- Can remove more abdominal skin for a tighter and flatter stomach
- The belly button will look normal afterward
- Less pain and discomfort during recovery
Each recovery period varies for each patient. Dr. Plant will discuss your recovery period with you during the consultation appointment.
If you would like to get a tighter, flatter abdomen with the modern short-scar, no-drain tummy tuck then contact Dr. Plant to schedule a consultation. He uses the drainless tummy tuck technique on patients in and around Toronto, Ontario. Call today or fill out an online form to schedule your appointment.