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What Are the Benefits of a Drainless Tummy Tuck With TRUE FORM ABDOMINOPLASTY®?

Posted February 02, 2021 in True Form Tummy Tuck®, Tummy Tuck

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One of the fears patients have with tummy tuck surgery is the need for drains. 

This fear is understandable since drains are uncomfortable and often need to be in for days or even weeks. Traditional body contouring methods use drains to remove excess fluid that builds up between the layer of repaired muscles and the abdominal tissue. 

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Thankfully, there is now a better way. Dr. Patronella performs a drain-free True Form Tummy Tuck® using progressive tension sutures to collapse the space where fluid ordinarily collects. 

TRUE FORM ABOMINOPLASTY® may take a little longer to perform than the traditional tummy tuck. However, Dr. Patronella believes the extra 15 to 20 minutes is worth it to improve a patient’s recovery experience.

What Does the Drainless Tummy Tuck Involve?

With the improved no-drain technique, Dr. Patronella will use an advanced progressive tension suturing technique to eliminate large fluid pockets and relieve incision tension.

An incision is made along your abdomen to tighten and remove excess skin and tighten muscle tissue. Progressive tension sutures will then be applied, negating the need for post-op drains.

Why Is the Drainless Tummy Tuck Better? 

More Comfortable Recovery

Traditional tummy tuck surgery requires plastic tubes to be attached to the skin, which can be very uncomfortable. Drain-free tummy tucks offer a more relaxed, comfortable, and hassle-free recovery, considering there are no drains or tubes that will be protruding from your surgical sites.

Less Maintenance and Fuss

Following a traditional tummy tuck, patients must empty the drains several times a day and measure the amount of fluid as directed. By opting for a drain-free tummy tuck, recovering patients can fully focus on their recovery without the extra burden of caring for and monitoring their drains.

Faster Recovery

Since the procedure results in a much better healing process (less pain and swelling, less potential for infections), patients can expect a faster recovery. For most people, the scars heal more smoothly, and they can return to work two weeks after surgery.

Better Contouring Results

The True Form Tummy Tuck® often combines liposuction with a tummy tuck meaning excess fat and loose skin can be removed at the same time, resulting in better, more refined contouring than you would have in a traditional tummy tuck. 


If you have loose abdominal skin and would like to improve the look of your abdomen and waistline contours, Dr. Patronella’s drainless TRUE FORM ABDOMINOPLASTY® might be right for you. The best way to determine your eligibility for a drainless tummy tuck is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Patronella.

Interested in Learning More About a Drainless Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX?

If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from the True Form Tummy Tuck®, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Patronella by calling (713) 575-1996 or filling out our online contact form

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