The abdominoplasty procedure traditionally requires drains following surgery which are left in place for 1-2 weeks. During the procedure, the skin is lifted away from the underlying muscles, the muscles are tightened and the excess skin is removed. This produces a potential space between the skin and the muscles where fluid may collect. The type of fluid is called “serous fluid” which is the same fluid found in swollen ankles after a sprain or in your legs after standing for an extended period of time. The purpose of the drains is to remove the fluid, allowing the skin to scar back down to the muscles essentially obliterating this space and preventing a fluid collection.
Dr. Baroody is now implementing a technique where drains are no longer required. Sutures are placed during the procedure securing the undersurface of the skin to the muscles. Patients are much more comfortable after surgery, are able to shower shortly after the procedure and their recovery is quicker!
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