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Drains After a Tummy Tuck?

Q:  I am noticing that each PS is different with drains after a TT & Lipo of flanks. I’ve noticed as many as 3 drains to ZERO drains. I’m more surprised with the ones that do not have drains, isn’t that bad?

A:  Drain questions are one of the chief concerns I address in most of my consultations. After surgery, the body responds by increasing the amount of fluid to the area that was operated on.  This is especially common after liposuction or a tummy tuck.  Sometimes a fluid collection can cause a seroma or even become infected.  That is why many surgeons choose to place a drain in the area to remove this fluid.  Whether or not you will need a drain, where they are placed and the number used will depend on your surgeon, the type of surgery you have and on you.  I would not necessarily be concerned about a surgeon who does not use drains, rather, I would ask him or her how they manage fluid collections

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