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Get a No-Drain Tummy Tuck Surgery


A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY

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Dr. Nesmith has been a Gainesville tummy tuck expert for more than 25 years. His wealth of experience allows him to be up-to-date with the latest procedures, such as the do-drain tummy tuck. Dr. Nesmith and his staff prioritize each patient to give them the best treatment and the safest environment.

What is a no-drain tummy tuck?

Traditional tummy tucks involve our Gainesville plastic surgeons securing drains into the space between your skin and the layers of fat and muscles in your body that is created from surgery. These drains facilitate recovery by collecting the liquid that fills this gap.

Following the procedure, patients must drain liquid from these tubes and measure the amount daily until the tubes are removed. A no-drain tummy tuck removes fat and skin and then stretches the remaining skin to reach the pubic area

No-drain tummy tuck procedure

During the surgery, Dr. Nesmith will make a horizontal incision along the lower abdomen and then use liposuction to remove skin and fat. Only a limited amount of fat will be removed, so if you have multiple fat rolls, you may want to get traditional liposuction procedures.
Dr. Nesmith will tighten the muscles ranging from your pubic bone to your breastbone. Finally, the remaining skin will be sewn together. This can be performed as low as you prefer but will produce a scar from one hip to the other.


Tummy tuck recovery time and healing process

Following the procedure, you will be sent home. It is recommended for you to have a caregiver stay with you for a week in order to help you avoid unnecessary work. You will be able to walk and go to the bathroom, but you should not lift any heavy objects.

Because movement is allowed, there will be a smaller chance that you will form a blood clot in your legs. After one week, you will be allowed to return to work but should avoid any demanding activity. Six weeks following surgery, you will be permitted to perform your usual activities.


Side effects of tummy tuck surgery

Common side effects following a drainless tummy tuck include pain in the area mostly caused by muscle spasms in your abdomen. Because these muscles have just been tightened, it will take a while until they have adjusted. However, Dr. Nesmith will provide you with pain medication.

This procedure is also accompanied by risks of infections, bleeding, and seromas. However, no-drain tummy tucks have been shown to have fewer infections and a quicker recovery time than traditional tummy tucks.


Who are the ideal candidates?

Candidates for the drain free tummy tuck have excess skin usually caused by childbirth or drastic weight loss. If you have a large, tight stomach, you will need to lose more weight before having this procedure. Further, if you are able to pinch your skin but are not able to actually hold it in your hands, you are not ideal for this plastic surgery.

It is suggested that women planning future pregnancies wait until they have finished having children before having any tummy tuck procedure.


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