As one of the best plastic surgeons in Houston, Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center has seen its fair share of patients frustrated about drainage tubes used in the tummy tuck procedure. Patients need to remember no medical procedure is a quick fix and more so than any other personal decision, the importance of continued post-operative healing must be a primary concern of the patient, physician, and clinical staff. Individuals who focus on the recurring check-ups after the surgery as a potential negative should take a real look at their expectations before planning a self-elected surgical procedure.
The provided example of the use of drainages tubes in the lower body lift, are actually quite necessary in continual healing post-op to assure the patient’s long-term success and the highest quality results. Remember when you had to wear your retainer after the dentist removed your braces? The same can be said for the minimal sized drainage tubes that are in place for a few days after the procedure. Though a chore for some, they are an invaluable part of the continual healing process for patient’s undergoing the tummy tuck in Houston, and it’s not just because of the weather.
For instance, the body responds to invasive procedures just as it would had incisions been involuntarily created. Once the plastic surgeon sutures the incisions back to the skin’s original state, the natural response of the body will be to swell with the fluid of the body—especially for the lower body lift and the tummy tuck. Houston is plentiful with candidates wanting to undergo the procedure with its rich culture of cuisine and southern comfort food. That’s why it is so critical that they be aware of how we treat this post-operative issue. As this bodily fluid collects beneath the skin and the swelling can be quite uncomfortable if not allowed to drain out of the abdomen. Counterintuitive to general logic in the body’s ability to heal itself, the swelling liquid can actually dilute healing immune system cells and increase healing time or even become infected, thus the crucial nature of the drainage of liquid in days following the operation.
With your total healing comfort in mind, your long term success and our pride in bringing you ever opportunity to achieve the best results, make post-op action plans just as important as the decision to undergo the procedure. Together we can create the body for which you have been working toward.