A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall. The incision length and position are customized to each person, depending on your particular problem.
No Drain Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Dr. LoVerme’s abdominoplasty procedure differs from the standard technique. He uses the Progressive Tension Suture (PTS) technique originated by Drs. Pollock. This technique allows secure healing, preventing fluid accumulation, without the use of drains. This technique allows more comfortable healing and faster return to the upright posture.
Over the past thirty years, Dr. LoVerme has used multiple techniques in order for his patients to have a more comfortable and safe recuperation. For over twenty years, he used two silicone drains which removed fluid from underneath the abdominal flap. These drains would remain in place for 1-4 weeks and prevent his patient from showering or bathing, as well as increase risks of infection. Surgical drains can be uncomfortable and cause anxiety for many patients following abdominoplasty. Dr. LoVerme then used tissue glue which decreased the length of time that drains stayed in place but there were still occasionally problems with seromas or hematomas. He has now used the PTS technique for “no drain abdominoplasty” since 2007. The PTS technique allows Dr. LoVerme not to use any drains in his abdominoplasty patients. This results in early resumption of the upright posture and physical activities and has not resulted in any increased complications. His patients are more comfortable, can bathe two days after surgery, have decrease risk of hematomas or seromas and shortened convalescence.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Dr. LoVerme uses special muscle – tightening techniques to create a slimmer waist as well.
Tummy tuck surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity, associated with large weight loss is also a common indication for abdominoplasty in men and women.
Dr. LoVerme uses Tisseel VH fibrin sealant on his patients. To find out more about Tisseel VH, please click here.
Age: 32 / Ht: 4’11” / Wt: 102 lbs
Mini abdominoplasty with liposuction