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Our Mini Tummy Tuck Is Drainless

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure due to its effectiveness in removing stubborn fat from the abdomen. However, not everyone needs to undergo the traditional, full tummy tuck, which is quite extensive and involves the entire abdomen. For those who require less intensive corrections, a mini tummy tuck will get the job done.

Mini Tummy Tuck – Is It Right For You?

A mini tummy tuck is ideal for those who are otherwise slim but have some fat on the belly that is difficult to remove. Many people can retain fat in the lower abdomen region, which can be very hard to get rid of through exercise and a healthy diet alone.

During the procedure, your doctor will make incisions in the appropriate areas, usually right above the bikini line, to gain access to the underlying tissue. Any excess skin and stubborn fat will be removed before closing the incisions.

Doctors in some practices utilize ultrasonic liposuction to remove extra fat during a mini abdominoplasty. It is an advanced liposuction technique that makes use of ultrasound energy through a cannula.

The cannula can be used above or below the skin’s surface through different devices. The ultrasound energy will liquefy the fat cells. Once liquefied, the fat will be removed through suction.

Drainless Abdominoplasty

A drainless abdominoplasty doesn’t require surgical drains to be implemented after the surgery is completed. Drains are typically used in the traditional surgical method to get rid of access fluid that pools in the surgical site.

A traditional abdominoplasty procedure usually requires a patient to wear drains for about a week after the surgery. It needs to be properly maintained and the collected fluid needs to be emptied regularly. The whole process can make sleeping, showering, and performing other activities problematic.

Without an outlet for the fluid to drain, there is a risk of infections, but the use of drains make recovery longer and more uncomfortable for some people. The new Drainless technique takes care of these problems.

During the drainless abdominoplasty, your doctor will use a special suture technique to eliminate the need for drains. The technique leaves no room for space between the muscles and skin (like in traditional methods). Without space, fluid cannot collect in and around the tissues. Your body will absorb any fluid that generates in the surgical site.

Is Drainless Abdominoplasty a Better Option?

The drainless technique can hasten your recovery. It will also allow you to move more easily after the surgery. Depending on your general health, you can return to your normal routine within a few days. You can expect a quicker recovery compared to traditional methods, which means less downtime and getting back to doing all the things you enjoy doing.

Not all doctors offer drainless abdominoplasty and not everyone is the right candidate for this procedure. If you want to consider this drainless procedure, you should consult with a qualified and experienced doctor to discuss your options. Depending on your quality of health and your expectations from the surgery, your doctor can provide you with the information you need to feel comfortable moving forward with the procedure.

Contact Our Office

To schedule your initial tummy tuck consultation, contact An Enhanced You. Through exceptional care and unmatched precision, we can truly provide you with an enhanced version of yourself that you can feel confidence showing off.

New Law Requires Notice to Patients About Open Payments Database

Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 1278, physicians will soon be required to provide a notice to their patients regarding the Open Payments database (Database), which is managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS.

Specifically, this new law requires physicians to do the following beginning January 1, 2024, a physician who uses a website in their medical practice must conspicuously post the same notice described below on their website.

Under this law, a violation of these requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct.

“For informational purposes only, a link to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments web page is provided here. https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/

The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires that detailed information about payment and other payments of value worth over ten dollars ($10) from manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologics to physicians and teaching hospitals be made available to the public.”

Beginning January 1, 2024, a physician who uses a website in their medical practice must conspicuously post the same notice described above on their website.

Under this law, a violation of these requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct.