Drainless Tummy Tuck

For many people, achieving a flat, well-toned tummy can be nearly impossible without surgical intervention. If you struggle with excess skin, weakened or protruding abdominal muscles, and stubborn fat that can’t be resolved by diet and exercise, then a tummy tuck may be the solution for you. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is often part of a mommy makeover as it removes loose skin and fat while tightening your abdominal muscles to create dramatically firmer, slimmer contours.

Please request a consultation to learn more about how a tummy tuck from our Raleigh, NC practice can bring out the best in your body.

The Best Candidates

Those considering abdominoplasty will have loose, sagging abdominal skin, resistant fat, and weakened muscles that won’t tighten up with exercise. Women may consider a tummy tuck following childbirth, while others may choose this procedure after achieving significant weight loss. In both situations, the abdominal skin may have been stretched beyond its capacity to return to normal. If you have these issues and also have resistant areas of fat, it's important to understand that liposuction alone cannot correct this condition; by removing the fat only, the skin could become looser and look worse, so maintaining realistic expectations is important.

Although a tummy tuck dramatically improves the shape and profile of the abdomen, it is not a weight loss procedure. Candidates for this procedure should be at a stable weight. You should consider delaying surgery if you plan on losing a large amount of weight or plan on having more children.

Why Choose Us

Every tummy tuck we perform includes the use of a long-lasting local anesthetic called Exparel® at no additional cost.

We specialize in drainless tummy tucks and have been doing them exclusively for years. We have performed more drainless tummy tucks than any practice in the Triangle.

Hundreds of women and men like you have trusted our board-certified plastic surgeons to deliver exceptional abdominoplasty results.

What to Expect

During the procedure, an incision will be made across the lower abdomen, near the bikini line and around the navel. Excess fat will be sculpted away with liposuction, muscles will be repaired and tightened, and excess, sagging skin will be removed. By removing excess skin, many patients may also see a significant reduction in stretch marks in their lower abdomen. Incisions are then sutured and the skin will be bandaged and wrapped in a supportive compression garment to help minimize swelling and promote healing.

With patient comfort and safety in mind, Dr. Davis, Dr. Pyle, and Dr. Wood utilize the “drain-free” approach to abdominoplasty. Patients no longer have to deal with the discomfort and upkeep associated with temporary drains in the incision site. The drain-free approach provides greater patient comfort, reduces the risk of infection, and may provide a quicker recovery.

As a complimentary service to our patients, our surgeons administer Exparel®, a local anesthetic that lasts three to four days, to provide additional pain control. This reduces the need for oral pain medications and enhances the recovery process by improving patient comfort.

After Your Procedure

While patient experiences vary, you can expect a moderate level of discomfort immediately following the procedure. It may be painful for the first few days to stand fully upright, as this particular movement can put strain on the incision site and newly repaired muscles. Most patients find that they’re able to return to light duty within a week or two, although Dr. Davis, Dr. Pyle, and Dr. Wood recommend refraining from more vigorous activity for several weeks. Many women compare the recovery process as being similar to a C-section.

The New You

Although the final results will initially be disguised by swelling, you should quickly be able to see a substantially slimmer and more toned profile. In most cases, scar visibility will continue improving over the next several months and should be hidden by underwear and swimsuits. Many of our patients find that they can fit into smaller clothing sizes and enjoy wearing more form-fitting options that flatter their new and improved silhouette.

Dr. Davis, Dr. Pyle, and Dr. Wood have helped patients from Durham, Chapel Hill, and all over North Carolina enjoy a positive, rewarding, and comfortable cosmetic surgery experience. If you’re ready to see the difference that our team can make in your life, please request a consultation today, or call 919-785-1220.