A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty surgery, removes excess and loose skin from the abdominal region and tightens the stomach muscles to create a slimmer physique.

After Surgery

After a tummy tuck procedure, patients may be sent home with containers that resemble bulbs to collect drainage from their procedure incision. This extra fluid is your body’s natural healing method and you will have tubing under your skin that leads from your incision down to the drain.

Follow the chart your surgeon has given you to note the amount of fluid that collects each day, and be sure to use these drains properly so that you can avoid swelling and infection.

You can feel intimidated by these drains, but they are relatively easy to operate if you know how. Be sure to do this procedure every morning and every night, unless told otherwise by your doctor.Taking Care of Drains after a Tummy Tuck

How to Take Care of Drains

The two items that you will need are gauze and a measuring cup. The first thing that you will need to do is to make a belt around your waist using the gauze. Clip the two small clips on your drains to the gauze belt so that they do not dangle around your body.

  • Gently work the fluid from the exposed tube into the drainage container before you put it into the measuring cup. Squeeze your fingers along the tube, working your way from your body toward the container. This helps to remove as much fluid as possible.
  • After you have all of the fluid into the container, you can then measure it in the measuring cup and record the amount on the chart your surgeon provided for you.
  • Take note of the fluid. If it smells foul, has changed to a deep red or yellow/green color, becomes thickened, suddenly decreases, or exceeds a certain amount, call your surgeon immediately.
  • Dump the fluid into the toilet, reattach the drain to the tube and gently clean the area with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.

Contact Our Abdominoplasty Offices in New York

If you are considering getting a tummy tuck or any other type of plastic surgery, call our NYC tummy tuck office or our abdominoplasty facility in Long Island to set up a no cost initial consultation.

We will be able to explain the procedure to you along with post-surgery healing techniques to help you recover faster.

*There may be additional instructions and warnings for the procedure you have had done. Please be sure to get this complete list from our staff and do not rely solely on the information provided on this page.