Abdominoplasties are most commonly called Tummy Tucks. Abdominoplasties have become one of the most common procedures that I perform. Yes, they are usually accompanied with liposuction of the sides, hip roles, back and even inner and out thighs, and even breast augmentation – the combination of breast and abdomen restoration commonly called Mommy Makeover.
However, this discussion is solely about the Tummy Tuck, and because of its prolonged recovery time and high complication rate, drains are usually left in place for five to seven or more days.
Steps must be taken during the surgery procedure to allow one to eliminate the drains safely. The patient must be off any anti-coagulants for generally three weeks prior to the surgery. This includes aspirin, omega-3, flax seed supplements, Advil, Motrin, Advil, Vitamin E, herbs, and anything that contains vitamin E, such as diet or nutritional drinks.