Dallas Plastic Surgeon Offers New "No Drain" Tummy Tuck Procedure

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Popular abdominal procedure leads to smoother patient recovery

The Hackney Plastic Surgery Center has announced that is it now offering the "no drain" tummy tuck procedure to its patients. Now Dallas plastic surgery candidates can opt for a tummy tuck with a smoother recovery period than the traditional tummy tuck.

Technically known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. The procedure removes excess fat and loose skin from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal wall.

In a traditional tummy tuck procedure, skin is detached from the underlying muscles of the abdomen and stretched to make a tighter belly. The skin is not reattached to the abdominal muscles during surgery, which leaves an area under the skin that can seep fluid. Plastic tubes are placed under the skin to drain off this fluid through the pubic area. These drains can become irritated and painful, and the patient needs to periodically empty small plastic bulbs that collect the drainage. The drains must stay in place during the post-surgical recovery period, which can be anywhere from three days to two weeks.

"The drains have definitely been an issue in abdominoplasty," says Dr. Fred Hackney, head of the Hackney Plastic Surgery Center. "Many patients find them awkward and uncomfortable."

Under the new "no drain" tummy tuck, dissolving stitches are used to attached the abdominal skin to the muscles, thereby decreasing or removing the need for drains. The stitches are under the skin and not visible.

Patients undergoing this new procedure report fewer post-operative concerns, and are more mobile and comfortable during the first week after their surgery.

"We found a clear difference in patients recovery period after surgery," says Dr. Hackney. Dr. Hackney says has been testing this new procedure with select patients over the past year.

"There is a good deal of data nationally reporting excellent results from this procedure," he says, "But it was important to hear our own patients experience before making this procedure broadly available."

About the Hackney Plastic Surgery Center
Dr. Fred Hackney is a noted Dallas plastic surgeon named one of the “Best Doctors in Dallas” by D Magazine for six consecutive years, from 2005-20010. He is one of the few plastic surgeons holding board-certifications in plastic & reconstructive surgery and oral & maxillofacial surgery. For more information about the Hackney Plastic Surgery Center visit http://www.drhackney.net or call (214) 346-9222.

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