Have you ever asked yourself: “Are drains used after a tummy tuck?”.  Read this blog post to find the answer to your question.

Drains are often used after tummy tuck, but in some cases they are not necessary. It depends in the individual patient and the extent of the surgery. The purpose of the drains is to prevent fluid accumulation between the muscle and the fat beneath the skin. This accumulation is called a seroma. Drains are typically used for one to two weeks and are easily removed when the time is right.


A drain is just a tube with a bulb on the end. It allows to fluid to flow out of the surgical area, as you heal, rather than building up. The bulb on the end collects the fluid. It sounds worse than it is, and is preferable to developing a large seroma. A small seroma will reabsorb into the body with no problems, but a large one must be treated and can be very painful.

Seroma treatment involves aspiration using a needle or placement of drains.

Most patients receive two drains after tummy tuck. They are removed when the amount of fluid draining from the surgical site has become minimal and stable for at least 24 hours. Some patients will not require the use of drains at all.

Body countering procedures can give you the figure that you once had or have always dreamt of. To learn more about tummy tuck, liposuction, and which procedures can give you the results you desire, please contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Vasdev Rai. Dr. Rai provides cosmetic surgery procedures to patients living in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas of Texas.