TubelessTuckSM in New York City with
Dr. Shridharani

TubelessTuckSM NYC

Top New York City Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shridharani is proud to offer the TubelessTuckSM option for multiple plastic surgery procedures. TubelessTuckSM is a drainless surgical technique that Dr. Shridharani champions and has used in countless surgeries. This technique is applied to his abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mini-abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck), breast reductions, breast lifts (mastopexy), facelifts, as well as neck lifts.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is performed to improve the appearance of the abdomen. A tummy tuck is most often performed on women who have had their abdominal muscles stretched from pregnancy or weight gain or after major weight loss. The skin and extra fat is removed and the result is an improved and flat tummy!

Typically, the scar line is from hip to hip along your underwear line. Dr. Shridharani defines and contours your skin and muscle as need be. Dr. Shridharani also repairs the bulge associated with abdominal muscles that have been stretched apart. Some patients will need drains under their skin for a week or two. These drains will prevent fluid from building up under the skin as your body heals. Dr. Shridharani offers a Tubeless tummy tuck through a special technique that does NOT require drains.

How Common Are Tummy Tucks?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of tummy tuck procedures rose an impressive 87 percent in the past 15 years. Many procedures were, no doubt, for cosmetic reasons, but there are several medical benefits to be gained after the procedure. Mostly due to the rise in “mommy makeovers,” a tummy tuck with Dr. Shridharani allows women to restore their figures after pregnancy.

In addition, due to the increase in various weight loss surgery procedures, there has also been an increase in tummy tuck procedures. A tummy tuck is commonly used to help patients that have undergone extreme weight loss in a short period of time and have excess skin after their massive weight loss.

Types of Tummy Tucks

Traditional tummy tucks can be done as either a complete or mini (partial) tummy tuck. Dr. Shridharani also offers the TubelessTuckSM.

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A partial, or mini tummy tuck, is done on patients who have excess skin or fat located primarily below the belly button. In this procedure, Dr. Shridharani may not have to alter your belly button. Typically, this is a shorter procedure with less down time/recovery time. Again, Dr. Shridharani favors a drainless technique. Every patient is considered on a case-by-case basis. During your consultation, Dr. Shridharani will assess whether a full or mini tummy tuck is the best option for you.

What is a TubelessTuckSM?

Dr. Shridharani is proud to be the first surgeon in New York to offer the TubelessTuckSM option for plastic surgery. TubelessTuckSM is a drainless surgical technique that Dr. Shridharani champions and has used in countless surgeries. This technique is applied to his abdominoplasty surgery (tummy tuck), mini-abdominoplasty surgery (mini tummy tuck), breast reductions, breast lifts (mastopexy), facelifts, as well as neck lifts.

The TubelessTuckSM abdominoplasty eliminates the use of these messy and painful drains by placing a series of dissolvable sutures in the abdomen to close up the dead space and prevent the fluid build-up. Many patients say they wanted a tummy tuck for many years but they did not want the hassle of drains. Once they heard Dr. Shridharani offers a TublessTuck, they were ready to proceed with surgery.

Abdominoplasty Candidate

If you plan on getting pregnant in the future then you may want to postpone getting a tummy tuck until you are finished having children. During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes which can have a lasting impact. Stretch marks can occur from the uterus expanding as the abdomen expands to accommodate the baby. The skin rarely heals from stretch marks, which can lead to sagging skin that droops over the pelvis region.

The abdominal muscles are also distorted as the baby grows inside the mother. These muscles can be tightened during a tummy tuck procedure, as these muscles will not repair themselves. Also, if you plan to have massive weight loss, you may want to wait on getting a tummy tuck until after you lose the weight. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss alternative.

Schedule A Consultation

Ready to learn more about TubelessTuckSM and find out if you are a good candidate? Call (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation with board certified NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shridharani.

TubelessTuckSM FAQ

Q: What are the medical benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, yet many people are now considering a tummy tuck for the medical benefits as well. After weight loss and pregnancies, the abdominal muscles can become widened and diet and exercise alone cannot help. No matter how many sit ups you do in the gym, the widening of abdominal muscles (called diastasis) will not improve. A tummy tuck surgically tightens weak muscles, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen.

Weak abdominal muscles are often associated with back pain. After an abdominoplasty, patients often notice that their posture has improved significantly, thanks to the tightened abdominal muscles. The improved support and better posture can have the added benefit of relieving certain types of back pain.

A tummy tuck may also be considered if you have a hernia due to abdominal wall weakness. Once you develop a hernia, reoccurrence is much more likely to happen. Often, Dr. Shridharani will recommend adding a tummy tuck in conjunction with a hernia repair to strengthen the abdominal wall and prevent future occurrences. Combining the procedures is not only safe, but very practical, as it can reduce medical expenses and recovery time.

A typical abdominoplasty removes up to 5-10 pounds of stomach fat by disconnecting the skin from the underlying tissue, suturing abdominal tissue, and cutting away any extra skin. A full recovery can take several weeks, and just like any other surgery, there are risks involved. That said, the various medical and cosmetic benefits of a tummy tuck make the procedure appealing for many people. During your consultation Dr. Shridharani will discuss the procedure in detail and consider all of your options before deciding whether to undergo surgery.

Q: Is there anything I can do after my Tummy Tuck to optimize results?

Make sure to empty your drains if you have them and wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and the build up of fluids. The compression garment will help define your body’s new shape, so it’s crucial to wear during the first several days post-surgery!

Q: How do most people feel about drains?

One of the most difficult aspects of a classic tummy tuck can be the presence of closed suction drains that are attached to both hip points that remain in the body for 1-2 weeks. These drains help prevent fluid from accumulating and need to be emptied two to four times per day.

When patients are sent home postoperatively with drains in place, patient discomfort is usually higher as there are small plastic tubes that exit the skin. Often patients need to take pain medication to help with the discomfort of drains hanging, often resulting in a rubbing or pulling along the scar line. There is an added need for assistance in having to care for the drains and the patient must keeping track of the volume of liquid in drains.

The drains can also leak body fluid and blood onto garments and furniture. There is an additional risk of scarring from the drains since they are placed through gaps in the incision site. In addition, many patients are placed on antibiotics so that potential infections don’t develop around these plastic drains. In our era of MRSA and other “superbug” infections, keeping you off additional antibiotics helps us decrease your chance of developing antibiotic-resistant infections as well to decrease the side-effects of these medications.

Q: Why are drains used at all?

Drains are used to help decrease the build-up of fluid under the skin that sometimes appears after certain procedures are performed. Tummy tucks, breast lifts and breast reductions as well as facelifts and neck lifts are more prone to the accumulation of the serous fluid, which can cause problems after surgery (seroma). Seromas are associated with infections that often require subsequent corrective procedures and antibiotics for treatment. By championing the TubelessTuckSM surgical technique, Dr. Shridharani is able decrease the risk of the fluid accumulation without using drains.

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