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Not Your Mother’s Tummy Tuck

Learn more about Dr. Gould’s innovative drainless tummy tuck approach
in Beverly Hills, CA.

Whether you’re recovering from major weight loss or trying to get rid of that overhanging skin after pregnancy, a tummy tuck can be the perfect solution to your problem. However, when you look into the specifics of this cosmetic surgery procedure, you may find that one surgeon’s approach differs drastically from another’s. That is especially true for Dr. Daniel Gould’s drainless tummy tuck in Beverly Hills

The tummy tuck surgery has become one of the most popular body sculpting surgeries in recent years. Still, there are many variations on the procedure that can be done depending on your specific needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Gould uses a drainless tummy tuck technique that recreates the natural shape of your abdomen with sutures instead of drains, which makes the procedure more comfortable and reduces recovery time.

What is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck 2.0

A drainless tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a tummy tuck procedure that removes loose and sagging skin while tightening abdominal muscles without placing a surgical drain in your abdomen after surgery. It is often combined with liposuction but uses a specific suturing technique that eliminates the need for traditional post-surgical drains.

Why Dr. Gould's Drainless Tummy
Tuck is Better

Dr. Gould has had vast experience in Abdominoplasty, and he incorporates all his training with his knowledge of anatomy and concepts of balance to restore your shape. He is well qualified as a board-certified plastic surgeon with many publications and articles on tummy tucks, and he has lectured and taught on the subject at countless meetings nationally and internationally. He holds a unique perspective, but he also has great results. Take a look at the before and after of his Drainless Tummy Tuck Beverly Hills patients and decide if you like the aesthetic vision.

Daniel Gould MD, PHD

What is the difference between a drainless abdominoplasty and a traditional tummy tuck?

Traditional Tummy Tuck

This procedure use drains to remove excess fluids from inside your body during surgery, which may cause swelling, bruising, and pain after surgery. In addition, a traditional abdominoplasty typically requires two weeks of no strenuous activity, two drains on each side to drain excess fluid, a flat-board-like appearance immediately after surgery, and an additional six to eight weeks for full healing. Traditional tucks almost never include internal contouring or sutures on the inside to improve the shape.

Drainless Abdominoplasty

This option eliminates the need for drains so patients can go home earlier and tend to recover more quickly than with traditional tummy tucks. More importantly, the reason Dr. Gould uses sutures on the inside is to recreate the natural anatomy, making the hills and valleys of the abdomen.

By recreating the line down the middle and the sides, your six-pack can show again, and a natural but extremely tight abdomen is the result. In fact, these internal sutures allow for the most skin removal possible, as the skin is advanced or progressed and then sutured to the abdominal fascia below, ensuring the maximum skin stretch during the procedure.

These internal sutures offload the tension from above, so it makes for decreased tension across the incision, tension across an incision is what creates a scar! So with these internal sutures, patients can worry less about scarring or sutures breaking later since our internal closures will dissolve into your body over time. Offloading this tension allows patients to stand upright much sooner after surgery because they don’t feel pulling in their groin area, which makes for a speedier recovery.

Your Drainless Tummy Tuck
procedure

Drainless and The Least Pain Possible

Dr. Gould will place his signature incision along your bikini line, remove excess fat and skin, then incorporate three main factors to correct how your body functions, which include:

Putting the muscles back together in the midline to restore your abdominal core strength and support, which is critical after having a child

Performing a Mons Lift—the skin above the vagina is lifted for a flatter appearance. This technique improves urinary incontinence.

Sexual function is often improved because of the mons lift.

Liposuction is used to then further contour to create what looks like natural-looking creases along your abdominal muscles as they move, helping to enhance symmetry around your abdomen. This is key, because you don’t just want a tummy tuck to remove skin; you want a better body. High-Def Liposuction allows Dr. Gould to work on your entire figure, softening curves and sculpting an hourglass shape.

Finally, utilizing inside sutures to recreate your natural anatomy, such as the hills and valleys of your tummy (line down, the middle, and side)- your tummy will look and move more naturally. Sutures then replace the drains and take all of the tension off your skin in the bikini area. No pulling means less likely to develop a raised or wide scar.

Priority Pain Control

For Dr. Gould’s drainless tummy tuck procedure, Beverly Hills patients receive a unique pain control approach that patients find their pain level is on average a zero to one on the pain scale. He reduces your pain with anti-inflammatory injections before your surgery and before your body is numb so that your brain does not perceive pain.

This is called the Gating Theory. You receive injectable forms of medication that target the nerves to reduce pain for up to five days during your procedure. After your surgery, your brain does not realize your body is in any discomfort, keeping you comfortable and enabling you to focus on healing. He uses several medications, all in concert with a state-of-the-art approach to pain control, because Dr. Gould believes cosmetic surgery shouldn’t have to hurt. Dr. Gould pledges to do everything possible in modern medicine to ensure the best possible pain control. He has published articles describing his average patient pain scale and detailing his procedures.

Recovering from Drainless Abdominoplasty

The first night you spend in recovery after your tummy tuck is in our aftercare facility. Dr. Gould can then check on you to ensure your recovery process is going smoothly. The next day, the aftercare facility will bring you back to the office for your required Hyperbaric Chamber treatment. This therapy infuses your tissues and cells with a high percentage of oxygen to stimulate the healing process.

Drainless Tummy Tuck Results

You can expect to wear your compression garment for up to three months, which helps manage swelling and expedite healing. You will notice gradual improvements as your body results become more visible in about six to eight weeks. It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to continually enjoy your result over your lifetime.

Contact Dr. Gould About a Drainless Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills

Dr. Gould has helped countless patients achieve the bodies they’ve always wanted with his innovative and effective drainless tummy tuck in Beverly Hills that does not require any drains to remove excess fluids. See what he can do for you and your body today by scheduling your consultation today.

Drainless Tummy Tuck

Frequently Asked Questions

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved in having a tummy tuck; these include bleeding, infection, and possible complications from anesthesia. There is a risk of seroma or fluid accumulation with all tummy tucks; however, it is 2% with this procedure, compared to 9% with conventional tummy tucks, which use drains.

One of the rare complications is blood clots in the legs, or that travel to the lungs called a Deep Venous Thrombosis. Dr. Gould uses blood-thinning medications when indicated to reduce that risk even more. Compression stockings and mechanical compression are used after surgery to reduce the risks of DVT.

If you are looking to have a tummy tuck procedure and would like to know more about your options, be sure to contact our Beverly Hills office or complete our online consultation form to discuss your surgery with Dr. Gould, who will help you determine if a drainless tummy tuck is right for you!

Most insurance companies will not pay for tummy tucks because it is a cosmetic procedure. However, we offer payment and financing options for your convenience so that you can get started in achieving your new look today.

Dr. Gould frequently repairs hernias during tummy tucks. On exam, he will identify these and then come up with a plan for simultaneous surgery. On rare occasions, you may need to see another doctor for hernia repair before abdominoplasty.