Drainless Tummy Tuck and Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty in Philadelphia
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the treatment of excess abdominal skin with surgery to remove the skin through an incision in the lower abdomen. The final scar is optimally placed so as to not be visible in a bikini. This stomach tightening procedure is commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. The abdominoplasty procedure is a cosmetic surgery procedure which can also tighten the abdominal wall and flatten and shape the abdomen. Giving your body a more sculpted and defined look while improving your confidence.
Excess skin from weight loss or post-pregnancy can only be eliminated with surgery. Consider a tummy tuck to achieve your optimal goal. The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure can help remove abdominal stretch marks, a protruding belly and excess skin. The combined liposuction removes the stubborn fat that defies dieting and exercise. An added benefit of the tummy tuck procedure is the tightening of the abdominal muscles which can become stretched out during pregnancy and may result in an abdominal bulge. Dr. Claytor is an expert in the tummy tuck procedure, and he uses the latest surgical techniques to enable patients to enjoy the benefits of abdominoplasty without the need for post-operative drains.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos
*Individual results may vary on a case by case basis
How do I know if I Am A Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, are patients who have excess fat, loose skin and stretched muscles in the abdominal area that have not responded to diet and exercise. Many patients undergo this procedure after pregnancy or massive weight loss from bariatric surgery. Patients should be in good overall health. Do not use an abdominoplasty as a substitute for weight loss. Anyone planning on losing a significant amount of weight, and women planning on having (more) children, should wait before undergoing abdominoplasty. During your personal consultation at our Main Line office, Dr. Claytor will discuss your goals and determine if you are a candidate for surgery.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure
During the tummy tuck procedure, the patient undergoes general anesthesia. The incision is usually along the lower abdomen optimally where a bikini can conceal the scar. First, Dr. Claytor will release the belly button from the excess skin. Second, he removes the excess skin and fat. Then, the abdominal muscles, which have been spread by pregnancy, are pulled together and sutured for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. After that, the separated flap of skin is then brought down over the newly tightened muscles, and the belly button brought up through a small incision in the skin. Finally, he closes the incisions and places sterile surgical dressings over the sutured areas. The tummy tuck procedure takes approximately 2 hours to perform. In selected patients who are candidates, drains are not needed.
Types of Abdominoplasties
Drainless Tummy Tuck
A drainless tummy tuck is not just a standard tummy tuck without the use of drains, it involves a unique surgical technique which leaves a thin layer of scarpas fascia intact allowing for natural lymphatic drainage which eliminates the need for cumbersome drains.
Dr. Claytor, who teaches the advanced course on scarpas sparing abdominoplasty at the national meetings for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, keeps scarpas fascia intact to act as a lymphatic drainage system. His independent demonstrates that fluid collection rate following surgery is actually less than for those patients who use drains. No-drain tummy tucks are safe and encourage faster recovery.
For each technique, additional benefits come from less cautery and more discontinuous undermining which allows for improved blood supply and less traumatic tissue disruption. You need a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with years of experience; you need Dr. Claytor.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A partial abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck, is similar to abdominoplasty, but involves shorter incisions and is an overall less invasive procedure. It is ideal for patients with lower abdomen fat. A partial abdominoplasty produces less scarring (in the bikini line) and has a shorter recovery time than abdominoplasty.
Patient’s desire may be to trim down one’s profile so that in clothes less bulging is seen. In this case, a SmartLipo procedure under local anesthesia or a liposuction procedure in the hospital may be exactly what one is looking for. Certainly, the costs will be less and this makes this option very attractive to many patients.
However, to achieve the goals that many patients are interested in a tummy tuck would be recommended. This procedure is also known as an abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck would address areas of the body that patients often want to get rid of. These areas include the loose skin on the abdomen, excess fat and, the stria stretch marks from pregnancy.
Results of Abdominoplasty
The flatter, more toned abdominal area provided by abdominoplasty is visible right away. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Conversely, becoming pregnant or gaining a substantial amount of weight after abdominoplasty can change your results.
*Individual results may vary on a case by case basis
Tummy tuck Recovery
After abdominoplasty, patients may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort. They are to wear compression garments for a period of time after surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous activity, such as lifting heavy objects for several weeks but can likely return to work after a week or two. Complete recovery times vary from 2 weeks to 4 weeks.
Tummy Tuck Side Effects
In addition to the usual risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, risks associated with abdominoplasty include asymmetry, a poor aesthetic result, unsightly scarring, loose skin, skin numbness, and a need for revisional surgery.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of your Tummy Tuck procedure will depend on several factors including your specific needs and goals. The final cost for a surgical procedure such as this will include a surgeon’s fee, a hospital or surgery center fee, and an anesthesia fee, which vary by procedure. Schedule your free consultation today to determine if abdominoplasty surgery is the right choice for you.
Why Choose Dr. Claytor?
When looking for a plastic surgeon, consider someone with experience in “No Drain Tummy Tuck” as this will afford you a more comfortable postoperative period. It also results in an easier recovery with less discomfort. The scarpa sparing abdominoplasty technique involves keeping the scarpa layer on the abdominal wall which allows for the lymphatic drainage through the body’s natural lymphatic drainage system.
Dr. Brannon Claytor, MD, FACS is a double board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with abdominal aesthetic surgery. He has been on the teaching faculty at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for the past 8 years. Dr. Claytor is an expert in the tummy tuck surgical technique and has performed hundreds of tummy tucks. Read Real Patient Reviews about Tummy Tuck surgery.
During your private consultation, Dr. Claytor will assess your needs and will guide you in determining whether you will need an extended tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck, a reverse tummy tuck, or an umbilical float tummy tuck to achieve your goals. Dr. Claytor’s expertise enables him to perform tummy tuck surgeries without drains. By preserving the scarpas fascia, he enables the body’s own lymphatic drainage system to absorb fluid eliminating the need for cumbersome drains.
Here is Dr. Claytor with faculty and attendees at the ASAPS meeting in Montreal.
Dr. Claytor Evaluating a RealSelf Patient
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“Dr. Claytor is a Wizard!
I’ve been contemplating breast reduction surgery for decades, but never pulled the trigger because I was afraid of the pain. After a shoulder injury, I decided I’d rather put up with a short time of breast pain than to continue having neck, back, and shoulder pains for the rest of my life. When I first called Dr. Claytor’s office, Debbie immediately put me at ease and answered my many questions with wisdom and patience. Before I was even a patient, she treated me like a VIP, addressing every single email and phone call quickly and completely. Based on my research and my experience with Debbie I decided I wanted Dr. Claytor do my surgery.
Once I met Dr. Claytor, I knew I was in good hands. Not only because of the great reviews, not only because he’s professional, intelligent, and experienced, but also because he’s caring, kind, witty, warm, and extremely happy and upbeat. No question I asked was too trivial or silly, and I really felt like he was fully invested in giving me the outcome I was looking for.
I ended up getting a breast reduction, lipo and abdominoplasty. Before surgery, I changed into a gown, was hooked up to compression socks and an IV. Several of the nurses told me that Dr. Claytor is an excellent doctor and that I was in good hands. Dr. Claytor came in, marked me up and explained what he was going to do. He asked if I had any last minute questions or concerns, and overall gave me a sense of calm that I chose the right doctor. The next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room.
I know everyone is different, but based on online boards I’ve read, I expected more bruising, hardness, swelling, and pain.
Bruising: I was honestly shocked at the negligible amount of bruising there was considering all the work I had done.
Hardness: I only have a few lumps, which I believe will diminish with time and with the daily massaging Dr. Claytor instructed me to do around my incisions.
Swelling: I once went a few hours without wearing my compression garments which resulted in some swelling, but it dissipated once I put the compression back on.
Pain: I’m not gonna lie, I had lots of pain the first week after my surgery, but surprisingly on day 10 I turned a major corner, and the pain turned into soreness, and is now just occasional discomfort.
Today, at 3 weeks post op, I am completely thrilled with the results. My breasts are perfect, and my torso looks so much better than I even hoped! No more hanging belly, no more back fat, no more muffin top, it’s hard to believe this is my body!
From my initial phone call through my post-op visits, Dr. Claytor and his team have exceeded ALL my expectations. I would give Dr. Claytor 20 out of 10 stars if I could!”
“The experience with Dr. Claytor has been nothing but excellent, both the people and the results. He valuates each and every patient. I respect those doctors who are on time appointments. Hi amazing staff is just wonderful; kudos to Debbie, Emily and Heather. Night before my surgery, Dr. Claytor personally called me to answer any final questions and calm my anxiety about the procedures. When I got home, he called to check on me. I would recommend Dr. Claytor and his entire staff! You’ve changed my life for the better!”
“After raising two sons who became college athletes, I decided to finally take the time to get myself in shape. I hired a personal trainer, and began an intensive workout and diet regiment and within a year my body looked better (with clothes on) but my breasts sagged and I still had a baby belly no matter how many crunches I did. I came to the practice in 2013 and then met Dr. Claytor when he joined the practice in 2015. I found them to be professional, caring and thorough and couldn’t be happier with the results! I work in a competitive field in the Healthcare Industry and a youthful, healthy look is a big advantage. My career has never looked better and I am even getting married again!!!”
Great Experiance and Results!“My only regret is that I did not have the surgery years ago. I always felt guilty even contemplating having this done (the cost, the risks, the time off from work, what would people say?) then I realized that I work hard and have always put my family and others first and that even though I am a fit 47 yr old, no amount of sit-ups or miles of running was going to make my stomach flat and tighten my muscles as only surgery could do. I live in Harrisburg and there are many highly reviewed surgeons there and the surrounding area. I researched many of them, but it was difficult to find one that met all of my criteria; especially one who was skilled in using the High Tension Lateral method with NO drains My friend chose Dr. Claytor to do the same procedure. Because I was able to see her results and hear of her experience, I chose to set up a consultation. After meeting with Dr. Claytor, I had no doubt that I was in safe hands. My husband agreed. He is very personable and was so thorough with the information he provided that we had very few questions. He did not make me feel rushed or pressured. He called me before and after my surgery and responded immediately when I contacted him twice about some potential concerns after the surgery. He is very genuine and it is obvious that he cares about his patients. His staff is very kind as well. I chose to have the procedure at the surgery center instead of the hospital. The staff at the surgery center were exceptional! I am 3 weeks post op and am so pleased with the results! I did not have nearly the amount of pain I was expecting. I was only on the pain meds for a day and then switched to extra=strength Tylenol. Actually, my back hurt much worse because you can’t stand up straight for about a week. I would highly recommend getting a used walker from a good-will to have on hand. It is worth it! There have been studies that show a tummy tuck can help with some back issues (strong core helps maintain a strong back). I already started on my scar therapy and am using silicone strips (order long ones online) as well as silicone gel. I am SO HAPPY I chose to have this done and am very fortunate Dr. Claytor was my surgeon! Just a side note: since I live a few hours away, I stayed at the Marriott Courtyard ( literally right next door) the evening before and after the surgery. it was just a few minutes from Dr. Claytor’s office for the follow-up appointment the morning after the surgery.
Mini TT and Breast Augmentation
I had lost a significant amount of weight (70lbs) and at 21 my body looked like I had a baby! I chose a mini tummy tuck and lipo combo to remove excess skin and fat tissue. I also had tubular breast deformity and after weight loss my boobs were uneven and shaped weird. I had surgery today and I’m so excited to see the results!! I wasn’t sure what to expect but w pain killers and muscle relaxants, I feel pretty good. I don’t have any drains and am wearing compression devices. Any questions please ask!