Tummy tuck 1 month ago, still have drains?

I am a 64 yr old Male nnever smoked, doesn't drink.....One month after surgery I still require a drain in my surical area. Is this normal? What can I do to help speed the process are there suppliments I should or should not be taking

Doctor Answers (4)


I'd check back with your surgeon. At some point the risk of keeping the drain in outweighs the potential benefit. If you develop a seroma this can be removed by a simple aspiration. Sometimes the drain itself can promote more fluid formation.

Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Drains and Abdominoplasty

Drains after abdominoplasty do not usually remain in for a month.  If the drains are not resolving the fluid then other forms of resolving the fluid should be sought.

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Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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1 month for drains is a long time

It is rare to need drains for such a long time.  In very very rare case I have kept drains for longer than 2 weeks but after a while the risk of infection along the drain site outweighs the benefit of keeping them in.  If you do need drains for some reason, removing them may lead to a fluid collection (seroma) that will require a needle to drain them at a later date.  

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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A month of draining is getting on the long side for male tummy tuck.

If you still have drains at a month, I assume you are draining a significant amount of fluid. It is unusual to require drains for a month, and I would worry about possible infection  from the drain site. Nutritional supplements are necessary in your case, because for a month you are losing a substantial amount of calories in the drain fluid. A workup from a nutritionist may be helpful. Removal of the drain may also stimulate a decrease. Remaining fluid can be removed with a needle in the numb paert of the skin. If the drain is removed, a culture of the drainage and drain tip would be valuable.

John Cassel, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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