Personally I have never used nor seen the need for steroids with a tummy tuck. I always use antibiotics (though not doxycycline) for a period of one week. My preference is for the use of Keflex in non-allergic patients. Discuss your feelings with your surgeon of course.....and best wishes.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
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Thank you for your question. I do not use steroids for tummy tuck. Doxycycline is an antibiotic sometimes used for prophylactic prevention of infection especially for the sake of drain.
I have not found methylprednisolone dose pack to be necessary in tummy tucks. Doxycycline is an antibiotic, and everyone has their own favorite choices. Personally, I prefer a different antibiotic called Keflex as most staph bacteria are resistant to doxycycline. That resistance profile, however, may be different in your community.
I hope this has been helpful.
Robert D. Wilcox, MD
The doxycycline is an antibiotic and it is usual for an antibiotic to be given after a tummy tuck, especially if drains are placed. As to the steroid, I see no advantage in using it.