Tummy tuck drains dark red and thick. Should I be concerned?

I had a tummy tuck 10 days ago I had 3 drains put in and am now down to one. The fluid was turning a light yellowish color but now has turned a dark red and is thick about 50cc every 8 hours or so. Is this normal I spoke with my surgeon and he said it was fine but I am still concerned. I feel very swollen and I also started my period today. I guess my question is why is it so dark and is there a point where it is to much?

Doctor Answers 4

Tummy Tuck Drainage

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 Dear Wenlu,  What you are describing sounds normal. There is a range of color and volume changes that occur. The important thing is that your surgeon is aware of and following your drainage output. Good luck. #Dr. Gervais

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Drainage After A Tummy Tuck

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Drainage After A Tummy Tuck

There is a range of normal drainage, it generally slows down over a few days and becomes lighter and more clear each day.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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TT drainage is dark red- a problem?

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Hi Wenlu.

I enjoy doing quite a lot of tt's.  The drainage tends to change in color over time from bright red to darker red to pink to a straw color, while decreasing in volume.

At 10 days, your volume doesn't seem extreme, as long as your doctor is in the loop.

It is likely that you moved in a certain way, or more likely, some blood clots at this point in time are starting to liquify and be drained.


Some old blood

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It's not uncommon to have some bloody drainage that is prolonged. Hang in there and this should slow down. 

Scott Tucker, MD
Winston Salem Plastic Surgeon
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