Is It Normal to Not Have Any Drainage? (photo)

I had liposuction on my abdomen, hips, thighs and knees yesterday and so far my body is completely dry. I'm not complaining! I just want to know if its ok. Should there be drainage and might it happen later? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 17


It is ok if you don't have drainage. I now leave the site open if I am using small Canullas  I think the swelling resolves quicker. But for larger sites I do close them for better scarring. But don't be surprised if you see drainage a week or two from now. This could just be built up fluid which finally finds a place to escape.  

Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Sometimes no drainage

Lucky you! Some patients drain more than others and it is unusual to have none. Variables include how much wetting solution was used and if the incisions are sutured. Even when a single suture is place at each incision there is commonly some drainage. As an aside, I like my patients to wear their compression garment continuously for at least 6 days. Should you be out of yours already? With my patients, I'm concerned about things not healing as smoothly as possible and the risk of fluid collections under the skin from discontinuing compression too soon after liposuction. Good luck, result looks good at 1 day!

Gregory J. Stagnone, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Drainage after lipo

Fluid coming through the little incisions done to do liposucion, also depends on the technique used, so if he/she used a small amount of liquid instead of tumescent, then a small amount of fluid is expected and that minimum will be absorbed by your own body. Adding the incisions were sealed, then no fluid will come out. You just have to be thorough on monitoring your abdomen ( mainly) where seroma may develop. Seroma is a pocket of fluid and that will need to be sucked out. The sign is a wavy surface. Hopefully your evolution goes with NO complication. Dr. Cardenas

Laura Carmina Cardenas, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 210 reviews

No Drainage after Liposuction Surgery?

Yes, when insicion lines are closed after liposuction surgery, little to drainage is expected.

Best wishes; hopefully, you will be very pleased with the outcome of the procedure performed.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,487 reviews

Drainage after liposuction

It's OK not to have any drainage after liposuction. If the nurses have done an exceptional job at "squeegeeing" out the local anesthesia solution, then there may be almost no obvious drainage. And, some sites will drain more than others. Whatever doesn't drain will be naturally absorbed and processed by your body.

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Fluid drainage after Liposuction

It is common to have some fluid drainage following liposuction for a couple of days.  The amount of fluid depends on technique used and whether the incisons were closed.

Craig Mezrow, MS, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Liposuction, smart laser liposuction

The drainage after liposuction varies greatly and depends on multiple factors including the amount of fluid put in, the amount of aspirate, the amount of fluid squeezed out by the nursing staff. 

Barry Lycka, MD
Edmonton Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Absence of drainage after liposuction is of no concern.

Occasionally, patient will have no drainage after liposuction. This is somewhat unusual but is of no concern.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Is It Normal to Not Have Any Drainage? (photo)

That is a "good" thing though rare. Be sure you received an appropriate liposuction. What was the amounts infused and removed?? 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Little to no drainage after liposuction

Every patient is different.   Sometimes patients have a lot of drainage, sometimes patients have little to nothing at all.   I am sure you will have a post-operative visit with your surgeon soon to review everything, but sounds good so far.   Best of luck.

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