Tummy Tucks with no Drains Needed

San Francisco, California – Dr. Lawrence Gray, Dr. Brannon Claytor and Dr. Michael Baker presented the course, “Scarpa Sparing Abdominioplasty with Simultaneous Liposuction, No Drains Needed” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) held in New York City from April 24th to 29th, 2014. The doctors had been invited back to present this course, given for the first time last April at the same annual conference. The Aesthetic Society has nearly 2,600 members and is the leading organization of board certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. This meeting was attended by board certified plastic surgeons from across the United States and a number of foreign countries.

“Scarpa Sparing Abdominioplasty with Simultaneous Liposuction, No Drains Needed” is a technique of performing tummy tuck surgery without the use of drains, post-surgery. Dr. Lawrence Gray states that, “This procedure gives surgeons a technique to avoid using a drains. Drains are, at best, a nuisance, an extra cost, can be difficult for patients to manage and result in more office visits for patients. Patients find drains uncomfortable, clumsy and difficult to manage. The area of insertion of the drains can be an additional wound to manage. Doctors Baker, Claytor and I focus on the safety and ease of management of this technique.”

Dr. Michael Baker, board certified anesthesiologist, discussed anesthesia techniques to make this “abdominoplasty without drains” a safe outpatient procedure. Dr. Baker stressed the importance of a cooperative effort between the anesthesiologist and surgeon in order to give the patient the best possible outcome. This abdominoplasty course, which emphasized the benefits of not using drains, was the only course to include an anesthesiologist in the presentation. All three doctors, Gray, Claytor and Baker, focused on the safety of this technique, stressing the importance and benefit to the patient of the pre-operative evaluations to reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs, which is the main serious risk in a tummy tuck procedure. It now appears that that the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, or AAAASF, is recommending the same pre-operative evaluation that Dr. Gray has been using for years to reduce the risk of blood clots to their members.

Dr. Brannon Claytor reports that tummy tucks with additional liposuction can improve the contours and shape of the abdomen. The addition of liposuction aids in preservation of lymphatic drainage, which can minimize post – operative swelling and in most cases enables the surgeon to avoid the uses of drain. Adding liposuction to this procedure also makes it less invasive and improves long-term results. The addition of liposuction is important because the combined therapy of liposuction and abdominoplasty can supplement aesthetic outcomes, offer improved body contouring and improved aesthetic proportions. Dr. Claytor spoke reviewing 100 patients and included a video of the technique in the course presentation. Visit our website at atlanticplasticsurg.com to learn more about the complete range of plastic surgical procedures or call Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860 for additional information. Visit our website at atlanticplasticsurg.com to read more about tummy tucks with no drains. For more information, call Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gray, since 1985. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction. Dr. Gray teaches at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and at the International Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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