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Drainless vs. Drains Tummy Tucks: What’s Better?

Now that we’re getting into the warm weather, tummy tucks are the talk of the town. In fact, tummy tucks are some of the most performed procedures in the country, year-round! Let’s talk a little bit about the different kinds of tummy tucks, including drainless vs drains tummy tucks, which option is best for you, and the next steps to take if you’ve been thinking about your own tummy tuck!

What’s The Difference?

Typical tummy tucks include a drain, or tubing, as part of the recovery process. Since your body naturally produces liquid as an immune response (swelling) after surgery, surgeons will often install a drain in the abdominal cavity to collect excess liquid the body can’t absorb.

A drainless tummy tuck, on the other hand, leaves a space between the skin and muscle tissue. Liquid from swelling distributes evenly through the abdomen–meaning there is no need for a drain. 

Importantly, there can still be fluid buildup after a drainless tummy tuck. For best results, patients should wear the provided compression garments, avoid strenuous activity, and follow their surgical team’s recovery instructions as closely as possible. 

Benefits of Drainless Tummy Tucks

Generally speaking, the recovery time for both drains and drainless tummy tucks is the same. Patients can resume light activity 1-2 weeks after their procedure and full activity within 1-2 months. Both drainless and drains tummy tucks produce relatively identical results as well. 

If recovery time and results are similar, why would a drainless tummy tuck be preferable?

For starters, a drainless procedure avoids drain-site irritation, a common minor byproduct of a traditional tummy tuck. Since there is no need for a drain, there’s no need to install or remove it, which means when the procedure is done, the procedure is done! That also means there’s less chance of noticeable, visible scars forming. 

Not to mention, since there’s no drain, there is no need to empty it or measure the amount of fluid collected. There’s also the peace of mind of not having to carry a drain around in your abdomen–or carving out time to have said drain removed in-office. Finally, a drainless procedure means less for the body to deal with and a smoother healing and recovery process. 

Overall, a drainless tummy tuck is commonly preferred by both surgeons and patients alike, due to the simplified, straightforward process. 

How to Go Drainless

There are many factors that determine a candidate’s suitability for a drainless or drains tummy tuck procedure. Your surgeon will recommend the procedure that best suits your unique situation. 

If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck, the first step is to make a consultation with a trusted, proven cosmetic surgeon. At DeLuca Cosmetic Surgery, we’ve performed thousands of tummy tucks with dazzling, artistic results.

Check out our patient reviews, view before & after photos, and schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to learn more about we can help you choose a body contouring plan to suit your beauty and self-image goals! 


Breast Augmentation Basics

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What is a breast augmentation?

In this post we discuss breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants. – the most popular type of augmentation. Implants allow a predictable breast enhancement in all body types. A breast augmentation is often performed to replace volume lost from weight loss, breast-feeding, or age or to increase the size of the breast for aesthetic reasons.  It is most appropriate for patients with breasts that don’t sag (normal ptosis). In patients with breasts that sag, the need for a lift is determined by your current nipple position and the quality of your tissue.

A breast augmentation can also be performed using fat harvested from other parts of the body using liposuction – brazilian breast augmentation. The results from a fat augmentation are less predictable, however, and work best for slightly overweight patients looking for a modest augmentation.

Read: “Breast Augmentation With Fat”

Where are the implants placed during a breast augmentation?

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Facelift Surgery

A facelift or rhytidectomy is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Albany, New York. This surgical procedure can effectively improve signs of aging around the neck and face by lifting and firming sagging tissue. A facelift can restore a more youthful and natural appearance with scars that are hidden from sight.

What Can a Facelift Address?

Over time, your face can lose its youthful contours due to sun damage, loss of fat, skin thinning, gravity, smoking, and heredity. A rhytidectomy is a popular surgical procedure that can address many signs of aging on the neck and face. Depending on the specific facelift procedure you choose with your surgeon, the procedure can address:

  • Jowls of the cheeks and jaw
  • Fat has fallen lower than it should
  • Deep folds between the corner of the mouth and nose (nasolabial folds)
  • Sagging and relaxation of the face
  • Excess fat and skin of the neck
  • Loss of facial volume
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4 Surgeries With Quick Recoveries

One in five people seek out professional plastic surgery, particularly as they approach middle-age. Modern plastic surgical techniques, attention to detail, and meticulous follow-up allow the surgeons of DeLuca Plastic Surgery to offer patients a quick recovery from surgeries such as liposuction, breast augmentation, mini facelift, and rhinoplasty. A quick recovery with minimal bruising and swelling allows patients to get back to work and play faster.

Picture it. You wake up, head to the operating room, and are pampered by the operating room staff as you drift off to sleep. Only a few hours later you are back at home in your own bed watching Netflix. Minimal discomfort. Excited by the changes that have occurred. Yes. This is the new reality. There are a host of amazing options today. With advanced tools and technologies, a plastic surgeon can help shape the new you without breaking the budget. Consider these four fabulous surgeries to jumpstart the season…

Rhinoplasty

Need a nose adjustment? Rhinoplasty surgery—getting your nose reshaped—could be just what the doctor ordered. Rhinoplasty surgery is tailored to your individual needs – from total nose reshaping to a small hump removal. Post-operative recovery involves soreness and some mild bruising, however, in a week, you can be back in your office, tending to business as usual. And the clincher? A whopping 80-90% of your bruising and swelling with disappear within the first week! Total healing takes longer but, those are changes often only noticed by you (or you close friends). Remarkably, a great majority of patients have relatively mild pain. Exercise can be resumed after 2 weeks.

Read: “Rhinoplasty Basics”

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The Tummy Tuck

Moms, are you happy with your physical body? Do you have countless hours to spend in the gym? Is a personal chef creating a nutrition plan to keep you in tip-top shape as you run around after your little ones, taking them to soccer practice, dance, and Kung Fu?

Chances are, this is not your reality. Let me paint a more realistic picture of you. If you’re like the average mom, you are running the kiddos around and maintaining a house, social schedule, and your own career, perhaps. You vacillate between protein bars, leftover peanut butter sandwiches and Cheez-Its for your noon lunch, as you have no time for anything else, and you have a few pounds to lose. Coffee is your fuel, chocolate is your secret gluttonous snack as you prioritize everyone else first. Does this sound familiar?

Moms, it’s time to get down to the business of taking care of yourselves. Who said that being a mom meant you had to be okay with ten extra pounds and a soft belly? Do you wish you still had the body you had in college?

You can get it back! How about scheduling an abdominoplasty?

What is an abdominoplasty?

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Can Rhinoplasty Benefit Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea not only disrupts your sleep patterns, but it can also increase your risk for a number of serious health issues. If you have tried all of the non-surgical fixes to no avail, consider rhinoplasty. Although it is a surgical procedure and presents its own risks, functional rhinoplasty can help control episodes of sleep apnea.

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To Breast Lift or Not to Breast Lift, With or Without Implants?

More women are embracing breast augmentation every year. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been an astonishing 89 percent increase in the number of breast lifts doctors perform annually since 2000. In 2015 alone, 279,143 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in the U.S.

When we talk about breast augmentation, however, it’s important to note that there are different types of procedures. Getting a breast lift is not the same thing as getting breast implants. It is possible to do either or both. Which one is right for you? That depends on your personal preferences and your breast type.

The Difference Between Breast Lifts and Implants

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Correcting Tuberous Breasts with Surgery

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What Are Tuberous Breasts

Tuberous breasts is a condition where the breasts form into a tube-like shape because of constriction at the base of the breasts during development. The breasts also tend to develop farther apart and unevenly than a normal chest. The breasts are often characterized by enlarged areolas and sagging. Although this condition may prevent a woman from breast-feeding, it doesn’t lead to any other pregnancy or fertility related issues.

Women with tuberous breasts may range from type one, which is the mildest to type five, which is the most severe. With type one, only the lower inside of the breast is constricted. In the most severe cases, the entire breast is constricted and can be physically deforming.

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Everything You Should Know About Breast Implants, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Breast Augmentation surgery appeals to many women who would like to change the size or shape of their breasts. However, women often worry about the procedure’s effect on breastfeeding and future pregnancies. It’s important to understand the risks and benefits while avoiding common myths.

Will Pregnancy Affect Implants

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Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery

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Post-operative care after surgery helps patients achieve their optimal results. The mainstays of the first week of surgical recovery are skin care, rest, ice, elevation, preventing bruising and controlling swelling. As patients enter the second week of recovery our efforts switch to focus on contour and scar management and massage. Specific recommendations are tailored to each surgery and patient needs.

Elevation and Icing

Surgical recovery usually begins with elevation and icing. To make icing the face easier, we recommend the TheraPearl Reusable Hot & Cold Therapy Face or Eye Mask. These masks utilize gel beads to better focus the cooling effect of the mask. Elevation of the head can be achieved by sleeping on a couple of pillows, however, the Brentwood Home Zuma Therapeutic Foam Bed Wedge Pillow makes it easier and more comfortable to maintain the elevation in any sleeping position.

Skin Care

To help with pain control and better skin hydration during the healing process we all recommend the Restore and Repair line from Ageless Millennial Aesthetics. The Restore and Repair line of skin care creams and serums includes the CBD and hyaluronic acid-infused CBD Restorative Cream and the Triple Peptide Repair Serum. This combination helps provide the hydration and essential building blocks the skin needs to recover after surgery.

Read: “Skin Care In The Age of COVID”

Bruising and Swelling

In addition to icing and elevation, for all surgeries we recommend, most patients take anti-bruising supplements, such as Boiron Arnica Montana and Bruizex (Bromelain), starting before surgery and continuing for about a month after surgery. These supplements help to prevent and resolve bruising after surgery.

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