How long do surgical drains stay in after a mommy makeover?

Is it normal for them to be in for a while or do they typically come out within a few days? Or does it really just depend on the person and how their body reacts and heals?


F, 57, Virginia

Drains stay in after a mommy makeover until they stop draining, or the drainage becomes clear colored and less than 20-30 cc’s daily. The timing is different in each patient, averaging between 1-2 weeks. Every plastic surgeon has a slightly different protocol, be sure to check with your PS.

There is no set time that the drains must remain.  I like to have my patients keep a running daily total of the drainage.  When the drainage is under 40cc/day, that drain can be removed.

Dr. Ken Stein