The following post from our forum is from a man who had a tummy tuck last year and is now thinking about getting his backside done. He is wondering if the install surgical drains on his back side.

Date: 03/30/2012 Submitted by: RobertRemoving Sagging Skin On Backside

Had a full abdominalplasty last year after extreme weight loss. The results have been pretty decent but now thinking of the having my back done. Looking for advice on recovery and if you thought realistically if it would need as much downtime. I was down for about three weeks but most of that was due to the muscle repair and drains. Did you have separate drains for your back? I have heard bending over will be tough for a period of time?


Date: 03/30/2012 Submitted by: Tanner


Since I had a tummy tuck and lateral thigh lift I was cut and skin was removed entirely around my midsection – front, back and sides.

I only had the two drains on the front as shown in the pictures. I don’t think back drains were needed in my case because drainage fluids from the wound areas (front, sides and back) flowed down to the central low point where the ends of the drain tubing were located and the one set of drains took care of everything.

I would imaging in your case you would still need to have drains installed. I doubt though that they would install them on your backside. Sitting in a chair would be a problem.

I’m not sure how much I can tell you for just getting your “back” done or how different just the back will be.

I would assume your downtime and recovery would be similar to mine.

I never had a tough time bending over as long as I did it slowly and didn’t stretch anything.

Since you already had the full abdominoplasty you probably know everything to expect (similar stuff anyway) for your next operation.

Let me know if you have any specific questions that I can answer.

Good luck,