Drain-Free Tummy Tuck with Tissue Glue (TissuGlu)
TissuGlu is no longer available
Update: As of Jan 2019 TissuGlu is no longer being manufactured. We had great success with TissuGlu and hopefully TissuGlu or something like it returns to the market soon.
Can drain-free tummy tucks be performed without TissuGlu?
Yes, with a quilting type of suture closure called progressive tension sutures some plastic surgeons offer a no drain tummy tuck. Although effective, in Dr. Yates opinion the degree of strength and dead space closure is inferior to that which can be achieved with TissuGlu. Furthermore, the progressive tension sutures can cause dimpling of the skin, risk skin flap compromise, and lengthen surgical times. Dr. Yates has been using progressive tension sutures since 2012 and found TissuGlu a welcome innovation.