Objective: We present in this study our experience with lipoabdominoplasty, demonstrating the economic dissection and the Baroudi's stiches importance on prevention of seroma, without use of suction drains in the last four years. Methods: Retrospective comparative study of cases, from January of 1999 to January of 2003, including patients submitted to abdominoplasty associated or not with abdominal lipossuction, with or without close drainage and Baroudi's stiches. Results: The 58 patients submitted to abdominoplasty, 56 were female and two male, with the age between 29 and 73 years. According to statistical analysis, we evidence that we were gradualy removing the suction drains, where 48.3% of the patients had been drained and 51.7% had not. The incidence of seroma was 15.5% (9 cases). In the patients with Baroudi's stiches and without suctions drains (30 patients) in only one occurred seroma. Conclusion: The restricted undermining of supraumbilical flap and its fixation to the aponeuroses, reducing the dead space and consequently the seroma in liposuction associated cases, when the active drains can be now dispensable.
Keywords: Abdomen/surgery. Lipectomy. Seroma.