Dr. Jonathan Zelken, board certified plastic surgeon form Newport Beach, CA demonstrates his preferred technique for stripping a Jackson Pratt drain. He uses an alcohol or adhesive remover swap and pinches the base while stripping in the direction of the bulb. By doing this, I prevent clotting of the tube and allow for maximal drainage. Drains can stay in for up to 4 weeks but are most often removed at 2 to 3. My rule of thumb is less than 30cc for 2 days in a row. Breast reduction and facelift drains may come out much sooner.