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Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 6 December 2018

A tummy tuck is a highly individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

In general, you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if:

You are physically healthy and at a stable weight

You have realistic expectations

You are a nonsmoker

You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen

What should I expect during my tummy tuck recovery?

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 2 December 2018

During your tummy tuck recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery.

Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

You will be given specific instructions that may include:

How to care for the surgical site and drains

Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection

Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health

When to follow up

You will be given answers to the following specific Tummy Tuck questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period:

Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?

What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?

Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?

When will the stitches be removed?

How will I bathe?

How long will I wear the pressure garment?

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

When do I return for follow-up care?

Abdominoplasty: What are the alternatives to tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty Dubai | 24 November 2018

Although it’s not strictly an alternative, you might be able to have liposuction to reshape your abdomen. This is where I use a special machine to suck out excess fat from under your skin.

You can have it on its own instead of a tummy tuck, but it only removes fat, whereas a tummy tuck removes fat and skin. After liposuction, your skin will shrink back a little, if you’re younger and your skin is still quite elastic. But if you have loose skin or muscles before the operation, then liposuction alone won’t be effective.

Liposuction might be helpful if you’re not generally overweight, but have localised areas of fat that you want to get rid of. If you have excess skin, liposuction alone won’t be effective.

Liposuction may occasionally be an added part of a tummy tuck procedure. As with any medical procedure, liposuction can have side-effects and longer-term complications. Your surgeon will tell you about the potential risks and benefits of tummy tuck and any other treatment options available to you.

Abdominoplasty Dubai | End

Getting wrinkles is quite normal

Fillers in Dubai | 20 November 2018

Whether it’s laughter lines, frown lines or crow’s feet – getting wrinkles (the folds or creases in your skin) is quite normal. Wrinkles aren’t harmful and many people just accept them as a natural sign of ageing. However, you may decide you don’t like the way they look, and so be considering ways to reduce them.

There are lots of different treatments which aim to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and make your skin look smoother and more youthful. Here I cover the most common ones and highlight things to think about if you’re considering having treatment.

Botulinum toxin injections

Botulinum toxin injections may reduce some types of wrinkles. This is commonly called ‘Botox’ but this is actually the trade name of just one type of botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin injections are often used to treat forehead and frown lines that come from making facial expressions. They can also reduce lines at the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet). Botulinum toxin can only reduce what are called active wrinkles which are caused by muscle activity. It won’t work for wrinkles, creases or lines that don’t change with your facial expressions.

If you have botulinum toxin treatment, I will inject it into specific muscles in your face. It will relax or paralyse these muscles to reduce their effect on lines and wrinkles. It may take one to three days for the treatment to take effect and the best results will be after around a week or two. The treatment should last for three to six months. You’ll need to have botulinum toxin injections repeated if you want to keep the effects.

Problems that may occasionally happen with botulinum toxin injections include some partial facial weakness. This is because of excessive paralysis of the injected muscles, or those nearby. This is temporary. Botulinum toxin injections aren’t suitable if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or have a neurological disorder, such as myasthenia gravis.

Dermal filler injections

Dermal fillers aim to plump up your skin and make it appear fuller and smoother. Dermal fillers are often used to reduce lines around your nose and your lips, and to enhance the shape of your lips. There is a range of dermal fillers available that work in different ways, and they can be temporary or permanent.

Permanent fillers, such as silicone, were used in the past but are no longer recommended for use on the face. I will recommend using a non-permanent dermal filler. These are either synthetic, or made from a material that closely resembles a naturally occurring substance in your body. I will inject the dermal filler into the required area with a tiny needle.

The effects from dermal filler treatment usually last from three to 18 months, depending on the type of filler and the area you have treated. You’ll need to have repeat treatments if you want the effects to last longer.

Cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery can help reduce deep wrinkles and sagging skin. In facelift surgery, I will lift up the skin and soft tissues of your face. This will make your face tighter and smoother. The operation can be done on your whole face (a full facelift) or on your brow area (brow lift), lower face and neck.

Your face will continue to age after you have a facelift. The best results are achieved in people who have skin with good levels of elasticity and have a strong bone structure. A facelift can make you look younger but it may be six to nine months before you can fully judge how well it’s worked. The effects may last for up to 15 years. Surgery is the most aggressive treatment and usually has the greatest effect, but it also has a greater recovery time and risks.

Fillers in Dubai | End

A tummy tuck is an operation to remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 16 November 2018

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an operation to remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen (tummy) and to tighten your abdominal muscles. The results of a tummy tuck can be long lasting. You can help this by keeping to a healthy weight after your surgery. There are lots of reasons why people have this type of surgery, including having weaker abdominal muscles after pregnancy or having previously lost a lot of weight.

Why do some people have a tummy tuck? You might want to have a tummy tuck because:

you have loose skin after major weight loss

your abdominal skin and muscles might have become slack after pregnancy

you have abdominal scarring from earlier surgery or injury

it’s part of another operation that you need, such as hernia repair

Tummy tuck surgery removes excess fat and skin and can tighten your abdominal muscles to improve the shape of your abdomen. Some stretch marks from pregnancy may be removed and others made less noticeable. Tummy tuck surgery isn’t a treatment to help you lose or control your weight and won’t stop you from gaining weight in the future either.

 

A facelift operation can make you look younger by reducing sagging skin and wrinkles

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 14 November 2018

A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that can improve the most visible signs of the ageing process by eliminating excess fat, tightening and elevating the muscles beneath the skin of the face, and by removing or repositioning sagging skin.

It is very common for this procedure to be performed in conjunction with Blepharoplasty, a Brow lift, or a Neck lift to balance and complement the newly rejuvenated face. A well-performed facelift should revitalise the face without distorting or changing ones facial features.

PRP Therapy For Hair Loss

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 13 November 2018

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an effective and proven treatment for hair loss. Blood is taken from a patient’s arm into a tube that contains a separation gel. The blood is placed in a centrifugal machine to separate the red blood cells from the plasma that contains the platelets.

The PRP containing a high concentration of platelets is then injected into areas of the scalp that show hair thinning. This stimulates hair growth by encouraging the rejuvenation of follicles and also extending the growth cycle of the hair.

Clinical data provides evidence that PRP also promotes healing by the release of cytokines and growth factors from the platelets into the areas being treated.

HAND REJUVENATION

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 10 November 2018

Frequently the focus of cosmetic improvement is the face, yet one of the most age-telling body features neglected are our hands. The skin on the back of the hands is extremely thin and loss of fat padding shows quickly. Take away this cushion and all the structures in the hand show up, the tendons, bones and the veins.

The natural fat cushion that we are born with begins to lessen in our late twenties and early 30′s. By the time most of us approach 50, we have hands that tell the truth about our age and often they can actually make us seem older than we are!

Hand rejuvenation can restore the volume on the back of the hands that has been lost due to the natural ageing process via a very simple and convenient procedure. The treatment is highly effective and non time-consuming. It also delivers long-lasting results. Hand rejuvenation is safe, effective and extremely popular both for its immediate effectiveness and long duration.

Treating excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 5 November 2018

Excessive sweating is common and can affect the whole body or just certain areas. Sometimes it gets better with age but there are things you can do and treatments that can help.

What is excessive sweating?

It’s normal to sweat if you get hot or do exercise, but you may be sweating excessively if you’re sweating when your body doesn’t need to cool down. Excessive sweating can happen for no obvious reason, because of another condition you may have or as a side effect of medication you’re taking.

Things you can do to help with excessive sweating

Do

wear loose-fitting clothes to minimise signs of sweating

wear socks that absorb moisture and change your socks at least twice a day if possible

wear leather shoes and try to wear different shoes day to day

Don’t

wear tight clothes or man-made fabrics – for example, nylon

wear enclosed boots or sports shoes that may cause your feet to sweat more

do things that might make your sweating worse – for example, drinking alcohol or eating spicy food

Treatment with botulinum toxin temporarily blocks the nerves that cause sweating. Your skin will be iced or anesthetized first. Each affected area of your body will need several injections. The effects last six to 12 months, and then the treatment needs to be repeated. This treatment can be painful, and some people experience temporary muscle weakness in the treated area.

 

 

What are Botox injections used for?

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 1 November 2018

Botulinum Toxin injections are most commonly used for:

Frown Lines

Lines around the eyes (crow’s feet)

Horizontal forehead lines

Nasal scrunch or squint lines

Lines on neck

Botulinum Toxin is also used in small amounts in a number of other areas on the face depending on the way your muscles of facial expression work. It can raise the outer part of the eyebrow if it is sagging, lift the corners of the mouth, and help to smooth out dimpled or cobblestoned chins. Generally it is not used in the lines around the mouth, usually because it might be difficult to speak and eat.

Botulinum Toxin is an injected liquid used to treat frown lines, squint and smile lines, nasal crunch lines, and horizontal forehead wrinkles. By relaxing the underlying muscles, these lines become less deep.

Botulinum Toxin has been used to treat thousands of patients medically and cosmetically over 20 years. Botox is produced in a lab by a bacterium called “Clostridium botulinum”. It has been purified under very strict controlled conditions. Botox is made by Allergan, a company with a twenty-year history of making this product safely.

When injected into a small facial muscle, it doesn’t travel anywhere else in the body. It gradually wears off naturally over a 3-6 month period.  There are other forms of Botox now being produced by other companies. None have the track record of effectiveness and safety yet that Botox does.