Preoperative Sizing in Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 18 December 2018

There are multiple factors that go into determining the best implant size for you. Breast measurements, desired size, characteristics of your breast, tissue and chest wall are all critical in making the right selection.

Breast implants are measured in cubic centimetres. That’s why you’ll typically see CC when labeling size, like 350CC. Breast implants come in a whole range of sizes, from about 80CC up to 800CC. Obviously, the higher the number, the bigger the breast implant size. The width of the base also varies, fom 7.4cm to 17.2cm.

Don’t measure your breast size by your bra

Bra cup size is not an accurate way to measure breast size. It is imprecise, because bra sizing standards vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even country to country. Despite being labeled the same cup size, the actual volume may be different. That’s why it’s best if you bring in the exact bra you want to wear after your surgery to your sizing session.

How I help determine a proportionate implant size

From a medical standpoint, it’s important that I also consider your specific body measurements when deciding on what size is right for you. An overly large implant can cause complications, both right after surgery and a few years down the road. Such complications include separation of incision lines and excessive sagging. However, I also understand that an overly small implant won’t improve your body contour sufficiently.

Measurements, like your shoulder width, height and ribcage width is used to determine a range of implant sizes that would achieve proportionate improvement as well as reduce your risk of complications.

Factors that you should consider when choosing breast implant measurements

There are multiple factors that come into play when selecting the right implant size. If you don’t carefully pre-plan, you could run into situations in life that would adversely affect you and your new implants. You should take into consideration the following when selecting your implant size:

Fitness and exercise

Do you like to exercise regularly? If so, perhaps it’s best to stay conscious of the fact that breasts over a certain size can make some physical activities more difficult or cumbersome, such as running and tennis.

Your personality

Are you the type of person that likes to attract attention, or are you more quiet and reserved? The larger the implants, the more attention you could attract. You may want to opt for a slight increase in size, just enough to balance out your body contour for a more natural look.

Be true to yourself

You shouldn’t base your decision on breast size based on an actress that you saw on the internet. They are not you. You should select a size that accurately reflects your own personality and lifestyle. Don’t base your chosen size on how your girlfriend looks, either. Her body is different and the breast size she has may not look very flattering on your body.

Communicate effectively with your doctor

A breast implant consultation is a two-way street. You need to express your expectations and it’s my job to understand them so I can help you achieve them. If you feel that your concerns are not being addressed, don’t be afraid to ask for more clarification or explain your situation further. I’m here for you!

Know what you want

You should not agree to undergo the surgery until you’re confident that you’ll like your new look and size. If you have any doubts prior to your surgery, talk to me about them! We can also schedule another in-clinic implant sizer session.

As you can see, there are many factors that you need to take into consideration when selecting your implant size. You shouldn’t choose a size because it looks good on a friend or celebrity. You should select a size that is right for you. The process is personal and while you should take your doctors suggestions into consideration, you have the final say in the size you select.

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Breast Augmentation Dubai AFTERCARE

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 12 December 2018

Once your surgery is completed, you must follow all the instructions given to you in order to heal properly and have a good outcome.

The following instructions are your obligation. Use this as a checklist of progress as you heal. Included are normal post-surgical experiences and key health considerations that may be a cause of concern.


Typical symptoms of breast augmentation and signs to watch for following surgery with silicone breast implants include the following:

Tightness in the chest region and stiffness 

Tingling, burning or intermittent shooting pain. These are normal experiences as the skin, muscles and tissue stretch to accommodate your breast implants, and as sensory nerves heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort. If you have drains, you may experience additional localised discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to our office immediately.

Hypersensitivity of nipples or lack of sensitivity

This is normal and will gradually resolve over time. You may also experience a small amount of fluid or milk seeping through the nipples. If this becomes painful or excessive notify my office immediately.

A feeling of heaviness

It is normal for your chest to feel heavy as you adjust to your implants. This will subside within 2-4 weeks following surgery.

Shiny skin or any itchy feeling

Swelling can cause the breast’s skin to appear shiny. As the healing process advances, you may also find a mild to severe itchy feeling of the breasts. If the skin becomes red and hot to the touch, contact our office immediately.

Asymmetry, the breasts look different, or heal differently

Breasts may look or feel quite different from one another in the days following surgery. This is normal. Although no two breasts in nature or following surgery are perfectly symmetrical, breast massage and time will produce breasts that are similar in shape, position and size.

A sloshing sound or sensation

This is not the result of your implant, but rather of air that is trapped in the implant pocket and fluid that may naturally accumulate. This is perfectly normal and will resolve within 2-4 weeks.


Your greatest discomfort usually occurs the first 24-48 hours after surgery. During this time, take all medications prescribed by me as directed. It is helpful to take pain medication with bland food to avoid nausea, which may occur if taken on an empty stomach.

Wear garments as directed after surgery. An additional garment may be picked up at the office. Contact the office before taking any Aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) or Aspirin-like medications. You may take Tylenol, if you are not taking a pain medicine that already contains Tylenol (acetaminophen), such as Percocet (oxycodone) or Norco (hydrocodone).

Eat easily digestible foods. These are tolerated well the first 24 hours after surgery. If you are not experiencing nausea, you may resume a normal diet. Drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages and eat fruit and food high in fiber to avoid constipation. Should constipation occur, discontinue pain medication (if tolerated). For relief, you may try magnesium citrate (purchased at your local pharmacy) or prune juice. It may take up to 24 hours to produce a bowel movement. These treatments may be repeated as needed.


No lifting over 10-15lb. until cleared by myself. When at home, take frequent rest periods – you may walk for short distances, as walking is important to prevent clots from forming in your legs. As you increase your activity, let comfort be your guide. If it hurts, don’t do it.

Do not resume jogging, aerobics, sexual or vigorous activity until cleared by myself. No heavy household chores (laundry, vacuuming, sweeping/mopping, etc.) until cleared. You may shower 24 hours after surgery. Do not submerge incisions or drains (if present) under water such as in bath, lake, river, pool or hot tub. If present, leave steri-strips (flesh colored bandages) in place. All other dressings may be removed to shower.

Continue to wear the garment, placed on you at the time of surgery, 24/7 except to shower or to launder the garment. Two weeks after surgery, you may discontinue sleeping in the garment and only wear it during the day. While taking pain medicine, have someone assist you with daily activities, particularly personal hygiene.

Limit arm usage to routine daily functions such as brushing your teeth, eating, washing and combing your hair. Avoid vigorous arm motion that requires pushing, pulling and/or lifting heavy objects.

As you heal and soreness subsides, let pain be your guide for your activity level. If it hurts, don’t do it. Check with me before returning to work, particularly if your job requires heavy lifting or vigorous activity.

Avoid sleeping on your abdomen until all soreness has subsided. You may find sleeping propped on 2-3 pillows more comfortable. Avoid sunbathing for 4-6 weeks or until cleared by myself.

Do not wear an underwire bra for 6 weeks. At that point, you may wear a bra of your choice. However you will need to wear a good supportive bra for exercise or vigorous activity. Preferably a sports-type bra that has cups versus one that just compresses the breasts.

Do not smoke for 6 weeks as smoking delays the healing process.


You may have several layers of dressings. After 24 hours, you may remove all dressings except the flesh-colored bandages (steri-strips) or clear “tape” (Prineo). Leave either of these dressings in place until your follow up with your surgeon. If either of these dressings comes off, please contact my office for further instructions.

Do not put anything on your incisions except soap and water unless instructed.

Please notify me if:

You have a fever greater than 101 that lasts more than 24 hours.

You develop excessive swelling, redness or warmth of incisions.

You experience severe pain not responding to pain medication.

You develop thick, odorous drainage or bleeding that does not subside. You experience shortness of breath.

One breast appears twice the size or more than the other.



On day two from surgery remove all gauze in the bra and throw it away. Shower, and then pat the incisions (steri-strips or skin glue) with a clean cloth. Replace soft bra. You will not need gauze unless you have some slight drainage from the incision sites and want to keep this from getting on your clothes.


You may shower two days after surgery (48 hours after surgery). Do not bathe, swim, hot tub, lake swim, or use a whirlpool until incisions are fully closed. I will determine when you are cleared for these activities based on your physical exam. You may feel lightheaded on your first or second shower, therefore a shower assistant is mandatory. Sitting on a chair in the shower is also helpful if you feel more comfortable.


Complete your course of antibiotics. Arnica may reduce bruising and you should take a complete course. Take prescribed pain medication only as directed and consider Extra Strength Tylenol in place of narcotics. Take medications with food to reduce nausea. Resume pre-operative medications unless otherwise directed by your operating physician or personal physician.


Initially, there will be quite a bit of swelling. This swelling over the first couple of days. You will notice that your implants/breasts seem high on your chest. This is often very normal. On day 5 you will start massaging your breasts. This will assist with the implants settling and the capsule to form flexibly. Do not apply heat or ice to any treatment areas. Your ability to sense if your skin is getting too cold or hot is not normal and you may burn yourself.


Start gentle massage of the breasts at day 5. I or my office staff will demonstrate this technique for you at your post-operative visit. Lymphatic massage has also been shown to help people with fluid retention following surgery. Do not lie on your stomach.


Start with a bland soft diet and increase this slowly. Slowly resume a balanced healthy diet. This is often difficult following surgery as you are not feeling at your best and are limited in the amount of physical activity you can do. Limit the amount of salt to take in as this will affect your swelling. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol.


Avoid tight fitting bras that dig into your skin or incision. Wear a soft bra that gives moderate support and opens from the front. This makes it easier to take it on and off.


It is well known that nicotine impairs healing and increases your risk of infection. Your scars and final outcome are negatively affected by smoking/nicotine as well.


Do not drive or operate any heavy machinery for 24 hours following surgery and/or until you are not taking pain pills. You will need someone with you mandatorily for 24 hours following surgery.

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Breast Augmentation Dubai | 8 December 2018

Having fuller more voluptuous breasts is a very important part of feeling feminine and more confident for women. The breasts give the female body more proportion, curves and shape, which makes many women feel more sexy.  There are a variety of factors that make women unhappy with their breasts. Such factors include the effects of aging, gravity which leads to sagging, post pregnancy changes and natural asymmetry. A breast augmentation helps women improve the overall appearance of the breasts and cleavage. This results in an improved self esteem, confidence and feeling sexier about your body.

Reasons why women seek breast augmentation include:

Improved body proportion

Correct loss of fullness or sagging due to aging, gravy, or pregnancy

Improve cleavage appearance

Increase breast shape and size

Correct asymmetry of the breasts (one breast is larger than another)


Breast augmentation involves the placement of an implant under the patient’s breast tissue to enhance the size and shape of the breast. The breast implants are usually inserted using an incision placed under the breast at the crease, but can also be put in via an incision in the armpit or around the nipple. Breast augmentation surgery takes about one and a half hours, and is usually done under general anaesthetic. The operation itself involves accessing and creating the pocket into which the implant will be placed, using one of the insertion routes mentioned above: breast-crease, armpit  or nipple.

Incision Options

There are three different types of incisions that can be performed when getting a breast augmentation surgery. These incisions are Inframammary (incision below the breast), Transaxillary (through the armpit), and Peri-Areolar (along the lower edge of the Areola). Dr Vigo will go over the different options available to you during your consultation, showing you the benefits of each option and explaining exactly how they are performed including the associated recovery time for each.


An inframammary incision is the most common incision when getting a breast augmentation. This incision is made in the fold below the breast and carries a very low risk of complications. Inframammary incisions are highly recommended for large pre-filled implants such as silicone. These incisions are usually discreet as it goes along the natural crease below the breast, however, on occasion the scar may be visible due to the size or shape of the implant. All patients heal at different rates. Your incisions will be monitored after surgery and tailor your scar managment to optimize healing and appearence. Proper care and maintenance of your incisions will be closely followed with you as you heal.


A Peri-Areolar incision is done around the bottom edge of the areola and is typically four to five centimeters in length. This incision is very discreet after it is healed. Often times it is impossible to notice as it goes along the natural edge of the areola. The trade off risks and benefits of their incision approach will be disscused at the time of your consultation. Some  women may experience difficulty with breast feeding after this incision approach. Nipple sensitivity is also jeopardized with this approach compared to other incision sites.


A Transaxillary incision is the least visible of the different incision options as it is made in the armpit. This ensures there are no scars anywhere near the breasts. The breast augmentation procedure is performed using an endoscope during the surgery, which allows the surgeon to see the implant inside the pocket. Having the ability to see the implant inside the pocket allows for the best surgical decisions and precise placement of the implant. Implant type is limited by the incision, as only round smooth implants can be placed through this incision.

Once the pocket has been created, the surgeon may insert a trial implant to check that the size chosen is appropriate. The trial implant is removed, the definitive implant inserted and the incision wounds are stitched. You will be able to go home the same day. Postoperative pain in these procedures is easily controlled. Your chest will feel tight. Your breasts and ribs below your breasts will be tender. Patients will be mobile from day one and should be back to full exercise within six weeks. Patients are recommended to take around one to two weeks off work immediately after the operation in order to ensure you recuperate fully.

Implant Placement Options

There are two choices when it comes to the placement of the breast implants you select. They are subglandular (above the muscle) or submuscular (below the muscle). The benefits of each of the different placement options will be discussed with you at your consultation with a  recommendation of a specific placement option depending on the natural shape of your breasts or your overall goals for getting a breast augmentation.


Subglandular placement is when the implant is placed above the muscle. During this placement, the implants are placed below the natural breast tissue and the surgery is usually quicker but the recovery time is about the same as below the muscle. One of the benefits of subglandular placement is that if future surgery may be required due to rupture or leakage, it allows for easier access to the implant. However, subglandular placement does also have its downsides, such as an increased risk of capsular contracture, concerns about breast views on mammography, and the implant may be able to be felt through the skin.


Submuscular placement is when the breast implant is put under the pectoral muscle. The benefit with submuscular placement is that the final result of the breast augmentation will look and feel more natural. Any breast imaging will be easier including mammographies, because it is easier to differentiate the implant from real breast tissue. Most patients are able to drive in a few days and you may shower the next day. Most surgeons agree that implants under the muscle are in the best position for the long term health of the patient.

Dual plane augmentation

When slender women with slightly drooping breasts seek breast augmentation surgery, surgeons often combine these two routes, placing the implants partly behind the breast and partly behind the muscle. Through this combined approach surgeons try to give patients the benefits of both techniques. This is called a dual plane augmentation.


Before going into breast augmentation surgery, it is very important to get a good nights rest. You must follow the instructions given such as limitations to food or medications the day before surgery. All of this is important to get the best results and have the quickest recovery possible when getting surgery.

On the day of surgery make sure you have a friend or family member drive you to the surgical facility. You may be very sleepy from anesthesia after the surgery. Before surgery, your surgeon will review the choices you selected and answer any final questions or concerns you may have. 

Your body will then be marked and you will be guided  through exactly what will happen during the surgery. 

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Breast Augmentation Dubai | 8 December 2018



Breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgery.


Also known as augmentation mammaplasty; breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgery.


Medical devices placed in your body to enhance an existing breast size or to reconstruct your breast. Breast implants fall into two categories: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.


A complication of breast implant surgery which occurs when scar tissue that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant and becomes firm.


Drugs and/or gasses used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.


An incision made in the fold under the breast.


Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.


A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.


An incision made at the edge of the areola.


Breast implants filled with sterile salt water.


Breast implants filled with an elastic gel.


Breast implants placed directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle.


Breast implants placed under the pectoral muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.


Stitches used to hold skin and tissue together.


An incision made in the underarm area.


A diagnostic procedure that projects high-frequency sound waves into the body and records the echoes as pictures.

What happens in a tummy tuck procedure?

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 7 December 2018

The most common form of tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision near the pubic hairline, so swimwear or undergarments can hide the resulting scar. If there is excess skin above the navel, an incision around the navel may be required. Sometimes, the surgery involves liposuction to remove pockets of excess fat from specific areas of the body. To reduce scar tissue and increase the speed of healing, I may utilize a harmonic scalpel that uses ultrasonic energy to perform parts of the tummy tuck surgery. Diastasis is a term used to describe the separation of the two-paired abdominal muscles that make up the front of the abdomen, which is often caused by multiple pregnancies. Sutures are used to tighten up the abdominal wall, resulting in a flatter stomach. Stronger, tighter abdomen muscles may also help reduce lower back pain.

A tummy tuck is not a shortcut to weight loss. But, it can be a powerfully transforming surgery and complements the impact that weight loss has on the abdominal profile. Many of our patients say they feel liberated after having a tummy tuck. They can wear a bikini again, or not wear a shirt or a top to cover up their loose stomach. They feel good about being outdoors running, swimming and golfing. It does a lot to boost a person’s confidence in their bodies and for many of my patients, it’s an incentive to maintain a healthy appearance for the rest of their lives. For some patients, tighter abdomen muscles may also help reduce lower back pain.

Your Guide to Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 5 December 2018


Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.


Increase fullness and projection of your breasts

Improve balance of breast and hip contours

Enhance your self-image and self-confidence


Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted.

Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. I will assist you in making this decision.


Breast augmentation is a deeply personal procedure, and it’s important that you’re doing it for yourself and not for someone else, even if that person has offered to pay for it. Patient satisfaction is high, specifically when they want the procedure themselves.

You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:

You are physically healthy and you aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding

You have realistic expectations

Your breasts are fully developed

You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small

You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after 

  pregnancy, weight loss or with aging

You are unhappy with the upper part of your breast 

   appearing “empty”

Your breasts are asymmetrical

One or both breasts failed to develop normally or have an 

   elongated shape


Saline breast implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.

Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel.

Structured saline breast implants

Structured implants are filled with sterile salt water, and contain an inner structure which aims to make the implant feel more natural.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket.  

Gummy bear breast implants

Form-stable implants are sometimes referred to as gummy bear breast implants because they maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken.

The consistency of the silicone gel inside the implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. These implants are also firmer than traditional implants.

Shaped gummy bear breast implants have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top. If a shaped implant rotates, it may lead to an unusual appearance of the breast that requires a separate procedure to correct.

Placement of gummy bear implants requires a slightly longer incision in the skin.

Round breast implants

Round breast implants have a tendency to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Higher profile options can achieve even more projection.

Because round implants are the same shape all over, there is less concern about them rotating out of place.

Smooth breast implants

Smooth breast implants are the softest feeling. They can move with the breast implant pocket, which may give more natural movement.

Smooth implants may have some palpable or visible rippling under the skin.

Textured breast implants

Textured breast implants develop scar tissue to stick to the implant, making them less likely to move around inside of the breast and become repositioned.

Texturing offers some advantage in diminishing the risk of a tight scar capsule. Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of breast implants, so there may be additional options available.

Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants and follow-up with appropriate checkups.


In preparing for breast augmentation, you may be asked to:

Get a blood test

Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

Stop smoking

Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as they can 

  increase bleeding

arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with 

  you for at least the first night following surgery.


During your breast augmentation recovery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.

Immediately after surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area for close monitoring. You may be permitted to go home when you are stable for discharge, typically after an hour or so.


While a breast augmentation yields larger breasts right away, the final results may take a few weeks as the swelling subsides and the skin stretches. Some patients may need to wear a bandeau to help shape their breasts, especially if they have underlying asymmetry or very small breasts to start with. Incision lines may take several months to fade.

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Breast Augmentation: What to Expect

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 3 December 2018

Electing to undergo breast augmentation surgery can be both thrilling and intimidating. Although the operation has many great benefits, many people are often unaware as to what exactly goes into getting the procedure. Typically, the surgery will encompass three phases: consultation, operation, and recovery. Each step of the process requires its own level of consideration. By taking the time to learn about each phase, you can ensure that you get the results you want. Before beginning the process, however, you have to decide if the procedure is for you.

Is breast augmentation right for me?

Before setting up a consultation, patients should take the time to consider if the procedure is right for them. The process requires time, money, and enduring some physical discomfort. Since the procedure involves an initial investment, you should take the time to think about your desired outcome and what you would consider a good value for your money. Once you have a clear idea of what you want, you can then meet with a surgeon to get their opinion on how to best achieve these results.

The consultation

Although many patients have their first consultation with some idea of how they would like to appear after the operation, you can also ask surgeons for recommendations. A breast augmentation specialist will have performed many surgeries by the time you enter their clinic, so surgeons have a working knowledge of what people prefer when it comes to breast augmentation. Doctors can use computer-assisted visualization tools to determine the best size and implant type for your body.

During the consultation, the doctor will explain the entire process of the breast augmentation. Beyond size, you will have to choose the kind of implant material you would like. The two main choices are silicone or saline, which will determine firmness and shape. Depending on your choice, you will have to select a shape, which can be round or teardrop, among other choices. Depending on what you choose, the doctor will then recommend either to place the implant below or above the muscle.

The procedure

Breast augmentation is usually an outpatient procedure, though some can elect to stay overnight. The surgery will last between one and two hours, and you will likely receive general anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will make cuts under the breast, under the arms, or around the nipples. After they insert the implants, the surgeon will close the incision with a suture.


Although breast augmentation surgery once required a significant amount of recovery time, patients are often able to return to work shortly after the operation. To reduce swelling and pain, you should sleep upright, such as in a recliner, for the first 48 hours after the operation. You should expect to reduce any strenuous activity for two or three weeks after surgery, including limiting the amount of times you raise their hands above your head, which will help reduce swelling. This reduction in activity includes exercising and lifting heavy objects. Generally, after eight weeks, most people will be able to return to normal levels of activity.

Tips for healing

To make things easier on yourself after the operation, you should set aside clothes for the week and perform any necessary housework prior to the surgery. The week after the operation will be the most difficult, so you are encouraged to do the legwork beforehand so you can rest that week. Ice packs and loose-fitting clothing will go a long way in helping to alleviate discomfort from the breast augmentation surgery. Lastly, drink lots of water to stay hydrated during the process.

Make sure that you are well informed about all the aspects of breast augmentation before making the final decision to undergo the procedure. If you’re confident that you can handle each step of the procedure, you’re much more likely to have an easy recovery and be thrilled with your final results. 

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Tummy Tuck Dubai FAQs

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 1 December 2018

1. What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures? 

A: Tummy tuck is used as a synonym for a full Abdominoplasty, where the abdominal muscles are tightened, to reconstruct the abdominal wall. It is an important step on the abdominal contouring after pregnancy or moderate to severe weight gain in which cases the muscles separate. Another type of Abdominoplasty is the mini Abdominoplasty that does not involve tightening neither the abdominal muscle nor the relocation of the belly button. It only removes redundant skin from below the belly button. 

2. Tummy Tuck – Is It Safe?

A: It is safe if performed by a certified plastic surgeon in a credentialed Hospital or Surgical center.

3. Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction?

A:  Liposuction is a very good surgical procedure when the patient only needs contouring and has good skin tone with minimal stretch marks. If the patient has separation of the muscles, redundant skin and moderate to severe stretch marks, the Abdominoplasty will offer a better result, because it will reconstruct the abdominal wall and will get rid of the loose skin.  I also like to do liposuction of the flanks in combination with the Abdominoplasty, to contour the waist better.

4. How long is the Recovery Period for Full Tummy Tuck?

A: Since all abdominoplasties are not alike, recovery times are different. The amount of dissection, the tightness of the closure, the need to tighten the muscles and to what degree may all influence post-op pain, sense of tightness, and recovery time. However, most patients should be able to resume most activities by 3-6 weeks and should be able to stand erect within a few days. Patients who work from home can probably do so after the first week.

5. Does a tummy tuck leave scars?

A: All incisions leave scars and this is not different with tummy tucks, but you can expect the scars to fade and become less noticeable with time.

6. Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

A: Yes, all the sutures used are the kind that dissolves and will not prevent the patients from having an absolute normal pregnancy however is ideal that the patients are done having children, that way they don’t lose the benefits of the tummy tuck.

7. Are tummy tuck results permanent?

A: They are as far as the patients don’t get pregnant or gain a lot of weight.

8. Can a Tummy Tuck remove stretch marks on hips?

A: I like to make my incisions very low which allows me to pull the skin from the thighs to improve the stretch marks. The stretch marks will still be there but they will be a lot less noticeable.

9. Can Tummy Tuck fix loose belly button?

A: Yes, I keep the patient’s original belly button, but I do contour it when I relocate it.

10. Is it possible to have a natural looking belly button after tummy tuck?

A: Yes, not only natural but very pretty. 

11. How long after tummy tuck do I have to wait before I can start doing strenuous exercises (such as sit ups, crunches and weight lifting)?

A: I recommend the patient to start walking and resuming light exercise a week after the surgery, but sit ups, crunches and heavy lifting of more than 15 lbs after 6 weeks.

12. How Will Weight Gain After Tummy Tuck Affect Results?

A: We have fat cells superficial to the abdominal wall and inside the abdominal cavity. Weight gain will stretch the skin and will stretch the muscles to allow for the fat cells to grow, so you lose the benefit of the muscle and skin tightening.

13. Is It Safe to Perform Tummy Tuck Surgery Right After a C-section?

A:  I like to wait between 6 to 12 weeks to allow for uterine contraction, so I can do a better tightening of the muscles. If the patient is breast feeding I will recommend waiting until they are done because tummy tuck requires general anesthesia.

14. What is the best scar treatment after full Tummy Tuck?

A:  I like to use tape on the incisions for 6 weeks, then a cream with silicone and sun protection for 6 more weeks and then massage the scars with vitamin E oil or lotion.

15. How soon after surgery can I start scar treatment?

A: After the first 6 weeks of taping.

16. Does a male tummy tuck differ from a female tummy tuck?

A: Most of the male patients that require a tummy tuck have gained and then lost a moderate to large amount the weight or have a ventral hernia that will require the reconstruction of the abdominal wall and the excision of the redundant skin, so the steps are very similar.

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Tear Trough Treatment for Eye Bags and Dark Circles

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 25 November 2018

These are all very common areas of concern for both men and women. Under eye circles are dark patches that are visible under the eye. Depending on cause and skin tone, these can look like shadows or discolouration that’s red, blue or green in hue. Under eye bags on the other hand, are swollen pockets or patches under the eye. Both under eye circles and bags can either occur separately or alone. They may also be caused by or exasperated by the presence of a tear trough (this is a loss of fat tissue leading to hollowness under the eye). The most common complaints people tend to have with under eye circles, bags or tear trough deformities is that they give the appearance of tiredness.

What Causes Under Eye Circles, Bags & Tear Troughs?

There are a number of genetic and environmental causes that give rise to under eye circles, bags and tear trough deformities. Some people are more predisposed to developing these and whether they affect other members of your family is a good indicator of your risk. Your skin tone may also play a role. Paler skin tones tend to show up blood vessels more readily and thus give the impression of bluish discolouration under the eyes. Darker skin tones may exhibit increased pigmentation in the under eye area which gives the appearance of shadowing. Aside from genetics, other common causes include:

Ageing: as we get older, the skin under the eyes loses its thickness and elasticity. This thinner and more fragile skin is more likely to show underlying muscles and blood vessels which also gives the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Sun damage can also cause dark pigmentation under the eyes as well as accelerate skin ageing. Fat loss and reduced skin laxity can also cause under eye bags to appear more prominent. Loss of fat under the skin and skin ageing can also give rise to tear trough deformities.

Diet: deficiencies in Vitamins C and K as well as iron are thought to present with discolouration under the eyes. Diets high in salt can also increase fluid retention which can increase the prominence of under eye bags.

Sleeping: or rather lack of, can result in worsening of under eye circles and bags.

Dehydration: reduced water intake, excess caffeine and alcohol can all cause volume depletion in the skin and lack of laxity.

Sun damage and smoking:  this can cause increased pigmentation and skin ageing both of which give rise to dark under eye circles and bags.

Inflammation and allergies: this can cause puffiness, bags and under eye circles over time.

Treatment Options For Under Eye Circles, Bags & Tear Troughs?

Luckily, there are a wide range of treatment options if you suffer from under eye circles or bags. The first thing is to ensure that you have a good skincare routine which includes using an under eye cream that contains ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K and ferulic acid which help with under eye circles. Another important skincare tip is to ensure that the under eye skin is kept moisturised so having hyaluronic acid in your under eye cream would help immensely.

If the problem is purely due to thin skin or pigmentation issues, then advanced skin treatments like chemical peels and collagen induction therapy can help brighten and firm up the under eye skin. For tear trough deformities and under eye bags, hyaluronic acid tear trough fillers can treat the hollowness under the eyes and rejuvenate the eye area. For more defined tear trough deformities, cheek fillers can help provide support for the tear trough fillers.

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Are You Losing Volume in Your Face?

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 21 November 2018

The whole mark of a younger face is one with thick, plump and firm skin. Additionally, younger faces have fuller volumes due to the size and location of the facial fat pads. As we age, our faces lose their fullness because of thinning of the skin, loss of elasticity and shrinking in size of the facial fat pads. This loss of face volume results in the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging of the face.

What Causes Loss Of Face Volume?

The main cause of facial volume loss is ageing. Over time, our body produces less collagen, elastin and the fat pads in the face reduce in size. This results in thinner and less pliable skin as well as sagging of the face. Similarly, changes in hormonal profile, in particular, oestrogen, can help accelerate this process. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and sun damage also contribute to skin ageing as well as loss of facial volume.

How Does Losing Volume Affect The Appearance Of Your Face?

Loss of skin volume leads to thinner and less elastic skin. This gives rise to wrinkles and uneven texture. At the same time, reduction in the volume of the fat pads, as well as their descent with gravity, occurs. This gives rise to a flatter profile and sagging of the skin in the mid and lower face. Hence this can lead to a gaunt appearance. It is due to this loss of facial fat volume that gives rise to tear trough deformities, hollowing of the temples, malar flattening, nose to mouth lines, jowls and marionette lines.

How To Add And Restore Volume To Your Face Naturally

In my opinion, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are highly effective for restoring facial volume. This is because they can replace lost volume, help firm up and lift skin, smooth down wrinkles and deliver natural looking results. How much, which type of filler and where to pace them depends on the degree of facial volume loss and your overall face shape. 

The main ways Dermal fillers can help with face volume loss are:

Cheek fillers for contouring and midface lifting

Tear trough fillers for undereye circles and shadows

Restoration of lip shape, definition and volume with lip fillers

Combat sagging, marionette lines and jowls with jawline and lower face fillers

Additionally, face fillers can be combined with Botox as part of my signature liquid facelift to refresh and smooth the face. Collagen induction therapy can also boost the effects of dermal fillers by inducing elastin and collagen formation for thicker and plumper skin.

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