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Abdominoplasty – Keeping Your Results Looking Their Best

Abdominoplasty Dubai | 13 October 2018

The improvements made during a tummy tuck are meant to last — abdominal muscles will remain firmer and tighter and the excess skin will not return. However, future pregnancies or weight gain can negatively affect your results, causing the muscles or skin to stretch back out and become lax after returning to your normal weight. If you’re planning to have more children or you are still working on reaching your goal weight, it’s best to wait until you have achieved these milestones before having a tummy tuck.

When performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, a tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, helping you enjoy a slimmer, more youthful body that looks and feels better every day.

Abdominoplasty – A firm, flat abdomen is a hallmark of a beautiful body contour

Abdominoplasty Dubai | 6 October 2018

A firm, flat abdomen is a hallmark of a beautiful body contour. A tummy tuck, personalized to your needs, can help you improve your abdominal shape for years to come.

What is an Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck tightens and reshapes the abdominal area, helping to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing, slimmer overall appearance. Having a flatter, firmer midsection can dramatically improve the way clothing fits and looks, helping you feel more confident and comfortable in your body.

During the procedure, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess, sagging skin is eliminated, correcting a protruding belly and leaving the midsection flatter and better toned. Tummy tucks are popular procedure for men and women, particularly those whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy.

Who Might Benefit from a Tummy Tuck?

The decision to have any cosmetic procedure is personal, and patients choose to have tummy tucks for a variety of reasons. The best candidates are at or near their ideal body weight, are non-smokers in good health, and have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve for them. If any of the following describe you, a tummy tuck is an option to consider:

– Diet & exercise have helped you lose weight, but your abdomen still protrudes and lacks tone.

– Your abdominal muscles and skin are stretched and sagging following pregnancy.

– After losing significant amounts of weight, you now have loose, excess skin hanging around your belly.

– You have always had a belly that “sticks out,” even though you are in very good shape.

– A tummy tuck can help patients in any of these situations address what they don’t like about their shape and achieve a firmer, flatter abdomen.

Types of Tummy Tucks

No two patients start with identical concerns, nor will any two patients share the exact same goals. I will recommend the type of tummy tuck that will achieve your desired outcome and create natural-appearing results with the least scarring possible.

Mini-Tummy Tuck: Improves the Lower Belly with Less Extensive Surgery

Are you mainly bothered by a “pooch” or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button? A mini-tummy tuck may be a good option for you. This technique involves a single incision made just above the pubic mound, through which your cosmetic surgeon will tighten loose muscles (flattening the “pooch”) and remove excess skin to restore a smooth, flat abdominal wall.

The resulting scar from a mini-tummy tuck is a thin, horizontal line that is typically just a few inches long. Benefits of a mini-tummy tuck include a shorter, less involved procedure, a quicker recovery, and a flatter, slimmer lower abdomen that looks better in swimsuits and fitted clothing.

Classic or “Full” Tummy Tuck: Improves the Upper & Lower Abdomen

Are you bothered by roundness and/or excess skin folds above and below your belly button? A full tummy tuck, which addresses the full length of the abdominal wall, may yield the best results. Through a horizontal or U-shaped incision, made above the pubic mound, I will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. In some cases, a second incision is made around the navel to address excess skin above the belly button and achieve the most natural looking results.

The resulting scar from a full tummy tuck looks similar to that for a mini-tummy tuck, but will typically be longer, running from hip bone to hip bone. Even so, a full tummy tuck scar can usually be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a much flatter, smoother abdomen, reduced appearance of stretch marks, and enhanced comfort in pants and skirts. You will also find that form-fitting dresses and swimsuits have a more flattering fit.

Extended Tummy Tuck: Improves the Upper & Lower Abdomen and Flanks

Have you lost a lot of weight and now have excess, sagging skin hanging around the front half of your body? Or, have you noticed significant laxity in your abdominal muscles following multiple pregnancies? An extended tummy tuck may be the best option to address your concerns. Although it involves a longer incision, an extended tummy tuck removes excess, hanging skin from the front (upper and lower abdomen) and the flanks, as well as tightens the abdominal wall.

The resulting scar from an extended tummy tuck can often be hidden by clothing, including many swimsuits, but it may not be entirely covered for some patients. Even so, many patients consider some visible scarring a worthwhile price for a much improved body shape.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Dubai

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Dubai | 2 October 2018

Some men find that one or both breasts may be abnormally large. Known as gynaecomastia, this condition can result from a hormone imbalance or from being very overweight, which can increase levels of oestrogen and cause breast tissue to grow. Breast reduction surgery is an option for men with this condition. It may also be used to tighten the breast area after dramatic weight loss that has caused the skin to sag. However, it is not suitable for men whose large breasts are simply excess fat from being overweight.

What does it involve?

Breast reduction surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. There are several techniques the surgeon could use, but generally the operation involves:

making a cut (incision) around the nipple

using liposuction to suck out excess fatty tissue

extending the cuts and repositioning the nipples if there is a lot of tissue to remove

The operation takes about 90 minutes. You usually need to stay in hospital overnight.

Recovery

It can take a few weeks to fully recover from breast reduction surgery. You may need to take a few days off work. It can take up to six months to see the full results. You will need to wear an elastic garment day and night for a few weeks after the operation. The length of time you need to keep the dressings on depends on how quickly your wounds heal. After one or two weeks, your stitches will either dissolve or be removed. You should avoid stretching, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for up to six weeks after the operation. You can drive again when it’s no longer painful to wear a seatbelt, which may be several weeks.

Side effects to expect

It’s typical after breast reduction surgery to have:

sore breasts for a few weeks

scars – these may take several months to fade

Most men are just left with a scar around the nipple. But a large breast reduction operation may also result in a scar that runs down vertically and horizontally across the breast crease.

 

Abdominoplasty Dubai – A Patient’s Guide

Abdominoplasty Dubai | 1 October 2018

There are a variety of abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, procedures available, and operations can be tailored to suit a patient’s wishes and needs. Generally speaking, however, tummy tucks are most commonly carried out to remove excess skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks and fat, and to tighten the stomach muscles. The ideal patient is someone whose weight is normal, particularly those who have been overweight and have lost the excess weight. Abdominoplasty is not an operation for people who are overweight, or as an attempt at losing weight. In appropriate patients abdominoplasty can have a very marked effect and is associated with high patient satisfaction.

Full abdominoplasty
For patients who have significant skin laxity, excess fat and separation of the muscles, a classic tummy tuck is the most common procedure. Performed under general anaesthetic, this operation can require patients to be in hospital for two or three days.

During the operation, an incision is made from hip to hip and around the umbilicus. The excess skin and fat is excised from the umbilicus to just above the pubic hair. The muscles above and below the umbilicus are tightened. The skin is then sewn up to give a circular scar around the umbilicus and a long scar across the lower abdomen. Although this operation leaves a large scar, it does provide the greatest improvement in abdominal shape. Patients who are thinking about becoming pregnant should not undergo this procedure, and should wait until they are sure they are not having any more children.

Mini abdominoplasty
For patients with only a small amount of excess skin a lesser abdominoplasty might be appropriate. A general anaesthetic is still needed.

During the operating, a wedge of skin and fat is excised from the lower tummy leaving a horizontal scar above the pubic hair. Sometimes the muscles will also be tightened. No scar is left around the umbilicus, which may be stretched slightly to become a different shape. A mini abdominoplasty will give a smaller effect than a full abdominoplasty.

Liposuction
Liposuction can sometimes be done at the same time as the abdominoplasty. However, liposuction can be recommended instead of an abdominoplasty for younger patients who have good quality, elastic skin and whose main problem is a localised excess of fat.

A general anaesthetic is most commonly used, but treatment can often be as a day case. During the procedure, small incisions are made, excess fat is removed and the wounds are then closed. Some degree of skin tightening or shrinkage can be expected as well, but the results of liposuction can sometimes be unpredictable. Liposuction alone will have less effect than abdominoplasty.

 

Beneath your current face lies a secret one. A much more wrinkle free younger version of you

Fillers in Dubai | 28 September 2018

Are they safe?

Dermal fillers by nature are an extremely safe procedure and a leading option to restore and restructure facial volume.

What are the risks?

Risk is minimal compared to invasive surgical treatments which require cosmetic / plastic surgery, however it’s not uncommon to experience minor side effects as dermal fillers are injection based treatment and pierce the facial skin direct.

What are the side effects?

A side effect can be very light bruising. Lasting up to three days, medically this bruising process simply occurs as healthy bloodstream works to instantly treat the broken skin tissue and live wound – the process induced via the needle injecting point. This is temporary and lasts normally anything from 3 days up to a week. It should be noted that other interference issues may also provoke bruising including medications, lifestyle and alcohol. Swelling and redness may also appear. Normally a side effects which only lasts a few days.

Is filler permanent and how long can it last?

No, the filler itself is temporary and lasts anything from twelve months up to eighteen. Our skins natural collagen goes through a degradation – break down – process as we age. This applies to the collagen barriers surrounding the filler. They evaporate, and this in turn provokes the eventual gradual break down of the dermal filler.

 

DERMAL FILLER AFTERCARE

Fillers in Dubai | 23 September 2018

WHAT TO EXPECT DIRECTLY AFTER YOUR DERMAL FILLER TREATMENT

Post treatment there may be some tenderness, redness and swelling to the site, this is very normal and will subside, usually within a few days.

No recovery time is required after facial filler treatments and you can return to day to day activities straight away. 

Occasional bruising can occur; it is usually short term and lasts a few days.  

 

AFTER TREATMENT ADVICE

Avoid wearing make-up for 12 hours after your wrinkle filler treatment

Avoid extreme temperatures until redness and swelling subsides – no saunas, steam rooms, sun beds or sun exposure

Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours post treatment

Avoid alcohol for 24 hours minimum post treatment

Avoid manipulation of the treated area

Facial filler treatments are normally recommended every 6-12 months. 

A Fresh Face Without Surgery

Fillers in Dubai | 21 September 2018

Is it good bye to nip and tuck? Today more people are turning to gentler new ways to get a younger look, with incredible results. Fresh, smooth, glowing skin – it’s on every woman’s wish list. And those in the know are finding clever new ways to achieve a brighter. more youthful look, without the kind of bashing and bruising so often associated with a face-lift.

Face-lifts are reportedly falling out of favour even in the U.S, and off the list of the top five requested treatments. Instead, women are increasingly seeking out gentler, non-invasive and less expensive treatments which, while perhaps not as dramatic or permanent in their results, can still help us to present a fresh, radiant new face to the world.

Dermal Fillers Treatment

Prior to any filler treatment, I always invite my clients in for a consultation to ensure we find the best treatment to achieve results suitable for you. Dermal Fillers, made from Hyaluronic Acid, are the most popular volume enhancing treatments and are often used to reduce facial lines and to restore plumpness and volume to the lips and cheeks, defining the shape of your face. Producing safe, long-lasting and natural looking results, dermal fillers are a safe and effective cosmetic treatment when administered by a qualified practitioner.

There are many dermal fillers on the market that are substandard in terms of ingredients and quality. I use only the highest quality brand of temporary fillers renowned for their superior standards. 

Lip Augmentation Fillers

For those who are unhappy with the shape or size of their lips, temporary Dermal Fillers can provide an effective volume enhancing solution that keeps them feeling soft and natural. A common complaint by many of my patients is that they dislike how thin their lips look. Instead of lining the lips and creating a distorted result, we enhance your lips’ natural pattern to give them an overall pleasing and full appearance.

Tear Trough Fillers

By injecting Dermal Fillers into the tear trough – which extends from your eye to divide your cheek from your lower eyelid – the area can be made to look less hollow while subtly easing dark circles under the eyes. Tear Trough procedures treatments are very specialised and require an experienced hand to perform them, especially since the treatment may not be suitable for everyone. The area under the eyes is assessed before treatment and I will advise you on whether this is an effective treatment for your case. Those who are eligible will benefit from a fuller and brighter expression that will leave your face looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Cheek Fillers  (achieve a fuller cheek bone, higher cheek done look or to lift the sagging face)

Dermal Fillers can be injected along the contour of the cheek bone to help achieve a more defined appearance to the cheek bone. Volume is often lost from the cheeks due to ageing or weight loss and can cause sagging, restoring these areas are a great way to rejuvenate your face.

Nose to Mouth Lines (Nasolabial folds)

As we talk, smile, smoke or kiss it can cause the muscles around our mouth to crease and over a long period of time these lines may become more prominent and permanent. The ageing process also causes our production of natural collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin to reduce causing lines and wrinkles to appear. Dermal Filler can be used to plump up and fill out the lines and folds that have been created in the Nasolabial folds as well as the mouth folds, marionette lines and drooping mouth corners to achieve a more rejuvenated and fresher face look.

Non Surgical Rhinoplasty

I also offer a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty treatment which is achieved with the use of fillers. 

Dermal Fillers Results

Lines and wrinkles are smoothed out and the skin appears plumper and younger. Areas lacking in volume and shape now have more definition, with a fuller appearance.

Downtime

None. You can go back to work immediately after your treatment and you can apply make-up over the treated area.

What is the difference between Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Filler injections?

Fillers in Dubai | 17 September 2018

Although both are classed as injectable treatments there is a big difference between Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers.

Wrinkle injections work to relax the muscle that causes the wrinkles to appear whereas Dermal Fillers fill the treated area with Hyaluronic Acid which adds volume and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sunken areas of the face. Both treatments can be highly effective in reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and I suggest that you visit me for a  consultation where I will be able to help you decide which treatment is best for you.

WRINKLE TREATMENT & LINE REMOVAL

Fillers in Dubai | 14 September 2018

Wrinkles can be expected during the aging process, there are several other factors that may contribute to their formation. Lack of proper skin care, genetics, too much sun exposure, and smoking all have the potential to increase perioral wrinkles. Each time the mouth is puckered around a cigarette, the muscles form these tiny lines. Although unnoticeable at first, they become deeper and very noticeable with age. Smoke from a cigarette also contributes to the dryness of the skin, thereby making the skin more prone to wrinkles. Unfortunately, perioral wrinkles often make both women and men look older than they actually are.

Dermal fillers provide an excellent solution, because there is no need for surgery and no need to take time off work.

The wrinkle treatment process takes approximately 20 minutes, with immediate and very satisfying results. The injectable fillers normally injected around the mouth contain hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally-occurring protein already found in the soft connective tissue of the skin. The gel-like substance is a synthetic form of HA and varies in thickness, depending on the manufacturer. Topical anesthetic can be administered to the area being injected, but several products such as Restylane, Juvéderm, and Teosyal combine an anesthetic called Lidocaine with the HA, so this step is not necessary. The dermal filler is injected with tiny needles in and around the area being augmented. Usually clients experience only mild irritation and slight swelling for the first few hours after being injected. They are delighted with the immediate transformation and can expect the fillers to last 6 to 18 months before being absorbed into the body and completely metabolized. You may require touch up treatments to maintain the smooth, youthful skin you desire, but regular maintenance will prolong the time between further injections. Although dermal fillers are a temporary solution to perioral wrinkles, they are very cost-effective.

Teosyal, Juvéderm, and Restylane – Injectable Competitors

Fillers in Dubai | 12 September 2018

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally-occurring carbohydrate polymer that maintains hydration in the skin and other tissue. As the skin ages, it is no longer capable of producing sufficient amounts of hyaluronic acid. With the addition of HA dermal filler injections, the quantity and quality of HA in the skin is boosted to give it a healthier look that lasts long after the injected product is reabsorbed. Teosyal, Juvéderm, and Restylane are injectable competitors that are all hyaluronic acid-based and work in similar ways. Each of these brands offers specialized HA gel products designed for specific areas and corrections.

There is not much variation in cost. They all produce results that last between 6 and 12 months. However, there are some studies to suggest that HA and collagen regeneration prolong the filling effects much longer – up to 18 months! 

All these similarities often make it tough for individuals interested in filler treatments to decide on the most suitable one.

It is important to know that although they are very similar, the three brands do offer products with variable cohesivity (firmness) intended for different uses. Juvéderm was the first developed and commercially available HA filler, and its family includes Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus. Their thicker products are popular as lip fillers that hold volume and draw more water than others. However, Teosyal and Redensity are known to last a few months longer on average than Juvéderm Ultra or Ultra Plus.