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Fillers in Dubai | 22 January 2019

Knowing the signs of facial ageing can help you determine whether the time is right to consider skin rejuventation treatments. When I talk to my patients about facial ageing, I describe what happens in three major phases. In your 30’s, wrinkles and age spots may begin to appear. Your skin may seem less radiant and may show signs of discoloration. In your 40’s, the skin’s collagen and elastin support network begins to break down. Lines and wrinkles become more prominent as your skin becomes dryer. The blood flow begins to slow down, leaving your skin with less of a blush. Once in your 50’s and older, new cell production decreases. Your skin retains less water, which increases the wrinkle formation. At the same time, the underlying fat cells in your face shrink and your excess skin begins to sag.

Ageing gracefully doesn’t mean what it used to. It’s easier than ever to look better with modern skin rejuvenation methods! There are many new ways to quickly and easily improve your appearance without needing surgery or down time. New mini-procedures and lunchtime treatments can let you reverse the effects of facial ageing gracefully, but not look that way. Men and women can choose from a variety of non-surgical procedures for skin rejuvenation. These procedures were designed to reverse, improve or erase the earliest signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and sun-damaged skin. Some of them are referred to as “lunchtime treatments” because they take very little time to perform and do not have any recovery period.

Fillers in Dubai | 22 January 2019


Fillers in Dubai | 15 January 2019

Top 10 Cosmetic Uses For Dermal Fillers

Soften smile lines between the nose and mouth

Erase marionette lines below corners of mouth

Restore natural moisture and fullness to lips

Conceal jowls

Correct lower eyelid “bags” without surgery

Fill lower eyelid hollows and dark circles

Smooth lip lines (or “smokers lines”)

Raise cheeks and fill hollows

Lift the brows

Lift the corners of the mouth


Fillers in Dubai | 8 January 2019

Restylane® is an FDA approved dermal filler used to smooth wrinkles and give the face youthful contours. It was the first hyaluronic acid filler approved for cosmetic use in the U.S. in 2003, and it has been successfully used in millions of treatments across the world.

What are Restylane and Restylane Silk used for?

The most common uses of Restylane are to:

soften the “parentheses” around the nose and mouth

hide lower eyelid bags or dark circles

lift and rejuvenate brows and upper eyelids

enhance lips by adding fullness while staying natural-looking

define lip borders

soften “lipstick lines” around the mouth

give noses more beautiful shapes and profiles

smooth chins

smooth skin wrinkles and acne scars

provide fullness to earlobes and provide support to earrings when there is damage to the ear lobes

straighten jawlines

lift the corners of the mouth

soften “marionette lines”

add fullness to cheeks, temples, chins or wherever it is needed

rejuvenate necklines

As a “thinner” version of Restylane, Restylane Silk is most commonly used to:

smooth “lipstick lines” and other fine lines, especially around the mouth

add fullness to lips

hide lower eyelid bags

provide fullness to hollows under eyes

How do Restylane and Restylane Silk work?

Restylane and Restylane Silk replenish the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, which is a “water-loving” molecule found naturally in the human body that keeps skin full and hydrated. Replenishing hyaluronic acid rejuvenates and adds volume to the skin, diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leaving patients with natural looking results.

Patients often ask about the differences between Restylane and Restylane Lyft because they are very similar products. The gel is initially made the same for both, but with Restylane, the gel is cut into smaller pieces than with Restylane Lyft. This means that Restylane can be placed more superficially in the skin, which makes it ideal for fine lines and facial contouring.

Fillers in Dubai | 2 January 2019

Juvederm is a family of injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers

Fillers in Dubai | 2 January 2019

JUVÉDERM® is an FDA-approved dermal filler that is used to smooth lines, soften wrinkles, and give features like lips a plumper, more youthful appearance. It is an injectable gel composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid, which is a “water-loving” molecule found naturally in the human body.

What Is Juvederm Used For?

Juvederm is most commonly used to:

soften the “parentheses” around the nose and mouth

lift and rejuvenate brows and upper eyelids

enhance lips by adding fullness while staying natural-looking

define lip borders

soften “lipstick lines” around the mouth

give noses more beautiful shapes and profiles

smooth chins

smooth skin wrinkles and acne scars

provide fullness to earlobes and provide support to earrings when there is damage to the ear lobes

straighten jawlines

lift the corners of the mouth

soften “marionette lines”

add fullness to cheeks, temples, chins or wherever it is needed

rejuvenate necklines

What varieties of juvederm are there?

Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC and Juvederm Voluma XC. Each of these products contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic providing increased comfort during and after treatment. Patients often ask about the differences between the products in the Juvederm family because they sound very similar. The main difference is the thickness of each formula and what it is used for. Drs. I will choose between dermal fillers based on their patient’s unique attributes and desired look.


Juvederm Ultra XC has a thin consistency formulated with smaller particles. It is used more superficially in thin tissue to address moderate lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes, nose and mouth. Natural-looking results usually last 9-12 months.


Juvederm Ultra Plus XC has a thicker consistency formulated with larger particles. It is used for deeper and more severe facial lines and wrinkles. Its results typically last 9-12 months as well.


Juvederm Voluma XC is slightly different from regular Juvederm products in that it has been FDA approved specifically to add volume to the cheek area. It is the thickest and most elastic product in its family. Although Voluma has many uses, it is especially good for adding volume to sunken cheeks, lifting the cheeks and creating contours for up to two years. This is currently the only filler approved for this use.  


Juvederm Volbella XC has been formulated with very small particles. It is used to addresses fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the lips. Volbella is also very effective with adding a subtle and very natural fullness to the lips.  

Fillers in Dubai | 2 January 2019


Preoperative Sizing in Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 28 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.

Answer your surgery doubts

Unsure of the difference between 300cc and 400cc? Want a natural result? Wondering how you will look after surgery? Want to look like a specific celebrity? Discover your new you  with Crisalix – the leading VR 4D & 3D imaging solution among plastic surgeons around the world. Crisalix carries out ongoing post-consultation and surgery studies with patients to measure their level of satisfaction.

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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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