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LIPOSUCTION FOR EFFECTIVE BODY CONTOURING

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 30 September 2023

A common cosmetic procedure called liposuction can help you achieve a more consistent body contour and get rid of stubborn fat cells. For a tight and toned appearance, people frequently receive liposuction on their belly, buttocks, thighs, chin, neck, upper arms, calves, back, and on the back of their arms.

Unwanted fat deposits are present in places including the face, neck, breast, belly, upper arm, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles that are resistant to diet and exercise. Your surgeon will follow established guidelines regarding safe volumes that may be removed in one session during liposuction-liposculpture procedures, which can be performed on several areas at once. Although size improvement is a goal, weight loss is not the purpose of this surgery. After your surgery, it can take six months before the final effects are obvious. 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING LIPOSUCTION?

Prior to discussing the procedure with you, Dr. Vigo will evaluate your general health, the condition of your skin, and the quantity of fat that needs to be removed. 

Various anaesthetic techniques are employed during liposuction. You might use a local anaesthetic if only a modest amount of fat needs to be removed. A general anaesthesia could be necessary for more involved procedures. The quantity of fat being removed will determine how long your liposuction surgery takes. 

  

Dr. Vigo will make a small incision in the skin. Using a thin, hollow tube they will break up the fat cells beneath the skin surface and remove them with a special suction or vacuum. Several incisions may be required for larger areas. Any incisions will be stitched at the end of the procedure. The area will be bandaged for support.

THE BENEFITS OF LIPOSUCTION 

Liposuction has many benefits associated with having the procedure done. While most of the benefits are cosmetic in nature, there are a few medical benefits that could lead someone to have liposuction.

Lipodystrophy Syndrome: People who have this syndrome have fat that deposits in one area of their body and leaves another. Liposuction can give them an even fat distribution back.

Lipomas: A lipoma is a fatty tumor that is benign. They can develop all over a person’s body, but they routinely appear under the arms, neck, shoulders, and on your trunk. Liposuction can break up these fatty tumors.

Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a chronic condition that affects people on a long-term basis. Lymph fluid collects and pools under the skin causing swelling in the person’s legs and arms. Liposuction can take out this pooled fluid, reduce the swelling, and reduce any discomfort.

Weight Loss: People who have lost an extreme amount of weight may benefit from liposuction. It can break down any remaining stubborn fat deposits to give the person an even appearance.

Tightening and Toning: Liposuction can get rid of and reduce the appearance of uneven fat deposits. As a result, you’ll get a tighter and more toned physique.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Liposuction is considered to be a relatively safe procedure, but it does have a few side effects you want to watch out for. If you’re concerned, it’s always a good idea to contact Dr. Vigo.

Bruising that can last for weeks

Inflammation that can last up to six months

Contour irregularities

Numbness

Infection

Friction burns

HOW LIPOSUCTION WORKS

Small incisions are made in hair bearing areas or natural skin folds. A special tumescent solution is next placed within the fatty areas to be removed. This solution provides anesthesia to the areas, while limiting the usual blood loss. Fat is then carefully removed from the areas of concern to the patient using a surgical instrument called a cannula, which is attached with tubing to a suction machine. The time for completion of the procedure depends upon the total amount of fatty tissue removed. At the end of the procedure, the skin openings may be sutured or left open to heal, depending on the size of the openings. The patient may be placed in a compression garment that is worn for certain amount of time afterwards.

While recovery is easy, you should expect some initial drainage along with swelling, bruising and discomfort. Your compression garment will minimize the swelling, bruising, discomfort and assist in the retraction of any loose skin. While some results are noted immediately, your final shape and form will continue to improve as your swelling subsides. You will be encouraged to be up and about the night of your surgery and progressively increase your activities. Usually light work duties may be resumed within three to five days and vigorous exercise within two to four weeks.

The fat stores that have just been removed from your body are purified and readied for injection into your buttocks. Your surgeon finishes by injecting the processed fat into specific areas of the buttocks to create a more rounded, full look. They make three to five incisions around the buttocks for fat transfers. Both liposuction and fat transfer incisions are closed up with stitches. Your surgeon then applies a compression garment against the affected areas of skin to minimize your risk of bleeding.

For patients thinking about liposuction, it is important to remember that this treatment is not a cure, but can help to correct and improve bodily contours in areas that are resistant to weight loss.  As a surgical technique, liposuction works by removing pockets of fat in areas that are beyond the reach of diet and exercise. It is most effective for people who are near normal weight and have firm, elastic skin. It should not be thought of as a substitute for losing weight. 

The areas that are most commonly treated by liposuction are the tummy, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, neck, upper arms and male breasts. There are various liposuction techniques available, but no single technique works for all patients. Each liposuction procedure will be tailored to a patient’s needs and physical condition. At the end of the operation, tight bandages or elasticated clothing will be applied to the area to minimise swelling and help the body conform to its new shape. With the exception of showering, this garment should be worn both day and night for at least two weeks and thereafter for another four to six weeks.

Complications are infrequent, although there can be considerable pain following this procedure, particularly if a large amount of fat has been removed. The following are commonly experienced by patients:

Stiffness and pain; swelling, bruising; numbness; unusual sensations; fine thread veins; lumpy appearance as remaining fat settles

If a small amount of fat is removed during an operation, patients should be able to return to work within a day or two. However, you may need extra time off if the liposuction was more extensive. Patients can usually return to their usual routines within three to four weeks. 

The effects of the operation should be long-lasting, so long as a patient’s weight remains stable.

COMPRESSION GARMENTS 

You will be fitted with compression bandages or elasticated supports for the appropriate areas after your surgery. You will also have dressings to cover the entry points and wounds from surgery.

Compression bandages and compression garments will help to get rid of swelling and bruising. The length of time that you wear these for is dependent on the nature of your procedure; it can be several weeks or months.

You are likely to be given specific garments to wear, so that they target the precise area that they have treated. It is important to wear these and follow instructions from your surgeon, so that the affected areas are properly supported during your recovery.

You can remove these garments and bandages when you shower, but check what guidance your surgeon can offer regarding how soon you should wait before submerging the wound in water. Typically, you should avoid showering or bathing for the first week after your procedure.

LIPOSUCTION RECOVERY

You might be able to undergo the surgery as a day case, depending on the scope of the treatment. Once the anaesthesia wears off, you will require painkillers. After surgery, you might need to wear an elastic support garment for two to six weeks. Do not forget to ask a friend or family member to drive you home.  

Five to ten days after your surgery, you’ll need to have your stitches removed. Depending on how extensive your treatment is, you might need to take one or two weeks off from work. You must rest and refrain from engaging in any vigorous activities for the first few weeks. The shape of your body will change once the swelling has subsided. 

CORRECTING BREAST ASYMMETRY

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 26 September 2023

The majority of women have a bigger breast than the other, but in some cases the difference is more noticeable. Breast asymmetry, or extremely uneven breasts, can make you feel miserable and self-conscious. When choosing clothing, women with an uneven contour frequently go to great measures to cover up the difference, actively avoiding pretty bras and swimwear.

Breast asymmetry surgery, which entails the reduction or enlargement of one breast to achieve a more even balance, is a long-term answer to the issue of uneven breasts. The outcomes are transformative for many women, allowing them to dress in ways that highlight rather than conceal their shapes.

BREAST ASYMMETRY CORRECTION

When one breast is bigger or has a distinct shape from the other, it is said to have breast asymmetry. Small amounts of asymetry are typical. The majority of reasons are not serious, may be congenital, and frequently have no bearing. However, significant asymmetries frequently support remedial surgery. There are two primary methods for imbalance correction. The lesser breast can undergo breast augmentation surgery to enlarge its tissue and make it comparable to the other. Different-sized implants can be used to augment both sides if an increase in both size is sought.

The other option is to use expander augmentation. Expander enhancement is a secure procedure frequently used by women with asymmetrical breasts to enlarge the smaller breast. The expander is typically left in position for around a year before a second procedure is carried out to remove it and swap it out for a permanent silicone implant. The benefit of this technique is that it frequently results in a precise size match between your two breasts. 

Many women elect to have the saline expander changed because the silicone implant that takes its place feels softer and more natural. Alternatively, the expander can be left in place serving as a permanent implant with the valve removed, negating the need for a replacement.

An option would be to have the larger of the two breasts reduced to match the smaller breast. The extra breast flesh must be removed in order to do this. Breasts that are more similar in size are the outcome of either procedure.

Not only has correcting breast asymmetry aided women in looking better, but it can also enhance confidence and self-esteem. They are frequently done after cancer therapy or a mammogram. Scoliosis patients have also undergone surgery to correct their breast inequality. During your initial appointment, your surgeon will go over the options for correcting breast asymmetry with you. This and other problems will be discussed.

OPTING FOR PLASTIC SURGERY

Surgery to correct breast inequality is not always the best option. It’s a very private choice that, in the end, only you can make. Dr. Vigo is available to give you the details you require to better comprehend the process and the potential outcomes. You need to go into this with realistic goals, says Dr. Vigo.

When you have asymmetrical breasts, you can balance out the shape of your breast by either enlarging or contracting your larger breast. Although breast asymmetry surgery is the most popular option, in some cases it may be possible to resolve the issue with a breast uplift (mastopexy) operation on one or both of your breasts.

Dr. Vigo will explain everything to you during your appointment. Of course, you should take advantage of this as well to ask questions so that you can decide whether to proceed in a well-informed manner.

Complications from breast asymmetry surgery can include bleeding, infection, or an adverse response to the anaesthetic. By carefully adhering to our recommendations both before and after operation, you can lower your risks.

You should be aware that even though every effort will be made to conceal them and you can usually hide the majority of them with your bra and bathing suit, breast augmentation and reduction procedures will leave visible, permanent scars. Smokers are more likely to experience slow healing and wider marks.

Some patients may suffer a permanent lack of feeling in their breasts or nipples after this kind of surgery. Rarely, the blood flow to the nipple and areola may be cut off, causing the tissue to perish. (Modern methods can be used to rebuild the nipple and areola. On rare occasions, it may also be necessary to rebuild the breast tissue beneath.) In the future, you won’t be able to breastfeed in a breast that has been diminished.

You are placing yourself in the best hands possible if you have your breast asymmetry surgery with Dr. Vigo. To get the best results from your breast asymmetry correction, you must follow his guidance afterward because, as with any operation, there are factors that are beyond our control.

UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S INVOLVED

Dr. Vigo will go over the factors that could influence your treatment during your consultation, including your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the state of your skin. He will also go over the positioning of the nipple and areola, which will be raised during the operation and should be roughly even with the crease under your breasts. Every patient naturally has a unique perspective on the ideal size and shape for their breasts, and we will customise your procedure to meet your needs as closely as possible.

It’s essential to remember that breast asymmetry surgery won’t likely produce perfectly symmetrical breasts, but the final result should be much closer to that, giving you more confidence to wear your regular clothes, knickers and swimwear. You will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare, including rules on what to consume and drink, smoke, and take medications, before you arrive for your treatment.

The procedure, which requires a general anesthetic, typically lasts between two and four hours, but it could take longer in some circumstances. You should plan on spending two to three days in the infirmary. Please be advised that a mammogram (breast x-ray) may be recommended for you to have before surgery.

You’ll need to remember to ask someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days afterwards to enable you to rest.

CORRECTING BREAST ASYMMETRY – RECOVERY

Whether you had a reduction or an enlargement, you can anticipate some discomfort for a week or more after your procedure. Pain medication will be given to you. Expect to experience some pain for the first few days, particularly when you cough or move around.

After a few days, you’ll be able to take a wash, and after a week, any tapes will be taken off and, if necessary, replaced with a soft bra. For several weeks, until the puffiness and bruising go down, it is best to wear the bra constantly. Few, if any, stitches need to be removed because absorbable sutures are used.

Your breasts could ache and swell during your first period after surgery. For a few months, you might additionally experience sporadic, shooting aches. You might be told to refrain from sexual activity for at least a week and to limit breast touch to gentle patting for about six weeks.

Even though the majority of the puffiness and bruising will disappear within the first few weeks, it could take your breasts six months to a year to adapt to their new shape. Even then, they might alter in shape as a result of your chemical changes, weight changes, or pregnancy.

Additionally, you’ll need to go to one or more follow-up appointments so that Dr. Vigo can make sure your recovery is proceeding normally. Additionally, he will offer you tips on how to recuperate quickly from your breast asymmetry correction surgery. Of course, you can always contact him with any questions you may have following the procedure.

BLEPHAROPLASTY: UPPER EYELID RESHAPING SURGERY

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 21 September 2023

In order to create a less-tired and more youthful appearance, an upper eyelid lift, also known as an upper blepharoplasty, involves removing the folds of loose skin and bulges of projecting fat that sit over the top eyelids. 

The skin and muscles surrounding the eyes weaken and stretch as a result of gravity’s downward pull and a loss of skin elasticity. This leads to an accumulation of loose skin and fat protrusions that give the impression of “eye bags” or a hooded look of the upper eyelid skin. Smoking, sun exposure, and weight loss may all have an accelerating influence on this feature, which may run in families.

Blepharoplasty is an activity performed on the eyelids (upper, lower or both) which includes the expulsion of skin and delicate tissue, bringing about a fresher more energetic appearance to the eyes and whole face.

The blepharoplasty system is finished to decrease the greatness around the eyes. 

This appearance can be related with skin, fat, and muscle overabundance both to the upper and lower eyelids leaving patients with a drained appearance despite the fact that might feel great rested. Blepharoplasty is in many cases performed as an elective medical procedure for corrective reasons. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty tries to further develop puffy lower eyelid “packs” and diminish the wrinkling of skin.

Blepharoplasty is once in a while required for utilitarian reasons. At the point when a high level measure of upper eyelid skin is available, the skin might project over the eyelashes and causes a deficiency of fringe vision. The external and upper pieces of the visual field are most generally impacted and the condition might cause trouble with exercises like driving or perusing. In this situation, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed to work on fringe vision.

To appear younger is a typical motivation for blepharoplasty procedures. Due to the loss of collagen and the elasticity of the skin, the skin on our eyelids is frequently one of the first areas of the body to show indications of ageing. This causes the skin to sag and droop more, which might make us look older than we actually are. 

While everyone experiences this as a natural part of ageing, some people may be more prone to sagging or drooping eyelids, which can create issues early on and worsen with age. An upper blepharoplasty operation may be a very efficient technique to solve the issue and restore a person’s youthful appearance.

UNDERGOING  A BLEPHAROPLASTY

For upper eyelids, the specialist cuts along the crease of the eyelid. The specialist eliminates some overabundance skin, muscle and conceivably fat. Then, at that point, the specialist shuts the cut.

On the lower cover, the specialist makes a cut just underneath the lashes in your eye’s regular wrinkle or inside the lower top. The specialist eliminates or rearranges overabundance fat, muscle and hanging skin. Then, at that point, the specialist shuts the cut.

On the off chance that your upper eyelid hangs near your student, your specialist might do blepharoplasty joined with a technique called ptosis. Ptosis is intended to lift the eyelid as well as eliminate overabundance eyelid skin.

IS A BLEPHAROPLASTY RIGHT FOR YOU?

Hanging eyelids can make you look a lot more seasoned than you truly are. The saggy tops likewise make shadow zones that give your face a hazier, harsh appearance. Be that as it may, restorative medical procedure isn’t a great fit for everybody.

For the most part, optimal possibility for blepharoplasty incorporate the people who experience the ill effects of saggy lower eyelids that cause an expanded measure of eye white to show, the people who have hanging upper covers brought about by a development of greasy tissue underneath the skin and people who are having their vision – particularly their fringe vision – darkened. Packs under the lower covers can likewise be revised with blepharoplasty.

Eyelid blepharoplasty can have a striking effect in the presence of your face, lightening the presence of sluggishness and advanced age. Your eyes seem fresher and more young and these outcomes might keep going for a long time. The level of progress shifts from one patient to another.

BLEPHAROPLASTY RESULTS

Following a blepharoplasty medical procedure the face will have a more energetic appearance and generally speaking the eyelids feel less weighty. 

The outcomes by and large last 10 to 15 years and the medical procedure typically needn’t bother with to be rehashed. There is no such thing as an ideal tasks and no specialist is great. No individual has wonderful prior life systems and no skin twisted recuperates without some level of scarring. A gentle level of deviation between eyelids is the standard, as opposed to the exemption.

A practical assumption from the medical procedure would be a 80% improvement in the upper eyelid appearance and a 70% improvement in the lower eyelid appearance.

Unlike many other cosmetic procedures and anti-ageing products, a blepharoplasty procedure offers a long-lasting solution to tired eyes. As the results are long-term, most patients will not feel the need to come back in for a repeat procedure.

Of course, the ageing process will continue, and results will vary from person to person, but in most people, a well-performed blepharoplasty procedure should last between 10-15 years.

LIP LIFTING TO ELEGANTLY ELEVATES THE UPPER LIP

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 15 September 2023

By removing sagging tissue between the top lip and the septum, lip lifting is a minimally invasive procedure that enhances the appearance of thin upper lips. In order to raise and enhance the appearance of the lips and cupid’s bow, Dr. Vigo makes a small incision in the lip area or under the nose and trims away extra skin. When you grin, it’s usually easier to see your teeth.

Lip lifts are frequently performed on patients to improve the lip shape or to make the philtrum area appear more youthful and fresher.

WHAT IS LIP LIFTING

A lip lift is a clinic-based surgical procedure that narrows the “philtrum,” or space between the nose and the top of the lip. The technique makes more pink tissue exposed, giving the lips the appearance of being bigger and more prominent. Additionally, it makes your top central teeth more visible while your lips are at rest. It’s an excellent alternative for those who wish to give their lips height rather than volume.

There are numerous lip lift variations. Knowing the different kinds and strategies will help you and Dr. Vigo have an informed discussion about which is best for you.

WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE LIP LIFTING?

There are various factors that influence people’s decisions about lift lip surgery. The procedure successfully tackles issues such an enlarged philtrum, the vertical groove between the nose and the upper lip, and a thin upper lip that is brought on by ageing or genetics.

Lip lifts provide a long-term fix for thin lips that lack shape and volume. It is a more long-lasting alternative to dermal fillers, making it a desirable choice for those who do not want the maintenance associated with fillers.

Direct lip lift

A direct lip lift, sometimes called a gullwing lip lift, creates a more defined lip border. A thin strip of skin is removed just above the upper lip, and the skin is pulled upwards, creating the illusion of a more pronounced vermillion (the pink part of the lips). This procedure typically leaves behind a scar on the upper lip area.

Subnasal bullhorn

The subnasal bullhorn is one of the more common lip lift procedures. Dr. Vigo will make an incision that’s typically hidden along the base of the nose where it’s less visible. The incision is often made in the shape of a bullhorn and the center, right, and left of the lip are all pulled up toward the nose.

Central lip lift

A central lip lift is similar to a subnasal bullhorn lift. It shortens the space between the nose and the lips by an incision at the lower nose.

Corner lip lift

A corner lip lift is sometimes called a “grin lift” because it gives the face a more smiley appearance. It’s done by making two small incisions at both corners of the mouth and removing a small amount of skin. Some people will get this in tandem with another lip lift to give fuller lips. It’s an option for people who feel they have downturned lips.

A lip lift can be a good option for older people who want to reduce the space between the lips and the nose. With age, this space typically increases and can make lips look thinner. Younger people who haven’t achieved the look they want from fillers, or if they find that fillers make their lips look unnaturally plump or duck-like, may prefer a lip lift. Lip lifts are also a permanent solution, so they can be helpful for people who are tired of the upkeep of filler.

WHO IS GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LIP LIFTING?

If each of the following statements about a person is true, Dr. Vigo deems them suitable for the procedure:

Your mental and physical health are both good.

You are optimistic and realistic about what surgery can accomplish when you are at your desired weight.

You’re seeking a long-lasting outcome.

You have a 15mm or larger gap between your upper lip and nose.

Your thin lips are a result of ageing or heredity.

Your lip corners are downturned.

You’re trying to find a substitute for lip fillers.

As with all surgeries, lip lifts have some potential complications include:

scarring

poor wound healing 

blood loss during or after surgery

nerve damage

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME FROM LIP LIFTING SURGERY?

The recovery period following a lip lifting treatment is relatively brief. After surgery, we strongly advise resting for 24 hours and refraining from heavy activity and smoking for the next few weeks. Before having raise lip surgery, we implore you to stop smoking.

Dr. Vigo advises avoiding sleeping on your faces and avoiding extending your mouth too widely in order to take extra precautions near the lip area. It will assist to use a toothbrush with a smaller head.

After surgery, you should be able to resume your regular daily activities in about seven days.

BREAST AUGMENTATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 10 September 2023

Dr. Matteo Vigo is dedicated to helping patients understand their breast augmentation options and providing them with assistance. Here, he has included a list of the most often asked questions regarding breast augmentation. Bring all of your inquiries and worries to your consultation appointment if you can’t find what you’re searching for or would like more information.

WILL BREAST AUGMENTATION INCREASE MY RISK OF BREAST CANCER?

Women thinking about having this procedure usually ask this question. Numerous studies have demonstrated that women who get implants do not have an elevated risk of developing breast cancer. Additionally, breast cancer identification is not delayed by implants. Numerous research and data from the National Cancer Institute demonstrate that having breast implants does not prevent a patient or their doctor from detecting breast tumours. Finally, women with breast implants had the same likelihood of achieving remission, or remaining cancer-free for 5 years, as those without implants if they get breast cancer.

AM I TOO OLD FOR BREAST AUGMENTATIONSURGERY?

Many ladies in their 40s and 50s have had successful breast augmentation procedures. A lady in her 30s with two children who has been thinking about having this surgery for many years is the most typical patient. No matter where you are in life, we invite you to set up a consultation to determine the best course for achieving your aesthetic objectives.

SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL I AM DONE HAVING CHILDREN TO HAVE AUGMENTATION?

Whether a woman has breast implants or not, pregnancy will alter the size and form of her breasts. The aesthetic look of any enhanced breast might be negatively impacted by these alterations. Pregnancy is typically advised to be delayed until six months after the operation. It has been demonstrated that breastfeeding while having implants is both safe for the mother and the child.

WILL AUGMENTATION WORK FOR ME IF I FEEL MY BREASTS ARE SAGGING?

Breast implants can also be given to women who have “ptosis,” or drooping breasts. The extent of the breast sagging will determine whether or not more surgery is required. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastoplexy, is frequently necessary for breasts with nipples that hang below the lowest crease of the breast. In contrast to other breast augmentation procedures, this one will also leave scars all the way around the nipple-areola. The drooping may not be sufficiently corrected by implant insertion without this additional surgery to remove extra skin.

HOW DO I CHOOSE MY NEW SIZE?

This is frequently one of the hardest choices to make and, for a variety of reasons, it carries the greatest risk of disappointment. Dr. Vigo will help with you to determine what size breast you want after breast augmentation during your appointment. The term “breast size” as determined by bra size is arbitrary and frequently not a reliable indicator of final size. A single cup size increases for every 125–150cc increase in implant volume. The physique of each sufferer varies, though. Together, you may create realistic, healthy expectations by working with Dr. Vigo. To assist in choosing the proper sized implant for you, it is good if you bring in a bra in the size you would want to be.

WILL MY NIPPLE SENSATION OR FEELING CHANGE?

The majority of women who have breast augmentation surgery will experience some loss of feeling or sensation. This lasts for the majority of them for 6–12 months before things get back to normal. However, 15% of women have persistent changes to nipple feeling.

HOW LONG UNTIL I CAN EXERCISE?

It is advised that patients start walking as soon as possible after surgery. However, for six weeks after the procedure, ladies shouldn’t engage in any strenuous exercise. Exercise, including as weightlifting, bicycling, running, and other strenuous activities, may cause implants to move position or result in wound healing issues that might change the look of the breasts following surgery.

WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK?

This depends on the physical demands of your employment. Here are some basic recommendations: For the first one to two weeks, refrain from using your upper arms for reaching. After the procedure, you should wait six weeks before lifting anything more than five pounds. Some women might not be able to resume their employment due to the lifting limitation.

HOW MUCH PAIN CAN I EXPECT?

The pain from breast augmentation surgery is usually in the moderate range and generally can be well controlled with medication in the first 1-2 weeks following the surgery. It is important to note that severe or untreatable pain following surgery can mean infection or another complication.

WHEN CAN I DRIVE?

Women may start driving a car one week after surgery as long as they are not taking any pain medications.

WILL THE NEW IMPLANTS AFFECT MY PHYSICAL FUNCTIONING, CAN I LIFT HEAVY OBJECTS?

It is unlikely that your physical functioning will change permanently. Most women have little problem completing the majority of physical activities after surgery, depending on the size of the implant. When the wound has fully healed, lifting weights or other heavy things won’t harm the implant.

CAN I BREAST FEED AFTER AUGMENTATION?

The capacity of the breast to make milk is unaffected by implant placement below the breast tissue, such as in subglandular implantation. Similar to submuscular implantation, which places the implant beneath one of the chest muscles, optimal breast functioning is preserved. There may be an increased chance of breastfeeding issues with the peri-areolar incision. In one research, 7/8 individuals who underwent peri-areolar breast augmentation surgery complained of difficulties nursing. Breastfeeding is often not an issue for women who select an inframammary or trans-axillary incision (under the breast and through the armpit). Be careful to tell Dr. Vigo about your breastfeeding requirements when you meet with him.

WILL I NEED ADDITIONAL SURGERIES?

For individuals undergoing augmentation, further operations may occasionally be necessary. You might choose to have further breast lifts or other supportive operations to get the best symmetry. If you experience any problems with your augmentation, such as implant rupture or capsular contracture, more operations may be required. Additionally, transplanted breasts will age like any other part of the body, and some women may decide to have additional surgeries in the future to address the effects of gravity and ageing. Dr. Vigo and you should talk about the potential for further treatments following breast augmentation during your visit. 

PROFHILO SKIN REMODELLING FOR FINE LINES & WRINKLES

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 5 September 2023

Profhilo works by boosting your natural collagen and elastin production, the cells responsible for giving skin its firm, youthful appearance. The unique injectable HA gel has the capability to stimulate four different kinds of collagen and elastin production, putting its performance above any other filler.  

The HA solution is injected at five key points on either side of the face, restoring hydration – plumping out the skin – while also stimulating long-term collagen and elastin production.

Profhilo is ideal for combating several signs of aging, including:

– fine vertical lines around the mouth, also known as ‘smoker’s lines’

– wrinkles under and around the eye

– loose skin around the jawline and under the chin

– thin and/or sagging neck skin

– cheek wrinkles and hollow cheeks

Profhilo is highly recommended for mature patients looking to improve their skin’s quality and appearance, as well as younger patients seeking an effective preventative measure against first signs of aging.

Compared with Mesotherapy or Skin boosters, the key benefits of Profhilo are:

– quicker treatments with less injections and reduced discomfort

– less chance of bruising

– much longer-lasting results which improve over time

– fewer treatment sessions required

– significantly improves fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity & hydration 

WHAT IS PROFHILO?

– Profhilo is not a dermal filler, but a new product altogether

– Profhilo is composed of highly purified hyaluronic acid, free from impurities and additives (offering greater safety and reduced side effects).

– Using patented thermal technology IBSA have produced this stable hybrid of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid at an incredibly high concentration of 32mg/ml, specifically engineered for ‘skin bioremodelling’.

– Profhilo is indicated for the treatment of skin laxity of the face, neck and body.

HOW DOES PROFHILO WORK?

Profhilo has a dual action on the skin:

– Hydrating and stimulating collagen and elastin production to renew your skin from within.

– Dermal scaffold action to support the skin

– Effectively stimulates production of both your natural collagen and elastin

– Profhilo has a proven safety record and results. It was awarded Product Innovation of the Year at the 2016 Aesthetics Awards in the UK and received the international Anti-Ageing and Beauty Trophy for ‘Best Skin Enhancement Device’ at the Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine European Congress in Paris October 2015

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Results following Profhilo are almost immediately visible, natural-looking yet noticeable rejuvenation of all treated areas; including brighter fresher-looking skin and even improvements to the under eye area.

Profhilo works to remodel your skin:

– stimulates production of all four types of collagen and elastin in the skin (the only product that can do this!)

– improves skin tone, texture, hydration and radiance

– increases firmness and elasticity – for healthier, softer skin with more ‘bounce’

– increases facial fullness, with a tightening and lifting effect

Profhilo delivers results quickly. After a recommended course (two Profhilo appointments, four weeks apart) skin looks deeply hydrated, facial skin appears firmer, and fine lines diminished. Skin tone also looks noticeably smoother and fuller. In mature patients, even deeper wrinkles and facial folds – such as nasolabial lines, the lines that run from the side of the nose to the mouth – are improved, while overall skin texture appears fresher, firmer and more radiant.

FACE LIFT & NECK LIFT FOR A YOUTHFUL, NATURAL APPEARANCE

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 3 September 2023

A facelift (rhytidectomy) cannot stop the ageing process. What it can do is turn back the clock and restore former beauty. It can remove the most visible signs of ageing by trimming or repositioning excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as blepharoplasty, (eyelid tuck), and neck lift.

As part of the aging process which happens to all of us sooner or later our skin progressively loses its elasticity and our muscles tend to slacken. The stresses of daily life, effects of gravity and exposure to sun can be seen on our faces. The folds and smile lines deepen, the corners of the mouth droop, the jaw line sags and the skin of the neck becomes slack. 

Around the eyes, the eyebrows droop and the skin of the eyelids gathers in loose folds. In the skin the first sign is fine wrinkles developing around the lips, at the outer corners of the eye and lines of expression. The rate at which this happens varies from one person to another and is probably determined by our genes. 

Aging of the skin of the face does not necessarily reflect the rate that the rest of our body and mind is ageing and many people feel frustrated that the face they see in the mirror is not the one they feel should be there. Substantial weight loss can produce similar changes in facial appearance to those of the aging process.

WHAT IS FACELIFT AND NECKLIFT SURGERY?

A facelift is an operation to tighten and lift the loose skin of your face below the eyes. (Anything above the eyes is a browlift.) A necklift tightens and lifts the skin of the neck.

WHY HAVE A FACELIFT OR NECKLIFT?

As you age, your skin gets less elastic and droops, and your facial muscles slacken. The natural fat under the skin also sags, making you look older. The rate this happens at varies from person to person, and is probably determined by your genes. The stresses of daily life, the effect of gravity and exposure to the sun also affect your face. Drastic weight loss can also age the face. The rate your face ages does not necessarily reflect the rate that the rest of your body and mind is ageing, and you may feel that the face you see in the mirror is not the one you should have.

A facelift gives the best results if your face and neck have started to sag but your skin still has some elasticity and your bone structure is strong and well defined. Most people who have facelifts are in their 40s to 60s, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their 70s or 80s.

It should not be obvious that you have had a facelift, but you should look younger, healthier, lively and cheerful.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE MY OPERATION?

You will meet your surgeon to talk about why you want surgery and what you want. The surgeon will make a note of any illnesses you have or have had in the past. They will also make a record of any medication you are on, including herbal remedies and medicines that are not prescribed by your doctor. Your surgeon will examine your face and neck, and may take some photographs for your medical records. They will ask you to sign a consent form for taking, storing and using the photographs.

The surgeon will measure your height and weight to make sure that it is safe to do an operation. If you are overweight, or planning to become pregnant, your surgeon may suggest delaying your operation.

A facelift improves the lower half of the face, particularly the jawline. If you have sagging eyebrows and wrinkles on your forehead, your surgeon may suggest a browlift. Loose skin with fine wrinkles, freckles and rough areas will benefit more from a chemical peel or laser resurfacing, which can be performed with a facelift, browlift or necklift.

HOW IS THE SURGERY PERFORMED?

A facelift involves raising and repositioning the skin and soft tissue of the face. During the operation, cuts are made on both sides of the face in front of the ear, extending up along the hairline, just in front of or behind the cartilage, and around behind the earlobe, into the crease behind the ear and then into the lower scalp. 

Occasionally, the surgeon may need to make a small cut under the chin for the necklift part of the surgery.

Sometimes only the skin above the neck is lifted (a facelift only).

Sometimes the neck muscle and the skin over it is just tightened by stitching them together (a necklift only).

Sometimes the neck muscle and the skin over and above it are tightened and then lifted and stitched tightly to the solid structures in front of and behind the ear (a facelift and necklift).

Excess skin is then removed, and the remaining skin is sewn into position.

Fat and tissue is redistributed, and is sometimes added to the face.

HOW CAN I HELP MY OPERATION BE A SUCCESS?

Be as healthy as possible. It is important to keep your weight steady with a good diet and regular exercise. If you intend to lose weight, you should do so before the operation. This allows the surgeon to remove more skin and so achieve a better result. You should avoid taking tablets containing aspirin, as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Voltarol and Indocid, for at least two weeks before the operation as they increase the risk of bleeding.

If you are planning to have your hair permed, bleached or coloured, do this before your operation as fresh scars are sensitive to these chemicals for a few weeks.

If you smoke, stopping at least six weeks before the operation will help to reduce the risk of complications, particularly the risk of the flaps of skin behind the ear losing their blood supply. Do not worry about removing hair near where we will be making cuts, but do have a bath or shower during the 24 hours before your operation to make sure that the area is as clean as possible.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE OPERATION

Facelifts and necklifts are usually carried under a general anaesthetic (so you would be asleep) or a local anaesthetic (where the whole area is numbed with injections and you might be sedated). The operation takes between two and five hours. You might be given antibiotics to keep the wound clean. 

You may have drainage tubes in your face or neck to drain away any fluid or blood. These tubes will be taken out when the fluid or blood has stopped draining, usually before you go home. You might go home the same day, but most likely you will stay in hospital overnight. If you do go home on the same day, a responsible adult should stay with you for the night. 

Your face and neck will feel tight and sore. Simple painkillers should be enough to keep you comfortable. 

BODY LIFT SURGERY FOR IMPROVED BODY SHAPE & CONTOUR

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 1 September 2023

Body lift surgery is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs. 

This treatment is popular for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss or have been affected by aging, genetics, or pregnancy.

A body lift is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess tissue after significant weight loss. The procedure offers numerous benefits to those that have lost weight quickly due to bariatric surgery or their own dieting efforts. If you have reached the target number on the scale but do not see the results you were hoping for when you look in the mirror, body contouring surgery may be the right choice for you. 

During your consultation with Dr. Vigo, he will perform a physical evaluation and review your goals for body lift treatment. Together, you will select the most beneficial combination of procedures to provide you with the most dramatic results that will highlight and enhance your features. A full body lift may include any of the following procedures in the upper, mid, and lower sections of your body:

– Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen for a tighter and more toned mid-section

– Thigh and leg lift removes skin and fat deposits from the thighs and legs for more defined thighs and calves

– Buttock lift can trim skin and fat to lift and reshape the buttocks

Arm lift, or brachioplasty, can remove excess, hanging skin from the upper arms

– Breast lift removes excess skin and tissue to situate the breasts in a higher position

Each of these procedures will remove excess tissue to tighten and tone your skin for improved contours in that specific area. Dr. Vigo emphasizes clear cosmetic goals for all of his patients. 

FULL BODY LIFT BENEFITS

While each of these procedures on their own can produce quality results, when two or more are combined, your results can be even more dramatic. Benefits of a full body lift may include:

– Removal of excess, sagging skin for a slimmer figure and to eliminate 

  health issues such as rashes or skin infections

– Firm, toned, and smoother skin that accentuates your weight loss 

  success

– Elimination of folds of skin, making personal care easier

– Exercise and other physical activities may be easier and more 

  comfortable

– Wider variety of clothing options

– Rejuvenated and more youthful appearance

– Improved confidence and self-image

During your consultation, Dr. Vigo will outline the specific benefits you may see from a full body lift based on the personalized combination of procedures you choose.

CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR NEEDS

Body lifts can be completely customized to the unique needs of each patient. Dr. Vigo is experienced in a wide range of body lift procedures and will help you determine the right procedures for you. In some cases, your lift procedures will be performed simultaneously to provide you with dramatic results with just one time under anesthesia and one recovery period. Other patients might require two or more procedures to reach their desired outcome without sacrificing their safety.

CREATES A SMOOTHER BODY CONTOUR

When you started on your weight loss efforts, you probably had an image in your mind of how your final result would look. That image probably did not include extensive folds of loose skin hanging over those newly sculpted areas, marring your overall profile. By removing skin folds, you can streamline your body contour to get much closer to the image you had in your mind before you began your journey. The cosmetic improvement can do much to increase your self-esteem and your self-confidence, as well as your satisfaction with your weight loss success.

UNDERSTANDING THE PROCEDURE

During a body lift, Dr. Vigo may take one of several approaches, depending on the level of correction needed. The location and amount of excess skin to be removed is another factor, as is any personal preference you may have about your final appearance.

Typically, a body lift begins with a circumferential incision that extends around the lower body. This gives Dr. Vigo access to the treatment areas, including the belly, waist, hips, thighs and buttocks. Next, excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is repositioned and re-draped. Liposuction may also be incorporated to help remove fatty deposits in the treatment area. Finally, the incisions are closed and the recovery process begins.

RECOVERY AND RESULTS

Most men and women experience discomfort following their body lift, including soreness at the incision site and initial swelling. As these dissipate, more well-defined lower body contours are seen. Most patients can return to work in a week or two. However, more active pursuits should wait until you feel more comfortable. A body lift helps you feel better about your body following major weight loss or other physical changes that left loose skin behind. Although it’s important to maintain realistic expectations, you can expect to see a permanent improvement in your lower body contours as long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Body lift, or body plastic surgery, helps reduce saggy, loose appearance and irregularities on the surface of the skin due to poor elasticity, or laxity in the central area of the body. Loss of elasticity may occur as a result of significant weight loss, aging, sun damage, and genetics, among various other factors. This is a common surgery for patients who have lost weight after weight loss surgery (bariatric procedures).

WHAT BODY LIFTS CAN TREAT

A body lift can help your body appear smoother, more toned, and shapelier overall. Body lifts can treat the appearance of excess skin, fat, and cellulite by removing these tissues from various parts of the body. If you are bothered by the appearance of loose, sagging skin or fat tissue in multiple parts of your body, you may benefit from body lift surgery. After weight loss many patients believe they’re able to achieve greater overall satisfaction and quality of life when they look and feel better.

To achieve the best results, it’s recommended that you maintain a normal body weight for at least a year – especially if you’ve just recently achieved significant weight loss – before moving forward to body lift procedures. It may also be best to postpone abdominal body lifts if you’re planning for further weight loss or future pregnancies. The best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for body lift surgery is through a one-on-one plastic surgery consultation.

PREPARING FOR BODY LIFT SURGERY

The initial step in any surgical procedure is consultation. Before your body lift surgery, be prepared to discuss your expectations with Dr. Vigo.

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