Abdominoplasty Dubai | Dr Matteo Vigo

Abdominoplasty Dubai (tummy tuck) is an operation that is designed to reshape the abdomen. Often, through weight gain and loss, pregnancies and aging, the skin stretches beyond its elastic limit or ability to return to normal shape. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat while the underlying muscles are tightened.

The actual placement of incisions and design of the abdominal incisions vary depending on the looseness of the underlying tissues, the amount of fat to be removed, the condition of the overlying skin and prior scars.

For those women where the sagging skin is mainly in the lower abdomen the mini-abdominoplasty is an additional option. This procedure is not as extensive due to a smaller incision that is easily hidden under a two piece bathing suit. This procedure offers a more rapid recovery and may be done on an outpatient basis.

A Patient’s Guide to Abdominoplastyy Dubai

 

Dr. Matteo Vigo is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is the world’s leading professional body for board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons.

 

Depending on the patient’s aesthetic objective, plastic surgeons will recommend one of the following three types of tummy tucks available:

FULL OR CLASSIC TUMMY TUCKS 

Classic tummy tucks (which are also referred to as full tummy tucks) are utilized when individuals want to address the sections above and below their belly button, the full length of the abdominal wall. Patients who opt for a full tummy tuck often want to resolve general roundness and excess skin. With this procedure, one horizontal or u-shape incision, and possibly a second incision, are made above the pubic area and the belly button, respectively, to remove excess skin and tighten muscle. Full tummy tucks present the most natural-looking outcome, and can include a much firmer abdomen.

MINI TUMMY TUCKS

Mini tummy tucks involve less extensive incisions compared to a full tummy tuck and are intended to improve only the lower belly, below the patient’s belly button. This makes the procedure ideal for people who want to rid their bellies of a “pooch”, tiny bulge or stretch marks in the lower abdominal region only. Plastic surgeons can tighten loose muscles through a single low horizontal incision (typically without an incision around the belly button), and remove excess lower abdominal skin, resulting in a firmer, smoother lower belly.

EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK

The extended tummy tuck is considered when the goals of the procedure are to address the abdomen while simultaneously targeting the flanks and hips. To perform this procedure, the surgeon extends the horizontal incision more laterally as well as often incorporating a longer, vertical incision, which enables the surgeon to remove excess skin from the upper and lower abdominal region as well as the flanks while tightening the abdominal wall. This procedure is often ideal for those patients who have had multiple pregnancies or have lost lots of weight, either through diet and exercise or through weight loss surgery.

When it comes to an Abdominoplasty Dubai, I frequently explain to patients that the procedure is not a single surgical step, but rather a series of elements that can be combined to create customized results.

Whereas liposuction focuses solely on removing unwanted fat cells from the body – such as those that create a noticeable bulge at the belly – an Abdominoplasty Dubai is intended to create sleeker contours by addressing any number of conditions that keep the abdomen from looking toned.

Excess fat

Of course, stubborn pockets of fat are an obvious culprit when it comes to a larger waistline. While liposuction is frequently performed as a standalone procedure, it can also be used as part of a Abdominoplasty Dubai to help flatten the area. For this element, just about everything is handled as it would be for a solo lipo procedure: Fat is loosened and suctioned out via a cannula. The difference is that while liposuction requires small incisions that are later sutured closed, the incision made for a tummy tuck allows the surgeon access.

Excess skin

While extra fat causes bulges, extra skin creates a sagging pouch that can hide even well-defined abdominal muscles that sit beneath. The amount of excess tissue can range from a little to a lot (sometimes referred to as an “apron”). For a tummy tuck, the surgeon essentially re-drapes the abdominal skin so that it sits flat and tight, then trims away the excess. The incision and subsequent sutures for this element are typically hidden lower on the torso, where they can be covered by a swimsuit bottom or underwear.

Lax muscles

Over time, belly muscles and their covering fascia can become loose. Whereas firm fascia holds everything in place – something like interlaced fingers keeping a water balloon from bulging outward – lax fascia allow the contents behind to bulge outward. Abdominal muscles can separate, giving the entire midsection a flabby look. During an Abdominoplasty Dubai, a surgeon can, if necessary, stitch these muscles and fascia back together to make everything tight and toned. In some cases, as with a mini-tummy tuck, this may be the primary element of the procedure. It is often chosen by moms who have a small bulge that sits below the belly button.

Belly button placement

Depending on the tummy tuck details, the surgeon may need to “relocate” the belly button, which involves creating a hole in the newly taut abdominal skin so the navel appears where it should to remain proportional with the rest of the body. This is called “umbilical translocation.” Following this, the body can be further contoured to encourage an hourglass shape by creating an “internal corset.” I have performed measurements that show narrowing of the waist and improvement of the waistline due to work at this stage.

When all of the steps are completed, the incision will be closed with either a special glue or absorbable sutures, such that the patient can take a shower the next day and there is no need to remove the sutures. Lasers can be used post-operatively to hasten the healing of scars. Also, use of Exparel injections numb the abdomen for three days, which can minimize pain for patients.

Since every patient has a unique body shape and size, as well as personal goals for an ultimate look, each tummy tuck is its own procedure. While there are commonalities between all such surgeries, no two will be exactly alike.

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.

Abdominoplasty Dubai 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.

DETERMINE WHICH PROCEDURE IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Deciding which procedure is right for you will be contingent upon several factors and is best done in consultation with an experienced Plastic Surgeon. Some of them include your desired results, overall skin quality, body type and location of excess skin on the body. The amount of excess skin will also determine which procedure is most appropriate. Finally, any scarring attained from a previous cosmetic procedure or surgery can determine which kind of tuck the patient qualifies for.

RECOVERY

You’ll want to figure out a time frame for your recovery so you have ample time to heal and can take a break from certain aspects of your life. Make sure you make the proper arrangements and are fully prepared for your recovery period.

Your drains will be left in for a few days after the surgery. You’ll be shown how to take care of and empty the drains. You’ll likely need to take an antibiotic and an anticoagulant while your drains are in place.

You’ll wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks. This helps to avoid fluid buildup and helps to support your abdomen.

While the recovery period is usually shorter for a mini-tummy tuck, you’ll still need to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks. This includes any vigorous exercise or heavy lifting.

  

 

Who is a Candidate?

  • Women with loose or sagging abdominal wall skin.
  • Women with abnormal relaxation of the anterior (front) abdominal wall muscles due to weight gain or loss, pregnancies, or prior surgery.
  • Those who are unable to tighten the abdominal wall skin with exercise.

Intended Results

  • A smoother flatter abdomen.

Procedure Description

  • The procedure is usually performed at an accredited outpatient facility or hospital.
  • Anesthetic options include local anesthesia with oral sedation, conscious sedation and general anesthesia.
  • Mini-abdominoplasty can usually be performed under conscious sedation on an outpatient basis.
  • Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin leaving a standard scar.
  • Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only leaving a shorter scar.
  • Small suction drains may be inserted with both procedures.

Recuperation and Healing

  • Discomfort is usually controlled with oral medications or nasal spray.
  • Recovery may be at home with a responsible adult caregiver, at a supervised recovery facility or at the hospital with an overnight stay.
  • If placed, drains are removed in 2-7 days.
  • Sutures are usually removed in 2-3 weeks.
  • A compression garment with dressings over the incision sites is used.
  • Light activity may be resumed in 7-21 days. Sports will probably not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
  • An abdominal binder (compression garment) is usually worn for 4-6 weeks.

Other Options

  • Liposuction-liposculpture of the area.

Note

Abdominoplasty Dubai – The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

Abdominoplasty Dubai FAQs

Although skin is highly elastic, it can only take so much stretching before the effects become permanent. For someone who has been pregnant or lost a large amount of weight, one of the after-effects is often excess skin and residual fat around the midsection. This occurs because the skin stretches to accommodate excess fat or a growing baby. Unfortunately, after birth or weight loss, the stretched skin remains. Another related issue is that pregnancy often causes the abdominal muscles to stretch too, which further contributes to the appearance of a sagging or expanding waistline. Stretched skin and muscles can’t be dieted away or tightened with exercise. The only way to remove the excess tissue is with a tummy tuck, a procedure that removes the tissue to create a smoother, flatter, trimmer waistline. While a tummy tuck can improve the appearance of your body after you lose weight, this procedure isn’t a substitute for weight loss. If you’re carrying excess weight in your midsection, a tummy tuck may not give you the results you desire. It may be more effective to lose excess weight first. Abdominoplasty Dubai FAQs
This procedure is a good option for anyone who wants to remove excess skin and small fat deposits left behind after childbirth or weight loss. This includes people who have lost weight after having weight-loss surgery, as well as people who have lost weight primarily through exercise or dieting. The ideal candidate is: - In good overall health - Physically fit in general - At a stable weight If you still have a lot of weight you want to lose, or are planning to have more children in the future, it may be wiser to put off having a tummy tuck. This is because losing more weight or having more children will further change your body, and that may undo some or all of the effects of the tummy tuck procedure. Abdominoplasty Dubai FAQs
The nature of your Abdominoplasty surgery depends on the body you have now and your goals for your body in the future. All Abdominoplasties at least involve removal of excess skin around the midsection. All Abdominoplasties leave scars, although they do fade and are positioned carefully to make them easier to hide. Standard Abdominoplasty will do three things: - Remove excess skin - Remove excess fat around the waistline - Tighten the abdominal muscles Performing these steps sculpts, firms, and smooths the waistline. This is ideal for people who have excess skin after weight loss, giving birth, or simply as a result of the bodily changes that come with age. Standard tummy tucks require making a lengthy incision just above your pubic region. While the incision is placed so that it can be hidden by undergarments or a bikini, there will be lasting scarring. Mini Abdominoplasty: Similar to a standard Abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess fat and loose skin from your lower abdomen, beneath the belly button. The muscles may be tightened or not, depending a patient’s needs. Since smaller amounts of tissue are removed in a mini Abdominoplasty, the incisions made are smaller too, and these are easily hidden by undergarments. Extended Abdominoplasty: This procedure is similar to a standard tummy tuck, but rather than focusing solely on the skin of the abdominal area, I also remove excess skin on the sides of the abdomen and on the lower back. This kind of tummy tuck is also known as a 360-degree, extended abdominoplasty, or belt lipectomy. I often perform this procedure on people who have lost large amounts of weight. As this procedure involves removing skin from your back and sides as well as from your front abdominal area, incisions are longer, and scarring is more extensive. Abdominoplasty Dubai FAQs
Recovering from a tummy tuck can take several weeks or months, especially if your procedure involves tightening the abdominal muscles. During this time, you’ll be advised to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and to provide support and protection for your abdominal area as it heals. Additionally, it’s important to limit some kinds of physical activity in the first few months after the procedure. In particular, activities that involve the core muscles, including light and heavy lifting, as well as exercises, should be avoided. Complete healing after a tummy tuck takes time. While you’ll find that most swelling is gone fairly quickly, it can take a year or more for your body to completely heal and for scarring to fade significantly. Abdominoplasty Dubai FAQs
The results with tummy tuck surgery will be fairly long lasting or even permanent, provided the patient maintains an active lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise and fitness regimen. Sedentary lifestyle or unhealthy diet may reverse the gains achieved through tummy tuck surgery over a period of time. In any case, tummy tuck is not a substitute for the effects of aging, which will continue to be established over time. Abdominoplasty Dubai FAQs
A distinct improvement in the abdominal contours can be seen immediately after the tummy tuck procedure. The swelling and bruising will continue to subside gradually over several weeks, and the full effects of the surgery will become visible. Abdominoplasty Dubai FAQs
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