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Abdominoplasty Dubai

Abdominoplasty (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 Abdominoplasty


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.


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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