Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) surgery can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening tummy muscles. It can also remove some of the stretch marks on your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles affects body contour. This surgery usually results in a flat tummy and instantly improves self-confidence and body image.
Things to consider before a tummy tuck:
How much does abdominoplasty cost in Dubai?
Cost of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) starts from 45,000 AED (excluding VAT). Final cost is determined at the time of consultation.
About Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and reposition the abdominal wall muscles. Due to pregnancies and weight fluctuations, the abdominal muscles tend to stretch and, therefore, make the abdomen look rounder and prominent. In these situations, the skin often loses firmness and becomes saggy forming folds that abdominoplasty corrects. Abdominoplasty is often combined with a liposuction to eliminate excess fat – in this case is called lipo- abdominoplasty. This gives the abdomen and flanks a proportionate and balanced look.
|Patient goes home 1 day after surgery.|
|2 weeks to go back to work.|
Post Operative Care
|Bed rest for 24-48 hours; limited mobility for 10 days. Compression garment for 6 weeks (Lipo-abdominoplasty) Prescription medication for 7 days No strenuous activities including exercise for 6 weeks (excluding walking).|
Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty :
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen as well as the repositioning of the abdominal wall muscles. The abdominal muscles stretch during pregnancy and weight fluctuations, making the abdomen appear rounder and more prominent. The skin loses firmness and becomes saggy in these situations, forming folds that abdominoplasty corrects. When abdominoplasty is combined with liposuction to remove excess fat, the procedure is known as lipo abdominoplasty. er contributes to a youthful and alert appearance.
Types of Abdominoplasty:
Abdominoplasty vs. Mini Abdominoplasty
MINI ABDOMINOPLASTY: When there is moderate skin looseness but no abdominal diastasis, a mini-abdominoplasty is recommended. Mini abdominoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (below the belly button) without affecting the abdominal wall muscles. It is not necessary to remove skin above the navel or treat the navel itself in these cases.
ABDOMINOPLASTY: An abdominoplasty is recommended for patients who have more noticeable skin looseness, excess fat, and a prominent abdomen due to diastasis; it involves removing excess fat and skin and repositioning the muscles and belly button.
Tummy tuck candidates should be emotionally mature enough to understand their own motivations for undergoing the procedure. It is critical to have realistic expectations, and patients must understand that the procedure is intended to improve rather than be perfect. A patient with a high-fat ratio and sagging skin will not achieve the same results as a patient with a healthy weight and skin tone.
THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ARE USUALLY MET BY IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY:
Women who have recently given birth and want to restore the appearance of their abdomen (strengthen the abdominal wall and eliminate excess skin and fat).
Patients who were previously obese and still have excess skin and fat in their local areas.
Overall good health.
A weight that is consistent.
Realistic expectations, as well as the understanding that an abdominoplasty will improve body contouring but not genetic characteristics or physical structure.
Lipo with Abdominoplasty :
Abdominoplasty and liposuction are frequently combined, and patients are frequently unsure which procedure is best for them. Abdominoplasty and liposuction are both surgical procedures that aim to improve the appearance of the abdomen, but they differ significantly. While liposuction is recommended for patients who have localized fat and good skin elasticity, an abdominoplasty is recommended for patients who have excess fat, saggy skin, or abdominal bulging (due to muscle stretching). If an abdominoplasty candidate only has liposuction, the result will be an abdomen with less fat but more pronounced sagging. Abdominoplasty and liposuction, on the other hand, are procedures that complement each other. Because most people who want an abdominoplasty also have fat in their abdomen and other parts of their bodies, a lipo abdominoplasty combines abdominoplasty and liposuction.
Combining Abdominoplasty with Different procedures :
LIPOSUCTION: The majority of abdominoplasties are combined with abdominal liposuction. Excess fat can be removed from other areas of the body as well, such as the flanks, back, thighs, arms, neck, and so on.
BUTTOCK EXTENSION WITH FAT TRANSFER: This procedure allows for glute reshaping and a better body contour.
BREAST SURGERIES: Many abdominoplasty patients, particularly women who have given birth or who have lost a significant amount of weight, have also experienced changes in their breasts. As a result, an abdominoplasty is frequently combined with a breast lift or reduction. In the case of male patients, removing excess fat or breast tissue is a common treatment for gynecomastia.
ARM AND TIGHT LIFTS: These are common procedures, particularly in obese patients with saggy skin in the abdomen and other body areas.
Scars from abdominoplasty
Scars are one of the most common concerns among patients, but scars are a part of every surgery, and abdominoplasty is no exception. Scars from abdominoplasty can be found below the bikini line as well as around the belly button. The size of the scar is determined by the amount of skin that needs to be removed. It looks like a C-section scar, but it’s a lot bigger. The scars, on the other hand, fade over time and become lighter and thinner.
Preparing for an abdominoplasty
Any surgery necessitates planning, which begins with a consultation with your plastic surgeon for a thorough examination. The following topics will be discussed during your consultation:
MEDICAL HISTORY: Your plastic surgeon should be aware of any health issues, medications you take on a regular basis, allergies, and any other concerns you may have.
EXPECTATIONS: It’s critical to communicate the outcomes you’re looking for. You can use some before and after examples to show what you want to accomplish. Because each case is unique and the outcome is dependent on the initial body problems and genetic characteristics, it is critical that you have realistic expectations. Your plastic surgeon will tell you if you’re a good candidate for an abdominoplasty and what to expect from the procedure.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your abdominoplasty:
Follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for medical testing.
Do not take any medications that may increase your risk of bleeding, or make any changes to your current medications (if needed and as prescribed by your doctor).
Stop smoking a few weeks before surgery and for the duration of the healing process.
Prepare to be picked up at the clinic once you’ve been discharged and to have someone at home to assist you in the first few days, especially if you have small children.
Recovery from Abdominoplasty
One of the most common concerns among abdominoplasty patients is the recovery time. Is it going to be painful? Is it okay if I drive afterward? When will I be able to return to work or the gym? These are common concerns, and you should be aware of them so that you can better prepare. If you have abdominoplasty or a mini-abdominoplasty, and if it is combined with liposuction or not, your recovery time may vary. What you can expect, however, is as follows:
DAYS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SURGERY
You will feel tired and drowsy when you wake up from surgery. The first three days are the most unpleasant, with swelling, bruising, and the sensation of a “pulled” abdomen. Patients who are unable to stand straight and have a curved posture are very common. At this point, take the prescribed medication to help relieve the common discomfort or pain.
AFTER ONE AND A HALF WEEKS OF SURGERY
Most postoperative symptoms will fade in 1 to 2 weeks, but swelling and discomfort are to be expected. After 10 days, most patients are able to drive, socialize, and perform light activities. After about two weeks, you should be able to return to work.
4–6 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY
The true results are visible about a month after surgery when the majority of the swelling and bruising have subsided. You can resume physical activity, but because you have been inactive for some time and your body has been traumatized, it is best to begin slowly. You can also stop wearing the compression garment at this point.
Symptoms to expect following an abdominoplasty
The following are the most common side effects of a tummy tuck:
Pain in the treated and surrounding areas is moderate.
Lower back pain is a common ailment.
Fluid accumulation is a term used to describe the accumulation of fluids in the body.
Numbness in the area that has been treated.
What To Expect from Abdominoplasty.
The swelling may “hide” the true results early on. However, once you can fully stand up straight after 1 to 2 weeks, you will notice that your abdomen is flatter, firmer, and more proportional to the rest of your body. As the recovery progresses, the results will become more apparent. After 3 to 6 months, the final result is expected. Keep your follow-up appointments and let your plastic surgeon know if you have any concerns.
RISKS and Complications of Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty is a complicated procedure with the following risks and complications:
There are risks associated with anesthesia.
Seroma (fluid accumulation).
Numbness in the area that has been treated.
Necrosis of fat tissue.
Thrombosis and pulmonary/cardiac complications are two of the most common complications.
Puncture on the inside.
Revision surgery is a possibility.
To reduce the risk of complications, follow all medical advice to the letter. During your medical appointment, every risk and complication will be thoroughly explained.