Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat from the lower and middle abdomen, and tightening the core muscles. This results in a flatter and firmer abdominal profile.
Abdominoplasty is often performed on people who have gained excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, typically as a result of pregnancy, significant weight loss, or natural ageing. It is important to note that the procedure is not intended as a weight loss method or a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Abdominoplasty in Dubai typically requires general anaesthesia and several weeks of recovery time. Potential risks and complications associated with the procedure include bleeding, infection and scarring. It’s important to discuss the risks and benefits of an abdominoplasty with an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon before undergoing the procedure.
What is the procedure for Abdominoplasty
Here are the general steps involved in the abdominoplasty procedure:
- Consultation: The first step in the abdominoplasty procedure is to schedule a consultation with a qualified Plastic Surgeon. During the consultation, the Provider will evaluate your medical history, current health status, and your expectations for the surgery. They will also explain the risks and benefits of the procedure and discuss the options for anaesthesia.
- Anaesthesia and Setting: Abdominoplasty is typically performed under general anaesthesia , which means that you will be asleep during the surgery. Sometimes, spinal anesthesia can also be used.
- Incisions: The Plastic Surgeon will begin by making an incision across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
- Muscle tightening: Abdominal muscles are then tightened by suturing them together in the midline, creating a firmer and flatter abdominal contour.
- Skin removal: Next, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal area.
- Belly button repositioning: The belly button is usually repositioned to a more natural location on the abdomen to enhance the appearance.
- Closure: The incisions are then closed with sutures, and drains may be placed to remove any excess fluid from the surgical site.
- Recovery: After the surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment to support the abdomen during the healing process. You will also need to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery.
Specific steps of the procedure may vary depending on the individual patient’s needs and the Plastic Surgeon’s techniques. It is crucial to follow your Surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
Who is ideal candidate for Abdominoplasty
The ideal candidate for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is someone who is in good overall health, but feels bothered by excess skin, fat, or laxity in the abdominal area that cannot be improved with diet and exercise. The ideal candidates for abdominoplasty typically have:
- Excess skin and fat in the abdominal area: This may be due to pregnancy, significant weight loss, or ageing.
- Strong underlying abdominal muscles: The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck has relatively strong abdominal muscles, but may have developed some laxity or separation of the muscles due to pregnancy or weight fluctuations.
- Good skin elasticity: The skin on the abdomen should be relatively elastic and able to conform to the new contours of the body after surgery.
- Realistic expectations: It’s important for candidates to have a clear understanding of what the surgery can and cannot achieve, and to have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.
- Stable weight: Candidates for abdominoplasty should be at a stable weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure the longevity of the results.
- Non-smokers: Smoking can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery, so it’s recommended that candidates for abdominoplasty be non-smokers or be willing to quit smoking before and after the procedure.
The body and needs of each patient is unique, and the decision to undergo abdominoplasty should be made in consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can assess your individual needs and help you determine if this procedure is right for you.
If you are interested in knowing more about tummy tuck in Dubai, feel free to contact the Al Shunnar patient care team. Our coordinators will readily schedule a personal consultation session for you with one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.