Abdominoplasty, also known as Lipo-abdominoplasty and tummy tuck, is a procedure to remove the excess fat, skin and stretch marks from the abdomen.
This is commonly seen in patients who have lost a lot of weight.
The other group of individuals who benefit from abdominoplasty or tummy tuck are women post-pregnancy.
In addition to the skin changes, the muscles of the abdomen are separated (divarication of recti), which causes the abdominal contents to protrude through the abdomen.
The procedure involves the removal of an ellipse of skin from the lower part of the abdomen.
The final scar falls below the bikini line and is well hidden. The belly button also has to be resited, and there is a faint scar around this.
Liposuction contours the flanks, and accentuates the final result. It also removes excess fat in the upper abdomen. It adds the final touch in taking a good result to one that is excellent
Dr Faisal is an expert in this procedure and has been featured in:
He performs the procedure regularly. Dr Faisal is a specialist in creating a very natural, flat stomach, with flowing curves and a very low scar. He is renowned for designing the best belly button, as this can destroy the look of an otherwise good tummy tuck.
At a Glance
Treatment time- 3 hours
Overnight stay- 1 night
Return to work- 10 days
Return to exercise- 6 weeks
Final result- 6-12 months
Tummy tucks are an excellent treatment in creating a toned and shaped abdomen.
There are many types of tummy tuck. Dr Faisal will assess your case and recommend the correct procedure. In principle there are 4 types of tummy tuck,
Frequently asked questions
Tummy tucks are a major procedure. We recommend having some help for the first 5 days following the procedure. You will need help getting home.
In this early phase, your mobility is limited and doing tasks such as cleaning the house and shopping will be difficult
Dr Faisal uses the latest techniques in order to enhance tummy tuck recovery. During the procedure he injects local anaesthesia into the muscles and liposuction areas to reduce pain and improve the experience for his patients. The VASER technique for liposuction he uses has also been shown to reduce pain for patients.
For the first 3 days the position of the patient is slightly bent. The main pain patients complain of is from the lower back. This is managed well with the discharge medications. The pain improves every day and patients often need no medication after 5 days.
This depends on how much liposuction is done. If there is no liposuction, then Dr Faisal will not use drains. If there is liposuction, then fluid (seroma) build up can occur. The best way to manage this is to insert drains, so they are not troublesome
Yes- the compression garment needs to be worn for at least 6 weeks. This helps reduce swelling and speeds up recovery. Patients often wear it for longer periods, as the swelling can often persist for longer.
Dr Faisal recommends the use of Manual lymphatic drainage following the procedure. He has found that this significantly improves the swelling and also speeds up the recovery. It reduces fibrosis under the skin and this leaves a smoother result on the skin
Pricing- starts at AED 35000
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is performed as a general anesthetic
The procedure requires an overnight stay
The scar is initially marked and kept as low as possible. Depending on how much tissue you need excising around the flank area will determine the length of the scar
Liposuction is initially carried out and fat removed from around the back, flanks, and abdomen. This is to ensure that there is as little fat under the skin as possible.
The incision is then made and care taken to preserve the belly button.
The muscles are identified and the separation assessed. They will be approximated if necessary. This is an important procedure as ca really reshape the abdomen, and also have longer-term core strength benefits
The belly button is then desired, excess skin excised and wound closed and the abdominal incised.
Suction Drains will also be placed
Glue will be applied to the wound and a dressing
After the tummy tuck, the patient will awaken with a compression garment around the abdomen. There may or may not be a drainage tube, depending on the amount of tissue excised. The pain will be well controlled due to local anesthetic injections during surgery
The patient will stay one night in the hospital and encouraged to mobilise as quickly as possible. Pain killers are given on discharge and antibiotics are taken for 1 week. The first couple of days are the worst for discomfort, but improvement occurs every day
The first post-operative visit occurs at 48 hours. The drainage tube will be removed
The next visit is at 1 week and by this visit, the patient is not in any discomfort and performing most activities of daily living
Manual lymphatic massage will be advised at this stage. This can significantly reduce the swelling you experience and increase the speed of recovery
Driving is normally possible at 10-14 days. You need to be able to safely execute an emergency stop
There are further visits at 2 weeks and 6 weeks
Work can normally resume at 2 weeks
The compression garment is removed at 6 weeks
Exercise is resumed at 8 weeks
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