Abdominoplasty/ Lipoabdominoplasty


Abdominoplasty, also known as Lipoabdominoplasty and tummy tuck, is a procedure to remove the excess fat and skin and stretch marks from your abdomen. This is commonly seen in patients who have lost a lot of weight, or patients who feel that they may have put on a little weight. The other group of individuals who benefit from abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is 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 as such 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

What is Abdominoplasty?

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

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What Happens After the Procedure?

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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What Can You Do to Prepare for the Surgical Procedure?

Start taking Arnica 1 week leading up to the procedure

Avoid the combined oral contraceptive pill 3 weeks prior to the procedure

Avoid heavy exercise 1 week prior to the procedure

Avoid alcohol the day before the procedure

Avoid taking blood-thinning medications 1 week prior to the procedure

BMI < 30. Being overweight is known to give more complications. 

No significant medical issues, such as diabetes

No smoking 3 weeks prior to the operation. Smoking is known to have a negative effect on wound healing

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Over 2000 satisfied patients

I had surgery in February with Doctor Faisal and I cannot recommend him highly enough. I went from 64kg to 95kg with gestational diabetes during two back to back pregnancies at age 40, and ended up with massive abdominal separation. Doctor Faisal was able to perform an extremely extensive abdominal muscle and hernia repair, combined with lipo and a cosmetic tummy tuck that has completely transformed not only my appearance but my confidence and physical strength also. My body now looks better than it did before I had children. I conducted extensive research for over 3 years on best plastic surgeon Dubai before I chose Doctor Faisal based on his qualification, experience, confidence in his ability to perform this surgery without the use of a mesh as well as his extremely reassuring manner. The recovery went smoothly and my scar is healing beautifully. Its low, neat, and I didn't experience any healing complications. To anyone that is on the fence, or hesitating about moving forwards with such a procedure, I definitely say- go for it! I wish I'd done it 3 years ago and gotten back into a bikini sooner. Thanks Doctor Faisal, I will miss you!

Andi Quinn

Mother and wife

- I had my surgery just over a year ago, and I can honestly say that I would not have gone ahead with such a life-changing surgery if it wasn't for Dr Faisal and his amazing team. From my very first visit, I knew that if I did go ahead with the surgery it would be with him. Instantly he made me feel at ease and knew that he would take care of me through the entire process. The numerous visits, messages, emails and phone calls were all answered without hesitation and the entire team provided a fully comprehensive service. Dr Faisal, I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for helping me make this monumental decision and making my life better for it, I wouldn't have been able to feel the way I do about myself right now without you! I'm trying my best to not write an essay here, but I know these mere words do not do justice fr all that you and your team have done for me! Hopefully I will come by for a visit the next time I'm in Dubai! Sakira... Fellow LFC Supporter!

Sakira Begum


After extensive research and consultations for Plastic surgeons in Dubai, and a failed attempt a couple of years back, I finally encountered the amazing Dr.Faisal Salim, and I couldn’t be happier of my choice. It was a tough decision, to whom I would entrust this very important event in my life. Most of the information provided by the plastic surgeons I’ve met in Dubai, is more or less the same, but Dr.Faisal stood out from everyone else right away from my first consultation. He is extremely caring, empathic and extremely knowledgeable in his field. He was ready to answer all my questions, some of them even before I asked! He reassured me and made me feel at ease. I knew right away after my first consultation that he was the one. We met several times after that, to discuss in further details my decision to go ahead with the surgery, and he was always outstanding, as the first time we met. He asked what were my expectations and what I wanted the outcome to be, my worries and fears, and then he explained what was realistically possible and what could be achieved. his expertise is just outstanding. Any doubt I had thought the entire process, he was always there, even when abroad. This means the world to someone who’s worried, scared or just stressed out. He was always very honest, approachable and caring. The aftercare was as outstanding as the pre operative care, and the results? I can’t be happier then I am now :) A shout out to his entire team at euromed clinic as well, the nurses and especially his co-ordinator Yasmina, she is just outstanding! a level of care and professionalism that one doesn’t encounter very often, till the late hours on the night before my surgery, she was sending messages, reassuring me was always available throughout the entire process. If you’re in that phase, were you still are not sure who to entrust your surgery too, After you meet with Dr.Faisal Salim, you should look nor worry anymore, he is the one. I can’t recommend him enough after what he’s done for me. Thank you Dr.Faisal!

Jordan Cran

Cabin Crew

My whole experience with Dr. Faisal and his team was outstanding. I had several consultations with different doctors before finally meeting Dr. Faisal. His personality and expertise totally convinced me to go ahead with my operation without any doubts. He took extensive time during the several consultations, where we discussed the reasonable expectations. Dr. Faisal managed to create the exact result I have wished for where other doctors told me differently and I couldn’t be happier. He has definitely exceeded my expectations. My healing process was extremely smooth without any complications and pain. Dr. Faisal is very compassionate, emphatic and caring. He takes a lot of time for each appointment and the aftercare was superb. I could not recommend him enough. The whole team at Euromed is extremely friendly. Yasmina has been an amazing patient coordinator and I thank her for her kindness and flexibility.

Beate Sweis


My whole experience with Dr. Faisal was more than outstanding! It took me a while to decide on a specific surgeon, and I had already seen many before I decided to proceed with Dr. Faisal. From the first appointment, his honesty, care and straightforwardness immediately put me at ease. I had felt I will be in good hands, and that was a prerequisite for me to go for it. We had several appointments before the surgery, and he explained everything so clearly with realistic expectations. On the day of the surgery, he was quite caring, calm and compassionate. Post the surgery, took all the time to look after me, and answer all my questions. He patiently endured my fussiness, impatience and always assured me. I was quite happy with the results, and his availability for the post-surgery follow-ups. I had a big surgery, which Dr. Faisal handles perfectly so I can’t recommend him enough. To add, Dr. Faisal has the most amazing coordinator (Yasmine), always been there, answered all my questions with care and support

Mira Ahmed

Human Resources

I met Dr Faisal last year whilst on a quest to find a surgeon to complete a full tummy tuck, gynecomastia and lypo. I instantly felt at ease when meeting Dr Faisal and after a discussion he pointed out what was and wasn’t needed, he suggested a plan and showed me what I could expect by his previous surgeries. I had made my mind up and decided to choose him to move forward with. We met a few more times and he was very clear what I should do prior to surgery and made himself available with his mobile number for any further questions I might have. the morning of the surgery he seemed very focused and tried to help me relax and put me at ease, I felt good and trusted him fully. i was happy with the after care and was surprised with the speed of the healing process, he was regularly checking in and told me how it all went, over the next few weeks we met for appointments and dressing changes. It’s been 5 months now and I’m so happy with the results, I feel way more confident and I feel the results are even better than I expected. Great surgeon, would definitely recommend him!

Toni Jardella


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