Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) / Lipoabdominoplasty


Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck and lipo-abdominoplasty are two different surgical procedures used to improve the appearance of the abdomen.

Abdominoplasty, also known as a "tummy tuck," is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the underlying muscles to create a flatter and more toned appearance. This procedure is often recommended for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, have excess skin after pregnancy, or have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area due to aging.

Lipoabdominoplasty, on the other hand, combines traditional abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with liposuction, which is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess fat from targeted areas of the body. In lipo abdominoplasty, the surgeon first uses liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdominal area and then performs a traditional abdominoplasty to remove excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles.

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 tummy tuck 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 resisted, 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.

Tummy Tuck At a Glance

Treatment time- 3 hours

Anaesthetic- General

Overnight stay- 1 night

Return to work- 10 days

Return to exercise- 6 weeks

Final result- 6-12 months

There are many types of tummy tucks. Dr Faisal will assess your case and recommend the correct procedure. In principle, there are 4 types of  tummy tucks,

Mini tummy tuck

This is ideal for small amounts of excess skin beneath the belly button. There is typically a fold of skin over a cesarean section scar. Liposuction can be combined with the procedure. The scar is kept very low. The belly button is not cut and is often pulled into a lower position. The healing time and return to work are normally shorter for this

Full Abdominoplasty

This procedure is targeted at those with more generalized excess skin and fat. It is used to correct muscle separation following weight loss and pregnancy. The operation excises a large amount of skin. The belly button will also need to be replaced. The scar is low and goes from hip to hip. It is combined with liposuction to help contour the flanks

Extended abdominoplasty

This addresses everything a full abdominoplasty does. It differs in that it removes excess skin around the hip rolls. This extended incision goes around the back but does not complete a 360. The recovery time is the same as a full abdominoplasty

Reverse tummy tuck

This tummy tuck is used less frequently. It targets excess skin and fat localized to the area above the belly button. The incisions are made in the breast crease. Liposuction can be used to remove the fat. The belly button is not incised. Only the skin above the belly button is excised. The recovery is similar to a full tummy tuck

Frequently asked questions - Tummy Tuck


Will I need help following the tummy tuck procedure?

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

How much pain is for a tummy tuck?

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.

Will I have drains after the tummy tuck procedure?

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

Do I need to wear a compression garment after a tummy tuck?

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.

Is there anything I can do to help the recovery of tummy tuck?

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

Associated procedure

  • Body lift
  • Liposuction
  • Mons Pubis lift

Pricing- starts at AED 35000

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is performed as a general anesthetic

The tummy tuck 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 is 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 is taken to preserve the belly button. 

The muscles are identified and the separation is 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 the 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 Tummy Tuck 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 mobilize as quickly as possible. Painkillers 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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Patient Reviews

Charlotte Wilson
Charlotte Wilson
I had breast augmentation surgery with Dr Faisal and I honestly couldn’t recommend him enough. The whole process from consultation to aftercare appointments was professional, caring and to the highest standard. He listened to what I wanted and the results are incredible. I would have any future treatments done by Dr Faisal and would send anyone I know to him also.
Thejaswini Paripally
Thejaswini Paripally
Been looking for doctors over years now both in Dubai and India. Never felt fully comfortable with anyone to go forward with the procedure, then I came across Dr. Faizal, found him while I was doing research online and read a lot of positive reviews. Went down for a consultation, a really gem of a person. Immediately felt comfortable, he explained me everything in detail, assured me and got exactly what I wanted and the price was reasonable as well. The hospital the surgery was held at had the best services and staff as well. They took care of everything and made me feel safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. Came back home the same day, I'm at 6 weeks post op now, and the healing is wonderful and now I feel much more confident, all thanks to him. If anyone is looking for a breast augmentation, I would definitely suggest to go for a consultation with him and decide for themselves.
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Vicky Bates
Vicky Bates
Having done a lot of research and looked around Dubai for the best possible option for us, we found Dr Faisal, and I'm so glad we did! The non judgemental and honest advice throughout as well as his pre and post op care is incredible and has been there every step of the way for me. Thank you so much Dr Faisal for everything :).
Ola AlHassan
Ola AlHassan
I came to Dr.Faisal not sure of anything. I wasn’t happy with my body as I had a lot of excess skin due to massive weight loss. I was scared of the idea of a surgery, so came in hoping for an alternative. Here I am months - 3 months post my surgery, wearing a pair of jeans that would have never fit me before. I had a lower body lift surgery done, and I must say my results are amazing. My body has changed so much, and I am very very happy with the way I look now. Dr.Faisal is a great doctor. He will make sure you are aware of everything before and after the procedure and is always there for his patients. My favorite trait about him is that he is always available. Being a patient who has low pain tolerance, and someone who worries a lot, I would always call him. I would have a lot to ask before and after the surgery- and he was always there. It didn’t matter what day or time it was, he made sure to help with every little thing and I am very grateful for him. Thank you doctor, I can now sit without having layers of my stomach falling down, I can now wear my clothes much more confidently and can finally say I love my body.
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
I can’t recommend Dr Faisal enough, he gets me the results I want every time. He answers all of my questions in depth and explains how and why he does things and makes me feel comfortable. I wouldn’t go to anyone else!
Kirsten Shaw
Kirsten Shaw
Two words to describe my experience with Dr. Faisal: life changing. I had a breast reduction and it has changed my life! The procedure itself was painful for the first 2 hours and much to my surprise I was ready to go home only 4 hours after waking up and ready to return to work only 3 days later. My back, neck and shoulders feel great, my posture is better and I couldn't be happier! I recommend Dr. Faisal and the surgery 100%, my only regret is not finding him 10 years sooner! Thank you Doc!!
Faith Murray
Faith Murray
Dr Faisal is a skilled surgeon who is extremely meticulous and I would highly recommend him. He has a pleasant and calm demeanor which puts you at ease. He looks at the whole person and what they want to achieve and relays realistically what can be done which helps set the right level of expectation from the outset. He shows compassion throughout the process which makes you feel like you are in good hands. Overall Dr Faisal exceeded my expectations and I am so pleased with my results!
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