A tummy tuck, formally known as an abdominoplasty, is used to improve the appearance of a slack or bulging stomach by removing excess skin and fat. It also creates a smoother, firmer abdominal profile by restoring separated or weakened abdominal muscles. Keep reading to learn more about this highly safe and effective procedure and if it is right for you.
Tummy Tuck Goals
A tummy tuck aims to:
- Improve your self-esteem
- Remove excess loose skin from the front of the abdomen
- Tighten your stretched or separated abdominal muscles
- Sculpt your waistline
- Smooth and flatten your abdominal profile
Tummy Tuck Candidates
You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are:
- At or near your ideal weight
- Not planning on more kids
- In good physical health
- Concerned about separated abdominal muscles and/or loose skin
Things to Consider
To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Dubai and Al Ain, you must have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure and recovery time. You must be committed to following all of your doctor’s orders regarding preparation for the procedure and recovery steps afterwards. All of this will be explained to you during your initial consultation.
Furthermore, a tummy tuck is not a miracle cure. It is important to be at or near your ideal weight for at least six months, because if you gain weight after the procedure, the results will be diminished. It is perfectly safe to give birth after a tummy tuck, but pregnancy may cause deterioration of the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck will not eliminate stretch marks, but they can be improved somewhat if they are located on the areas of the excess skin that will be removed.
Preparation for an abdominoplasty is crucial to the safety and positive outcome of the procedure. Expect to undergo lab testing or a medical evaluation to determine if you are healthy enough for this procedure. You may be asked to take certain medications or adjust medications you are taking currently. You must stop smoking for at least six weeks prior to the procedure. A doctor can help you quit if you need help. Finally, you must avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal supplements to mitigate the risk of bleeding during the procedure. If you opt for an outpatient surgery, you must arrange for someone to drive you to the facility and home afterwards and stay with you for the night following the procedure.
Here at Novomed Centers, we offer many tummy tuck options to our clients. These include lipoabdominoplasty, lateral extended lipoabdominoplasty, belt lipectomy, fleur-de-lys, mini-abdominoplasty and reverse abdominoplasty. To save money on anesthesia, you may combine your tummy tuck with a number of other procedures including a full back liposuction, buttock lifting or fat transfer procedure to augment the breasts or buttocks. If a patient is deemed a suitable candidate, we can perform a 360-degree tummy tuck.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. While we offer the option of combining abdominoplasty with back liposuction, sometimes liposuction of the lower abdominal region is enough to achieve your desired results without having to undergo surgery. This is ideal for men and women who wish to remove excess fat from the abdominal region but do not need to improve the structural integrity of their abdominal walls. If necessary, we are also able to correct hernias during the procedure.
There is also an option of a mini-tummy tuck, which you could discuss with your surgeon. Here, the surgeon will remove sagging and excess tissue from the area below the belly button, to create a firmer, flatter silhouette. For a less invasive option, we have the latest skin-tightening technology.
This will vary depend on the extent of the procedure you have, and it is something you should discuss with your surgeon so that you can prepare adequately. In general, you could return to normal activities after one to two weeks, but should avoid strenuous activities for four to six weeks.
If you think you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Dubai or Al Ain, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. Our qualified specialists are happy to discuss with you your surgical goals, previous surgeries, current medications and other supplements and drug use and any medical conditions you may have including drug allergies. We want to ensure you choose the right procedure to achieve your goals and you are healthy enough to undergo this procedure at this time.