Tummy Tucks Present Solution for Loose, Hanging Skin – Treatment Gains Popularity in the UAE

Tummy tucks ranked fifth in ten most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UAE

Who doesn’t want a flat and well-toned abdomen? Unfortunately, at times diet and exercise do not work even though an individual might have a healthy body weight. This is commonly due to pregnancy, ageing, significant fluctuation in weight or prior surgeries.

“Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a popular procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen and repairs separated muscles to create a slimmer, smoother and firmer appearance,” explains Dr. Trelles, plastic and laser surgeon at state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.

So are you a candidate?

You might want to consider a tummy tuck if you:

  • Do not smoke.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Are not planning to get pregnant in the near future.
  • Have excess loose and hanging abdominal skin.

“Although the results of an abdominoplasty are permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight,” says Dr Trelles. “On another note, what patients need to understand is that a tummy tuck should not be considered a treatment for excessive weight or to correct stretch marks.”

The initial consultation

The first step to a tummy tuck is a consultation, which will comprise a discussion regarding your expectations, your overall health and your lifestyle. Your questions and concerns will be addressed during this consultation and you should be prepared to discuss: reasons for treatment, expectations, existing medical conditions including allergies, current medication and use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and personal and family history.

Preparing for the procedure

Prior to your tummy tuck, you will be given instructions on what you will need to do before surgery. These include:

  • Lab testing and/or medical evaluation.
  • Stop smoking two weeks before surgery.
  • Begin taking certain medications or adjust your current medications.
  • Avoid taking any anti-­inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin.
  • Arrange for transportation home after the procedure.

What to expect

Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia will be administered during your procedure. Choices of anaesthesia include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia – your plastic surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.
The three types of tummy tuck

  1. Full Tummy Tuck

A horizontal incision is made between the pubic hairline and the navel. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. After your surgeon removes excess fat and tissue from the upper and lower regions of the stomach, the abdominal muscles are tightened and the incisions are closed with sutures.

“The full tummy tuck is ideal for patients who have had more than one pregnancy, lost an excessive amount of weight and have large amounts of loose hanging skin on their stomach,” explains Dr Trelles.

2. Mini tummy tuck

In a mini tummy tuck procedure, the incision is made above the pubic bone and excess fat and skin are removed. After the lower abdominal muscles are tightened, the incision is closed with sutures. The mini tummy tuck is less invasive compared to the full tummy tuck and a shorter incision is used.

“The mini tummy tuck is recommended for patients with small amounts of excess abdominal skin or those with minor sagging skin caused due to ageing,” explains Dr Trelles.

3. Fleur de lis tummy tuck

The surgical procedure is exactly the same as the full tummy tuck, except in addition to a horizontal incision, a vertical incision is also made down the midsection in order to provide better access to the abdominal tissue.
“If you have lost a massive amount of weight or gone through a weight-loss surgery in the past, the fleur de lis tummy tuck will help in getting rid of the massive amounts of abdominal skin left behind,” notes Dr Trelles.

What to expect after

Your plastic surgeon will be available to address concerns and questions after the procedure and will provide written instructions regarding:

  • Post-surgery care to follow at home.
  • Prescriptions for medication.
  • Follow­-up appointments.

“Your midsection will be bandaged in an elastic compression garment to reduce any swelling,” says Dr Trelles on what to expect after the procedure. “A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. Pain and discomfort in your abdominal area are normal and can be reduced by prescribed medication. Patients can usually return to work after two to three weeks.”

Results

Tummy tuck results are noticeable immediately after your surgery, and your appearance will improve as you recover. Patients experience improved confidence after their tummy tuck surgery. The results are long lasting if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not become pregnant in the near future.