Mommy Makeover in Dubai with Dr. Charbel Medawar

My post Is mainly about the mommy makeover...

My post Is mainly about the mommy makeover recovery and choosing the right surgeon for that procedure. 
Hope that others will find my experience helpful.

Part 1
Choosing the right surgeon.

1st task after I decided  that I  want to go ahead with the procedure was  to find the right doctor.
Being an expat in Duba, finding the right doctor became  a major challenge for me.
 All that glitters is not gold couldn't apply better to a city more than Dubai.
In Dubai, highest prices do not mean that the surgeon is highly qualified and you definitely don't want to go with the less expensive option.

When choosing a PS I had 3 criteria to go by: Dr skills (scientific side), taste (artistic side )  and Dr approach (personality).

It is a painful and expensive procedure choosing the right surgeon was very important to me.

I chose Dr Charbel Medawar and 6 days post op  I couldn't be happier with my decision.

I would highly recommend Dr. Charbel medawar for any plastic surgery procedure ( He is the rhinoplasty king) and definitely  based on my personal experience a mommy makeover magician.

Here are the reasons Dr.charbel ticked all the the boxes for me

Skills: he is a very confident doctor without being arrogant.
He could do any procedures that can be safely combined.
With my TT? he used the quilting sutures method it reduces the collection of fluids leading to seroma during the recovery.
It takes more time to do it but it makes a big difference for the patient.
He also chose to inject some type of nerve block anesthetic which  basically made me pain free for the 1st 48 hrs.

Tatse: he goes for the natural look whether it is breast augmentation, rhinoplasty or fillers. He doesn't like the over done look. Some doctors suggested that why go natural " you paid for it, yous should flaunt it"
IMO, he has a very elegant  and refined taste.

Dr personality : no question was stupid or irrelevant.
He made the whole process from consultation and preop to post op very easy. He wasn't judgmental at all and even taught to like and appreciate some flaws that I hated about myself.
Ofc, you never plan to bombard ur surgeons with questions but there are some issues that will arise might arise during recovery like bad reaction to antibiotics or blocked drains...he helped me via the phone and saved me two painful unnecessary trips to the hospital.

Part 2 recovery 1st week

I read everywhere in this forum that patients prepare more for pre-op (researching the procedure, losing weight, finding a dr...) than about post-op. And I totally agree about that.
And I am not talking about having someone to care for you for the 1st week, I mean about the experience as a whole. Whether you like it or not, you will be dependent on others for basic activities.
You can't do anythg on your on.
My lovely Dr. Made me stay at the hospital 2 nights, it really helped.
Once I got home, I needed DH to help me with the set up pillows on bed, basic necessities within reach and what a relief when I was able to move on my own in and out of bed without DH help. I was even able to sit on the toilet seat on my own.
It is true I had a TT but I believe I will have the best thighs ever (I learned how to use my legsfor support- lol)

Plz keep in mind recovery is about making sure you will get the best possible results (not popping stitches, being active too soon or developing seromas...)
You can only do that by giving your body time to heal and using common sense.

Drains: I wanted them out asap..i didn't want to leave the hospital with drains, I was willing to stay 1 week in the hospital so I can leave without the drains.
What a waste of energy and lots of concern about sthg that seemed so important pre op and is basically nthg post-op.
Ofc, managing with them is not very convenient but I just had a TT, basically nthg is that convenient.
Again dearest doc, used the quilting sutures method, drains shouldn't stay long.
But my advice: the hospital is an artificial setting you should remove the drains when you are back at home, activities and how much you move affects how much comes out.
Drains might get clogged, it seemed the end of the world but it is easy to unclogg them on your own.

Pain: plz don't act heroic. Take pain meds for the 1st week.
I didn't take pain killers when I was at the hospital bec the Dr used a nerve block during surgery (can you tell how much I love my Dr?)
But when I went home, the pain levels went through the roof....if I had a choice between dealing with that much pain or parade in front of all all my friends, neighbors and colleagues in a string with my preop body I would have done that.
I used tramal and the pain was under control within few hours. It was a stupid decision from me.
TT is a painful procedure.

Two weeks post op

I feel I am healed, no pain and better energy levels but my body keeps reminding me that I just had a major procedure and that it needs time to heal.

It is so true (and thanks to all previous reviews), the 1st week is the toughest.
I'm my case, pain was manageable but I was dependent on others for everything.
I couldn't do simple tasks, like moving my pillow, reach for tissues that are next to me...
But it gets much better from there, what a major difference between the 1st week, 2nd week and now starting the 3rd week.
2nd week is good but it has its challenges.

I was under the impression that I should work on my core muscles and that they should be the strongest, of course they should.
Well i just had a TT (even with minimal muscle repair, imho no tt is complete without MR, except in very few cases) obviously I couldn't use them.
You need strong legs and arms, that's what you should focus on the most.

Swelling has a mind of its own, won't even go there.

But but but choosing the right compression garment is very important.
The garment was not even on my list, the Dr. Will provide me with one and that's it.
I wish I did my homework before the surgery, I should have bought 2. I will practically live in them for th 1st 4 weeks.
I now need a smaller size once the swelling goes down.
Some brands Will alter the garment for you, it is important that they do it bec the compression needs to stay right.
And compression is very important for good results.
I know many drs have different views and opinions about the garment but based on my experience it makes a huge difference.
When choosing the size, I am happy with the hook system but the size wasn't right, it was on the smallest hook so when the initial crazy swelling goes down, the garment will become useless and needs to be replaced.

swelling

I was much bigger post op than pre-op, on the scale, in my clothes., you name it and swelling wins hands down.

At 10 days I had a major doubt when I compared my pix with a lady at 15 days post op.
She is flat and nice, while I look preggo.
Well 4 days later my results are as good as hers, if not even better.
I had my drains removed at the ER (not painful at all' didn't feel a thing), the clinic offers the service of removing them at the ER i(free of charge) in case you reach the less than 20 cc in 24hrs) and it is the weekend .
The ER Dr couldn't see why I had a TT, he said he can't imagine I needed one and I was all swollen like a balloon.

So don't trust swelling and please don't compare yourself to others, it will only add to the stress.
And everyday you see major improvement.
I made the mistake of thinking of ignoring how you can improve drastically in few days.

Dubai

I am glad my recovery is going smoothly.
I had skin irritation (history of eczema) and thanks to Dr. Rita Medawar (the wife of the best plastic surgeon in dubai) who also happens to be a dermatologist, it cleared in no time.

I was really scared and worried (surgical risks and the expensive surgery fees in Dubai) but I found the great Dr. That made the whole experience a lot less painful.

loving my results

Dr. Charbel Medawar is THE BEST!!!
He helped me feel and look younger.
When I went to see him I was frustrated about the way I looked, no amount of diet or exercise helped me.

He is a perfectionist, meticulous and very highly skilled.
And equally important he has a very refined taste.
He cares about his patients and always replies to calls and messages.
Eternally grateful to a top Dubai plastic surgeon who transformed my body and hence my life.
Dr. Charbel Medawar

Dr charbel Medawar

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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