Confessions of A Surgery Enthusiast
Dubai resident Barbara*, 39, went under the knife in Dubai two months ago for eyelid surgery, followed six weeks later by a tummy tuck 1 Comments
- Picture 1 of 2
‘I always thought when I was younger that if I needed to fix something, I would. I had heavy upper eyelids and it made me look older than I am. I’d heard real-life stories about surgery going wrong, but I did my research and watched the surgeon’s videos that show exactly how it’s done – it was stomach-churning at times, but I think it’s good to watch it if you’re going to do it.
‘After the eyelid surgery there was a little discomfort, but nothing major. The worst was that it was very visible to other people because I had black eyes. The tummy tuck was much more severe. I’ve had multiple caesareans and they left me with a ledge – a big bump where my tummy joins my lower body. It’s from the excess skin and all the pulling and dragging. I knew I wasn’t going to lose it naturally because it wasn’t something that was created naturally. It made me very self-conscious in my bikini.
‘I was very scared before the operation. It’s a big surgery. I thought: Am I going to be one of those statistics? But I didn’t feel I was going to be happy if I didn’t do it, so the advantages outweighed the risks for me.
‘I couldn’t get out of bed for the first day I couldn’t even move because I was hooked up to a drip and tubes draining blood and urine. Now it’s two weeks later and I’m still quite bruised and swollen, but I know the ledge isn’t there and that makes it worthwhile. I’m more confident now.
‘I haven’t told my family or friends about my surgery. My mother would go up the wall if I told her, and my sisters would tell me I’m mental! But it was a very personal thing and as long as I have the support of my husband, I’m happy.
‘I’ve thought about having a breast reduction next, but I’m not in any hurry. I was a D-cup, but after breastfeeding four children I’ve gone up to FF. I have back problems because of them. But to be honest I’m a bit reluctant to have more surgery.
‘I’d say be very sure that cosmetic surgery is what you want before you do it. The risk and the pain have to be worth it to you. But if you’re convinced it’s going to make you feel better, why not?’
Name has been changed by request
According to Dubai-based surgeons Dr Ashok Govila and Dr Jaffer Khan, the following procedures are the most commonly requested in Dubai.
Dhs10,000 (upper lids), Dhs11,500 (lower lids), Dhs21,500 (upper and lower)
Dhs9,500-Dhs19,500 (depending on the area)
Plastic fantastic? Click here to view
How safe is plastics surgery in Dubai? Click here to view
The Rise of Medical Tourism Click here to view
The Realities Click here to viewBy Laura Chubb
Time Out Dubai,
- Alternative health(19)
- Beauty and hair salons(20)
- Beauty clinics(8)
- Gym & health clubs(120)
- Health psychology(3)
- Image consultants(4)
- Medi spas(19)
- Nail salons(35)
- Plastic surgeons(11)
- Feng shui(4)
- Hair cuts & styling(30)
- Life coaching(14)
- Manicure & pedicure(38)
- Osteopathy and physical therapy(4)
- Personal training(10)
- Yoga, Pilates & meditation(25)
- Al Quoz(6)
- Arabian Ranches(1)
- Bur Dubai(27)
- Business Bay(2)
- Discovery Gardens(2)
- Downtown Dubai(48)
- Dubai Internet City(2)
- Dubai Marina(69)
- Dubai Media City(20)
- Emirates Hills(14)
- Festival City(16)
- Green Community(1)
- International City(2)
- Jebel Ali(8)
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers(16)
- Knowledge Village(10)
- Motor City(1)
- Oud Metha(41)
- Palm Jumeirah(14)
- Sheikh Zayed Road(45)
- The Gardens(16)
- The Greens(1)
- Umm Suqeim(10)
Most viewed outletsAll outlets
Our favourite features
An essential guide to renting in Dubai Beat price hikes, pick the right area, and know your rights
How to get a pay rise 20 expert tips to bag more cash from your boss
30 top outdoor bars in Dubai As the temperatures cool we round up the best places to drink outside in...
26 wet and wild watersports in Dubai Try kneeboarding, take a frantic ride or go down the world's largest wat...
20 best music movies ever The best music docus, star biopics and concert films ever committed to c...
Dubai: BBQ City How and where to barbecue, and restaurants to dine with the pros
10 Downtown bars and clubs to try True to its name, some of the city’s classiest bars are found in Downt...
Where do chefs eat in Dubai? Celeb chefs and local culinary heroes on where they REALLY dine
18 blow out spa treatments in Dubai Splash out with these once-in-a-lifetime spa packages
Where to watch the Premiership The best spots to catch the new Premier League season
Dubai’s best breakfasts We’ve been rising early to find the best meals to start the day
11 to try: Dubai museum guide The emirate's best museums and sights rated
Top dim sum restaurants in Dubai Recommended restaurants to sample the Chinese dining tradition
83 ways to save money in Dubai Dubai’s experts in cost efficient living share their tips
Dubai's best takeaways Indian, Chinese, Arabic, pizza and more of the best food home delivery