Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty
A traditional tummy tuck removes the excess skin in a vertical direction – the excess skin in pulled downward and cut off. This usually works if your excess skin was created by pregnancy.
However, for people who’ve lost a massive amount of weight, a traditional tummy tuck may not be enough to flatten the tummy. Not only do these patients have excess skin in a vertical direction, but because they used to be a lot wider, they also can have excess skin in a horizontal direction. Hence, the fleur-de-lis tummy tuck.
A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is a very effective surgery to remove excess skin from the abdomen in both a horizontal and vertical direction. Not only is the skin pulled downward, but it’s also pulled inward towards the center of your abdomen. This results in a tummy as flat as can be.
Unfortunately, it necessitates a long, vertical scar that extends from the bottom of your breastbone to your upper public region. Like the horizontal scar, this scar is permanent and can thicken. The combination of these scars looks like an upside down T. The surgery is called a fleur-de-lis because the skin excision resembles the French shape, similar to the shape of a three leaf clover.
Although a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck isn’t for everyone, if you’ve lost a massive amount of weight and have a lot of excess tummy skin, then it just might do the trick for you.
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