When the abdominal skin and tissue are stretched beyond its limits, it is unlikely to ever return to a flat and firm state. While you can lose the fat from the abdomen, the skin may not rebound and shrink to the new smaller size. Excessive skin and fatty tissue on the abdomen can be removed with abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck. In some cases, a more aggressive abdominoplasty is required to tighten the entire abdomen. Dr. Peter Koltz at pēkomd® offers fleur-de-lis-abdominoplasty to restore a flat, tight tummy after pregnancy or weight loss at our Toledo plastic surgery center.
Tummy tucks are one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. Whether the abdomen was stretched by pregnancy or weight gain/loss, it can be impossible for some individuals to restore tight skin and muscles without abdominoplasty. There are different types of abdominoplasties, from a mini tummy tuck to full abdominoplasty or fleur-de-lis tummy tuck procedures. The fleur-de-lis is used when the patient has extensive excess skin and tissue extending higher on the abdomen.
Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck Surgery
The fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is named for the shape of the incisions. A traditional abdominoplasty has a horizontal incision below the bikini line to tighten the lower stomach. Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty has the same incision, but also a vertical incision midline up to the breastbone. This vertical incision gives access to the abdominal muscles and upper abdomen tissues.
For those who have lost an extensive amount of weight, especially from the abdominal area, fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty may be the best option. This allows skin and fatty tissue to be removed from the pubic area up to the breastbone, resulting in a better abdominal appearance. While the incision is larger, the results can be more conducive to achieving the body shape desired. Fleur-de-lis tummy tucks can also remove skin in the upper abdomen that has experienced lost blood supply and may be at risk for ischemia or necrosis.
Excess skin and tissue on the abdomen can be uncomfortable and impact your body shape. If you have loose skin, diastasis recti and excess tissue on the upper abdomen, fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty may be right for you. To begin your aesthetic journey to a flatter, tighter tummy, contact our team at pēkomd® cosmetic surgery center in Toledo, OH, to schedule your abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. Koltz.