Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty is a type of abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, that is used to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall. This procedure is often recommended for patients who have undergone significant weight loss, as well as those who have excess skin and fat due to aging or pregnancy.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen and a vertical incision down the center of the abdomen. This “T” or “Fleur-de-lis” shaped incision allows for maximum removal of excess skin and fat. The surgeon will then tighten the abdominal muscles and remove any excess skin and fat. The remaining skin will be pulled taut and sutured together.
Before the procedure
Patients should consult with their surgeon to discuss their goals and expectations for the surgery. They may need to undergo certain medical tests to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The surgeon may also provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, such as what medications to avoid and what to eat and drink before surgery.
After the procedure
Patients will need to take some time to recover. They may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort for several days to a few weeks. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, bending over, and heavy lifting for several weeks after surgery to prevent complications. They should also avoid exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen when outside to protect the healing skin.
The results of Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty can be long-lasting, but they can be affected by weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and the natural aging process. Patients should also be aware that the incision scars may be visible, but the surgeon will try to make the incisions as discreet as possible.
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