The abdomen can stretch and expand to large proportions with weight gain. Unlike pregnancy that only pushed the stomach outward, excessive weight gain can expand the midsection out and sideways, stretching skin and tissue horizontally and vertically. When large amounts of weight are lost, there is often excessive skin and tissue left behind on the tummy. To flatten and tighten the midsection, Maia Plastic Surgery offers fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.
What Is a Fleur-De-Lis (FDL) Tummy Tuck?
In a traditional tummy tuck, an incision is made across the lower abdomen near the top of the pelvic bone to access the skin and tissue. The excess skin and tissue are removed, and the skin is pulled downward to tighten the tummy area. With a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, this same incision is made, but a second incision is made from the middle of the horizontal line up to the breast bone, creating an upside-down “T” or fleur-de-lis symbol.
The fleur-de-lis tummy tuck addresses excess skin and tissue both horizontally and vertically. Once excess skin and tissue are removed and any liposuction or muscle repair is finished, the abdomen is closed by tightening the skin inward from the sides and downward to the bottom incision. This technique offers a better option for creating a flatter abdomen when a large amount of skin must be removed after substantial weight loss.
The fleur-de-lis (FDL) abdominoplasty scar is far less discreet than a traditional tummy tuck, but it can be the best solution for removing excess skin and tissue in the midsection after massive weight loss. Dr. Maia can discuss which type of tummy tuck procedure is best for your personal situation and weigh the pros and cons of the various options.
If you are ready to explore a tummy tuck plastic surgery to remove excess skin and flatten your abdomen, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery in the greater Washington, DC, metro area. We offer many types of tummy tucks, including fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty – call today for an appointment.