During a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure, the excess skin around your stomach is removed with a single major incision below the underwear line. Sometimes more extensive skin tightening may be required to achieve the best results from a Tummy Tuck. A Fleur De Lis Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is suitable for larger patients requiring excess skin to be removed from the front and also along the sides to achieve a more toned abdomen. To achieve this, an additional incision is made along the entire midline of the abdomen up to the lower chest. This allows the skin around the stomach to not only be tightened vertically but horizontally as well.
Dr Eddy Dona has been a specialist plastic surgeon since 2007, and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. From your first clinic visit, and throughout your surgical journey, Dr Dona and his team will be there to make it as smooth as possible.
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Whilst the extra incision along the midline of the abdomen can significantly improve the appearance and the contouring in patients that are best suited for a fleur de lis style of tummy tuck. Many patients are put off by the thought of having an extra incision scar. In the end, only you can say what you are prepared to accept. The great contouring and toning of a fleur de lis with the extra scarring, or the less contour improvement with fewer scars. During your initial consultation at our clinic, Dr Dona will be able to provide you with all the information about differing tummy tuck procedures and inform you as to which procedure would be best for your body. This will also include a discussion about the realistic expectations of what you could expect to achieve from your tummy tuck procedure.
It is almost impossible to determine which type of tummy tuck procedure would be best suited for your body type without an in-person consultation with Dr Dona. Typically a Fleur De Lis Tummy Tuck is best suited for patients that have undergone extensive weight loss and are experiencing a large amount of overhanging skin, a Fleur De Lis is the best option to get the maximum benefit from a Tummy Tuck procedure. During the initial consultation, Dr Dona will be able to assess your body and your desired outcomes from a Tummy Tuck procedure. From here, Dr Dona will be able to recommend to you which type of Tummy Tuck procedure will be most beneficial for you.
Your recovery after fleur de lis tummy tuck will be quite similar to the recovery of a traditional tummy tuck. A fleur de lis tummy tuck is a significantly more invasive procedure than a traditional tummy tuck, due to the vertical contouring that is also done with this procedure. During your initial consultation, Dr Dona will advise you of when you will be able to return to your normal routines after surgery
The ideal candidate for fleur de lis surgery is someone that has undergone massive weight loss and is experiencing significant amounts of overhanging skin.
All surgical procedures carry the potential risk of wound healing complications – these complications include wound bleeding, infection, wound breakdown or even skin and tissue necrosis or loss. As a result, wound ulceration and wound breakdown can occur. Wound complications can range in minor through to major concerns, that may warrant further surgical and hospital intervention.
With an FDL Tummy Tuck, the wounds are obviously very large, so these risks are much greater compared to surgery with smaller wounds. Those patients at greatest risk of these potential complications are:
For most people without these risk factors, the chances of any significant wound healing problems are quite small.
A FDL Tummy Tuck has very large wounds and therefore the risks of wound problems are much greater compared to a standard scar Tummy Tuck. The area of greatest concern is located at the bottom of the midline scar where it meets the relevant horizontal scar. These are the areas which have the greatest degree of tension and the poorest blood supply.
The general and specific complications for a FDL Tummy Tuck are the same as noted on our Tummy Tuck page.
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