Fleur De Lis Abdominoplasty
A ‘Fleur De Lis’ Abdominoplasty is a procedure to reduce the excess skin and fat to rejuvenate the abdomen in women with excess tissue over upper and lower abdomen and also tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. It allows for ‘tightening’ in both horizontal and vertical planes.
The degree of excess skin and fat differ in amount and distribution amongst individuals. The choice of technique varies based on each individual patient and is decided after a thorough assessment at the time of your consultation.
The fleur de lis abdominoplasty involves creating both a transverse scar on the lower abdomen/pubis and a midline vertical scar. The skin and fat are lifted off from the muscles, the muscles are tightened and the excess tissues are trimmed. The umbilicus is relocated at a new point on your ‘new tummy’.
This technique addresses the excess tissues in the front of the abdomen but may not treat any excess fat on the flanks. This can be further addressed with liposuction.
WHO WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY
Your weight must be stable prior to undergoing an abdominoplasty. The following groups of patients are likely to benefit from abdominoplasty:
- Women following pregnancy which leads to stretched marks on the skin and weakening and separation of the muscles of the tummy
- Men and women after significant weight loss
- Individuals with large excess skin/fat on the lower abdomen
- Individuals who wish to achieve a trimmer, flatter looking tummy
UNSUITABLE PATIENTS FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY
Patients who are actively smoking or who have significant medical conditions are generally unsuitable for this procedure. Patients who smoke should have ceased for 4-6 weeks prior to surgery.
This, like any other cosmetic procedures, should not be considered in patients who have unrealistic expectations or body image disorders.
YOUR SURGICAL JOURNEY
During your first consultation the reasons for, feasibility and expectations of the operation will be discussed. A series of breast and chest measurements will be made and noted. Standardised photographs will be taken with your consent.
This will be performed under general anaesthetic (that is, you will put to sleep by an experienced consultant anaesthetist). Most patients are able to go home on the following day. Your operation will be done in a safe and caring manner respecting your dignity at all times. The wounds are closed in multiple layers. You will have 2 drains emerging from the wound to aid in draining the extra fluid from the wound.
You will be fitted with a compression garment to be worn for 4-6 weeks.
- Operating Time: 150 – 180 mins
- Anaesthetic: General Anaesthesia (GA)
- Hospital Stay: 1- 2 night
- Time off work: 2 – 3 weeks
- Exercise: After 6 weeks
- Driving: 4 weeks
- Special Advice: You are advised to wear an abdominal support garment for 6 weeks