Fleur-De-Lis (FDL) Abdominoplasty
Losing a significant amount of weight through diet, bariatric surgery or other life changes can improve your health, appearance and self-confidence. While the fat may be gone, many people struggle with the skin and tissue that is left behind. The abdomen, in particular, tends to harbor stretched skin that can be uncomfortable and unattractive. One option to remove this excess skin is called Fleur-De-Lis (FDL) abdominoplasty, a type of tummy tuck surgery that is offered by Dr. John Anastasatos at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills.
The leftover stretched skin after weight loss cannot be shrunken with exercise, creams or any other method. Abdominoplasty is the solution to surgically remove excess skin, tighten separated muscles and flatten the stomach. However, the standard tummy tuck may not provide adequate repair for the abdomen to obtain the results desired. The Fleur-De-Lis (FDL) abdominoplasty is appropriate for those with excessive loose skin and abdominal stretching after losing a significant amount of weight.
Fleur-De-Lis vs. Standard Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is performed through an incision that extends across the lower abdomen, right above the pelvic bones. This incision can remove excessive skin and tighten the abdominal muscles in the lower abdomen, but it may not address the upper abdomen. With the FDL abdominoplasty, a second incision is made vertically up to the breastbone. This allows access to repair the lax abdominal muscles and abundant excess skin to reform a tighter, flatter and contoured abdomen.
While there is a larger scar with the FDL method than with a standard tummy tuck, it can provide better results for those with larger amounts of loose skin and lax stomach muscles. If you are interested in learning more about the different options for removing excess skin and tightening the abdomen, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery. We will schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Anastasatos to discuss which procedure would provide the best results to meet your expectations.