A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure for women who have lost abdominal tone following a pregnancy or significant weight loss.
A Fleur-De-Lis Abdominoplasty is typically an outpatient surgery that takes between three to six hours. Patients will receive general anesthesia for this procedure. Prior to the surgery, you and your plastic surgeon will review how long the incision will be based on the amount of skin and tissue that needs to be removed. To begin the surgery, an incision is made above the pubic bone. The excess skin below the umbilicus is then removed using this incision. In addition, a vertical incision is made down the middle of the abdomen, and skin is removed on either side of this incision as well. This results in the excision of skin both horizontally and vertically, in the shape of an upside-down “T” or fleur-de-lis. The skin layer is separated from the muscle layer and the excess skin is removed. The abdominal muscles are pulled together and tightened, sculpting the abdomen. The belly button is moved to its final position, and the last step is the repositioning of the skin and the closing of the incisions.