There is no bigger feeling of accomplishment than losing a dramatic amount of weight, whether through diet and exercise, or after bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Unfortunately, after shedding a large number of pounds, inches of sagging skin may still remain. No amount of time in the gym will be able to rid the frame of this stretched, lifeless tissue. For many people, a traditional Tummy Tuck can rejuvenate the figure. However, this technique is often inadequate at tackling extra-large amounts of excess skin. For the patients who experience a significant weight loss, our Beverly Hills Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty is available to consistently restore a smooth, curvaceous figure.
An Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck, refers to a body contouring procedure that eliminates the accumulation of excess skin and muscle from the stomach. The Tummy Tuck involves an incision running laterally across the abdomen, from one hip to the other, just above the pubic bone. The Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty utilizes an additional incision, running vertically down the midsection, to better address the lax abdominal tissue.
For more than ten years, the surgeons at Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery have been performing a variety of body contouring procedures. They bring advanced cosmetic and reconstructive surgical skills to patients in the Los Angeles area.
Anyone who has lost an extensive amount of weight can benefit from the Tummy Tuck procedure; especially those who have undergone gastric bypass or weight loss surgery. The ideal candidate will not smoke, be at a stable weight, in overall good health, and hold realistic expectations for their results. It is advisable that people interested in our Los Angeles Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty be committed to a healthy lifestyle after surgery; including a fit diet and regular exercise. These can ensure that the Tummy Tuck results will be long lasting. To determine if the Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty is right for an individual patient, a consultation should first be scheduled.
The recovery after an Abdominoplasty will take about two weeks. Initially, patients will notice bruising and discoloration along the abdomen. A compression garment will be required for the first several days, keeping swelling to a minimum. Temporary drains will be placed to prevent a build up of excess blood and fluid.
It is common for patients to be tired and sore for the first week after surgery. Moderate pain can be expected, as well. The needed pain medications will be prescribed for a comfortable healing process. In less than two weeks, most patients are feeling well enough to return to work or school. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be postponed for six weeks, however.
The Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty is widely considered to be a safe, satisfying procedure. However, since the Abdominoplasty is invasive, there is always the potential for serious complications to occur. These include infection, excessive bleeding, unexpected scarring, nerve damage, poor wound healing, and physical asymmetry. Patients should remember that a compassionate, skilled and experienced plastic surgeon is the best way to minimize the risks associated with the Abdominoplasty procedure.
Patients will be able to notice results from their Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty in Beverly Hills almost immediately after surgery. Bruising and discoloration are common, taking up to three weeks to dissipate. Swelling may last for three to four months before it is fully resolved. As the bruising and swelling slowly fades, the results from a Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty will become more apparent.
The Fleur-de-Lis technique does leave a scar running from the breastbone downward below the navel, in addition to the horizontal scar from the Tummy Tuck incision. The traditional Abdominoplasty scar is easily concealed under a bikini bottom or jean, while the Fleur-de-Lis incision may take additional effort to cover. Most patients are extremely satisfied with their newly sculpted figure, and are not uncomfortable with the additional scar.
The Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty is a specially designed, body contouring procedure, in which excess fat and skin on the stomach is eliminated. Although similar to the Tummy Tuck procedure, the Fleur-de-Lis technique involves a vertical incision.
Your Los Angeles Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty begins by making a vertical incision downward, from the breastbone to below the navel. Utilizing this incision, unneeded tissue and skin will be excised. He will then tighten the remaining muscles and pull tissues taut, smoothly sculpting the abdomen. A Tummy Tuck, using a horizontal incision between the hips, may be included, as well. Both incisions are then closed using dissolvable sutures.
Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work in two weeks or less, following their Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty. Exercise and heavy lifting will need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
Patients who have experienced a dramatic weight loss and possess a large amount of loose, sagging tissue can benefit from the Fleur-de-Lis technique. Patients should also be in overall good health and hold realistic expectations for the procedure.
General anesthesia is used during the Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty.
Although rare, the risks involved with a Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty can include infection, excessive bleeding, scarring, and nerve damage.
The Fleur-de-lis Abdominoplasty is performed at the Spalding Surgery Facility, located in Beverly Hills, California.
Depending on the patient’s unique anatomy and level of correction desired, the Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty will take between three and six hours to perform.
Patients can expect their recovery, after a Fleur-de-Lis Abdominoplasty, to take between one and two weeks. Swelling and discomfort are common during the first few days. Patients will be prescribed pain medications to keep them comfortable during the recovery process. After surgery, a special garment will be worn to keep swelling to a minimum and to promote proper healing. Drains may also be used to reduce the buildup of fluid and blood.