Fleur de Lis Abdominoplasty
The Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty surgery is performed here at UK Aesthetic with the aim of removing large amounts of excess skin for overall better body contouring.
What is Fleur de Lis Abdominoplasty?
The focus of the Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty surgery is to remove large amounts of excess skin from the abdominal area of the body. During this surgery, some form of fat removal and muscle tightening may also take place if needed, but this is more in line with a regular tummy tuck.
Fleur de Lis vs. Traditional Abdominoplasty
A Fleur de Lis surgery differs from the more traditional abdominoplasty surgery in a number of ways. But, the primary difference between the two surgeries is the incision.
The Fleur de Lis incision is where the procedure gets its name. It includes the traditional, vertical, incision from hip bone to hip bone. But, then there is also a horizontal incision from the bottom of the ribs down to the pubic area, intersecting with the first incision. This allows for the removal of loose skin that exists on the lateral side of the abdomen. This extended incision allows for skin to be removed both from above and below the first incision, but then both to the right and left thanks to the second.
This means a greater deal of skin can be removed during the Fleur de Lis procedure compared to a traditional abdominoplasty surgery.
As such, the amount of excess skin will be what determines whether you need a partial, full or a Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty surgery. The more excess skin you have the more intensive a procedure you will need.
Fleur De Lis Consultation
During your consultation, one of our UK Aesthetic surgeons will discuss your expectations and desires prior to the surgery. It is important to be honest during this process, as only then can the right surgery be chosen for your individual needs. If you have been told by others to seek a body contouring procedure, then you will not be eligible for surgery.
All health concerns and questions regarding the surgery – including costs – will be explained at this time.
The Fleur de Lis Surgery
Once you have decided upon and been approved for the Fleur de Lis surgery, there may be some pre-surgery checks to be made. But, this will be decided during your consultation and all performed prior to your surgery. Should you feel ill or your health deteriorates whatsoever prior to the surgery date then it is important to inform your surgeon. Your surgery date will then be rearranged to suit your wellbeing and overall health.
You will be advised against the following prior to your surgery:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks prior;
- Avoid taking blood thinners, such as aspirin;
- Do not take anti-inflammatory drugs;
- Or herbal supplements.
During the surgery your excess skin will be removed, your tummy muscles tightened and your belly button will also be relocated. Dissolvable stitches are then used to close the incisions and a compressive dressing will be used. This helps the wounds to seal and heal with good support.
Post Fleur de Lis Surgery
As with all surgery here at UK Aesthetics, you will receive dedicated support and aftercare following your Fleur de Lis surgery. Typical advice we give during this time includes:
- Avoid excessive strain during the first week post-surgery.
- Wear a support garment for 4-6 weeks following surgery.
- Light exercise can be resumed around 3-4 weeks after your surgery.
- Full exercise is possible around 6-8 weeks.
- Massage the scar once fully healed to improve the appearance long term.
A Fleur de Lis wound can take longer to heal than your average abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery wound. This is, largely, due to the area where the vertical and horizontal scar meets having difficulty healing. This will eventually heal given time.
How Much Does Fleur de Lis Surgery Cost UK?
The cost of the Fleur de Lis surgery will differ based on your circumstances and desires from the surgery, as you may require additional procedures alongside it. You will be given a full cost breakdown during your initial consultation. This will include the surgeon’s time, hospital fees and anaesthesia costs.
What Are the Potential Complications?
Following your Fleur de Lis surgery, some complications that may occur include infection, slow healing, skin loss, seroma formation or a thickened scar. There are also complications that can arise following general anaesthesia, including respiratory issues or deep vein thrombosis. But, this is fairly uncommon.