Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty covers a wide range of procedures performed regularly in the world of plastic surgery. In regards to individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight, a circumferential abdominoplasty, whether it is performed with or without a Fleur-de-lis component (a vertical incision), is usually beneficial. This type of abdominoplasty, also referred to as a belt abdominoplasty, is usually only used for individuals with lower body laxity, which shows as looseness in the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. Surgery for circumferential abdominoplasty makes incisions that encompass the lower back. These incisions are used to access the excess tissue from the abdomen, waist and lower back in order to remove it. During the procedure, the outer thighs and buttocks are lifted.
Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight and require substantial amounts of skin and tissue removed benefit from a procedure called the Inverted-T abdominoplasty, or the Fleur-de-lis. Individuals who qualify for Inverted-T abdominoplasty have both vertical and horizontal laxity of their abdominal tissue. Thus, this technique uses a vertical incision, as well as a horizontal incision, to remove excess abdominal tissue. Individuals who require both incisions typically have lost their hourglass figure because of fullness at the waist and sides. Contrary to how it sounds, the vertical incision is made to remove excess horizontal tissue, while the horizontal incision is made to remove excess vertical tissue. Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty is also necessary for individuals who have had previous abdominal surgery, such as open gastric bypass or gallbladder surgery, because of an existing midline incision.
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