When the abdomen becomes large from excessive weight gain, the skin and muscles stretch to accommodate and support the fat stored on the stomach. When massive weight loss occurs, the fat melts away, but the damage to the skin and muscles is still evident. Loose, hanging skin and protruding, separated muscles in the lower abdomen are common after massive weight loss. To reshape the abdomen, Dr. Aleksandr Shteynberg at Vantage Plastic Surgery in NYC offers fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is the gold standard of restoring a tight, flat stomach. After pregnancy or weight loss, a tummy tuck can remove loose skin and fat, then tighten the muscles and skin for a taut tummy. A tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen, with a horizontal incision just below the bikini line. Unfortunately, this does not tighten the skin, tissue and muscles of the upper abdomen, which may be needed after massive weight loss. This is when the fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty method may be needed to address the abdomen skin and muscles from the pelvic area to the breastbone.
Full Abdomen Tummy Tuck
The fleur-de-lis (FDL) abdominoplasty is named for the shape of the incisions. Like a traditional tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made across the lower abdomen, but another vertical incision is made up the middle to the breastbone. This larger incision is needed to remove the excess skin on the upper stomach and to access the muscles. FDL abdominoplasty can reshape the entire abdomen with much better results for those who have a large amount of skin and muscle damage on their stomach.
Dr. Shteynberg is a double board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body reshaping procedures. If you have lost 100 or more pounds and have excess skin and separated muscles on your abdomen, you may be a good candidate for fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty. Dr. Shteynberg can perform an examination and recommend the right abdominoplasty or body lift procedure to improve your midsection.
Contact us at Vantage Plastic Surgery to book your appointment with Dr. Shteynberg to learn about fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty and our other body shaping procedures. We have clinics in Manhattan and Brooklyn for your convenience.