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Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck
in Novi, Michigan

The Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck abdominoplasty in Novi, Michigan is an advanced surgical technique that surpasses the capabilities of traditional and extended tummy tucks. It provides a more comprehensive approach to reshaping and firming the abdominal area for male and female patients. This method results in a more pronounced and aesthetically pleasing transformation. As a result, the Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery stands out as a highly advantageous option for individuals, regardless of gender, seeking to achieve a harmonious and well-defined abdominal profile following massive weight loss.

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What Is a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck?

The Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty, also known as an FDL tummy tuck, is a specialized body contouring surgery, particularly suited for massive weight loss patients who need to remove excess skin not just in the lower abdomen but also in the upper abdomen. 
It is particularly effective for individuals who have undergone significant changes in their body following weight loss surgery or other weight loss methods, resulting in sagging skin that drapes both vertically and 
horizontally across the abdomen.

Additionally, akin to regular tummy tucks, the fleur de lis tummy tuck can repair separated abdominal muscles, a common condition following pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations, making it a comprehensive option for post-weight loss body contouring.

The fleur de lis tummy tuck distinguishes itself from the regular tummy tuck and extended tummy tuck procedures through its unique incision pattern. While a standard abdominoplasty primarily targets the lower abdomen with a horizontal incision, and an extended tummy tuck extends this incision laterally to address excess skin on the sides, the fleur de lis tummy tuck introduces an additional vertical incision. This dual-incision strategy enables the removal of both the vertical and horizontal excess skin, offering 
a more comprehensive reshaping of the abdomen.

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Are You a Candidate for a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck?

If you’re considering a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck, ideal candidates are typically those who have undergone significant weight loss, leading to excess abdominal skin.

Ideal candidates for FDL tummy tuck procedure should be in good overall health and have maintained a stable weight for some time.

It is also important to be a non-smoker or be willing to give up smoking for one month before and after surgery.
Additionally, having realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes and understanding its limitations are essential.
Those with separated abdominal muscles, often due to pregnancy or significant weight changes, may also find this procedure beneficial.
It’s crucial to consult with our board-certified plastic surgeons to determine if this is the right choice for your specific needs.

Benefits of Fleur de Lis Abdominoplasty

The Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty is a specialized surgical procedure that offers numerous benefits for individuals looking to improve their abdominal appearance and comfort, especially after significant weight loss. Here are some of the key advantages:
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Targeted Excess Skin Removal

FDL procedure is particularly effective in removing excess skin, not just 
in the lower abdomen but also in the upper and mid-abdomen. The unique incision pattern allows for the removal of skin both vertically and horizontally, addressing skin laxity in a way that a traditional tummy tuck cannot.

Enhanced Body Contour

The Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck significantly improves the body’s contour by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin. This procedure can create a more defined and aesthetically pleasing abdominal profile, helping patients feel more confident in their appearance.

Customizable Outcomes

The approach can be tailored to each patient’s needs and goals. The surgeon can adjust the extent of skin removal and tightening based on the individual’s body shape and the amount of excess skin, ensuring a harmonious result with the patient’s overall physique.

Potential Reduction in Skin Irritation

Excess skin, especially in the abdominal area, can lead to irritation, chafing, and even infections. By removing this skin, the Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck can reduce these discomforts, improving the patient’s quality of life.

Long-Lasting Results

The results of a fleur de lis tummy tuck can be long-lasting, especially when accompanied by a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle. Patients can enjoy their new, more contoured body for years to come, provided they maintain a consistent weight and engage in regular physical activity.

The Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck Procedure

By understanding the preparation and surgical process of the Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck procedure, as expertly performed by our surgeons at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, patients can approach this life-changing surgery with greater confidence and clarity.
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In order to ensure a smooth procedure and optimal results, several steps must be taken before undergoing the Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck. Initially, a medical evaluation with our plastic surgeon is essential, where you’ll discuss your medical history, surgical goals, and any concerns.

This consultation may include a physical examination and possibly some lab tests. It’s also important to review your current medications, supplements, or vitamins with our surgeon, as it may be necessary to adjust or discontinue some of these before the surgery. A smoker will be advised to give up smoking well before surgery since smoking impedes healing and increases the risks of complications.

Ensuring that your weight has been stable for several months is vital, as significant weight fluctuations can adversely affect surgical outcomes.

Additionally, it’s important to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and assist you during the initial days of your recovery.

Lastly, adhering to any pre-surgery instructions provided by our surgeon, such as fasting before the procedure, is crucial for successful surgery and recovery.

The surgical process of the Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck is a comprehensive and detailed procedure. Before the procedure begins, general anesthesia is administered to ensure the patient’s comfort and unconsciousness.

Our surgeon starts by making a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, similar to that in a traditional tummy tuck. A vertical incision is made, extending from the lower abdomen towards the chest. This combination forms a pattern resembling the shape of a fleur de lis. The surgery may also include tightening abdominal muscles for enhanced contouring if needed.

After removing excess skin and fat, our surgeon reshapes the area by pulling the remaining skin tight, and the navel is often repositioned to align with the new shape of the abdomen. The incisions are then meticulously closed with sutures, and dressings are applied. Small tubes might sometimes be placed to drain any excess fluid.

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Recovery and Aftercare

Recovering from a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck involves steps and precautions 
to ensure optimal healing and results. It’s normal to experience some pain 
and discomfort, which can be managed with oral medication prescribed 
by our surgeon.

Patients will typically have drains to remove excess fluid, and their abdomen 
will be wrapped in a compression garment or bandages to help minimize swelling and support the healing tissues. Initially, mobility will be limited, and following the surgeon’s guidance on gradually resuming gentle activities to promote circulation is essential. Swelling and bruising are expected but will decrease over time.

For a successful recovery, it’s crucial to adhere strictly to the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including how to care for drains, take medications 
as prescribed, and attend follow-up appointments.

Rest is vital. Patients should sleep with their upper body elevated to minimize swelling. Maintaining hydration and a nutritious diet aids in the healing process. Patients are recommended to steer clear of heavy lifting and intense physical activities, often lasting a few weeks.

Wearing the compression garment as advised is important for minimizing 
swelling and supporting the new body contours. Smoking should be avoided 
as it can impede the healing process.

Monitoring one’s health for signs of infection or complications is essential, and concerns should be promptly communicated to the surgeon. Recovery 
is a gradual process, often taking several months, and patience is vital in allowing the body to heal properly and achieve the desired aesthetic results.

The Cost of a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck

The Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck cost can vary significantly, typically ranging from $8,000 to $15,000 or more. The procedure is more complex than a standard tummy tuck, often leading to higher costs, particularly if there’s a need for extensive skin removal and reshaping. Other than the varying costs of anesthesia and operating room fees, which depend on the length of the surgery and the anesthesia type, you should also account for other related expenses.
To understand the total cost of a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck, obtaining a detailed quote from our surgeons at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery covering all aspects of the surgery is essential.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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A fleur de lis tummy tuck differs from a traditional tummy tuck in its approach to skin removal. While a traditional tummy tuck primarily removes excess skin horizontally along the lower abdomen, the fleur de lis technique also removes skin vertically, addressing excess skin in both directions, and is often chosen for patients who have experienced significant weight loss.

During recovery from a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck, expect initial discomfort, limited mobility, and swelling. The healing process for this procedure can be longer than a standard tummy tuck, particularly at the junction where the vertical and horizontal scars meet, which is often the most problematic area. Recovery typically involves wearing a compression garment and refraining from strenuous activities. The complete healing process can span several weeks to months, requiring patience and careful adherence to post-operative guidelines.

The scarring from a Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck is distinct, involving both vertical and horizontal scars, which are more extensive than a traditional tummy tuck. This surgery results in a horizontal scar similar to a regular tummy tuck, but it also includes a vertical scar running from the lower abdomen up to the chest. Although these scars are permanent, they gradually become less noticeable as they fade over time and can usually be hidden under clothes.
A fleur de lis tummy tuck addresses excess skin by making horizontal and vertical incisions, allowing for skin removal in two dimensions. This is particularly effective for individuals with significant skin laxity following massive weight loss, as it tightens the abdomen both vertically and horizontally.

Yes, a Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty can be combined with other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction or a lower body lift. Combining procedures can address multiple concerns in one surgical session but should be discussed thoroughly with a surgeon to understand the implications and recovery process.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re seeking the expert guidance of Dr. Lakin or Dr. Ozolins, or have a clear idea of your needs, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Meet and sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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