Tummy tucks are not necessarily a one-size-fits-all procedure. While a standard tummy tuck will address the average patient’s extra abdominal skin, there are situations where a patient may need a more extensive procedure to see the best results. For some patients, this may be a lower body lift. However, Dr. Jonov sometimes recommends another procedure known as a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck. What is the difference between a tummy tuck and fleur-de-lis tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck consists of one horizontal hip-to-hip incision. This allows Dr. Jonov to remove extra skin both above and below the belly button. He can also repair diastasis recti. However, if the extra skin is significant on the upper abdomen or it goes above what a standard tummy tuck can treat, then a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck may be warranted.
A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck utilizes the same horizontal incision, but then also includes a vertical incision up the abdomen. The exact length and end point will depend on the extent of extra skin. It can even sometimes extend horizontally underneath the breasts/chest. Usually, people who have lost very significant weight benefit most from a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.