Tummy Tuck after Massive Weight Loss
Abdominoplasty – There are many types of that are performed on daily basis in the realm of plastic surgery. Click here to view our Tummy Tuck Gallery. Most weight loss patients often benefit from a circumferential abdominoplasty with or without a Fleur-de-lis component (vertical incision). Circumferential abdominoplasty, also known as a belt abdominoplasty, is reserved for those patients who present with lower body laxity. The typical patient is unhappy with the looseness of her/his abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The circumferential tummy tuck creates incisions that span the patient’s lower back. Through these incisions, the excess abdominal, waist, and lower back tissue are removed. The buttocks and outer thighs are elevated and the tummy tuck procedure is completed. If you are interested in non-invasive treatment there are alternatives such as coolscupting or emsculpting.
37 year old patient of Dr. Agha who had a lower body lift, buttock augmentation with her lower back tissue, and circumferential abdominoplasty. Post-op pictures were taken and sent by the out-of-state patient at six weeks.
Some patients may need an Inverted-T or Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty. This procedure combines a vertical resection of excess abdominal tissue with that of the horizontal resection that the circumferential tummy tuck offers. The vertical incision of Fleur-de-lis is reserved for those rare patients who have lost significant weight and need a substantial quantity of skin and tissue removed. The patients often present with both vertical and circumferential abdominal tissue laxity and have lost their hour-glass look due to fullness of the waist and sides. Whereas the vertical incision removes excess circumferential tissue, the horizontal resection removes excess vertical tissue. Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is also suitable for those patients who already have a midline incision due to previous abdominal surgery, such as gall bladder surgery or open gastric bypass surgery.
31 year old female who lost 110 lbs. of weight through gastric bypass surgery. She weighed 150 lbs. before her body contouring surgery. Patient had a single-stage total body lift with Fleur-de-lis circumferential abdominoplasty.