Fleur-de-Lys Abdominoplasty & Upper Body Lift
This 33-year-old woman from the McAllen, Texas area presented to my plastic surgery clinic requesting post-bariatric body contouring surgery. She had undergone a laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure 2 years before, and had lost over 200 pounds! She was 360 pounds and now weighed 158. Her weight had been stable for the past 6 months. She is 5’5”. Her primary concern was the excess skin and fat that remained around her abdomen, torso, and arms. She had very little excess fat or skin around her outer thighs and buttock, but she had severe excess skin throughout her upper and mid abdomen. We performed a Fleur-de-Lys Abdominoplasty to fully excise all of her excess skin, with full plication of her diastasis recti. The patient understood the associated scarring with this extended Fleur-de-Lys (French Flower) pattern tummy tuck, and understood why this was necessary. We also discussed a second staged upper body lift to address her excess skin and tissue around her upper abdomen, sides, and back that could not be corrected with the Fleur-de-Lys abdominoplasty. Her results are shown first at only 2 months after the first procedure, and then one-year later after her upper abdominal lift. Her case illustrates the scar maturation process over 1 year and she had a very beautiful result with an almost invisible scar! Her weight is down to 145 pounds. As part of her post-bariatric body contouring we also performed an extended arm lift 1 month after her initial Fleur-de-Lys tummy tuck (see Arm Lift photo gallery for more details), a breast augmentation with a breast lift at the time of her upper body lift, and finally an upper thigh lift as her final staged procedure 1 month after her upper body lift. She was very surprised by her rapid recovery, and she loves her cosmetic surgery results!