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Reader Question: Fleur-de-lis or Inverted T Tummy Tuck for Weight Loss?

Posted Jul 07 2010 7:30am

Reader Question:

I have lost about 100 pounds and am looking at having a tummy tuck. What is a Fleur-de-lis Tummy Tuck? It it what I need?

A “Fleur-de-lis or Inverted T Tummy Tuck” is a version of the tummy tuck operation in which there is a vertical incision (and later a scar) to take in some of the extra skin in the lower abdomen. These procedures have good points and bad points. On the good side, they do allow more skin to be removed allowing tightening especially in extreme weight loss patients. They also interrupt the circulation more than the alternative procedure increasing the chances for poor wound healing and skin loss (skin necrosis.) It is your surgeon’s judgment as to the risk/benefit ratio here.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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