Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a popular cosmetic surgery that produces a flatter, more contoured stomach by removing excess skin, fat, and tissue. The surgery is versatile, with each different type suiting each patient’s unique desires and needs. A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is a more complicated version of a regular tummy tuck, best suited for patients with significant excess skin, usually left after extreme weight loss.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, we’ll help you understand the differences between a fleur de lis and a regular tummy tuck, so you can decide which one might be right for you.
Which Procedure is Right For You?
Both of these procedures seek to flatten and contour the torso, but one might be more appropriate than the other. As the fleur-de-lis tummy tuck produces more drastic results, it is the most appropriate surgery for patients starting with a higher BMI and who have struggled with significant excess skin after extreme weight loss.
Further differences between the two procedures are summarised in the table below:
|Fleur-de-lis Tummy Tuck||Regular Tummy Tuck|
|Results||Removal of extreme excess skin, flatter and tauter abdomen, muscle repair if needed||Removal of moderate to severe excess skin, muscle repair if necessary|
|Ideal Candidate||For patients with significant excess skin after extreme weight loss||For patients with moderate-to-severe skin laxity|
|Scarring||Entire bikini line and along midline of abdomen from ribcage||Along bikini line and around belly button|
|Full Recovery||Up to 8 weeks||Up to 8 weeks|
|Cost||From £17,900||From £9,900|
Fleur de Lis Tummy Tuck
With the fleur-de-lis method of abdominoplasty, a larger amount of skin can be removed compared to a regular tummy tuck, making the results more dramatic. Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck removes excess skin on the sides of the abdomen as well as the flanks, which are not targeted with a traditional tummy tuck. This makes it attractive for patients who have experienced extreme weight loss, usually from bariatric surgeries such as the gastric bypass or band.
By removing this troublesome and heavy excess skin, patients can drop an extra few pounds and enjoy the full results of their fitness transformation. More so, losing loose skin makes higher-impact exercise more accessible, which can allow individuals to go further into their fitness journey.
As the fleur-de-lis method is more complex, the cost of a tummy tuck at the CREO Clinic in London starts at £17,900. The final price breakdown will be shared after your 1-on-1 consultation, where your surgeon will assess your unique cosmetic goals and the extent of your surgical requirements.
An incision is made along the bikini line, as well as from the rib cage along the midline of the abdomen. This additional incision allows for any excess vertical skin to be excised, and the loose skin is then tightened. Furthermore, any muscle separation is repaired by the surgeon, as with a standard abdominoplasty. Finally, the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
The recovery from a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck may be slower than a standard tummy tuck due to its surgical complexity. Generally, patients will be able to resume light daily activities, such as a return to work, after 2-3 weeks. Light exercise can usually be resumed after 3-4 weeks, and more strenuous activities after 8 weeks.
Despite the postoperative swelling, you will immediately notice that your stomach is dramatically slimmer and more contoured. Typically with this surgery, post-op residual swelling will continue to dissipate until 6-12 months after the procedure, after which you can enjoy the full results of your newly taut tummy.
Regular Tummy Tuck
There is a range of key benefits of a traditional tummy tuck, which are summarised below.
- Good solution for patients with moderate-to-severe skin laxity and muscle diastasis in the abdominal area
- Entire abdominal area is treated with this method, achieving more drastic results than a mini tummy tuck
- Removes all lax skin and excess fat in the stomach area
- Scars from the surgery are less noticeable than a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck and can easily be concealed by underwear
A standard abdominoplasty at the CREO Clinic ranges between £10,900 (under sedation and without the need for muscle tightening) and £12,900 (under general anaesthetic and with supplementary muscle tightening). A full breakdown of the cost is available after a consultation with a surgeon where your unique cosmetic desires are assessed, and the most suitable surgical techniques decided.
To complete a tummy tuck, the patient will be placed under sedation or will be administered general anaesthesia. An incision is made along the bikini line and around the naval. Excess skin is carefully removed from the lower abdomen, and any muscle separation is repaired. Finally, the skin is draped over the naval, and, if needed, the belly button is repositioned to ensure the most natural result. Any incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
Patients are able to resume light, daily activities, including a return to work 1-2 weeks after the surgery and light exercise after 3-4 weeks.
Full recovery from a standard tummy tuck is usually expected after around 6-12 weeks, after which patients can return to all levels of exercise. Healthy and uncomplicated recovery can be promoted by completing effective aftercare and following our tummy tuck survival guide.
The results of standard abdominoplasty are noticeable soon after the surgery, as you will see a flatter and more slender stomach. As with a fleur de lis tummy tuck, some of the results are immediately noticeable, but it can take 6-12 months for swelling and bruising to completely dissipate and for the full results to be seen.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
To get a professional opinion on which procedure is right for you or to simply get started on your tummy tuck journey, schedule a consultation with CREO Clinic today.
Our body contouring surgeon, Dr. Omar Tillo, is a specialist in performing all different types of tummy tucks, crafting bespoke solutions for his patients’ equally unique needs.