Lateral tension vs standard abdominoplasty?

Does lateral tension really effect the thighs compared to standard? And does it really make a significant difference in the overall contour of the abdomin in comparison to a standard?

Doctor Answers 4

Abdominoplasty Techniques

Short answer is no. There are several variations of lateral tension technique and patient anatomy and desires are all figured into the equation. The most important variable is the surgeon. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon with lots of experience with tummy tucks. Good luck!

New York Plastic Surgeon
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High lateral tension abdominoplasty

Hello,Thanks for your question. I only do high lateral tension abdominoplasties, because this 'puts the abdomen  back' to a pre-pregnancy state as much as possible. You lost tension over the thighs as well as the pubic region and the waist got thick. These are all consequences of the pregnancies and need to be 'put back'. You should see a surgeon with at least ten years of experience with this.Hope this helps,
Leland Deane MD FACSManhattan, Garden City, Babylon, NY

Leland Deane, MD
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

Hello and thank you for your question. It really depends on your individual anatomy which approach is best.  If you are an appropriate candidate, a tummy tuck can be done through a low and short incision, all completely below the bikini line.  Your muscles can also be plicated resulting in a flat abdomen.  Make sure you specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have had this surgery performed by your surgeon and evaluate their results.  The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Lateral tension vs standard tummy tuck

Thank you for asking about your high lateral tension tummy tuck.
  • The lateral tension tummy tuck tightens the deep fascia along the side of the body -
  • It definitely tightens the thigh to some extent and is an excellent procedure.
  • But it needs a longer incision -
  • Some surgeons do tummy tucks with short, straight across incisions -
  • Although I do not like the results of the short incisions, they are often used and to many women the short incision is the most important consideration.
  • So have your surgeon explain the different results you will expect and the different incisions, so you can make an informed decision.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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