A high lateral tension abdominoplasty combines the effects of a tummy tuck and a lateral thigh lift without the need to undergo an extensive body lift. The resulting scar is a little longer and is located slightly higher up the abdomen than the scar created by a regular abdominoplasty.
What Happens During The Treatment?
Abdominoplasty takes approximately 2 to 5 hours to perform; the patient is placed under general anesthesia. Two incisions are made: one from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another around the navel. Skin is separated from the abdominal muscles, which are then pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. The skin flap is then stretched down over the newly tightened muscles, excess skin is removed, and the navel is reattached where it looks natural. The incisions are then closed, and sterile surgical dressings are applied over the sutured areas.