Often times following weight fluctuation, child birth, genetics, or previous surgery such as cesarean section, people are left with undesirable excess tissue around their abdomen. A tummy tuck also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to address the resulting rectus muscle diastasis and stretched abdominal tissue.

There are various types of tummy tuck procedures ranging from mini abdominoplasty to lateral tension abdominoplasty. The lateral tension incisions extend laterally to address and improve laxity in the lateral parts of the trunk or the upper lateral thighs. Typically this procedure in done in conjunction with flank liposculpture to help contour the lateral flanks and occasionally the thighs as well.

Case: This is a 36 year old female with a history of gastric bypass surgery and significant weight loss. After a thorough evaluation and physical examination, it was my opinion that the patient presented with rectus muscle diastasis and a large abdominal pannis. My surgery advice was that the patient was benefit from a lateral tension abdominoplasty with panniculectomy, and trunk liposculpture.

Surgery: Lateral tension abdominoplasty with panniculectomy, liposculpture of the trunk and lower extremities. Pictures are taken four months post operatively.