Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty and Liposuction. Our 22 year-old female patient underwent a lateral tension abdominoplasty procedure and liposuction. This mother of one needed to correct pouched and wrinled skin around her abdomen. Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, is one of the most useful abdominal sculpting procedures available today. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made low into the patient’s abdomen, allowing the surgeon to remove excess skin and reposition the abdominal muscles. Liposuction is a procedure used to improve the body’s contour by removing stubborn fat deposits that have failed to respond to diet and exercise. It may sound simple, but it actually requires considerable training and technical skill on the part of the surgeon, as well as an artistic sensibility. Its other name is “liposculpture” for a good reason.