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Understanding Tummy Tuck Surgery: What to Expect

When you choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery at his Manhattan, NY, office, Dr. Craig Foster will tighten your abdominal muscles and eliminate excess skin and fat to enhance the look of your midsection. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a highly customizable surgery that can address your unique cosmetic and personal goals.


During your consultation, Dr. Foster will assess your health and review your medical history to determine your candidacy for a tummy tuck. There are three main types of tummy tucks: mini, traditional, and extended. Each procedure involves different incision sizes and locations, designed to achieve various results such as removing "love handles" or repairing weakened abdominal muscles. Dr. Foster will discuss these options with you in detail, and together you can determine which procedure best aligns with your goals. As you develop a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Foster will address any questions you may have.

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Different variations of abdominoplasty can achieve the personalized results you are seeking.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck surgery can take up to several hours, depending upon the type of procedure and whether it is combined with any other cosmetic enhancements. Some patients may opt to receive liposuction or breast procedures with their tummy tuck. Before your tummy tuck, a certified anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia. After your sedative is delivered, Dr. Foster will begin by carefully making an incision in the lower abdomen. The length of incisions will vary depending upon the procedure. Regardless of the type of tummy tuck you choose, Dr. Foster will work delicately to minimize the visibility of surgical scars.

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a highly customizable surgery that can address each patient’s unique goals.

To tighten weakened abdominal muscles, Dr. Foster will pull muscles closer together and stitch them into position so that they appear more toned, often resulting in a narrower waistline. He will also remove any excess fat and skin, which may eliminate stretch marks. Once Dr. Foster has completed the procedure, he will close incisions with stitches, which are typically removed in stages in the two weeks following surgery.


Following your surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room. Full healing after a tummy tuck surgery can up to six weeks. You may be prescribed pain medication to ease discomfort or an antibiotic to prevent infection. You will need to avoid showering for two to three days following your surgery, and your bandages will need to be changed several times a day.

Moderate walking can aid in the healing process, but strenuous activity should be avoided for the first few weeks following surgery. During your recovery, you should maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. For the first two weeks, you will also need to sleep with your head elevated. You may be instructed to wear a compression garment, which can help ease discomfort and speed the healing process. The compression garment may also be worn while showering to protect the incisions. To minimize scarring, you should avoid direct sunlight and you may apply petroleum jelly or silicone cream to the incision areas.

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Foster. We are committed to rejuvenating your appearance, and look forward to discussing your options for customized cosmetic enhancement. Dr. Foster believes patient education is a key to the success of every procedure he performs, and will patiently explain every step of your tummy tuck surgery.