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3 Tips to Reduce Tummy Tuck Swelling

Loose and sagging abdominal skin can be an unwelcome aftereffect of gastric bypass surgery, a major weight loss, or the test of time. Many Bellevue patients turn to tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, in order to remove that jiggle from their middle. As a result, they have enjoyed the appearance of a firmer, tighter stomach. However, before ultimately crossing this finish line, one thing that is inevitably experienced is post-op swelling.

Why Do Tummy Tuck Patients Get Swollen?

Although it’s increasingly popular, and although it may produce great benefits to a figure’s aesthetics, a tummy tuck is, after all a surgical procedure. During this surgery, lymphatic channels are disrupted, and due to this factor the body's natural response is to swell. Most likely, along with viewing before & after tummy tuck photos and discussing expectations, patients are informed that swelling may occur. What can be somewhat difficult to deal with is that for some this occurrence may last anywhere from several days to several weeks.

Try This to Reduce Swelling from a Tummy Tuck

So what can you yourself do to reduce this effect during your recovery? Here are the top three things that can help to simmer down the swell:

  1. Avoid Salt & Stay Hydrated – High sodium intake can cause fluid retention, and can be counterproductive in attempts to reduce abdominal swelling. However, by making sure to drink enough water, you can possibly decrease swelling, as well as prevent post-op constipation.
  2. Compress It – Wearing a compression garment as recommended by your plastic surgeon, can help the swelling go down and even provide additional support.
  3. Engage in Activity – Rest for recovery is vitally important, but light walking and gentle stretching can stimulate circulation and help to reduce swelling. Be careful though, more strenuous actions can have the opposite effect.

Book a Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you are considering a tummy tuck, there's no doubt you'll have questions about surgery expectations and aftercare issues like swelling. Obtaining a skilled plastic surgeon who provides you detailed care will help to ensure the best results for your body.

Athenix offers tummy tuck surgery at our following locations: Bellevue, Fresno, Irvine, Pasadena or Portland.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 1-888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.


Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer