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Do I Need a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

Athenix reshapes the bodies and the lives of patients in Orange County. A tummy tuck and liposuction can improve your silhouette and remove trouble spots that are preventing you from wearing the clothing you like, feeling as confident as you should, and looking the way you want.

Learn about the distinctions between the two procedures and how we help patients determine a course of treatment.

Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck Offer Different Benefits

If you have had children or experienced a significant change in your weight, you may notice excess skin around your abdomen. This skin can prevent you from achieving a slim midsection regardless of proper diet and exercise.

Tummy tuck surgery targets this loose skin. In the procedure, your Athenix surgeon sculpts a trimmer, more attractive contour and removes excess skin. He or she may also strengthen the underlying muscles, which can become stretched out from significant weight changes.

Liposuction works differently. Instead of trimming loose skin, the procedure removes pockets of fat that are unresponsive to proper diet and exercise. Also, while Orange County tummy tuck patients seek improvement in the appearance of their abdomen, liposuction patients can target one or several areas of the body other than the midsection.

Choosing a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction

A tummy tuck and liposuction offer different benefits. While it’s easy to assume that you need one procedure or the other depending on your specific concerns, we recommend that you start with a consultation.

Athenix’s surgeons are experts in both procedures, and they perform these and other body contouring treatments on a daily basis in our accredited surgical facilities. Many patients actually benefit from having both procedures in the same surgical session. This approach allows the surgeon to create a flatter abdomen and to shape the hips and legs for a more natural and attractive transition.

In your initial visit with Athenix, you will discuss what you want to accomplish through surgery. Your surgeon will also conduct an examination and talk with you about the different options. By the end of your visit, you will have our recommendation about the best way to accomplish your goals and achieve the body you envision for yourself.

For more information on Tummy Tucks and Liposuction contact our specialists in 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