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Tummy Tuck Recovery

Athenix specializes in body contouring procedures. We offer tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, as a way of removing excess fat and skin, providing patients with a more contoured, attractive abdominal area.

Your Athenix doctor may offer different variations of a tummy tuck depending on your goals  and the extent of loose skin that you need removed. This surgical approach, as well as your unique needs, will determine the length and ease of your recovery.

Immediately After Your Tummy Tuck

The Athenix medical team supports every stage of your experience. Before your procedure, we will answer any questions you have, provide you with instructions on how to care for your wound, and let you know when you will come back for routine follow-up visits after surgery.

When your procedure is finished, your incisions may be covered in dressings or bandages, and you may need to wear an elastic bandage or compression garment. The latter helps to reduce swelling and to heal your abdominal area.

You will need someone to bring you home from surgery and may require help over the next few days with basic household needs. It’s likely you will have some pain and swelling, which your surgeon can help you reduce with medication.

During Your Tummy Tuck Recovery

You use your abdomen quite a bit even with the simplest everyday tasks, so Athenix advises patients that complete recovery from a tummy tuck does take time. The less extensive your procedure, the faster you will be back to normal.

In most cases, this will take between one and two weeks, and you will likely still be restricted from strenuous activity for about one-to-two months. Patients often feel sore, experience bruising, and have fatigue as they heal.

If you have a higher tolerance for discomfort, your experience throughout  recovery may be different than someone else’s. It’s a good idea to talk with our medical team about your concerns during your initial consultation so that you make your decision with confidence.

Long-Term Tummy Tuck Results

Because Athenix prepares you well for your procedure and provides care for you at every step, you can expect to heal predictably and as comfortably as possible. By the time you are completely recovered, you’ll be able to enjoy the results of your tummy tuck: a flatter abdomen, more attractive contour, and new self-confidence.

For more information on Tummy Tuck recovery 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