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A Combined Procedure of Tickle Liposuction and Avelar Tummy Tuck. TickleTuck is designed to contour your abdomen for a firm and smooth appearance. It combines the precise and gentle fat removal of Tickle Lipo with the excess skin removal of an Avelar Tummy Tuck.
Tickle Liposuction removes excess fat deposits and reshapes your figure, enhancing both your body contour and proportion while improving your self-image. Because the cannula required for Tickle Liposuction is so small, your incisions are less than 5mm in length and placed in inconspicuous areas that are easily hidden
Avelar Tummy Tuck is a less aggressive form of abdominoplasty that is designed to remove excess, draping skin from the lower abdomen. It creates an abdominal profile that is smooth and firm. The key differences between an Avelar Tummy Tuck and a traditional tummy tuck are: the belly button is not removed, and the abdominal, “six-pack ab,” muscles are not sewn together.
This technique is best for patients with a modest amount of loose skin and fat on the abdomen. Patients that require a large amount of skin removal may require a full tummy tuck in a hospital setting. To determine which procedure is right for you, please book an appointment with Dr. Timothy Zelko for a consultation. He will examine your skin and let you know the best surgical approach for you.
Minimize the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain supplements (such as ginkgo biloba, ginger, and vitamin E) before surgery as these may increase bruising. It is best to stop smoking several weeks before and after your procedure as any form of nicotine may slow down the healing process.
The final cost of a tummy tuck with liposuction varies greatly based on the extent of your procedure. The amount of surgical skin reduction and fat reduction that is needed, as well as the type of liposuction and tummy tuck technique, play a role in determining the final costs. A consultation is the only true way to get an accurate cost for a tummy tuck with lipo for you as an individual.
Please contact our office to schedule a consultation. During the consultation, we will review the best treatment options for you and provide you with a detailed quote for your Tickle Tuck treatment.
At Zelko Aesthetics, we make the cost of a Tickle Tuck more affordable by accepting special financing plans for cosmetic surgery. You may also visit our Specials page to see if you are eligible for any cosmetic surgery discounts.
Insurance usually does not cover tummy tucks, nor does it cover liposuction. In rare cases, a patient may have a tummy tuck surgery covered by insurance if they meet certain criteria set forth by the insurance provider indicating that the tummy tuck portion of the procedure is done for a medically necessary reason, such as chronic skin infections or irritations due to excess skin. These conditions are unlikely in patients with the modest amount of skin removal involved in a Tickle Tuck. Most patients will pay out of pocket for the Tickle Tummy Tuck.
The beauty of a tummy tuck with liposuction is that it provides two incredible benefits in one surgery — achieving both fat reduction and skin removal at the same time. The Tickle Tuck is different from an ordinary tummy tuck, however.
Full Tummy Tuck: A more aggressive procedure that removes a large amount of excess skin on the upper and lower abdomen. Since a lot of skin is removed and pulled down toward the pubic bone, navel repositioning is required. A new hole is made for the belly button. Ab muscles are stitched together for further abdominal tightening. This procedure is done in a hospital with the patient fully sedated using general anesthesia. Liposuction may be added to the procedure.
Tickle Tuck: A skin-only tummy tuck with gentle Tickle liposuction. It is performed in the office; No hospital stay needed. It only removes a small to moderate amount of hanging abdominal skin on the lower belly, as well as excess fat. You are awake during the procedure. It doesn’t hurt, thanks to a local anesthetic. First, the entire tummy area is numbed. Tickle Liposuction is then performed. Extra skin is marked and removed. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the ab muscles aren’t stitched together. Since a modest amount of loose skin is removed, the belly button stays in place.
The procedure is done in the office with a local anesthetic. A gentle vibration is felt as the anesthetic is applied to the areas to be treated. Dr. Zelko ensures your comfort throughout the entire procedure.
Tickle lipo can treat multiple problem areas at one time! The vibrating cannula liquefies the fat while adjacent non-fatty tissue is preserved. This allows the skin to naturally tighten, resulting in a slimmed and contoured look! The design and vibration of the cannula create a tickling sensation for the patient, hence the very appropriate name for the procedure. The next portion, the Avelar Tummy Tuck, is the removal of excess skin of the lower abdomen. The TickleTuck procedure places your scar in the lower abdominal area, keeping it very discreet. You will need to wear a garment to help minimize swelling for 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. You can return to work once you feel comfortable, usually as early as 3 to 7 days post-procedure.
You are awake throughout the procedure and able to walk around immediately afterward, however, be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home.
Immediately following a TickleTuck procedure, you may experience soreness and tenderness. Any discomfort can be managed by pain killers that will be prescribed by Dr. Zelko. A compression garment will be worn after your procedure to help with swelling and improving the contour of your abdomen during the healing process. Once you are comfortable with general movement, you can return to work.
Immediately after the procedure, you’ll see that the excess skin and belly fat has been removed. Swelling may remain for several weeks to months, and a tummy tuck scar takes about 1 to 2 years to fade.
A Tickle Tuck combines an Avelar tummy tuck and Tickle Lipo in one procedure.
In the United States, the average cost of a standard tummy tuck (without lipo) is $6,047. This represents the average surgeon fee, which varies widely across the United States based on geographic region and surgeon experience. In a traditional tummy tuck, fees are added for the operating room, general anesthesia, and hospital stay, if necessary. Adding liposuction to a tummy tuck increases costs.
However, Dr. Zelko’s Tickle Tuck is a convenient in-office procedure that combines a tummy tuck with lipo in an outpatient setting. It does not involve general anesthesia or a hospital stay, so you can save on those fees.
What does a tummy tuck scar look like?
The Tickle tuck scar is a horizontal line placed low on the abdomen. It’s easily hidden in clothes and swimwear. A scar is the tradeoff for a smooth, flat abdomen that looks great in clothes. Most tummy tuck patients are mothers or people age 30+ that are happy to trade unsightly skin folds for a hidden scar that no one except you and your partner will see.
With 15 years as a Midwest tummy tuck surgeon offering a range of body contouring and facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Timothy Zelko has helped many patients get rid of sagging skin and excess body fat after weight loss and pregnancy. Contact our office today to schedule a personalized tummy tuck and liposuction consultation. We have two locations in Greenfield and Naperville, Wisconsin, with convenient access to nearby Chicago, Milwaukee, and elsewhere in the Midwest.
If you are searching for a cosmetic surgeon in Milwaukee, Chicago, or the Midwest, Zelko Aesthetics has offices in Naperville, IL, and Greenfield, WI to serve your needs.
8585 W Forest Home Ave #125, Greenfield, WI 53228
1323 Bond Street, Ste. #111,
Naperville, IL 60563
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