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Tummy Tuck in Milwaukee, WI

Loose abdominal skin can make it difficult to feel great about your appearance.


If you are bothered by hanging skin folds on your abdomen, a tummy tuck with Dr. Timothy Zelko can improve the abdominal contours so you can have a flat tummy after reaching a stable body weight.

Which tummy tuck is right for me?

There are two types of tummy tucks that you might consider.

Dr. Zelko specializes in the Tickle Tuck procedure, which is a skin-only tummy tuck with Tickle Liposuction (no muscle repair) performed in the office while the patient is awake.

The other is a standard tummy tuck with muscle repair and belly button repositioning that is performed in a hospital while the patient is fully sedated. Patients that have a large amount of excess skin on the abdomen and/or ab muscle separation likely need a hospital-based tummy tuck. Dr. Zelko will examine the loose skin during your consultation to let you know which procedure you need.

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How should I prepare for tummy tuck surgery?


Minimize the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and supplements (such as ginkgo biloba, ginger, and vitamin E) before surgery. These may increase bruising after tummy tuck surgery. It is best to stop smoking several weeks before and after your procedure. Any form of nicotine may slow down the healing process. You’ll also need to inform your job of time needed off work to heal from surgery. It is best to pick up any prescriptions before surgery day. Plan for household members to help with chores, meals, laundry, and grocery shopping for the first few weeks. Someone must be present to drive you to and from the surgery appointment.

What tummy tuck results can I expect?

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Patients love seeing their tummy tuck before and after results. Tummy tucks leave you with a flatter, more attractive abdomen — minus the hanging skin folds. Skin reduction is visible from Day 1, as excess skin is surgically removed during the operation.

Swelling is a normal reaction to any surgery. Post-op swelling can take 6 to 12 months to subside. Most tummy tuck swelling goes down in a few weeks, revealing a preview of your abdominoplasty results. It also takes 1 to 2 years for tummy tuck scars to fade. There is no such thing as a scarless abdominoplasty; All surgery leaves a scar, no matter what some surgeons would like to claim. Dr. Zelko takes care to make the scar as least visible as possible.

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How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The average cost of a tummy tuck in Milwaukee ranges from $6,047 and up. Abdominoplasty costs are determined by the amount of skin removal needed. For example, a mini tummy tuck is priced differently than a full tummy tuck or extended tummy tuck. Whether you have a skin-only tummy tuck performed in the office (Avelar tummy tuck) or a tummy tuck with muscle repair in the hospital also greatly affects the final cost. Office-based procedures cost less than a tummy tuck in the hospital. A tummy tuck and liposuction cost more than surgery without lipo.

Finally, facility, general anesthesia, and operating room fees also factor into tummy tuck pricing. If you have an Avelar tummy tuck in Dr. Zelko’s office, these fees are not necessary. The best way to determine the tummy tuck Milwaukee cost for your procedure is to meet with Dr. Zelko for a personalized consultation. You’ll receive a full breakdown of costs, with no obligation to pursue surgery.

Does insurance cover tummy tuck surgery?

Insurance usually does not cover abdominoplasty, except for patients that meet strict criteria. For insurance to cover a tummy tuck after weight loss, it must be validated by your cosmetic surgeon that there is a medically necessary reason for the surgery, such as to reduce chronic skin infections or skin chafing in between skin folds impeding your quality of life.

Most patients get a tummy tuck for cosmetic reasons. Therefore, you are likely to pay out of pocket for the surgery. For those that are paying for cosmetic surgery out of pocket, Zelko Aesthetics strives to make the cost of tummy tuck surgery more affordable with special financing plans. Please also visit our Specials page to see if you are eligible for any cosmetic surgery discounts.

Get rid of loose skin that is holding you back in life with a tummy tuck


With 15 years of experience as a highly-skilled and compassionate cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Zelko has helped countless women and men to fix saggy skin after weight loss and pregnancy as a Wisconsin tummy tuck surgeon. Contact us today to schedule a personalized tummy tuck consultation, and get all your questions personally answered by Dr. Zelko. Zelko Aesthetics has two locations in Greenfield and Naperville, Wisconsin, also serving nearby Chicago, Milwaukee, and beyond in the Midwest.

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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.