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Skin Tightening



Loose abdominal skin and belly fat reduction does not always require a tummy tuck. For patients with mild skin laxity and excess fat on the abdomen, skin tightening is offered as it provides great results. Available at Zelko Aesthetics in Milwaukee skin tightening is a comfortable procedure performed right in the office — no hospital stay is required.

What is Skin Tightening?


It combines the precise and gentle fat removal of TickleLipo with the skin-tightening effects of Renuvion. First, Tickle Liposuction removes excess fat deposits and reshapes your abdomen, enhancing your body contours 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 are placed in inconspicuous areas that are easily hidden. Next, Renuvion is performed. At Zelko Aesthetics in Milwaukee Renuvion is a one-of-a-kind body-sculpting procedure that tightens loose skin through a well-controlled, minimally invasive heat device. This helps the abdominal skin retract around the new body shape once the fat is gone. Unlike a tummy tuck, Renuvion provides skin tightening nonsurgically without cutting away any excess skin. This minimizes downtime considerably.

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Am I A Good Candidate for Skin Tightening with Renuvion?

Many patients want to remove excess abdominal fat and tighten saggy skin. If you have mild-to-moderate skin laxity & fat rolls on the abdomen, skin tightening may be right for you. Hanging skin cannot be fixed with liposuction alone. That is why Renuvion skin tightening is added to the procedure. That way, patients can firm and tighten their abdomen while reducing belly fat – in one procedure.

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Skin Tightening FAQs

What can I expect from my consultation?

A consultation is the first step to improving the way your abdomen looks. There are many body contouring procedures you might consider, including skin tightening with Renuvion. Milwaukee cosmetic surgeon Dr. Timothy Zelko will help you decide if skin tightening or another treatment option is the best way to achieve your goals.

Dr. Z wants to provide the best skin tightening Milwaukee offers, so he listens to your needs as an individual and strives to answer all questions. The consultation includes a physical exam to evaluate how much looseness and fat reduction are needed. You and Dr. Zelko will look at your body from different angles and then focus on specific areas where you want to lose inches and tighten loose skin. After discussing your goals, budget, and downtime preferences, he will suggest a treatment plan that best meets your needs.

Can Skin Tightening work on other parts of the body, too?

Chin. As we age, skin laxity and excess fat tend to become very pronounced under the jawline, creating the dreaded “double chin” or jowls. Skin tightening allows Dr. Zelko to get to that stubborn jaw fat and remove it while stimulating your body’s skin-tightening properties to restore a youthful, firm jawline.

Arms. Skin laxity on the arms is one of those “secret tells” of aging that tends to sneak up on us. You may not know you’re seeing it, until one day you look up and you’ve got saggy skin where your triceps used to be! Skin tightening can improve muscle definition and reduce skin laxity in the arms to get you ready to go sleeveless once again!

Flanks. The flanks. The love handles. The side paunch. Whatever you call them, skin tightening can help you trim down those hard-to-tame fat deposits on the sides of your body just above the hips. Trim flanks alongside a smooth abdomen can make a powerful difference in your appearance, and the skin tightening procedure can help you with both areas.

Mid Back. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you don’t feel it! Skin laxity and fat in the mid-back area can affect the fit of your clothes, as well as the way the rest of your body looks. Addressing this area can improve the appearance of not just your back, but your sides and abdomen as well. Dr. Zelko can use skin tightening in multiple areas during a single session to create a “360” effect, improving the definition of your entire midsection.

Skin tightening is a versatile treatment that can shape and sculpt multiple areas of the body without lengthy downtimes. In addition to your abdomen, Dr. Zelko can use the skin tightening procedure on the following areas:

Hiw should I prepare for Skin Tightening with Revunion?

Dr. Zelko asks that you minimize the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain supplements (such as ginkgo biloba, ginger, and vitamin E) before treatment. Certain medications and dietary supplements are known to increase the risk of bruising. It is a good idea to stop smoking and all nicotine products for several weeks before and after your procedure. Research shows that nicotine (in any form) may slow down the healing process.

What is Skin Tightening recovery like?

You are awake throughout the procedure and will be able to walk around immediately afterward, however, be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home. Once you are comfortable with general movement, you can return to work and driving. Most patients return to work in a day or two after skin tightening. There is no pain during the skin tightening treatment performed in Dr. Zelko’s office. Immediately following the 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 reduce swelling after lipo and improve the contour of your abdomen during the healing process.

What should I expect during the procedure?

The skin tightening procedure is done in the office with a local anesthetic. You’ll be fully awake and alert during the treatment. 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 the non-fatty tissue nearby is not harmed. 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 is the skin tightening of the Renuvion device. You will feel totally comfortable during this process. At most, you will just feel the movement of the handle as it passes over your skin and a sensation of mild warmth. You will need to wear a garment to help control swelling for 1 after the procedure. You can return to work once you feel comfortable and are without pain.

What results can I expect from Skin Tightening?

Skin tightening is a combined procedure. The effects of liposuction are seen immediately following treatment, with noticeable fat reduction. Skin tightening with Renuvion occurs over time. It takes several months for the skin to tighten fully as your body responds to the treatment.

It takes about 3 months to see the final results of Renuvion. Liposuction can involve post-op swelling that takes a few months to go down as well. Therefore, patients should wait at least 3 to 6 months to assess their final skin tightening results. It is a one-time treatment, in most cases. To view some of Dr. Zelko’s Tickle Liposuction before and after pictures of real patients, please visit our online photo gallery.

Are the results of Liposuction and Renuvion permanent?

The results of liposuction with Renuvion are considered permanent. The only way to undo the results is by gaining weight.

It’s important to reach and maintain a stable body weight before undergoing the treatment. If you struggle with weight gain, take measures to implement a diet and exercise plan that you can easily follow after your procedure. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward protecting the investment you’ve just made in your looks. Many patients are inspired to spend more time in the gym once they have a tighter, firmed midsection, thanks to skin tightening.

How much does skin tightening cost?

In the United States, the average cost of liposuction for one body area is $4,835. The average Renuvion cost is approximately $6,000. The size of the treatment area and the type of anesthesia that is used play the biggest role in pricing. Skin tightening is a highly individualized procedure, so Dr. Zelko needs to see the treatment area in person to provide you with an accurate price quote. 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 treatment.

Does insurance cover Liposuction and Skin Tightening procedures?

Insurance does not cover elective procedures to reduce body fat or tighten skin for cosmetic reasons. We aim to make the cost of skin tightening more affordable for patients that are paying out of pocket by accepting special financing plans for cosmetic surgery. You may also visit our Specials page to see if you are eligible for any discounts.