Your Ticket to that Perfectly Flat Tummy

There’s no question that diet and exercise are a great way to enjoy a healthy body, but it’s also true that sometimes we run into problem areas that simply don’t respond to even our consistently healthy choices. If you’ve been dealing with extra skin or fat in the abdomen area, Elevé Plastic Surgery offers its tummy tuck — also known as an abdominoplasty procedure — to patients in Wausau, Stevens Point, and the surrounding areas, and we’re here to help you enjoy that sculpted look of your dreams.

Is the Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Before your surgery, you’ll meet with Dr. Markelov for at least two preoperative consultations, during which time you’ll discuss your options in detail and determine whether or not the tummy tuck is actually the right procedure for you.

Important to note is that the tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure — instead, it’s designed to eliminate stubborn pockets of extra fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise, and is best to for patients who are already at or near their target weight. The tummy tuck is designed for those stubborn pockets of extra skin and fat that persist even in the face of your consistently healthy lifestyle choices.

Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck

Also known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is a procedure that tends to differ from patient to patient. Not only does each patient bring with them a highly unique set of physical and anatomical characteristics, but they all have their own set of personal cosmetic goals and aesthetic aspirations, as well.

During your preoperative consultations, you’ll go over your goals and work together to arrive at the surgical technique that Dr. Markelov will ultimately utilize to perform your procedure. You’ll decide on everything from incision type and placement to the degree of correction, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

The Day of Your Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty can be a fairly extensive procedure, depending on the size of the treatment area, and is almost always performed under general anesthesia. The most common placement for the incision is just above the pubic area, typically running from one hip to the other. This placement makes the scar easy to hide with clothes and undergarments, and keeps it from being noticed by most other individuals. If another incision placement is decided upon, you’ll go over it during your consultations before the day of your surgery.

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Dr. Markelov’s Surgical Technique

During your tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Markelov will focus on tightening and repositioning the muscles and tissues that sit directly underneath your abdominal wall. In many cases, this procedure is also referred to as a “body lift,” as the result tends to be a more lifted and toned appearance.

Any drooping or sagging will be corrected, and excess tissue will be trimmed away if necessary. Once this has been completed according to your procedure’s specifications, Dr. Markelov will pull the skin taut, trim any remaining excess, and then carefully close your sutures tightly, concluding your tummy tuck.

Your Body Lift Recovery Period

If you’re in the Wausau or Stevens Point areas and you’ve come to Elevé Plastic Surgery for your tummy tuck or body lift procedure, you’ve come to the right place. We focus on the most of-the-minute procedural techniques, and we only utilize the most top-of-the-line technology, meaning you’ll enjoy a speedy and comfortable recovery period.

You’ll feel a good bit of bruising and stiffness after your procedure, and you’ll need to stay off your feet for the first few days after your procedure, during which time we recommend having a friend on hand to help you out around the house. We’ll also provide you with compression garments and pain meds to help minimize swelling and discomfort.

We’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions, including a schedule specific to your surgery and its recovery, detailing how quickly you can resume your daily activities. You’ll be able to gradually return to your normal life over the course of several weeks, with the full recovery being completed in two to three months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s what some of our patients ask us when they come in to learn more about a tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Markelov. If you have a question and you don’t see it here, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re here for patients in Wausau, Stevens Point, and the nearby areas, and we’re ready to help you learn everything you need to know about a body lift.

Will there be any scars?

Yes, your tummy tuck procedure will leave some scarring. Dr. Markelov takes care to ensure that his incisions are placed in such a way that enables scars to be easily hidden by clothes and undergarments, and he’ll talk over incision placement with you before your procedure, so you can know exactly what to expect.

When can I start to enjoy my results?

You’ll start to see the first indications of your new body immediately after your body lift is over, with the full results setting in over the course of the subsequent couple of months. As the swelling subsides fully, your new body will begin to take shape.

Are there any potential complications?

As with any invasive surgical procedure, there are some potential complications that can come along with the abdominoplasty procedure. Thankfully, by choosing a double board-certified surgeon like Dr. Markelov, you can significantly mitigate the risk of complications, like inflection, bleeding, chronic pain, and so forth.

How long will my results last?

Your abdominoplasty results will be permanent! It’s important to understand, though, that life events can alter the results of your body lift after it’s been completed. We’ll talk over these issues during your consultations, but pregnancy, weight changes, aging, and other events can sometimes impact your results.

If you think a tummy tuck might be the right choice for you, and you’re in Wausau, Stevens Point, or the nearby areas, we want to hear from you! Reach out to us and set up your in-person consultation to learn more about what Dr. Markelov and his incredible team can do for you today!

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