If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering getting a procedure done at one of these Zbody Sculpt clinics. Maybe hearing my experience will help you make your decision.
Two days ago I had tickle lipo performed on my lower abdomen and flanks (love handles) at the Greenfield clinic, performed by Dr. Zelko. I saw advertisements for this place about a year ago on Groupon, laughed, and ignored it. How could I get lipo from a Groupon, right?? I’m a very fit, but very self conscious person. I eat well and am a fitness nut, but my “tummy pouch” and love handle pudge have refused to move my entire life. Shrink? Yes. Disappear? No. Admittedly the Groupon got to me, and I did some research and decided that this place actually sounded pretty legitimate. I had a free consultation and made my appointment.
Dr. Zelko and the staff were incredibly friendly, and made me feel very comfortable right away. The procedure itself was nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be. Dr. Zelko and his assistant talked and joked with me during the whole procedure (and even played my favorite Pandora station), which really relaxed me. I also found out why it’s called “Tickle Lipo”… I spent a good amount of the time on the table stifling my laughter… IT REALLY TICKLES! Who’d have thought?? I also kept laughing when I heard the “slurping fat suction sound”.
When the procedure ended, I stood in front of the mirror afraid to look. Afraid that I’d see the reflection I’d been staring at for years… the tummy pudge and love handles. Dr. Zelko warned me that I was still full of fluid and swollen so I wouldn’t see the full effect right away. I finally looked. Immediately tears started rolling down my face. I haven’t cried over anything… anything… for about a year. I’m not a big crier. But at that moment, the tears wouldn’t stop. Even with almost a liter of fluid under my skin, even with the swollen tissue, I could see that the tummy pouch and love handles were shrunken. The fat under my skin that made me buy clothes that I had to, not that I wanted to, was gone. I knew I wouldn’t have to wear a sweater when I was hot just to cover my bulges anymore. I could wear the fun, snug workout clothes that I wanted to at the gym from now on. I knew I would actually have fun shopping for a New Year’s Eve dress this year.
Apologies for this long review, but I really need to convey every aspect of these amazing results. Physically and emotionally. The money that I spent on this is nothing compared to what I’ve gained. It’s been 2 days and the results just keep getting better as the swelling subsides (all the fluid drained in a day). I keep walking past the mirror and welling up with tears. I can’t believe it’s my reflection.
Dr. Zelko even called me the next day to ask how I was doing, and to see if I had any questions. This is clearly a doctor who cares about his patients.
If you’re thinking about having a procedure done with Dr. Zelko, stop thinking about it. Do it.
Kristen B, Milwaukee, WI
I had Tickle Lipo done last June and LOVE the results. Since August 2008, I have worked out 2 hours/day, 6 days/week until about August 2010, when I began a tougher program that is similar to P90X. Even with a low-carb lifestyle, and focused gym time that did NOT include social hour, I had a ‘pouch’ that very visibly started below my belly button, and went to my bikini line. No matter how toned I got, and even though I was happy with my abs above my my belly button, I have had this pouch ever since I can remember. I have never had a baby, so this is not a ‘mommy belly’. I was driving 4 hours for my check up afterwards, so I waited 6 weeks, and was already pleased with my results. I only became more pleased from there. I had never liked to look at my stomach, but now, 9 months later, I still am so impressed with the results, sometimes I still don’t believe that is my stomach in the mirror! This procedure was definitely worth the 4 hour drive! The ONLY drawback, is buying smaller waisted pants:)
Thank you Dr. Zelko and your very friendly staff!
I want to let you know how happy i am with Dr. Zelko and the Tickle Lipo procedure that was done on my “love handles”. I had recently had a laser lipo procedure [with a different liposuction provider] on my upper and lower abdomen and although it took care of my tummy fat, it did nothing for my muffin top. The laser procedure I had was very long, and quite uncomfortable. It took pretty much all day, and the procedure was exhausting. The recovery was a lot longer than I expected. Two months after the procedure, I was still experiencing pain.I knew I wanted to get the rest done, but I was not looking forward to it. I heard about the Tickle Lipo procedure and was interested. I went to see Dr. Zelko for a consultation. He really took his time to explain the procedure, the results and the recovery time I could expect. He explained that because heat was used with the laser, there was a lot more damage to the tissue, and that was why I had such a long recovery. He explained how tickle lipo was different, and shared his experience with me. I left feeling not only more comfortable, but actually anxious to have the procedure done. Well, the process was very easy, and took only a couple hours from the time I arrived to the time i left. I was completely comfortable the whole time. When it was over, I could already see some results. By the next day, It looked great. It was easier than a dental appointment! It was everything Dr. Zelko said it would be, and I am just thrilled with the result. By the time I went back for my one week visit, most of the swelling was gone, and I felt as good as new! (and looked it!!) Thank you Dr. Zelko, I feel so much better about the way I look, and I cant wait until summer, so I can show it off in a swimsuit!
You are the best!
After having two c-sections within a 17 month period, I was not happy with how my stomach looked. Diet and exercise helped me achieve my goal weight, but I could not get rid of the fat around my midsection. I began researching tickle liposuction and was thrilled to learn that one of the most experienced doctors was near by. I went to see Dr. Zelko for a consultation and decided to have tickle liposuction. During the procedure I experienced no pain, and after I had an easy recovery. I am extremely satisfied with the results. I feel confident in myself again thanks to Dr. Zelko and tickle liposuction!
Thanks for everything!
I hade heard of tickle lipo through word-of-mouth, but never thought anything of it. I researched Dr. Zelko, and the procedure, and discovered it to be a very good option for me, since my findings proved it to be safe and effective. I chose to go the route of tickle lipo, since I could never ‘spot-treat’ my flanks (love handles), through diet and exercise. I’ve tried the noninvasive, ultrasound fat cavitation treatments, but those were ineffective and discouraging. Whether my weight was up or down, I always had “love handles”, and so my biggest goal here, was to feel comfortable and at my best…clothes or not. All of the staff were lovely people. First came the consultation, and I thought standing in a paper thong would be one of the most awkward moments of my life, but it was quite the opposite. I didn’t feel uncomfortable, everyone was professional, and we began chatting, then soon enough, joking and laughing. During the procedure, the doctor’s assistant could tell I was a bit nervous, so she held my hand. The kind little gestures mean a lot when you’re outside of your comfort zone. Soon enough, though, I was relaxed. The heating pad on the table made it “cozy”, oddly enough. Judy put on some Jazz, by my request, and it almost lulled me to sleep at some points (all while having the procedure done). Dr. Z is so gentle and informs you what he is doing step-by-step, so I felt completely secure. After, I was shown how to use my abdominal wrap, I was ready to go. I took the risk of driving myself to and from my procedure, and was completely fine; I even went grocery shopping on my way home. Dr. Z explained the healing process, and just like he said would happen, happened. It was easy wearing my abdominal wrap, and there weren’t many restrictions or guidelines to follow, so resuming “normal” life was a breeze. My follow-ups, were easy to commit to because they were tailored to my availability, and the staff always checked in to confirm an appointment (which is great for me, since I need a reminder once in a while). I’m beyond happy with my result. I didn’t walk away from the procedure expecting a completely new body, that would be ludacris. I did walk away from it hoping for an improved version of myself, and that’s exactly what I got. This has boosted my confidence completely, knowing I am the vision of what I had for myself. I’d recommend Dr. Z, and his practice in a heartbeat. I wish going to the dentist was this pleasant.
I had Tickle Liposuction done on 4 areas, upper abdominal, lower abdominal and right & left love handle area, on Thursday July 22, 2010. The procedure was done by Dr. Tim Zelko, in his office, under local anesthetic. There was no pain associated with it. The results of the procedure were immediate and spectacular; I finally have a flat tummy and defined waist line.
MC, Milwaukee, WI
To the Miracle Man….. You did a wonderful job. I have no regrets about having had this done. My rolls of fat were very uncomfortable for me. My shape has already improved dramatically with the body sculpting and it’s only been 2 1/2 weeks. I suppose the word “dramatically” is a pretty strong word but in “MY perception of MY body” that is how I feel when I look at myself. It definitely has given me an incentive to lose some weight besides this shaping.
I just want people to know that you don’t have to be part of the new young yuppie generation to do this. I’m 67 years old and been married for almost 48 years. My husband thought I was beautiful as I was. However, it definitely has added some spark back to our marriage because I feel so much better about myself.
I never liked my stomach area, no matter how much I worked out I was never happy. Dr Zelko performed Tickle Lipo on my upper and lower abdomen, my sides and my back. I lost inches immediately! The procedure was easy and I finally have the flat stomach I always wanted. Thank you!
I just wanted to thank you for doing such an excellent transformation for me following my procedure on July 23rd. Liposuction is something that I have talked about doing for some time, however the cost, pain and downtime associated with the traditional approach was enough to keep me from giving it a try…I had next to no discomfort during the procedure. I was amazed that even right after finishing the procedure that my stomach, flanks and back were so much smoother- instant results!
A.T. Greenfield, WI
First let me thank you for the wonderful results you have achieved on my fatty areas. I look and feel wonderful.
C.L. Milwaukee, WI
No matter how much weight I’d lose, I still had a pooch from childbirth. For 26 yrs it spilled over the top of my jeans, laid in my lap when sitting and hung down when bending over. It is now flat and firm and I feel sexy in my bikini!
D.T. Franklin, WI
Two reasons why Dr. Z’s lipo body-sculpt is a miracle to me: first, this procedure changed my life– I felt beautiful again. I can wear normal clothes again, and enjoy seeing my reflection in the mirror. Second, I received beautiful results having only a local anesthetic, no stitches, and no cutting off of my skin (no tuck). I was able to feel safe during the procedure as I was awake the entire time, and within a few days I was enjoying my normal life routine.
The physical effects of losing 75lbs can cause even the most self-controlled dieter to live discouraged. That was how I lived for many years. When extended my upper arms had bat wings and when my arms hung at my sides little pillow-like pouches would peek through my short-sleeved shirts. My belly was left pendulous. My inner things were like jello. Although I did cardio and weight training religiously, it did not change the physical effects of the weight gain. Almost immediately after the procedure I was amazed to see that I no longer had the droopy bat wings under my arms! As the swelling dissipates they keep looking better and better; bat wings and pillow pouches are gone! The lipo done on my belly, back and inner thighs allowed me to go down one pant size. It is wonderful to be in my skin now!
T. L. H.
I’m so happy with the procedure and the professional loving tender care Dr. Zelko and Mrs. Ruffulo had with me during the procedure. There is no pain. We had a lot of fun because this “tickle” procedure really makes you laugh. So you walk out without stress too. It’s been a week and my abdomen is flat; no more love handles, and my body looks fantastic. Thanks.
I continue to be amazed that a procedure that I previously thought was quite drastic was so easy. I have noticed results in less than 2wks–even buying jeans a size smaller. This is in sharp contrast to the Zerona Lazer that I tried previously. The results with Tickle Lipo are a thousand times better than with the Zerona Lazer.
No matter how much weight I’d lose, I still had a pooch from childbirth. For 26yrs it spilled over the top of my jeans, laid in my lap when sitting and hung down when bending over. It is now flat and firm and I feel sexy in my bikini!
My sister had traditional lipo in 2008 so I was pretty nervous about the pain and recovery time being disruptive to my life. I was so relieved that the tickle lipo procedure was so much less painful than what I expected. Dr. Zelko was very attentive to any sign of discomfort that he thought I might be displaying. Also, the recovery was way less than I expected. I stopped taking the pain meds after the 2nd day! Didn’t need them!
I had considered liposuction for some time, but never moved forward due to the downtime associated with the procedure. My friend told me about Dr. Zelko and the Tickle Lipo procedure. I called the next day, had a consult and scheduled my appointment. I am thrilled!! Dr. Zelko was wonderful and thoughtful to ensure that the pain was minimal, which it was. I had the procedure on a Friday and was back to work on Monday. Due to a thyroid issue and middle age weight gain, I often stood in my closet trying to find clothes which fit nicely. Now, after the procedure, I still stand in my closet looking for something to wear, but it is because I have too many choices, not too few choices! I highly recommend Dr. Zelko; he and his entire staff were fantastic!!
I would highly recommend Dr. Timothy Zelko and the Tickle Lipo procedure! Not only was the procedure painless, the downtime, was minimal! Anxiety level was also low, primarily due to the comfort level and soothing demeanor of Dr. Zelko. The day of the procedure I took a “me-day,” but the next day I was back to work. Never even needed the pain meds.
After having both Smart Lipo and Body Jet previously performed, I was left with scars [from the surgical tools used] and “lumps and bumps” that never smoothed out. Downtime was longer and pain meds had to be taken for a week. There were also special dietary restrictions for 2-weeks prior and 2 weeks after the procedure [each time] which I found extremely inconvenient. Both procedures were performed in a hospital and included anesthesia, which also tremendously increased the costs…with less than the desired results.
Thanks again, Dr. Zelko, for achieving superior results!!
After trying everything to get rid of the spare tire I had around my middle after having 2 children, I made the decision to get Tickle Lipo from Dr. Zelko. I was very nervous, but the doctor and staff were wonderful, always asking if I was okay or if I had questions. The procedure went very smoothly. I am only 2 weeks out of recovery and wore a bikini for the first time in almost 20 years yesterday! I am extremely happy with the results and am looking forward to what I will look like in the months to come!
Thank you, Dr. Zelko & staff!!!
I just wanted to share my extraordinary experience with you about when I received the Tickle Lipo procedure with Dr. Zelko. It was hilarious – throughout the entire procedure I laughed hysterically as he performed the procedure on me this week. They made me feel very comfortable and the procedure was so easy because I laughed the entire time. I just wanted to say to Dr. Zelko thanks for the time and dedication that you showed me. Tickle Lipo really tickled me.
I am 60 years old, and was very unhappy with my shape before the procedure. I had the Tickle Liposuction procedure on my lower & upper abdomen and sides. My large fat areas were concentrated in my lower abdomen and stomach area.
I was amazed and delighted at the results! Approximately 70% of my lower abdomen is gone! The skin has retracted nicely at this writing which is 7 weeks after the procedure. My stomach area is greatly reduced and I have measured a 4 inch decrease around my waist.
The results were more than I had imagined was possible, considering I had this area of fat for almost all my life. The staff at Dr. Zelko’s office were all extremely kind and caring. The procedure itself with the local anesthetic was not uncomfortable. The two weeks following the procedure were only mildly uncomfortable due to the tight compression garment. The results I see were well worth the investment.
I have been very unsatisfied with my c-section scar and mid-section area for many years but did not want to have the invasive tummy tuck procedure performed. I didn’t want to trade one scar for another and also be down for over 2 weeks. After a consult with Dr. Zelko, he recommended a scar revision along with lipo. Dr. Zelko performed the Tickle Lipo procedure as well as a scar revision to my abdominal area about 4 months ago. I am very pleased with my end results!! Although I still have a scar, it is a very thin, flat straight line and something I can now live with. I can truly say that a tummy tuck is not the only answer for those who have a vertical c-section scar. I highly recommend Dr. Zelko. The procedure was not painful, and I was only out of work for 3 days!!
Thanks Dr. Zelko:)
I was not nervous at all – maybe because I was very anxious to have this
done. I had the upper and lower abdomen done. Dr. Zelko was very professional and caring during the entire procedure. Dr. Zelko was constantly asking me how I was doing. I didn’t feel any pain at all. Also Dr. Zelko’s nurse Maureen was extremely nice and put me at ease right away. I would recommend this to my friends, which I have and I would consider having other work done by Dr. Zelko. Wish I would have done this year’s ago. I am a 64 year old female, who couldn’t be happier with the results.
First let me thank you for the wonderful results you have achieved on my fatty areas. I look and feel wonderful.
The first procedure was the Water Jet Lipo method. As you explained to me, I was your first patient to use this method. The Water Jet Lipo procedure was completely comfortable during the entire procedure. Had some leakage when getting up from the procedure and then it took several days after the procedure before leakage from the incisions finally stopped. After reviewing the results with you, we both agreed the procedure worked, however we did not achieve the desired results.
We next decided to use the tried and true Tickle Lipo procedure and redo some of the areas and also work on several additional areas. The Tickle Lipo procedure was much quicker, doing many more areas in far less time. This time we did my abdomen, and stomach, both outer thighs and both hips. The whole procedure took less then two hours, Started at 10:20 a.m. and in my car and going home at 12:15 p.m., just after noon. The incisions stopped leaking after about 12 – 16 hours. The next morning I left for a whole day of shopping and lunch with my mother and two friends. I had no pain or discomfort of any kind. Having had both procedures I would definitely say that the Tickle Lipo procedure is much faster and even more comfortable with the great benefit of very little down time, about half a day.
Now after one week there is just a tiny bit of swelling. I feel great, I look great and I just keep thinking, why did I wait so long. I feel that after all my years of living with these extra fatty areas, you, Dr. Zelko have performed a miracle on me. Most of all I appreciate your extremely caring and gentle approach when performing this procedure. You are a very caring soft-spoken person. I felt completely at ease with you from the first moment I met you.
We have now achieved the total results I was looking for. Thank you.
I am 52 and have been battling 10 to 15 pounds for years and worse yet, I have had trouble with clothes fitting well. It was always that tummy bulge and love handles that got in my way of feeling good about myself. I have also been doing long-distance biking for years and that tummy bulge made it difficult for me to get into a tuck position. I saw a clip on one of the morning shows about a procedure using tickle liposuction. I had never thought of lipo as being for me. It seemed like something for people who were vain or people who had lots of money. I did a little research on it and told my significant other that I was checking into it. He encouraged me and said, “I support you, if this is what you want.” I contacted the office and made an appointment. Dr. Zelko and his staff were very easy going and able to answer any question I had. Surprisingly, the cost was a lot less than I thought it would be. Ten days later, I had the procedure. I was awake through the whole thing. Dr. Zelko and his assistant were gentle and carried on conversations with me while I was having it done. I will admit, I was a bit sore for a day or two, but I could see the results immediately. It has now been three weeks since surgery and my waist is two inches smaller. I am still watching my diet and exercising. This procedure has given me a chance to feel good about who I am!
Here is an update from my procedure in January. I am extremely happy with the procedure and feel absolutely no side affects. However, I did see Dr. Zelko last month and have decided that he did such a fabulous job on my original tickle lipo procedure, I am going back in early September to have my C-Section scar removed. I was chicken last time as I really didn’t know what to expect.
In my first procedure, Dr. Zelko was able to release the adhesion holding the scar tight to my abdomen – and needless to say, the area around the adhesion was loose and flabby. So he did some lipo around the area and my stomach is so much flatter than it has been for over 20 years. To reiterate, the “butt” I had on my stomach, is gone! So now he will remove the scar (which is wide at the bottom and was closed so badly after the C-section, I actually have a couple little swirls where the skin in twisted). That is what Dr. Z is going to fix.
I will be sending updates after the procedure which is scheduled for September 8.
This has made me feel so much better about myself – even if I am almost 60 and will never wear a bikini again!!!!
I had the procedure done on my thighs and underarms about 2 months ago. I couldn’t be happier with the results. All of your instructions pre and post op instructions were very thorough and helped the recovery period. I found that wearing the special garments as much as possible actually felt good and was helpful during the recovery period.
I did bruise , but it faded in about 3 weeks. I feel it was well worth the mild discomfort for the results that I had. Thank you for your close contact with the patient after the procedure.
I had Tickle Liposuction done on 4 areas, upper abdominal, lower abdominal and right & left love handle area, on Thursday July 22, 2010. The procedure was done by Dr. Tim Zelko, in his office, under local anesthetic. I will admit, I was apprehensive about being awake for he procedure, mostly afraid it would be painful. I’m also skeptical about things that seem too good to be true. But I am happy to report that my fears did not come true and my skepticism was unfounded. While it did feel “weird” to have instruments vibrating under my skin, there was no pain associated with it. I felt nothing but mild pressure when Dr. Zelko irrigated the area with fluid and anesthetic. Once the anesthetic was in, there was a feeling of numbness along with the vibrating sensation, I was very comfortable throughout the procedure. I chatted with Dr. Zelko and his nurse (wife) the whole time. I was in and out of the office in 1 hour 30 minutes, walked out feeling just fine.
Let me tell you a little about myself. Mid 50′s 20 LB over weight, non-smoker. Multiple pregnancies had left my lower abs stretch marked and flabby. Age related weight gain around my upper abs had been a source of frustration for my for several years. I basically had two “rolls” around my middle when I sat down. Even with daily cardio, strength training, fitness classes and dieting I was unable to lose weight in my midsection. My diet and exercise routine had toned my legs, arms, chest, back hips and buttocks but wouldn’t budge the stubborn fat around my tummy.
The results of the procedure were immediate and spectacular, I finally have a flat tummy and defined waist line. Dr. Zelko did a great job smoothing everything out, making it look even and flat, accentuating my natural waist line. As I write this, I am 11 das post procedure and I look even better than I did right after the procedure. I can actually feel the abdominal muscles that I had developed with all the exercise, but were hidden under the fat. My ribs are once again visible and my hip bones are now more prominent. I continue to wear the compression garment that Dr. Zelko recommends, which is helping the stretched skin on my lower tummy retract to my new shape. For the first few days there was a little discomfort mainly getting up ;and down and bending at the waist, but I was fine taking extra strength Tylenol. Never needed the pain meds prescribed. I’m a stomach sleeper and from the very first night I had no trouble easing onto my tummy and getting into my normal sleeping position. The first few hours after the procedure I did leak fluid from the incision in my lower abs, but by bed time that first day it was all over with. I spent the weekend taking it easy but basically going about my normal weekend routine, minus Saturday morning exercise class. After the first 3 days, no more discomfort using my stomach but I notices the area treated becoming slightly itchy, which understand is a normal part of the healing process. I returned to work the Monday after my procedure, very little swelling or bruising and the incisions Dr. Zelko used are so tinny I have to look hard to see them. I can rub and massage my tummy without any discomfort. This has been a remarkably easy recovery, with a great payoff. I couldn’t be happier Showing off my new look for my husband was fun, he said “don’t hold it in” and I replied truthfully, “I’m not, that’s how I look now!” and he is amazed and happy for me because he knows how hard I work to stay fit and how frustrated I was with the way my midsection looked. Several people have told me how good I look and those who know that I had Liposuction say they can tell the difference. I’d do it again in a heartbeat Thank you Doctor Zelko!
I just wanted to thank you for doing such an excellent transformation for me following my procedure on July 23rd.
Liposuction is something that I have talked about doing for some time, however the cost, pain and downtime associated with the traditional approach was enough to keep me from giving it a try. After seeing your special on the Morning Blend, I immediately called my husband and told him about it and said that I wanted to at least call for a consultation. I was anxious going into the procedure, but more excited than anything. The friendliness of Judy and Kim to make the whole process from scheduling to going through tickle lipo made the experience that much easier. I had next to no discomfort during the procedure and was honestly surprised at how much having my sides done did tickle! I was amazed that even right after finishing the procedure my stomach, flanks and back were so much smoother- instant results! I had some soreness that night and the next day, but was able to easily take care of myself and my family. My treatment was done on Friday afternoon and I was back at work on Monday. This is such a great option for people who cannot have lengthy downtime or are nervous about the use of general anesthesia. I have had dentist appointments that took as long and were more uncomfortable than having tickle lipo done and I am MUCH more satisfied with these results! I am looking forward to getting into a two piece swimsuit this summer instead of hiding in a one piece- thank you Dr. Zelko!
Like many women, when I started going through menopause, I started gaining weight. I worked out at least four times a week but it was not helping and I finally gave up. Every time I looked at myself in the mirror I was disappointed as the rolls of fat hung over the top of my jeans and my shirt would not button around my middle.
My daughter talked to me about the Tickle Lipo procedure that she was going to have done with Dr. Zelko. A week later when I saw her again I was just amazed at how wonderful she looked. I called that same day and made my appointment for my consultation.
I went into the office on a Friday for the procedure, drove myself home with no problem and immediately tried on my jeans to see if the muffin top was truly gone. Not only was the muffin top gone, but so was my big belly. I looked great! When I looked down my stomach was not sticking out past my breast and I had curves on my sides.
Of course there is a recovery period after the procedure. It was worth it and I did not miss any work. My new look has boosted my self-confidence. Instead of baggy shirts to cover up, I wear tighter shirts to show off my figure.
Thank you Dr Zelko.