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Reverse Tummy Tuck in Novi, Michigan

Illuum Cosmetic Surgery in Novi offers reverse tummy tucks, a specialized procedure targeting the upper abdomen to remove excess skin and fat. Our board-certified plastic surgeons—Dr. Gregory Lakin and Dr. Ellen Ozolins—have over 20 years of experience performing body contouring operations and achieving stunning results. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery provides excellent surgical skills, an empowering environment, and surprisingly affordable prices for reverse tummy tucks. Our welcoming, body-positive approach aims to help each person become the best version of themselves.
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What Is a Reverse Tummy Tuck?

A reverse tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper abdomen. Unlike other types of tummy lift, it focuses only on this area, and there is no need to repair muscles. During a reverse tummy tuck, unwanted tissue is removed from the upper abdomen through an incision below the breasts. The entire operation takes between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the complexity.

Consultation and Preparation
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Before getting a reverse tummy tuck, the patient must meet with our cosmetic surgeon for a consultation to discuss their goals and expectations for the procedure. We evaluate the patient’s upper abdomen laxity and excess skin, assess their health and medical history, and determine if they are a good candidate.
Preparation includes the following aspects:
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Anesthesia
The reverse tummy tuck begins with anesthesia to prevent the patient from feeling pain during the procedure. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery uses general anesthesia to ensure that the patient is safe and comfortable.
The surgeon makes incisions just below the breast crease, following the natural contours across the upper portion of the abdomen. The incisions are placed strategically for the subsequent reshaping steps.
Any unwanted, sagging skin in the upper abdomen is trimmed away through the incisions to create a flatter contour. The remaining skin is stretched taut to make it appear tighter.
Once the skin has been addressed, the surgeon carefully closes the incisions using sutures and surgical tape. Over time, the incision lines will continue to heal and fade.

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Add-On Procedure: Breast Lift

Many women undergoing a reverse tummy tuck also combine the procedure with a breast lift (mastopexy). A breast lift can reposition sagging breasts upper on the chest and create a perkier shape. When performed together in one surgery, these two procedures complement each other well. The reverse tummy tuck addresses loose skin and fat on the upper abdomen, while the breast lift tackles ptosis (sagging) of the breasts. Patients benefit from undergoing only a single recovery period and achieve more impressive results

Recovery After Reverse Tummy Tuck

First Week
Patients should take at least 7 days off work to allow their bodies to heal properly. They will experience some swelling and bruising in the treatment area, but this discomfort will decrease in a few weeks. Pain medication is typically prescribed, and patients are advised to walk bent over or hunched for the first week after surgery to avoid putting tension on the sutures.
Most patients return to work within 7–14 days. However, they should be mindful of their movements. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4 weeks to allow proper healing. The compression garment worn after surgery will provide support and reduce swelling during recovery. We will instruct you on proper lymphatic massage to help reduce postoperative swelling as well.
Some numbness in the abdominal area may persist for a few months before normal sensation returns. The recovery process is gradual, so patients must follow all instructions and take everything easy. It takes 1 month until you start to see your final result, and it may take up to 3–6 months to see the final results from a reverse tummy tuck. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and help patients during the recovery period.

Candidates for Reverse Tummy Tuck

Reverse tummy tucks can bring many positive transformations, making the body look younger and more fit. However, this procedure is designed for people with certain conditions who meet specific criteria. Here are the traits of ideal candidates who can benefit the most from this surgery.

Benefits of Reverse Tummy Tuck

During a reverse tummy tuck, the surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the remaining tissue. This helps to create a smoother, firmer, and more toned appearance. The surgery can eliminate visible stretch marks in the upper belly region.
By addressing loose skin of the upper abdomen through a reverse tummy tuck, patients can refine the overall shape of their waistline. Removing the excess tissue creates a slimmer and more contoured waist area.

A reverse tummy tuck is not a common procedure, but it is indispensable when the patient has too much lax skin in the upper abdomen after liposuction or other types of lift. If the patient’s breasts are large and pendulous, the scarring can be well hidden.

A reverse tummy tuck focuses on the upper abdomen without repositioning the belly button. This can be especially beneficial for patients who are happy with the appearance of their navel but desire improvement in the upper area.
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Cost of Reverse Tummy Tuck in Novi, Michigan

The cost of a reverse tummy tuck in Novi, Michigan, ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. This is just an estimate because the actual cost can vary depending on several factors. To get the most accurate cost for each patient’s situation, it is essential to consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon for a personalized quote. During the consultation, we will discuss the patient’s desired outcome, medical history, and any questions about the procedure and associated fees.
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What Makes Our Reverse Tummy Tucks Different From Others?

Illuum Cosmetic Surgery has over 20 years of experience performing aesthetic procedures, such as the reverse tummy tuck. After such long practice, we have become true experts in this field. Our skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons use innovative techniques to achieve natural-looking results, treating each individual as a unique canvas. Safety is the top priority, so procedures are only recommended if appropriate for the patient.
In addition to our professional expertise, Illuum Cosmetic Surgery creates a welcoming, body-positive environment where patients feel empowered about themselves. From start to finish, we provide a customized, human-focused experience aimed at helping people become the best version of themselves, inside and out.
Our high-quality services are also surprisingly affordable, allowing more patients to transform their bodies and boost their confidence. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery is ready to provide excellent results for everyone seeking an exceptional reverse tummy tuck in Michigan.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re seeking the expert guidance of Dr. Lakin or Dr. Ozolins, or have a clear idea of your needs, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Meet and sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.
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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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