Fat deposits on your hips, stomach, or other areas can sometimes resist even the most committed diet and exercise routines.

Dr. John F. Zavell can perform liposuction, also called lipoplasty, to refine trouble spots and give you the lean contours you desire.

Why do patients in the Sandusky, Findlay, and Toledo, OH, regions choose our practice to achieve their goals? Find out during a personalized consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a plastic surgery in which excess fat deposits are removed from specific areas of the body through a small tube called a cannula. The end result is a tighter, trimmer figure you can feel confident showing off.

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery, not a weight loss method, but it can help you shed those last few stubborn pounds that don't respond to your efforts. Dr. Zavell can remove up to approximately 10 pounds of fat from a problem area during a treatment session at our Toledo plastic surgery office.

Fat cells expand or contract as your body stores energy from food. One of the best things about this versatile treatment is that it permanently removes the fat cells from the body. This means that if you're able to maintain a steady weight after your procedure, you can enjoy your results for many years to come.

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Liposuction Can Achieve Incredible Effects 

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At first glance, it's hard to tell that these photos are of the same patient. Liposuction can give you an even more dramatic result than you may realize.

It is crucial to find an experienced surgeon you trust...

Discover Why Patients Choose Dr. Zavell

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is one of the most important ways a patient can ensure the success of their cosmetic surgery. A well-trained, experienced surgeon will use trusted techniques and deliver the best aesthetic results.

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who holds membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons. He has been helping patients enhance their appearance and quality of life through surgery for three decades.

Dr. Zavell is devoted to improving patients' confidence by providing safe treatment and flattering, natural-looking results to those in Sandusky, Findlay, and nearby areas. To request a consultation with a first-rate plastic surgeon, contact our Toledo, Ohio, office online or by calling:

(740) 628-0185

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5-Star Reviews for Our Top-Rated Surgeon


Tasha Anspach

Toledo, OH


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Wonderful experience all around. Amazing staff and cozy and welcoming office. Dr Zavell was wonderful during the entire process. He was very informative and helpful before, during, and after the procedure.

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Billie Jewell

Toledo, OH


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I had a great experience, Dr Zavell and his staff are awesome from start to finish. I’m super happy with the results. I highly recommend him.

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​Understanding the Cost of Lipo

Factors That Affect Price

The average cost of liposuction is about $3,500. The cost of your plastic surgery depends on:

  • How many areas are being treated.
  • How long it will take.
  • What kind of sedation will be used.

Will Insurance Cover Costs?

Because this procedure is cosmetic, insurance will not contribute to the cost. Fortunately, our Toledo office accepts financing options through CareCredit®, M-Lend Financial, and Directions Credit Union. During your appointment, our patient care coordinator will explain your options to you.

An Investment in Yourself

Cosmetic surgery should be considered an investment in your appearance and future quality of life. Dr. Zavell has performed countless cosmetic procedures for satisfied patients. Under our care, you can expect a worthy return on your investment and long-term satisfaction with your results.

Dr. Zavell Offers Tumescent Liposuction A Modern Take on Traditional Methods

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​Tumescent Lipo

Tumescent liposuction is a modern technique in which fat is removed from targeted areas of the body with tiny microcannulas. While traditional lipo involves a larger cannula and a larger incision site, these microcannulas reduce the side effects associated with the procedure such as pain, swelling, and bleeding. Furthermore, the tumescent technique does not require the use of general anesthesia. Since it doesn't require general anesthesia, it significantly lowers your risk for serious complications during and after treatment. 

Candidacy for Treatment

Liposuction is a highly versatile procedure that can work for a wide variety of patients. We will meet with you for a consultation at our Toledo, Ohio, practice, and discuss your medical history and cosmetic goals. The best candidates for liposuction are:

Close to Ideal Weight

Patients should be within 20 pounds of their goal weight to qualify. During this surgery, enough fat is removed to smooth the area, but some fat is left to maintain a natural-looking contour and avoid loose skin. Losing significant weight after lipo can result in surface irregularities, bumps, and excess tissue. It is also possible to gain weight after liposuction. Regular diet and exercise can help you maintain your results for many years.

In Good Health

To undergo liposuction, patients should be in generally good health. They should also not have any conditions that may inhibit healing. In addition, candidates should be non-smokers. Before recommending liposuction, Dr. Zavell will conduct a thorough analysis of any medications you take and your health history to make certain you can safely undergo the procedure. We may be able to recommend an alternative non-surgical procedure if lipo is not right for you.

Realistic About Goals

It’s important to note that this is not a weight-loss surgery, and it is not recommended for treating cellulite. Dr. Zavell will discuss your goals to determine which procedure is best for your unique concerns. As Dr. Zavell's patient, you can expect honest recommendations based on what he believes is the surest way to achieve your desired results. Cosmetic surgery is not a cure for every imperfection, but a way to become a more confident version of yourself. 

"Caring, knowledgeable, and considerate." Wonderful Reviews From Toledo, OH


Gina Glandorff

Toledo, OH


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I highly recommend the services of Dr. Zuvelle and his staff. They are very caring, knowledgeable and considerate in regards to all procedures. I especially want to thank Dr Zuvelle for his expertise, also Sara and Denise for their support and care.

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Mary McArthur

Toledo, OH


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Dr. Zavell and his staff were wonderful every step of the way. Raven and Sara took great care to ensure I was happy and comfortable with every appointment. They answered all of my questions, and addressed any potential concerns I had leading up to and following my surgery. I am 6 weeks past my procedure, and while recovery has been a little intense, it has been well worth the results. I highly recommend Dr. Zavell and his team.

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A Closer Look at the Liposuction Procedure 

"Liposuction is a trusted way to refine trouble spots and give you the lean contours you desire."
"Liposuction is a trusted way to refine trouble spots and give you the lean contours you desire."


We will begin the procedure at our Toledo practice by administering local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the operation. Patients might also undergo sedation.


A sterile solution that includes saltwater and anesthetic will be injected into the treatment area to constrict the blood vessels and aid in fat removal.


Your doctor will make several small incisions to access the treatment area. 

Fat Removal

Excess tissue will be suctioned out of the targeted area through a thin hollow tube known as a cannula. The microcannula used in tumescent lipo is especially small—only 2-3mm in diameter.

Finishing Touches

After the cannula is removed, Dr. Zavell may close the incisions with small stitches or they may be left open. Some patients will be fitted with a temporary drainage tube. Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure so when the anesthesia begins to wear off, you may leave to recover comfortably at home. It is important to have a friend or loved one drive you home from our Toledo office.

We Provide Personalized Treatment to Deliver the Results of Your Dreams

There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all plastic surgery. Every one of our cosmetic procedures is custom-tailored to suit the needs of our patients. We will first meet with you for an in-depth consultation to discuss your concerns and then design a personalized treatment plan catered to your needs. 

Everyone deserves to feel confident in their skin and we have the tools to help you achieve your goals. Dr. Zavell provides outstanding results to patients in the Greater Toledo, Sandusky, and Findlay areas, with first-rate, compassionate care. Request an appointment with us today to learn more. You can reach our Toledo, Ohio, office online, or by calling:

(740) 628-0185

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What Our Patients Are Saying "I couldn't have been in better hands!"


Rachel Ewbank

Toledo, OH


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Dr. Zavell and his team are the absolute best! The entire team is so professional and personable, and I could not love my results anymore than I do! I truly feel as though I couldn’t have been in better hands! 100% satisfied!

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Anna Zenker

Toledo, OH


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The whole staff was always so friendly and makes you feel very comfortable during this entire process. I never felt rushed and was able to ask all the questions that I needed to before and after my surgery. I am 6 weeks post op now and I am healing great with no complications at all. 

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Your Comfort Is Important to Us We Offer IV Sedation and General Anesthesia

Our Toledo plastic surgery practice performs liposuction using either IV sedation or general anesthesia. When using either method, Dr. Zavell and his surgical team will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other vitals throughout your procedure.

Dr. Zavell will determine which of these options is right for you during your initial consultation. With both options, it's important to make sure you have a friend or loved one drive you home after your procedure. 

Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous sedation involves delivering a sedative directly to the bloodstream to induce deep relaxation, but not complete unconsciousness. When combined with a local anesthetic, you can expect a virtually painless procedure that you most likely will not remember. 

General Anesthesia

Unlike IV sedation, general anesthesia induces a state of complete unconsciousness. This method is usually recommended for treatments involving larger areas. You will have no memory of the procedure afterward.

Results Like These Can Be Yours

Dr. Zavell's liposuction techniques can help you quickly achieve aesthetic goals that could take years through diet and exercise. Take a look:
Before Liposuction
Before Liposuction This Perrysburg patient visited Dr. Zavell for help slimming and tightening her hips and thighs. He determined that liposuction would be appropriate to meet her needs.
After Liposuction
After Liposuction Dr. Zavell was able to give this patient a trimmer figure and dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkled thighs.
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Before Liposuction This Toledo patient wanted to improve the appearance of a double chin, and Dr. Zavell knew that precisely performed liposuction would create a beautiful result. 
After Liposuction
After Liposuction Thanks to liposuction, this patient now enjoys a slimmer neck and defined jaw that better highlights the natural beauty of her facial contours.

Let's Get to Work on Your New Look Request a Consultation in Toledo

Looking to address a stubborn double chin or neck fat? Want to slim down your arms, midsection, or thighs to expand your wardrobe and find more confidence? Dr. John Zavell can help. Liposuction is easily customizable, allowing you to target precise concerns with a safe and highly effective treatment. We'd love to help you realize your goals, and it begins with a consultation. Contact us online or call us in Toledo, OH.

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"I highly recommend Dr. Zavell office for your surgical needs. His staff is beyond friendly and caring.. I'm not just saying that.. Sara, Vicky and all the office staff will go out of there way to help you. Dr. Zavell is amazing at what he does, a true artist in his work. Highy, highy recommend him and his office :)"

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The Liposuction Recovery Process

Days 1-2

Wound care consists of changing pads in the first few days and wearing a compression garment. You can expect pain, swelling, and bruising to be the most pronounced in this time period. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help mitigate your pain, and antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection.

Days 3-5

You may resume mild physical activity in as little as three days depending on the extent of your procedure. Patients may return to work when they feel ready and well-rested, as long as it doesn't require strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting.

Days 5-14

Swelling and other side effects will continue to improve throughout this time period. Continue to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and continue wearing your compression garments until your doctor tells you otherwise.

Days 14 Onward

Most patients will begin to see results in two weeks or less, but the final results will become apparent once the swelling completely subsides. Depending on how much fat is removed, you can expect your recovery to take one to three months in its entirety.

Are the Effects of Liposuction Permanent?

Dr. John Zavell explains how long you can expect the results of liposuction to last. It primarily depends on whether you can keep your weight stable.

"I love my beautiful and natural look!" More Love From Our Patients


Reem Khaleq

Toledo, OH


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Thank you Dr Zavell and staff. Sara and Christine who I worked closely with as well are amazing. The whole staff is so kind and friendly and they make you feel like family. Thank you guys so much I love my beautiful and natural look!

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Wendy Martin

Toledo, OH


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Dr. Zavell and his team, from day one, took great care of me. They answered all my questions, were clear about what to expect or not expect, and were transparent about associated costs. I had confidence in them because it was quickly apparent they work like well oiled machine , always keeping client service and care at the forefront of their work. I highly recommend Dr. Zavell and his team.

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Combining Liposuction With Other Procedures to Enhance Your Cosmetic Transformation

While this procedure is effective on its own, it can also be combined with other services at our Toledo, Ohio, office for more pronounced results:

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Tummy Tuck

Liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are commonly combined. A tummy tuck removes sagging, stretched skin and repairs separated muscles in the abdomen for a slimmer physique. 

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Breast Lift

By combining lipo with a breast lift, you can achieve a bustline that is lighter and perkier. If liposuction is not enough to reduce the size of your bust, we can also provide a breast reduction. 

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Liposuction is often incorporated into facelift surgery. This combination can remove fatty tissue under the chin and around the neck to improve the definition of your face and jawline.

Not quite sure if you are ready for liposuction or plastic surgery yet?

Consider CoolSculpting A Non-Surgical Alternative

CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical procedure designed to remove fat in targeted areas of the body. Using a technology known as cryolipolysis, the procedure involves freezing subcutaneous fat cells to the point in which they are broken down and absorbed by the body. This type of body contouring can work on almost any region of the body where excess subcutaneous fat layers are stored. 

Dr. John F. Zavell

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals since 1993. He is a member of: 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The American College of Surgeons

He has mastered advanced techniques and uses the latest technology to provide patients of all ages with the most natural-looking, life-changing results. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Zavell's plastic surgery practice, request an appointment online or call us at (740) 628-0185

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"The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and our mission is to honor that choice by jointly cultivating a treatment plan that will deliver results personally crafted for you." Dr. Zavell

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