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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 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?

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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 nearly 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 schedule a consultation with a first-rate plastic surgeon, contact our Toledo, Ohio, office online or by calling:

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A Top-Rated Surgeon  "Doctor and staff went above and beyond"


Rebekah P


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Dr. Zavell performed a secondary breast augmentation on me with use of silicone implants and I’m very satisfied with the outcome! He and his staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable from start to finish. I absolutely recommend Dr. Zavell to anyone in the area looking for plastic surgery or any other related cosmetic need!

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I am very pleased with my surgeries from Dr Zavell. Had major weight loss and needed my excess skin removed stomach.. upper and lower and back, and upper arms. My before and after pictures are amazing. Took two surgeries, process was exactly how he and Sara explained. Love my improved body. And I was 66 when I had done. An amazing job on an older women! Thank you Dr Zavell and staff .. all were great!

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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.

Be 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 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.

Have Realistic 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. 

Liposuction Can Achieve Incredible Effects 

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Before and after lipo

​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. 

"Couldn't Be Happier."


Mary McMillen


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Dr Zavell and his staff are great. All very professional treating you with respect and kindness from your first appointment and on. He is a skilled professional . I was seen and had work done 2004 and have come back recently. Couldn't be happier.

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Helen Montalto


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I recently had an under eye blephroplasty performed by Dr Zavell, I am very happy with my results , my surgery was about two weeks ago!!! Dr Zavell and his staff are friendly, welcoming and informative. They were very comforting during my surgery! It was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Dr Zavell!!!!!

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A Closer Look At the 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 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 is injected into the treatment area to constrict the blood vessels and aid in fat removal.


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

Fat Removal

Excess tissue is then 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 practice.

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. Schedule 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... "the results have exceeded my expectations!"


Gina Carter


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I have had two procedures by Dr Zavelle and both times the results have exceeded my expectations! His knowledge and skills are amazing and his bedside manner puts you at ease. He is always professional and caring and his staff are equally amazing.

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Rebekah P


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Dr. Zavell performed a secondary breast augmentation on me with use of silicone implants and I’m very satisfied with the outcome! He and his staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable from start to finish.

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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.

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.

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. 

Are you interested in even more dramatic results?


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 tightens 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 bust line 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.

The 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. The 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 the 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.

"Truly Amazing."


Tam Mettler


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Dr Zavell's staff is truly amazing, they were very accommodating and understanding. They truly made this experience a positive one. Dr Zavell is very kind and really puts you at ease, top notch surgeon in my book!

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Esther Kynard


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Dr Zavell is very attractive he has done a wonderful job on my tummy tuck no issues smooth recovery I'm very happy with my results thank you Dr Zavell

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Can I afford the procedure?

​Understanding the Cost of Lipo

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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
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Will Insurance Cover Costs?

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

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Investing 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.

Not quite sure if you are ready for liposuction 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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