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Tummy Tuck

Excess fat or sagging skin in the midsection can make you feel self-conscious. Unfortunately, diet and exercise can’t always fix these problems.

An abdominoplasty – also known as tummy tuck surgery – can get rid of excess fat and skin caused by weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.

Board-certified plastic surgeon John F. Zavell in Toledo, OH, can determine if a tummy tuck is right for you...

Ready for Change? Contact Our Toledo, OH, Plastic Surgery Office Today

If you’re ready to achieve an abdomen that is lean, toned, and contoured, contact the office of Dr. John F. Zavell today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon serves patients in and around the Toledo, OH, area, including Sandusky and Findlay. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online contact form or call:

(419) 214-6630

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Your comfort is our priority. Our entire team goes out of their way to make sure each visit to our Toledo practice is calm and relaxing.

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Dr. Zavell offers New Look Now® technology so you can see what the results of your upcoming procedure will look like. Contact us to learn more.

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 ... 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! Jane

What are the Steps of a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Dr. Zavell works closely with you to plan your procedure so that you achieve dramatic yet natural-looking results.
Dr. Zavell works closely with you to plan your procedure so that you achieve dramatic yet natural-looking results.


As with any surgery, there will be a consultation before the procedure. During this time, the doctor will review your surgical goals and medical history. He will also discuss the procedure and any additional options such as liposuction or CoolSculpting®.


During a tummy tuck procedure, a patient is administered anesthesia to make them more comfortable.


Dr. Zavell makes a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and the navel, extending horizontally from one hip to the other. This allows our plastic surgeon to tighten weakened abdominal muscles. He will also trim the excess skin and then suture the incision closed. If needed, he can create a new navel.


The surgery takes one to five hours. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home to recover after a short resting period in our office.

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A Trusted Surgeon

An abdominoplasty can have catastrophic results if performed incorrectly. Plastic surgeon John F. Zavell is board-certified, and he uses top-of-the-line equipment and techniques for his procedures. He has over 25 years of experience performing plastic surgery in the Toledo, OH, area for patients throughout Sandusky and Findlay. When you turn to our team, you can expect your surgery to be performed in the utmost safety.

Our team is also devoted to ensuring the comfort of our patients. We know surgery is a major decision, and our compassionate team is here to guide you through the entire process. Our staff will also take measures to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible following the surgery. Call today to get the tone silhouette you want.

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I highly recommend Dr. Zavell and his staff. They answered all of my questions thoroughly, made me feel comfortable, and helped me through the pre and post surgery process. I'm very satisfied with my results and plan to have another procedure in a few months.

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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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Do I need Liposuction if I have a Tummy Tuck?


Liposuction is not a necessary part of every tummy tuck. However, having the two procedures performed together can benefit the right patients. For example, having a tummy tuck and getting “love handles” flattened by liposuction can give your waistline beautiful new definition. When you pair the two, they work together to fully contour the midsection. Your surgery will be tailored to meet your needs.

Recovery After an Abdominoplasty

Patients are sometimes hesitant to undergo a tummy tuck because they worry about the recovery. After a tummy tuck by our plastic surgeon, patients are sent home with a compression garment. This garment serves to support the abdomen and minimize swelling during the healing process.

Abdominoplasty not only removes excess skin and fat, but also tightens the abdominal wall. Your body will need time to heal, but this doesn't mean lying down for days on end. We encourage walking throughout your recovery in order to aid in healing and avoid blood clots. This can involve just moving around the house at first, and gradually walking longer distances. In a couple of weeks, you can resume light exercise.

As long as patients follow Dr. Zavell's instructions, they can expect a successful recovery. He will instruct you on how to care for your incisions to help them fade as much as possible. Patients typically need two weeks off work after a tummy tuck, and they can return to regular activities in three to four weeks.


Before tummy tuck procedure
After tummy tuck procedure

How Long Do Results Last?


The results of your tummy tuck can last for years, if not a lifetime. However, unhealthy lifestyle choices and weight gain will adversely affect the results. It’s essential that you stay fit and avoid weight gain after the surgery to preserve your flatter, smoother abdomen.

Maintaining Your Tummy Tuck

Plan Ahead

The results of your tummy tuck can be lost due to weight gain, weight loss, and pregnancy. Before you schedule a tummy tuck, our Ohio practice recommends that you be at a healthy weight that you can maintain. You should also be finished having children.

Adopt an Exercise Routine

Your tummy tuck has removed excess skin and fat and made your muscles more noticeable, but it's up to you to maintain these results. Following a workout regimen can help you burn calories, keep fat to a minimum, and build muscle for a more attractive midsection.

Minimize Scarring

Though your scar will be in an area that can be easily hidden with clothing, there are some simple things you can do to minimize its appearance. We recommend protecting your scar from sunlight and using skin products that minimize scars. In addition, following all of your surgeon's post-operative instructions will speed recovery and can help prevent your scar from becoming more noticeable.

Exploring a Mini Tummy Tuck Another Option Available in Toledo

Mini tummy tuck diagram of where the abdomen skin is cut out and elevated as well as the muscle repair

A mini tummy tuck is similar to a tummy tuck in that it aims to remove loose skin and excess fat. However, a mini tummy tuck only addresses the lower area of the abdomen below the belly button. Though the results of a mini tummy tuck are less dramatic, it's a less invasive procedure that may be a better option for candidates who require only a minimal amount of correction.

Unlike a traditional tummy tuck that can require a long incision that extends from one hip to the other, a mini tummy tuck requires a shorter incision that's about three to five inches long just below the bikini line. The result is a smaller, less noticeable scar.

Do You Need More Than a Tummy Tuck? YOU HAVE OPTIONS IN TOLEDO, OH

It's natural to want to feel confident and comfortable in your own body, and Dr. Zavell can help you. A board-certified plastic surgeon, he has more than 25 years of hands-on experience. He can share his extensive knowledge with you during a private consultation and offer advice on which procedures match your goals.

Take the first step by requesting a consultation at our Toldeo office. If there are questions we can answer first, leave us a message. We would be happy to talk with you.

(419) 214-6630

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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" Esther Kynard, 5-Star Review


Patients all have different needs and body types. For this reason, the cost of an abdominoplasty may vary. The procedure typically costs $5,000-$12,000.

Our office accepts financing for plastic surgeries. At your appointment, our patient care coordinator will discuss your financing options with you. We accept financing through CareCredit®, M-Lend Financial, and Directions Credit Union.

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 (419) 214-6630.

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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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