Get a Flatter Belly with Lipo-Abdominoplasty
There are several reasons a person’s belly may look loose—including excess skin from prior pregnancies or weight loss, stubborn fat, and unattractive c-section-type scars—which is why there are several surgical solutions that can come together under a single umbrella of a procedure: the tummy tuck. Ohio residents in Dover, Akron, New Philadelphia, Canton, and beyond can get a smoother, more athletic-looking abdomen at Fine Arts Skin & Laser, where Dr. David Hartman performs what he calls “Lipo-Abdominoplasty.”
As the name implies, the procedure includes liposuction to raise and free the loose skin in the least traumatic way, before it is trimmed and reset into a natural skin line below the swimwear line area, in most cases.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?
Each tummy tuck—including Dr. Hartman’s Lipo-Abdominoplasty—is customized to the patient, though all of them focus on re-contouring an abdomen marked by loose, sagging tissue. Common causes of this flabby look are pregnancies, previous section scars, or weight reduction—leaving behind stretched-out skin that is unable to conform to new, slimmer contours.
To that end, a tummy tuck can:
Even extremely committed dieters can be frustrated by fat cells that stubbornly refuse to change size. For patients who find that sit-ups build their abdominal muscles but fail to fully tame the bulge covering them, liposuction represents an effective solution. Dr. Hartman makes tiny incisions that allow him to access the unwanted fat so it can be suctioned out. If collected gently using the tumescent technique and then refined to remove everything but the targeted cells, this fat can be used for living-fat transfers, adding volume elsewhere on the body, such as beautification of breasts, face, or buttocks. If the fat transfer is not a factor, Dr. Hartman may use SmartLipo® Triplex® to first disrupt the fat cells with the laser before suctioning them out as part of a tummy tuck.
Remove Excess Skin
After making carefully placed incisions, strategically hidden by swimwear, Dr. Hartman frees the loose skin with the lipo sculpting cannulas, then re-drapes and trims the abdominal skin so that it lies smoother. For a visual reference, think of him pulling a sheet tight so that it is no longer wrinkled and bunched-up, hanging over the sides of the mattress. The excess skin is then trimmed away—which has the added potential benefit of also taking with it uneven scars, some stretch marks, or other blemishes.
Dr. Hartman can revise unsightly abdominal scars from prior surgeries as necessary, making them less noticeable after a tummy tuck.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Anyone who wants to address a loose belly skin may be a candidate for this procedure. Ideal candidates should be in good general health and at a stable weight. Women who have experienced pregnancy often consider a tummy tuck due to the fact that their abdominal skin may not fully go back to its original shape on its own. For this reason, patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, either through lifestyle changes or weight-reduction surgery, are also good candidates for a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I absolutely love this office and the people who work with Dr Hartman. They are super friendly, extra knowledgeable answers questions in detail with no pause.. He did my tummy tuck and I wouldn't change it for the world..lol I swear I had the most amazing time everyone made me feel so safe I had a blast.."- K.D. / Google / Jul 02, 2021
"WHAT TO DO WITH HANGING FAT In 2020, my Bill lost 60 pounds. He was left with a flap of fat drooping over his belt. Exercise had no effect -- the extra skin continued to hang. Bill's forehead lines had grown deep. Looking for the perfect 17th anniversary gift for him, I surprised Bill with a Dr. Hartman consultation. The following week, Dr. Hartman performed a major tummy tuck with beaucoup liposuction on Bill, all done awake. Bill walked out after his tummy tuck procedure: his hanging flap of fat was gone and his abdomen was firm. On that same day, and also while awake, Dr. Hartman lifted Bill's brow, completely obliterating Bill's decades-worth of forehead wrinkles. Dr. Hartman performed these procedures with ease and skill. Despite that Dr. Hartman removed a ginormous chuck of belly fat, Bill had no pain during the surgeries and no pain at home. Bill looks 20 years younger. No one can tell he's had surgery. Friends peer closely at Bill, searching for that which is different about him: new haircut, hipper glasses? I can see them thinking: what is it? Bill looks fabulously youthful but no one can tell why. Dr. Hartman's surgery has greatly increased Bill's self-confidence and body image. Dr. Hartman and his staff made Bill's tummy tuck and brow lift surgery an easy and affordable procedure."- J.M. / Google / Jun 28, 2021
"I Was not sure at first, but glad I went thru with my tummy tuck because I couldn’t be more pleased with the way Dr. Hartman and his wonderful staff changed my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of professionals to take care of me before, during and after my tummy tuck."- J.D. / Google / Jul 19, 2021
"I can't express how amazing this group of humans are..but I'll try! I had a tummy tuck & bbl. From my consultation date, to my sugery date they have been the most supportive and helpful people. After my surgery (which was incredibly fascinating and virtually painless because of their state of the art technology!), they kept in contact with me via text to make sure I was alright. Seriously, from start to finish they not only made the entire experience comfortable but it was unforgettable. I'm absolutely coming back for other services in the future and I'm already recommending them to several of my friends. I mean this truly, thank you Wanda, Julie, Alanna, and Dr. Hartman (sry if I forgot anyone!) for what you're doing to help people feel their most confident..that's what life is all about. ❤"- B.F. / Google / Mar 28, 2022
Recovering After Tummy Tuck
Expect some initial bruising and swelling after the surgery, though these side effects will resolve as time goes by. The full timeline of recovery for a tummy tuck depends on which specific procedures are performed, though every lipo-abdominoplasty patient should plan on rest on a subsequent day, with only light activity for several days after surgery and on refraining from strenuous activity for several weeks.
The incision site should be properly cared for to ensure it heals well and the resulting scar is as unobtrusive as possible. The Fine Arts Skin & Laser team will provide detailed care instructions.
Tummy Tuck Cost
Women and men interested in a tummy tuck can discuss the cost with Dr. Hartman at an initial consultation when the various elements that make up the customized procedure can be determined. Patients who are interested in fat transfer for adding volume and sculpting other areas of the body, such as for breast augmentation or a Brazilian butt lift, can also discuss how these procedures can be combined in terms of pricing. Commonly chosen packages also include facial procedures, such as eyelid rejuvenation, brow lift, and facelift.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-6 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 week
- Procedure Recovery Location