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 would absolutely not trust anyone else with any of my needs! They have done so much for me! Ranging from tummy tuck, liposuction, fat transfer to face and breast! They are a rock star team! I’ve always felt like their #1 priority every single time I’ve been in the office. Dr.Hartman and team will forever be my go to for anything I want done! Oh and do yourself a huge favor and get the Hormone treatment Biote!!!! I promise you will not be sorry!"- K.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2022
"Dr. Hartman and his staff went above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable during any procedure. All staff are caring and friendly, they make you feel like royalty. Dr. Hartman did a great job with my tummy tuck I am so pleased. I haven't felt this good about my body since I was 16. I appreciate the entire team that made my dreams come true. Thank you!"- C.S. / Google / Feb 23, 2023
"Wonderful people to work with. I had a tummy tuck about a month ago my results are more than I could have ever hoped for. Any thing I chose to have done in the future I will go to Fine Arts for."- T.M. / Google / Mar 15, 2023
"I just want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the life-changing treatment I received from all of the wonderful people at this clinic. I had a mommy makeover in August '22 with a tummy tuck, 360 liposuction of my torso and arms, and fat transfer to my breasts. I've NEVER felt better. Dr. Hartman is very skilled, and I thank him every day when I look in the mirror! The procedure was super tolerable and even fun at times. The only super uncomfortable part for me was during the skin removal from my abdomen. But all the staff in the room, especially Allana, made me feel safe and taken care of during those rougher moments, and I will never forget that. My recovery has been great and I appreciate the aftercare this clinic provides immensely! Julie is fantastic. I feel like she is an old friend, and I trust her expertise completely. I don't have experience with any other plastic surgery office, but I feel like the ongoing treatment I've recieved post-operatively like laser on my scar, lymphatic massage, and more (at no additional charge) is what makes this place unique and the best! I'm so happy I found this place and these people when I did. I would do this over and over again! I'm achieving my health and fitness goals and, most importantly, I'm healing my mindset and self image. Surgery is never the whole answer to body image issues so many people face, but there is no shame in using it as one tool to empower yourself to grow and heal and evolve into a better version of you. I feel so privileged to have been able to experience this. 💜"- R.J. / Google / Mar 13, 2023
"Dr.Hartman and everyone in his office are the best! Since my very first appointment there,they have made me feel welcomed, comfortable, and lifted my self esteem even before my procedures. Dr.Hartman is a doctor who genuinely cares about his patients, he is very honest, and I appreciate how he values keeping things more natural looking. I had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation with them. It was the best experience I could imagine, they have taken such good care of me, always going above and beyond to make sure I feel my best. I’m only 3 weeks post-op and the results already are amazing! I highly recommend the hydra facials, Nikki works magic and makes my skin glow. Julie has provided post-op care and helped me on my BioTE hormone therapy journey, and can’t forget how awesome she was with my lip filler. Wanda is the best, love her, she always answers every question. Morgan and Alanna were amazing during surgery, keeping me comfortable and involved the entire time. Megan is the sweetest, and very caring. Every single person in this office is amazing. I could go on and on. They are your hype team, I feel like I have a group of friends rooting for me . I look forward to coming back for many more self care days. 😀"- L.C. / Google / Feb 16, 2023
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
- Recovery Time
- 2-6 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 week
- Procedure Recovery Location