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5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

36yo, 2 Kiddos -Tummy Tuck with 2.6" Diastasis Repair, Hernia Repair, and Flank Liposuction with TAP Block

I was tired of not being able to wear a bikini and having such a large tummy despite losing 35 pounds and remaining on a no-added sugar/low carb diet (Trim Healthy Mama here!). I looked good with clothes on and wore a size 8 pants, 143 lbs., 5'2" tall prior to surgery. I underwent TT with diastasis repair, lipo, and an umbilical hernia repair with a TAP block on April 3, 2017. I knew at 1 day...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

42 Years Young ; 3 Kids( Set of Twins) Looking for my Flat Stomach I Used to Know!

The pros of my tt definitely outweigh the cons. Surgery went well... recovery was rough. I did not realize how painful it would be. The first week was awful.... then things improved very quickly... by week 2 I was back to work( on my feet most of day) by week 3 felt almost back to normal.... by week 4 back to my normal activity level.

5 out of 5 stars Panniculectomy

Best Surgeon Hands Down

Dr. Pederson is an amazing person. Not only did he do a fantastic job on my Panniculectomy but he alleviated all my concerns before surgery. He even held my hand until I was completely under anesthesia which reassured me that he really did care for my well being... not just about getting he surgery over and done with. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the Northeast Ohio area!!!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Awesome experience ta ta to the tatas

From my breast reduction consultation to after I got home the night of surgery Dr. Pedersen was everything I expected and more. He took the the time to explain everything and answer any questions I had. Not only did he take care of me he also made my family more at ease the day of surgery. He even personally called me the night of surgery to check on me. I would recommend him to anyone. I also...

5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

After losing 111# TT MR BL at age 63.....

I had tummy tuck, muscle repair and breast lift at age 63 and Dr. Pedersen did an excellent job. The difference of how I looked going in and the seeing myself the day after was a totalyl different person. He is an expert in his profession. I highly recommend him. He is confident, kind and professional. I am happy I found him. I am almost a year out and it gets better and better as I...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Young Adult Breast Reduction

I had a very pleasant experience with the entire office staff! Everyone was attentive and professional. I appreciated that Dr. Pedersen went into great detail about all aspects of the surgery, since it is so life changing! I'm in my early twenties, so I was unsure about the procedure at first, but it is definitely worthwhile! The results were fantastic due to Dr. Pedersen's experience. I'm...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck/diastasis Repair Along with 3/4 Hysterectomy

I am a 50 year old female who has lost 40 lbs over the last 3 years. My stomach has always been a problem area, and I had my son at age 39 (vaginally) so that did not do my body any favors. So..... last year I started to wonder why my belly wasn't shrinking like other areas. During my consultation with PS while he was palpating my abdomen, he said "your uterus is up really high, have you...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Wonderful tummy tuck by Dr Pederson

Loved Dr. Pederson! Very professional and kind. I had a tummy tuck and I am very happy with the results! Great staff, excellent follow up and I felt very taken care of. My stomach is so flat and gorgeous - I'm happy !!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

I had a perfect experience with Dr. Pedersen

I cannot say enough about Dr. Pedersen and his staff. I have had an amazing experience through and through. And most importantly he is a very caring doctor. Bedside manner is perfect.....very professional as well.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

48 Yr Old, Mother of 3 - Akron, OH

I learned about Dr P. in 2014 thru a co-worker. My daughter needed a breast reduction and my co-worker was so happy with her results that we consulted with Dr P. in 2015. My daughter had her reduction and he did such an aweome job, I decided to go to him for my bulging abdomen. Due to 3 c-sections with my children, Dr P. diagnosed me with I diastasis recti. I had my surgery on 8/10/16. I'm...

Personal Statement

He has been a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. J Pedersen has published a large number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, covering many topics in cosmetic. He has extensive experience in breast augmentation, body contouring, mommy make overs.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General and American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

AOA Alpha Omega Alpha
Founder Summa Health System Body Sculpting Center
Black Belt TDK
Plastic Surgery Teacher of the year
NIH grant
Lectured in Paris, Strasbourg, London, Naples
Startup Companies CEO and Founder: Breastoasis.org, Sharemend.me,
Board Member Akron Art Museum
Board Member Akron General Health System
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Pedersen has hospital affiliations at Akron General Hospital, Akron City Hospital, Medina General Hospital, Western Reserve Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: University of Michigan
    Graduate: Ohio State University
    Medical: Wayne State University
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Akron City Hospital
    Fellowship: Microsurgery, Christine M. Kleinert Institute

Treatments offered at Akron General Plastic Surgeons Inc.

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Do Saline Breast Implants Look and Feel Natural?

You hit the nail on the head. Glad to see you have done your homework. Saline implants are perfectly safe and have never been removed for the... READ MORE

Uneven Nipples After Breast Augmentation and Lift

Yes, you are asymmetric and yes you can be corrected if need be. When I do combination breast augmentation/Mastopexy, I will allow three months to... READ MORE

How is the pain of a tummy tuck with muscle repair compared to a c-section and a full hysterectomy? Are they similar?

Excellent question! The easy answer: tummy tucks are performed as an outpatient surgery and c-sections, hysterectomy are inpatient procedures. Today's... READ MORE

I'm having a tummy tuck done in 2 months. I am wondering if it will lift the front of my thighs? (photos)

Thank your question.  Unfortunately your thighs will not be affected by a tummy tuck. Enhancements of the thigh should be performed as a operate ... READ MORE

Why does it seem like a lot of people on here are not using a compression garment after their surgery?

Thank you for your question! Compression is always necessary after tummy tuck and liposuction. However, it is difficult to tell how much compression... READ MORE

What can I do to make my belly button heal faster? (Photo)

Congratulations on your tummy tuck you look fantastic. Unfortunately, our time table on how we feel and how we look is different than mother nature.... READ MORE

40 year old mother of 6 girls ready to get my sexy back. Can I get lipo/TT/BBL with asthma, high blood pressure and fibroids?

Thank you for your question. Of course you can have the procedures. We work closely with your internist and your gynecologist to optimize you for your... READ MORE

Why do I still have that bulge above the incision line? It has been almost 9 months (Photo)

Thank you for your question. I see your concerns. We use tummy tucks to help with contouring the abdomen. Your lower abdomen does have a bulge and is... READ MORE

I'm 8 years post BA. I want my boobs to be nice again but PS prognosis was grim. What can I do? (Photo)

Thank you for your question. I hope you are seeking advice form a board certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon has a valid point. To correct your... READ MORE

Incision reopening?? What should I do? (photos)

Your incision should be well healed by 6 weeks. This maybe and indication of a fluid collection around the implant wanting to drain such as a seroma.... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Pedersen

John C. Pedersen, MD, FACS has shared 7 before and after pictures with 1 helpful vote from the RealSelf community.

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