Abdominoplasty – Information and Costs
Commonly called a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is now one of our most frequently requested plastic surgery procedures.
Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. This process tightens the abdominal muscle wall and connective tissues to create a firmer, flatter abdomen and slimmer waist.
To get the best possible results we routinely include liposuction to recontour and reshape the entire abdomen, hips, waist and reduce any ‘love handles’.
How much does abdominoplasty cost?
|Full Abdominoplasty||$7,900||This cost assumes hospital cover with a private fund. The medical item number for the procedure is 30177. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of $5,800.|
|Lower or Mini Abdominoplasty||$7,900||This price assumes hospital cover with a private fund. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of $3,000.|
Includes surgeon fee, assistant surgeon fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits.
How we feel about our bodies can have a huge impact on our general wellbeing. Poor body image can also have a negative impact on our relationships with other people.
Many people visit our Sydney plastic surgeon Doctor Barnouti for a tummy tuck because they want to improve their personal body image. Both men and women want to look better in clothes and on the beach. Many women also tell us they want to look good in a wider variety of clothing.
Good candidates for abdominoplasty include people with extra skin fat. They may also have weak muscle tone in the abdominal area. These conditions may have been naturally caused by pregnancy, ageing or weight gain and loss. Most often they cannot be corrected by weight loss or exercise because even relatively minor weight gain often proves resistant to improved diet and exercise. That’s because fat is often redistributed to our hips and abdomen as we age.
Dr Barnouti is a highly qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon. He is a global leader in this field with unparalleled expertise and professional competence in using the latest abdominoplasty techniques.
Dr Barnouti’s key concerns are patient safety and attaining superior outcomes. He therefore combines the abdominoplasty procedure with waistline, love handle and/or abdomen liposuction at no extra cost in order to get the best possible results.
During your first consultation, Dr Barnouti will take your full medical history, examine you and discuss your concerns and goals in detail. This will allow him to assess if you are a suitable candidate for abdominoplasty.
Your medical history is very important and includes:
- Pregnancy including future family planning, previous pregnancies and their effects on the abdomen;
- Previous surgical procedures including laparoscopic procedures;
- Weight gain and loss;
- History of medical problems such as diabetes;
- Smoking – Please note, smokers are advised to stop smoking two weeks before the surgery to promote healing and encourage overall wellbeing.
A physical examination will take place to assess:
- Existing scars;
- Abdominal hernias;
- Strength of the abdominal wall;
- Abdominal wall rectus muscle separation (also known as divarication of recti);
- Amount, quality, and elasticity of the abdominal wall skin.
Understanding your aesthetic goals is critical and you will be able to discuss these with Dr Barnouti. He will explain technical considerations for abdominoplasty including contour corrections and the ideal position of scars for minimal visibility after the surgery.
Your tummy tuck scar will vary depending on how tight the closure is and your natural healing abilities. Dr Barnouti pays exceptional attention in placing the scar as low as possible in the pubic area so it will be hidden by clothing.
He will also implement techniques such as progressive tension and superficial facial system to improve on the quality of scaring and minimise it. For most patients, once fully healed, the scar look like a fine white line.
If appropriate Dr Barnouti will discuss the option of a body lift which lengthens the abdominoplasty operation around the sides and back of your body to reduce excess tissue around the hips and back. This contours the whole torso, not just the abdomen. However, a body lift is a significant operation with a longer recovery time and must be approached with special consideration for patient safety. Dr Barnouti will explain this in more detail during your abdominoplasty consultation if appropriate.
Finally, Dr Barnouti will explain whether a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck or a full body lift is the best solution for you. He will also advise you on what results you can expect.
Full abdominoplasty – routinely accompanied by liposuction
Dr Barnouti will make a long incision across the pubic area from hip bone to hip bone. This is normally done so the scar will be covered by swimwear or underwear. You’ll therefore be asked to wear your usual underwear so Dr Barnouti can get the scar in the right place.
If required, a second incision is then created around the umbilicus (tummy button), to free the navel from its surrounding tissue.
Next Dr Barnouti will separate the skin from the abdominal wall right up to the ribcage and pull back the resulting flap to show the vertical muscles in the abdomen. These muscles will be tightened by drawing them together and stitching them into position. The skin flap is then stretched back down and excess skin is removed.
Finally, the incisions will be stitched together and dressings applied. If required a tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid.
The procedure takes three hours and requires a one or two-day hospital stay.
Mini abdominoplasty – routinely accompanied by liposuction
If you are suitable for a mini abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck, the skin is separated only as far as the navel rather than up to the ribcage. The incision is much shorter and it may not even be necessary to move the navel at all. You may also go home the same day of surgery.
After abdominoplasty, a special compression bandage must be worn for four to six weeks.
Draining tubes, if used, are usually removed within 48 hours of the procedure.
Stitches are dissolvable but the wound will need to be checked sometime between one and two weeks after surgery.
The bruising generally takes two or three weeks to subside.
Full abdominoplasty is a major operation and you will need to rest for three to five days afterwards. However, you will be able to walk straight after the procedure and are encouraged to do so as much as possible.
You will be able to return to work two weeks after surgery if your job is not physically demanding. You will be able to return to all your normal activities including physical exercise after four to six weeks.
After a mini abdominoplasty, you’ll be able to walk immediately after surgery but you will need to rest for one to three days. For three weeks, you must only engage in light activities. You can expect to get back to all your normal activities three weeks after your mini tummy tuck.
To get an idea of possible results please visit our abdominoplasty gallery.
Dr Barnouti will advise you on the best approach and expected outcome for your tummy tuck or abdominoplasty during your initial consultation at one of our three Sydney clinics.
Contact us today to book your consultation and get a clear idea of the expected results and costs.
To find out more about getting abdominoplasty:
Book a consultation with Dr Barnouti who will advise you on the best approach and expected outcome during your initial consultation at one of his three Sydney clinics.
Book online or call us on free phone 1300 002 006 if you’re outside Sydney or 02 9561 0222 if you’re in the Sydney area.
We look forward to meeting you and to helping you.