Tummy Tuck – Information and Costs
Abdominoplasty is now one of our most frequently requested plastic surgery procedures.
The procedure removes loose skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, which tightens the abdominal muscle wall and connective tissues to create a firmer, flatter abdomen and a 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’.
Tummy tuck Sydney costs
|Abdominoplasty combined with Abdominal/ Flank Liposuction||$11,990 – $14,990||This price includes surgeon fee, anaesthetic fee & 6 weeks follow up. It assumes top hospital cover with a private fund item number 30177. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of around $6,800 for the hospital. You may be eligible for $980 Medicare rebate.|
|Lower Abdominoplasty Package (Mini Tummy Tuck)||$7,990||This price includes surgeon fee, anaesthetic fee & 6 weeks follow up. It assumes top hospital cover with a private health fund. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of around $2,500 for the hospital.|
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 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 clothed and on the beach. Many women also tell us they want to look good in a wider variety of clothing.
Good candidates for surgery include people with extra skin fat. They may also have weak abdominal muscle tone. 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 as fat is often redistributed to our hips and abdomen as we age.
Dr Barnouti is a highly qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon.
His key concerns are patient safety and attaining superior outcomes. He combines the 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 surgery.
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 muscle separation (also known as divarication of recti);
- The 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 including contour corrections and the ideal position of scars for minimal visibility after the surgery.
Your scar will vary depending on how tight the closure is and your natural healing abilities. He 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 looks like a fine white line.
If appropriate, he will discuss the option of a body lift 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 longer recovery time and must be approached with special consideration for patient safety. He will explain this in more detail during your 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 be asked to wear your usual underwear so he can get the scar in the right place.
If required, a second incision is then created around the umbilicus, 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 loose 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 this procedure, 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 surgery, 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.
Animated Video Showing Abdominoplasty Procedure
To find out more:
Book a consultation with Dr Barnouti who will advise you on the best approach and expected outcome during your initial consultation.
Book online or call us on free phone 1300 002 006.
We look forward to meeting you and to helping you.