Our Post Mass Weight Loss procedures are performed under General Anaesthetic in hospital. The hospital stay varies from 2 up to 10 nights.
Lower body lift
This depends on the surgery you have and need for surgery.
Our team can help explain this to you as it can be challenging!
Due to Medicare restrictions, surgery post weight loss has to be staged (for example, you can't do thighs and tummy together). Please note that Dr Moncrieff does not offer stand-alone arm or thigh lifts - he performs these surgeries only for women who have already had a tummy tuck or breast surgery with him. See more in the FAQs below.
Dr Moncrieff has been recognised for his surgical skills by colleagues and industry experts. Most recently this included winning the 2020 MyFaceMyBody Global Award for the Australasian Surgical Makeover of the Year for our breast and body patient Celeste (who lost over 50kgs after 2 babies.
Lower body lift (circumferential lower body lift – abdomen and back)
Privately insured: from $19,000. This procedure can not be performed on the same day as a tummy tuck due to Medicare rules so a staged approach is required. See FAQs below.
Privately insured: from $20,000. Additional charges apply for extended variations and liposuction. This procedure is not recommended for patients without private insurance, as there is a high risk of an extended hospital stay. We recommended seeking an appropriate private health insurance plan if this procedure would benefit you. This procedure can not be performed on the same day as a tummy tuck due to Medicare rules so a staged approach is required. See FAQs below.
Costs quoted above are total out of pocket costs - meaning the final cost to patients after rebates (if applicable) are applied. Patients are required to pay in full prior to surgery and then claim any applicable rebates.
33 years old
4 months post surgery
This patient is pictured here 4 months following her first stage abdominoplasty and thigh lift after her 43kg weight loss.
35 years old
24 months post surgeries
This 35 year old patient had a complete post mass weight loss transformation including an abdominoplasty, thigh lift, breast reduction/uplift, and arm lift staged across 2 separate operations. In total she lost more than 65kgs. To see more, visit the gallery and visit the Post Mass Weight Loss category.
28 years old
9 months post surgery
After a weight loss of over 23kg, this patient had an arm lift including excess skin removal and liposuction techniques.
Generally health funds only assist if the patient has top cover – please check with your fund before booking a consultation (see Medicare item number in tab below). Some funds do not cover these procedures as the categorise them as “obesity surgery”. You must check with your fund in advance and if you aren’t covered, consider a new fund.
Tummy tuck: Medicare Item No. 30177
Arm lift or thigh lift: Medicare Item No. 30169 x2
Yes we do. Surgery post significant weight loss is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options, including possible superannuation access, you may like to read our dedicated article for payment plans that we offer.
Generally no. This is due to the substantial nature of the surgery and recovery required. The other factor is that Medicare limits the surgeries which may be performed together so a tummy tuck, arm lift and/or thigh lift may not be performed in a single operation.
If you do not want to claim the Medicare rebate (or health fund coverage), it is technically possible to combine them, however it is unwise given the health risks and possible extended self-funded stay in ICU and hospital.
All surgery is serious and you need to weigh up the potential benefits with the risks.
There are two main categories of risks to consider when considering post mass weight loss surgery.
The first category of risks apply to all forms of major surgery and include: infection, bleeding and an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic.
The next category of risks which are more specific to post mass weight loss procedures include: change in sensation or loss of sensation around operated sites, delayed wound healing (including death of tissue), prominent, keloid or hypertrophic scarring and general asymmetry.
Your surgeon will discuss these risks, and how you can reduce them before and after surgery, in your consultation. You will also be given written material covering these risks.
More information about the risks of plastic surgery and broader general surgery can be found on our dedicated risks page.
Hospital stay is two nights.
Hospital stay can be up to ten nights.
Many women ask us when they should see us to talk about the next step in their weight loss journey. We like to see people who are stable at their goal weight with a BMI at or under 28 to help plan the right surgery and to minimise risks. A BMI of 30 is the maximum due to increased risks.
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Not with Dr Moncrieff. He offers arm and thigh lifts only to patients having an overall breast and body transformation post weight loss.
You may find other plastic surgeons willing to do these as stand-alone procedures and you can research your options on the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons register.
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