The Procedure

The Procedure

The Hospital

A Tummy tuck is performed under General Anaesthetic in hospital. The hospital stay is a total of four to five nights. 

Recovery

We recommend at least three weeks off work (longer for more physical roles). You will need to wear a garment (similar to Spanx) for 6 weeks and can expect bruising and swelling for at least four weeks.

Medicare Rebate

There is a Medicare Item (number 30177) for patients who have experienced significant weight loss and are suffering from excess skin and tissue that resulted from that weight loss.

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Privately Insured: from $13,000 (check with your insurer – generally only for top cover and dependent on non-cosmetic reasons and satisfying 2016 Medicare restrictions – see Medicare tab below for more details).

For those without insurance or for cosmetic reasons: from $20,000. This includes the surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, 3 nights in hospital and garment.

Patients with a BMI of over 28 will incur extra charges due to additional hospital theatre and surgery time required. Calculate your BMI here.

Before & After

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4 months post surgery

About the patient

Age

25 years old

Time

4 months post surgery

Description

This patient had an abdominoplasty with muscle tightening, skin removal and waist sculpting after four children, including triplets!

5 months after surgery

About the patient

Age

46

Time

5 months after surgery

Description

This patient had an abdominoplasty with muscle tightening, skin removal and waist sculpting after children and weight loss.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQS

FAQS

A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to reduce a protruding abdomen through a full re-draping of the abdominal skin as well as tightening of the muscles of the entire abdominal wall. This procedure can help women who have experienced pregnancy or lost a significant amount of weight, but still possess excess skin and fat in their abdomen. The medical benefits can include improvements incontinence, back pain and skin rashes under excess skin.

Yes we do. We understand that surgery is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options, including possible superannuation access for mass weight loss patients, you may like to read our dedicated article here.

Weight loss patients

There is a Medicare Item (number 30177) for patients who have experienced significant weight loss and are suffering from excess skin and tissue that resulted from that weight loss.

More information about the Medicare rules is here.

Women with children (who have NOT experienced significant weight loss)

Unfortunately the government changed access to the abdominoplasty Medicare item number in 2016, to the disadvantage of many women with children. Often these women have experienced  significant muscle separation and resultant back pain and incontinence. We have made a number of representations, both from Dr Moncrieff, and as part of our industry groups, to have the Government include abdominal reconstruction for post-pregnancy women, but sadly these requests have fallen on deaf ears!

This means that women who have not experienced weight loss will not have access to an item number so should refer to the ‘uninsured’ rate in the ‘Cost’ tab above. We still have many of these women as tummy tuck patients, but it is obviously frustrating for all concerned that they are not able to access the Medicare rebate or have their health insurance help fund the cost so we have worked with the hospitals and our other medical professionals to keep the cost as low as possible while still providing 5 star care.

A full tummy tuck operation is designed to reshape the entire span of the abdomen. Loose skin, fat, scars and stretch marks are removed and the abdominal musculature tightened over the length of the abdomen to flatten the contour and reduce any bulges. The umbilicus (belly button) is also reshaped and repositioned to a more aesthetically desirable location. Dr Moncrieff can combine this procedure with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks to yield more dramatic results.

Dr Moncrieff and our abdominoplasty patients recently contributed to a national study which was published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Journal’ on the functional benefits of tummy tucks. It clearly demonstrates the benefits of the procedure to reduce back pain and incontinence.

We are hoping this research is able to convince the Federal Health Minister to overturn a 2016 ban on Medicare support for mothers seeking abdominoplasty!

Read this article to understand why recovery is more challenging and what you can do to help make the process a little easier, both before and after surgery.

Your weight can make a big difference to the safety and outcome of your surgery – so we can’t ignore it.

In this article, Dr Moncrieff outlines why it matters and the weight range to aim for before starting the surgical journey.

Congratulations! Your little one has arrived and you have now completed your family. For many women, it is time to focus on your family and gentle recovery, but we also get many phone calls asking when it is appropriate to start a surgical journey, especially from mums whose bodies have changed a lot from pregnancy.

So how long after a baby should you think about seeing me for breast or body surgery?

As a general rule I’d say 3 months after you finish breast feeding. For breast surgery this is particularly important, as it allows your breasts to completely empty and stablise to ensure I can recommend the right surgery for you and it lasts once it is performed.

For tummy tucks, I like to see patients at least 6 months after pregnancy and once they are at a stable goal weight.

To read the full answer, visit this article.

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Yes! He recently did a live video on the topic of tummy tucks and mummy makeovers. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

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