Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty

Procedure overview

Tackling abdominal excess skin and restoring core stability

Excess skin on the abdomen is common after pregnancy or weight loss. Exercise can help, but often something extra is needed. Pregnancy can also cause an imbalance of the core muscles of the abdomen, which can contribute to backache. These muscles can be repositioned during an abdominoplasty procedure to help restore your core stability.

We provide a reassuring, safe and professional service to address your concerns. Here at FNQ Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical solutions to contour the body and improve skin health.

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Procedure FAQs

We understand that having surgery can be a big decision, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for each surgical procedure to provide you with more information and help you make an informed decision.

  • How can abdominoplasty surgery improve my appearance?

    Like procedures such as liposuction and liposculpture, an abdominoplasty is a body contouring surgery. This means it’s designed to improve the shape and aesthetics of your body, specifically the midsection in the case of tummy tuck revision surgery.

    Due to the varying types of surgery available, the overall improvements will vary, but the aim is to reduce excess unwanted skin, contour the midsection and leave you feeling more confident in how your body looks overall.

  • Who is suitable for this type of surgery?

    Surgery to rejuvenate the abdomen is most commonly sought by female patients looking to improve their midsection after having children. However, both men and women seek abdominoplasty procedures as a result of weight loss. A consultation is essential to determine whether this is the most suitable procedure for you.

  • What happens during abdominoplasty surgery?

    Your surgeon will make an incision in order to remove excess skin. This incision will vary in location depending on what you wish to achieve, but this will be discussed with you before the procedure takes place.

    Excess fat and skin is removed, and muscles can be tightened if this is necessary. Fat transfer or fat removal surgery is sometimes combined with abdominoplasty. The incisions are then closed, and you’re taken to a ward to rest.

    This type of body rejuvenation surgery takes 3 hours, on average, but this will vary depending on the patient.

  • Do you use drains in an abdominoplasty?

    Some surgeons do, and some do not. This can be discussed in the consultation. If drains are used, they are usually removed before you leave the hospital and go home. Drain removal is usually painless.

  • How soon can I return to work after an abdominoplasty?

    This will vary according to your occupation. Your surgeon will discuss this with you. In general, desk-based jobs might be suitable to return to within 7-10 days. More physical jobs will require more time.

  • Do I need to wear a surgical garment after abdominoplasty surgery?

    Yes, compression garments help compress the skin against the muscle wall of the abdomen and can reduce the risk of contour problems and fluid build-up or swelling. The garment is usually supplied at the time of surgery and is worn for 4-6 weeks post-op, depending on your surgeon’s protocols.

  • What is the recovery like?

    You will stay overnight in the hospital. There will be some swelling and bruising, which is normal, and painkillers can be prescribed to manage any discomfort.

    Patients are given full aftercare information, including how to care for their scars and when they’re likely to be able to return to work. On average, patients usually take around 4-8 weeks to recover, but this varies from patient to patient.

  • How long do the results of an abdominoplasty last?

    Providing you don’t gain weight again, the results will be long-lasting. You will have a scar, but most patients agree this is a fair trade for a rejuvenated look. If you are considering  abdominoplasty surgery, it’s better to do so after you’ve finished having children.

  • Will Medicare cover my surgery?

    In some cases, Medicare will cover a portion of the surgery; however, you must meet strict criteria post-pregnancy and after significant weight loss.

    Medicare Item Number 30175 – Radical abdominoplasty, with the repair of rectus diastasis, excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue, and transposition of the umbilicus, not being a laparoscopic procedure, where the patient has an abdominal wall defect as a consequence of pregnancy, if the patient:

    • Has a diastasis of at least 3cm measured by diagnostic imaging prior to this service; and
    •  Has symptoms of at least moderate severity of pain or discomfort at the site of the diastasis in the abdominal wall during functional use and/or low back pain or urinary symptoms likely due to rectus diastasis that has been documented in the patient’s records by the practitioner providing this service; and
    • Has failed to respond to non-surgical conservative treatment, including physiotherapy; and
    • Has not been pregnant in the last 12 months

    The service is not a service associated with a service to which item 30165, 30651, 30655, 30168, 30171, 30172, 30176, 30177, 30179, 45530, 45564 or 45565 applies.

    If you qualify for the 30175 Medicare item number, you may also get a subsidy from your Health Fund. There will still be a significant out-of-pocket GAP as private abdominoplasty surgery is not free.

  • Who should you trust to perform body contouring surgery?

    Body contouring surgery should only be performed by a trained and experienced plastic surgeon who specialises in these procedures. It’s important to do your research and choose a surgeon with a proven track record of successful surgeries and positive patient outcomes.

    A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) sounds like a simple procedure, but it isn’t at all. It requires the expertise of a trained and experienced plastic surgeon.

Anything we've missed?

If you have any further questions or concerns that we haven’t addressed in our FAQ section, please don’t hesitate to contact us – our team is always here to provide the information and support you need throughout your journey.

Risks

The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and the specific risks and potential complications may vary depending on the procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of any surgical procedure. Individual results may vary.

For more detailed and specific information regarding the risks associated with a particular procedure, please contact our clinic directly to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of healthcare professionals.

Surgical Costs

Navigating Surgical Costs: Consultations, Insurance, and Financial Options

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we work with you to navigate the cost of your desired procedure, taking into account the various factors that influence pricing, and offering flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85

Terms

All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

Financing for cosmetic & plastic surgery

Flexible Financing Solutions for Your Procedure

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to making your desired procedure more accessible. That’s why we’re proud to partner with leading Australian financial service Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) to offer flexible financing solutions tailored to your needs.

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TLC provides personal loans designed for financing medical and lifestyle expenses. With competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and a simple application process, TLC can help you easily finance your procedure. Visit TLC’s website for more information.

DISCLAIMER – Our Practice is NOT a credit provider. We do NOT receive any rebates or commissions from ANY banks or credit suppliers. All finance and credit providers are independent external companies. We provide NO financial advice. You will need to consider your own financial circumstances when deciding if finance is suitable for you.

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