Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction Surgery

Procedure overview

Reshaping Your Body by Targeting Stubborn Fat

Either in combination with another procedure or as a treatment of its own, liposuction can help reduce the overall volume of the tummy, thigh, arms or other parts of the body.

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we offer modern liposuction techniques to help you achieve your goal. Our safety-first approach and comprehensive follow-up plan ensure the highest patient satisfaction.

Liposuction is classed as a surgical body contouring procedure. The aim is to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body and is particularly useful in areas such as:

  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Saddlebags
  • Hips
  • Waist

Patients tend to choose liposuction procedures if they cannot burn off stubborn fat from areas by diet and exercise alone. It can be offered as a stand-alone form of body contouring treatment or as part of a wider treatment plan to transform the shape of the body.

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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 liposuction improve your appearance?

    Surgical fat removal can help to create a smoother shape. It’s a method of body contouring surgery that has proved reliable for patients seeking to feel more confident in their body.

  • Who is suitable for this type of surgery?

    This type of body contouring surgery is most commonly requested by patients seeking to transform their silhouettes. Both male and female patients visit the clinic to discuss liposuction, and we can help adults of all ages. A consultation is essential to establish whether this is the most appropriate fat reduction procedure for you.

  • What happens during a liposuction procedure?

    Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves fat being sucked out of the body and can take place in our clinic theatre. Your surgeon, whom you meet before undergoing any form of cosmetic surgery, places a cannula under the skin and carefully takes fat from specific body areas.

    Body contouring surgery times vary between patients. It depends on the area being treated and how much fat is due to be removed. Some patients also combine liposuction with other body rejuvenation procedures, including tummy tucks and liposculpture.

  • What is the recovery like?

    Often this is a day case procedure. You will notice some swelling and bruising, which is normal, and painkillers can be prescribed to manage any discomfort.

    Patients are given full aftercare information, including when it’s likely they can return to work. On average, patients usually take around four weeks to recover initially, but this varies from patient to patient. The swelling and bruising can last for some weeks after this, and it’s good to be prepared for that.

  • How long do the results of liposuction last?

    Once fat cells are removed from an area, they cannot return, but you need to maintain a good diet and exercise in order to maintain your body. You will still gain and lose weight in other areas, for example.

  • Will Medicare cover my Surgery?

    Medicare will NOT pay for procedures that are performed purely for cosmetic purposes.

    Normally, Medicare or your Health Fund does not cover liposuction unless you have a medical condition like pseudolipodema.

  • How much does Liposuction surgery cost?

    Liposuction Prices in Cairns vary from about $3,000 to $20,000 AUD. The costs vary based on the number of targeted areas and other factors mentioned above.

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.


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.

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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


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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