Post Pregnancy Body Contouring

Abdominoplasty & Augmentation/Mastopexy
Post Pregnancy Body Contouring

Procedure overview

Addressing Post-Pregnancy Body Changes

Surgery for post pregnancy body changes can involve several surgical procedures such as breast lift or breast augmentation surgery, liposuction and abdominoplasty.

Childbirth can take a toll on your body and lead to various issues such as deflated breasts, loose skin on the tummy and buttocks, and changes to the labia. If that’s the case and you want to consider making these changes to your post-pregnancy body, Post Pregnancy Body Contouring can be one option.

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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 Post Pregnancy Body Contouring surgery improve my appearance?

    Post Pregnancy Body Contouring is customized to suit your needs. For one patient, such surgery might include a breast lift (mastopexy) and an abdominoplasty. For another patient, Dr Sørensen might recommend a breast lift with breast implants (augmentation mastopexy), abdominoplasty (contouring the abdomen) and additional liposuction.

  • What happens during Post Pregnancy Body Contouring surgery?

    Dr Sørensen will consult with you and examine your body, ask about your goals and expectations from the surgery, and come down to a list of procedures that should be performed as part of your Post Pregnancy Body Contouring surgery. For some patients, getting a mastopexy and abdominoplasty is all that is needed.

    Others might need a more complex intervention to get the results they desire. This can include using implants, mastopexy, abdominoplasty and liposuction. It all depends on your personal preference and your body. Dr Sørensen will discuss your goals and realistic expectations with you.

    In most cases, Post Pregnancy Body Contouring surgery will be performed in one operative setting. There are certain cases where the intervention is divided into two or three parts, especially if you need a lot of procedures. Post Pregnancy Body Contouring is a combination of highly complex surgical procedures and is performed under general anaesthesia.

    After the procedure is performed, you may need to spend some days in the hospital. The recovery period after Post Pregnancy Body Contouring is of two to three weeks, most patients can resume daily activities starting with the second week.

  • Do you use drains in an abdominoplasty or breast surgery?

    Some surgeons do and some do not. This can be discussed in the consultation. If drains are used, they can be removed before you leave the hospital and go home but sometimes patients go home with drains. Drain removal is usually painless and if the patient goes home with drains, these are removed in the clinic.

  • How soon can I return to work after abdominoplasty?

    This will vary according to your occupation. Your surgeon will discuss this with you. In general;

    Mastopexy (Breast lift) and/or Breast Augmentation (Implant insertion)  – Generally, the initial recovery period is of two to three weeks.
    Liposuction – You can return to work within a few days; the recovery rarely takes more than a week.
    Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) – You can get back to work in two weeks but have to wait eight weeks before starting to exercise.

  • 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.

  • 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 Post Pregnancy Body Contouring surgery, it’s better to do so after you’ve finished having children.

  • Will Medicare cover my surgery?

    Post Pregnancy Body Contouring is partly cosmetic and can be partially reconstructive surgery. If you meet the strict criteria for medically necessary surgery, you may be eligible for some Medicare coverage and partial support from your private health insurance.

    Medicare may cover a mastopexy (breast lift) or breast reduction if you meet their criteria. There is also a possibility of Medicare covering an abdominoplasty for post-weight loss (Item 30177) or post-pregnancy (30175) if you meet the criteria.

  • Who should you trust to perform your abdominoplasty?

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

    You should only trust a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon to perform your abdominoplasty procedure. Look for a certified surgeon with specialised training and experience in abdominoplasty surgery. It’s also essential to ask questions about the procedure, the benefits and risks, what complications may arise and how these would be addressed. A consultation with the surgeon can help you determine their qualifications and comfort level in answering your questions about the procedure.

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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