Post Weight Loss Contouring Surgery

Body contouring
Post Weight Loss Contouring Surgery

Procedure overview

Surgical Body Contouring for Excess Skin

Significant weight loss by diet and exercise or bariatric surgery can improve your day-to-day life. However, after massive weight loss, most people are left with loose, sagging skin rolls. It can make you feel extremely uncomfortable and leave you feeling self-conscious about yourself.

In addition to looking unsightly, excess skin can lead to rashes and fungal infections in between the skin folds. Other potential changes are associated with limited mobility, problems with sexual function and trouble urinating.

Surgical body contouring removes excess skin following weight loss and can give you a more contoured body. The surgery can significantly improve how you look and feel and reduce various skin-related problems.

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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 skin reduction surgery improve my appearance?

    With excessive weight gain, your skin stretches beyond its limits, and you end up having loose, sagging skin after a massive weight loss. Surgical body contouring can help remove excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue, primarily through post-bariatric surgery. Typically, Dr Sorensen will create an incision in the targeted area, remove excess fat (if required), tighten underlying tissues, and remove any excess skin.

    Many different body contouring surgical techniques are used to target different parts of the body. Different types of body contouring procedures include arm lift (Brachioplasty), breast lift, lower abdomen lift (panniculectomy), thigh lift (thighplasty) and upper and lower body lift. The best way to determine what is the ideal surgery for you is to visit Dr Sorensen. Based on your unique needs, he will devise a suitable treatment plan for you.

  • Is this surgery right for me?

    Although your suitability for the procedure can only be determined after a consultation with Dr Sorensen. Here are a few things that help make you more suitable:

    • You have lost significant weight and are maintaining your weight for three to six months
    • If you are a healthy individual with no chronic illnesses. It can increase the risk of surgery or lead to difficult healing
    • You are not a smoker or can quit smoking for a specified duration
    • You have realistic expectations from the treatment and a positive outlook
    • You are committed to sticking to a healthy lifestyle post-surgery

  • What happens during skin reduction surgery?

    The surgery will be under a general anaesthesia. This is an important step and ensures you sleep comfortably through the procedure and won’t feel a thing. One of the staff members will keep watching your heart rate, blood pressure and other important signs.

    Dr Sorensen will make an incision in the area to be contoured. This might include your arms, mid-section, thighs etc.

    Then the excess skin is removed, and the underlying tissue is tightened. In some cases, Dr Sorensen might also use liposuction to eliminate excess fat.

    At the end, Dr Sorensen will apply dressings on your incisions to secure everything in place.

    Dr Sorensen surgically reconnects the skin to give you a smooth contour. He pays special attention to minimising the look and appearance of scars during the procedure.

    Immediately post the surgery, you will be given antibiotics to prevent infections.

    The surgery might be done in a series of different settings instead of a single procedure if needed.

  • How soon can I return to work after surgery?

    First things first, take the specified time period off from work (It can vary from person to person). You will have to limit your movements for the first few weeks post-surgery. It will significantly improve your chances of a smooth recovery.

    Take care of your wounds as per the instructions given by your medical team. Keep the incisions clean and dry at all times. Have a healthy diet, rest as much as possible, and aim at walking lightly for five to ten minutes around the house.

  • Do I need to wear a surgical garment after tummy tuck 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.

  • Will Medicare cover my Surgery?

    In most cases, heavy, excess skin left behind after weight loss is considered a medical condition due to discomfort and increased risk for skin conditions. Most insurance providers will cover it if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate. The best way to determine that is to check in with your doctor or surgeon. For more information, please contact us today.

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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