Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The abdominal wall is made up of muscles and fascia, the tissue that holds muscles and organs together. Abdominoplasty—more popularly known as a tummy tuck—removes excess skin and fat and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. Stretch marks on the stomach can also be reduced a bit with a tummy tuck.

Tummy tucks are popular amongst people who have a lot of loose tissue and skin around the stomach area after pregnancy or after significant weight loss. This is a procedure most commonly performed on women.

Tummy tucks are often performed together with other cosmetic procedures, such as thigh and buttock lifts and liposuction. When these three treatments are performed together it is known as a body lift. When a tummy tuck is combined with a breast reduction or breast lift, together with liposuction, these combination treatments are popularly known as a “mummy makeover”.

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  • Rose says:

    Hi. I have recently lost 16kg and intend to lose another 20. I have a very significant overhang of my tummy and have had it for 30 years since a surgery I had. I heard you can get it removed on Medicare if it gives you back pain rashes or discomfort which it does for me. How much will it cost and what is the process. Thanks

  • Elizabeth says:

    Hi there.i was just wondering how much it cost cost for a tummy tuck.i don’t have a lot of fat,but my lower stomach has stretch mark and a bit fat.that I struggle loss

  • Sandy says:

    Hello, I am having a hysterectomy to remove large fibroids. As I am having a large incision I was considering a tummy tuck at the same time is this possible? Thank you

  • melissa says:

    These prices are exactly the reason why I am going overseas for surgery. I was considering Thailand but decided on the USA because not only are they half the price but they do over double the amount of procedures that surgeon’s here do. And god forbid our surgeons operate on bigger ladies wanting a tummy tuck and XL breast implants!!! So what if I want to look fake!! It’s not a surgeons choice as to what I think is the ideal body!

  • Sue Jamieson says:

    I am a Nurse Practitioner and have a 38 yo patient, diagnosed with precocious puberty at age 4 and severe PCOS at 13. She has developed type 2 diabetes and has a BMI of 58+ as a result of medical conditions. She is very well controlled on metformin and diet, but has been unsuccessful at losing weight. She has a huge overhang of adipose tissue centrally and tops of thighs. Would she qualify for a Medicare item number to improve her quality of life?

    • Costhetics says:

      Hi Sue,
      This is really hard for us to say, tummy tuck surgery is generally considered cosmetic so no medicare rebates are given. The merits of this case would have to be weighed on an individual basis and could only be done during a consult with a surgeon who does this procedure.
      - Costhetics

  • Nicola Robinson says:

    How much will it cost for a tammy tuck thigh lipo

    • Costhetics says:

      Hello Nicole,

      Thank you for your enquiry. The fee for a full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) varies greatly and is generally costed on the surgical time. If a full abdominoplasty is required it is quite a big operation which requires around 4 days in hospital. If it is a mini abdominoplasty then it is around a day in hospital. If you have private health cover often the hospital fees are covered as an abdominoplasty attracts a medicare item number generally. You are looking around $5000-$10000 surgical fee depending on the amount of surgery needed. There are also anaesthetic fees (generally around $500-600 per hour) as well. Liposuction is generally around $3000-$4000 an area. If this is done together with the abdominoplasty the surgeon may reduce his/her fee slightly however liposuction does not attract any medicare rebate.

      Again, these are rough guides and you should always have a consultation with an accredited surgeon before making a decision to have surgery and also to confirm the costs involved.

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