A tummy tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove surplus skin and fat from the lower and middle abdomen while also tightening the abdominal wall muscles.
This surgical intervention can bring about a significant transformation in the appearance of your abdomen and can be combined with liposuction for enhanced results in the targeted area. It can produce a beautiful aesthetic result with flattened contour and shape.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is effective in removing both excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen to produce an improved shape and contour, which is often difficult to remove via diet and exercise as this skin may be stretched as result of previous pregnancy or weight gain and loss.
In cases where you’ve undergone a C-section previously, Dr Aggarwal will usually incorporate and remove your previous scar as part of the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure. Many of the stretch marks in the lower abdomen, if present, will also be usually removed. In particular one of the biggest improvements is by the tightening of the underlying muscles which are difficult to restore after previous stretching (via pregnancy or weight gain). A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) addresses issues like excess skin or a “flap,” a protruding belly, diminished core strength, loss of shape, and unwanted love handles or bulges in undesirable areas. However, at its core, it’s also about regaining your confidence.
Keep in mind that individual experiences may vary, and consulting with a qualified specialist plastic surgeon is essential to determine if abdominoplasty surgery is appropriate for your specific circumstances.
There are specific indications for which there is a Medicare item number and therefore some of the out of pocket costs may be partially covered by Medicare and an appropriate health fund. If you are suitable for a Medicare item number, this will be advised to you during the consultation, and a quote provided indicating the rebates and out of pocket costs.
1. Post pregnancy muscle separation – Medicare item number 30175
There is now a Medicare item number associated with muscle separation of greater than 3 cm. This has to be demonstrated via imaging such as an Ultrasound or CT scan, combined with a weakness of core muscles.
You will also require a health fund, that covers this item number, to cover hospital / theatre fees, and rebates for surgeon, assistant and anaesthetist.
2. Significant weight loss causing loose skin – Medicare item number 30177:
For this item number to be claimable one would need to meet the following guidelines
3. There may be an item number claimable for hernias present in the abdominal wall such as a ventral or umbilical hernia. This would need to be demonstrated on imaging such as ultrasound or CT scan.
So what is the process for a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) at Mode Plastic Surgery?
The price of a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Sydney, with a Medicare item number, starts from around $12,000.
The price of a cosmetic tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Sydney, with no Medicare item number, would be over $20,000.
These costs are all inclusive at Mode, consisting of:
A quote will be provided after consultation and the cost may increase depending on complexity. This will be discussed at the time of consultation.
Recovery from tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery varies from person to person, however below is a general outline of the recovery timeline.
Most importantly, Dr Aggarwal and the team at Mode Plastic Surgery will always be on hand to answer any questions or concerns before and after your surgery.
Most people stay in hospital for 2-3 nights, and may go home with a drain in their tummy. Patients start walking hunched over and by the end of the first week they are starting to walk almost straight. Heavy lifting or exercise is disallowed for 8 weeks and strenuous exercise for 3 months. For 8 weeks you will be required to wear a binder (which is like a corset) over the tummy. You can shower after 48 hours, but avoid swimming in a pool or beach for 2-3 weeks until all wounds have healed, and all drains are out.
The breast reduction before and after pictures beloware patients of Dr Shagun Aggarwal, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, fellowship trained in breast, body & face cosmetic surgery plus reconstructive microsurgery.
Being quite a small frame, this patient’s abdominal muscles separated during her first pregnancy. No amount of exercise would restore her muscles.
With approximately 3-5 nights in hospital, then weekly visits to the clinic in the postoperative phase. We are delighted with these results and more importantly so is she!! Thank you to our patients for sharing these results!
Please head over to our Instagram page for more before and after photos.
Dr Shagun Aggarwal is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon appointed at Sydney’s premier public hospitals including Royal Prince Alfred, Prince of Wales, and Royal Hospital for Women.
Dr Aggarwal is one of the few plastic surgeons who is fellowship trained in both cosmetic surgery of the breast, body & face, as well as reconstructive microsurgery.
As his private patient you can select to be treated at a range of Sydney’s premier hospitals including Sydney Adventist Hospital and Hunters Hill Private Hospital.
Highly skilled Fellowship Trained Plastic surgeon – know you are in the safest of hands with a Plastic Surgeon who is experienced, highly respected, and appointed at premier Sydney hospitals- including the SAN, RPA, POWH and RHW.
If sedation or general anaesthetic is required, it is delivered by an accredited anaesthetist
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We provide written quotes, so there are no surprises.
We make you our top priority. Need to ask a question, worried about dressings or something else post op? We will always be at your beck and call.
Our patients love us! Feel free to read our reviews online on independent websites, or you can speak to some of our existing patients who will gladly speak about their plastic surgery journey.
We pride our practice in personalised, professional and ethical care. Your safety and satisfaction is our utmost priority – we only provide sedation or general anaesthesia in accredited facilities and after your procedure you will have direct access to Dr Aggarwal and his staff to answer any questions or concerns.
At your first consultation, Dr Aggarwal will explain a personalised treatment option for your desired results. A comprehensive medical history and examination is followed by discussion of surgery, examination of before and after photographs and trial of implants in the case of breast augmentation. Remember to bring a referral for your consultation, to claim the Medicare Rebate.
We will always be upfront about all costs of surgery including surgical, anaesthetic and hospital fees. Our quotes are valid for 12 months so there is no pressure to decide quickly.
To help achieve your goals, we will tailor treatment options to what you actually need. We will never recommend surgical or non surgical treatment if its not going to achieve what you want. We aim to deliver beautiful, natural results.
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924 Pacific Highway
Gordon NSW 2072
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