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How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck surgery can vary based upon what needs to be done, how long it’s going to take and if you have private health insurance that can assist with coverage. In this blog post, we’re going to cover 4 main points and then give you some broad indicative costings for the procedure based upon some clinical examples.

Before we get started, I need to mention a fairly major disclaimer: This information is based upon costings in 2019 and Australian current regulations and indicative current hospital pricing- and excludes the most important factor- you and your individual situation!

If you want to skip the points and get straight to the clinical scenarios and photos click here!

For it to be accurate, we really need to see you in person and go over your situation. Here are the 4 take home points.

1.    Unless you are a massive weight loss patient with threatened skin, your health fund is unlikely to cover you for the procedure.

This wasn’t always the case and it has only been in the last few years where funds will not cover patients with these issues. Massive weight loss is defined as losing 5 BMI points and keeping that weight off for over 6 months and have skin integrity issues as a result of the loose skin. You can find a BMI calculator here.

BMI is a really flawed tool to look at body composition and it would be better to use something like a DEXA scan but those are the rules.

Solution: Because the vast number of patients don’t qualify here, we must make sure you have the procedure done safely, with beautiful results and a predictable recovery. If you are going to be uninsured (like most people) you’re going to need to be prepared for the cost of about 2 nights in a hospital, but this can be up to 4 for some patients. You might need to go home with a drain (which is no big deal) and it is usually more comfortable to recover in your own home at this point rather than sit around in a hospital.

All your post-operative care is covered including all post-operative visits to the clinic.

2.    Abdominoplasty is very commonly combined with other surgical procedures.

‘If I’m going to fix my tummy I might as well use the same recovery time to restore volume to my breast at the same time’ Jane 37-year-old mum of 4.

The most common procedures to add at the same time are a breast procedure (bigger/smaller, lifted or breast reductions) and liposuction. This can add another few hours on to the procedure but can make sense if you’re time poor and want to have just a single recovery downtime.

Tummy tucks can be small or large. If the belly button stays in the same place it is a mini-tummy tuck and doesn’t take that long to perform. The core muscles cannot be fixed properly with this technique

A full abdominoplasty is what most patients have as the muscles can be repaired at the same time. The only question is if you want to have some additional liposuction of the muffin top area as well. This is a useful addition to the procedure but has an additional cost because it takes about another hour to perform and involves some additional moving and is another area.

A belt lipectomy used to be reserved for massive weight loss patients only but increasingly is being sought out by patients who also want a meaningful change to their whole midsection and the buttock at the same time. The Butt Graft Lift (BGL) is different to a simple Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) which is just using fat alone. With a BGL you lift the buttock and use less fat to get a more durable result that doesn’t get plagued with terrible cellulite when you get older.

3.    Core muscle separation (rectus divarication) is an important issue but not something that usually will help with insurance coverage.

Separation of the rectus abdominus muscles is completely normal. In fact, it must occur so that the baby can get bigger during pregnancy. After childbirth the muscles will mostly come back together for most people. For others it can cause lower back pain and issues related to core muscle instability- and in the worst-case hernias!

Unless you have a solid symptomatic hernia demonstrated on imaging then it is unlikely that your health fund will cover you for the procedure.

4.    You get what you pay for.

There is no substitute for safety.

If you have kids and are contemplating this kind of surgery, you need to make sure you don’t compromise on safety. You can have a beautiful result, with a predictable recovery and a highly qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeon performing your surgery it state-of-the-art hospitals. The follow up is all included and unlimited with your private nurse. Why shouldn’t you have the very best?

CASE 1 Mini tummy tuck

This patient is a professional bodybuilder and has had a mini-tummy tuck so she has not had repair of her lower abdominal muscles or repositioning of her belly button. She required no liposuction and it took one hour.

Procedure: Mini tummy tuck.

Procedure time:  1 hour.

Time in hospital:  Day surgery.                                          

Total fee including hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant and garment: $13,010.

CASE 2 Mostly skin only abdominoplasty

This patient has had children and is an avid exerciser! She has lost a large amount of weight and had a mostly skin abdominoplasty with muscle repair. She has also had an augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implant).

Procedure: Mostly skin abdominoplasty- no liposuction

Procedure time:2 hours

Time in hospital: 2-3 nights

Total fee including hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant and garment:

·      Tummy tuck only- $17,260

·      As full makeover procedure (breast and tummy) – $33,590

CASE 3 Tummy tuck with liposuction

This patient had a full tummy tuck with also muffin top liposuction. She’s a fit mum who had some stubborn areas that gym alone was not moving.

Procedure: Standard tummy tuck with 1-hour flank/muffin top liposuction

Procedure time: 3 hours.

Time in hospital: 2-3 nights                                                

Total fee including hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant and garment: $24,025

CASE 4 Extensive abdominoplasty with large volume liposuction

This lovely woman ha extensive abdominoplasty with major liposuction. The abdominoplasty went from hip to hip and a breast lift with implants was also performed at the same time.

Procedure: Major abdominoplasty with a large amount of liposuction

Procedure time: 5 hours

Time in hospital: 3-4 nights                                                

Total fee including hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant and garment:

·      Tummy tuck and liposuction only – $34,105

·      As full makeover procedure (breast and tummy) – $50,435

CASE 5 Mostly skin based, insurance covered belt lipectomy

This lovely patient had a huge amount of weight loss with the aid of a gastric sleeve. She was left with a large amount of loose skin that was constantly tearing and getting infected. Her belt lipectomy went all the way around her body and did not involve too much liposuction.

Procedure: Belt lipectomy with no liposuction

Procedure time:3 1/2 hours

Time in hospital: 3-4 nights                                                

Total fee including hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant and garment:

·      With insurance – $18,090

·      Without insurance – $24,440

CASE 6 Massive weight loss with extensive liposuction- the corset abdominoplasty

This patient lost a large amount of weight but could not seem to lose the lower abdominal amount. She needed a circumferential lower scar as well as a vertical scar- a technique that is called a Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty. A variation of this is also called a corset abdominoplasty. We highly recommend that patients undergoing this kind of surgery are covered with a health fund as the complication rate is high (infections/wound breakdown/blood transfusions) as well as the risk of later touch up or tightening procedures.

Procedure: Corset or Fleur de Lis abdominoplasty

Procedure time: 5-6 hours

Time in hospital: 3-7 nights

Total fee including hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant and garment:

·      With insurance – $19,170

·      Without insurance (not advised) – $26,555

CASE 7 Massive weight loss case. Belt lipectomy with butt graft lift (BGL). Fat harvesting used for targeted buttock grafting for subtle volume to breast and buttock.

This amazing young woman has massive weight loss and was looking for a 360 degree solution to her midsection and buttock. The approach here was to tighten the front whilst also lifting and filling the buttock with a procedure called a BGL (Butt Graft lift). At the same time an augmentation mastopexy was performed with a motiva ergonomic implant with additional cleavage fat grafting- the Gold standard procedure for a total body transformation.

Procedure: Belt lipectomy with Butt graft lift

Procedure time: 5-6 hours

Time in hospital: 3-7 nights                                                

Total fee including hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant and garment:

·      With insurance – $27,645

·      Without insurance (not advised) – $32,875

Total procedure cost with breast procedures at the same time:

·      With insurance – $43,975

·      Without insurance (not advised) – $49,205

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