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tummy tuck cost, the facts you need to know

What does a tummy tuck cost?

This is one of the most common question that patients have about tummy tuck surgery and body lift surgery. To give you a clear idea about what you can expect the cost of a tummy tuck to be, we have created this page to go through the cost in detail.

Many plastic or cosmetic surgeons will list a price from. In many cases the price that you end up paying will be a lot more than this listed price as this usually refers to the cheapest option available for the surgery. A mini-tummy tuck usually takes around 2 hours  and can sometimes only require a  day stay compared  to a full tummy tuck that takes around 4 hours and requires an overnight stay in hospital.

If you meet the criteria and descriptors of the Item Number for this procedure, your private health fund and Medicare will provide rebates.

On this page we will discuss what you can expect the cost to be if you have surgery with Dr Beldholm and also what you can expect the general costs of a tummy tuck to be in Australia.

The other side of the cost is the personal cost of time off and recovery. The liposuction based tummy tuck that Dr Beldholm performs has a quicker recovery, less pain and has proven reduction in complications (see reference 1-10). This means that you can get back to work and life much quicker.

What is covered on this page about tummy tuck costs?

  • General overview of total cost of a tummy tuck and body lift in australia
  • Medicare Item numbers and detailed explanation as to what health funds and Medicare cover
  • Dr Beldholm’s price list for  different tummy tuck surgeries
tummy tuck pricing

Results vary*

What does a tummy tuck cost in australia?

There are two main factors when it comes to the total cost of a tummy tuck in Australia

  • How long does the operation take
  • Will some of the cost be covered by your Health fund or Medicare

If you have a health fund that covers some of the costs for a full tummy tuck you are looking at a total cost of surgery around $7000 to $10,000. If your health fund is not covering the cost of the operation then you are looking at a total cost that range from $16,000 up to $30,000.

Dr Beldholm Tummy Tuck cost

Surgical fee for tummy tuck surgery

Mini-tummy tuck

  • Mini Standard Tummy Tuck with Liposuction:         $4,990.00
  • Mini Premium Tummy Tuck with VASER SCULPT:-    $9,990.00

Full tummy tuck

  • Standard Full Tummy Tuck with Liposuction:-          $8,990.00
  • Premium Full Tummy Tuck with VASER SCULPT:-    $14,990.00  

Body lift surgery

  • Standard Full Tummy Tuck with Liposuction:-          $8,990.00
  • Premium Full Tummy Tuck with VASER SCULPT:-    $14,990.00  

The different tummy tucks explained

Standard Full Tummy Tuck with Liposuction

You can check out Dr Beldholm’s tummy tuck technique.

This technique has many benefits:

  • Liposuction will remove excess fat and sculpt your abdomen
  • The complication rate is reduced from around 40% to only 5% as compared to traditional tummy tucks (see reference 1-10)
  • This technique reduces pain and discomfort and improves recovery times.

Bringing the muscles together:

  • This is called plication of the rectus muscle.
  • This will recreate the abdominal wall the way it was before any pregnancy or weight gain.
  • Dr Beldholm uses special techniques and special sutures such as the V-Loc suture to create a refined result post surgery.

Removing loose skin and hiding incisions:

  • Loose skin after is removed and the the tummy is tightened.
  • The incision line is carefully planned so as to be easily hidden on the bikini line.

Rapid recovery with no drains:

  • The modern tummy tuck techniques require only an overnight stay.
  • Drains are also avoided making you more comfortable after your surgery.

Results vary*

Premium Full Tummy Tuck with VASER SCULPT

In addition to all of the above benefits the VASER liposculpture technique also has the following:

  • The VASER liposulpture approach that reduces bruising and improves results
  • It is more gentle to the tissues thereby creating less pain post operatively
  • It provides a smooth result and less swelling post operatively
  • Vaser  Hi-definition creates a more sculpted result

Use of ARTISS tissue glue:

  • This tissue sealant improves healing and minimises  tension on the wound

Post Surgical scar treatments included:

  • Silicon strips, the gold standard in scar reduction
  • 6 Laser genesis treatments that reduce redness in the scar and accelerates the healing process
  • Post treatment balm

Both Surgical options include

  • Surgical fee for Dr Beldholm
  • Compression garments (2)
  • All Post operative appointments
    • Day 1 and 10 -approximately
    • Routine follow up is done at 1,3,6 and 12 months
  • LED light treatments (6) within the first two weeks following your procedure

Hospital charges

The hospital that you have selected will invoice you separately. We contact the hospital after your consultation to let them know the details of your surgery, they then will provide you with an invoice for the cost. If you choose to use ARTISS the hospital will add this to your estimate. The hospital charges are usually based on time spent in surgery as well as how many days that you stay in hospital.

Hospital theatre fee; $1,200.00 per hour

Mini-tummy tuck

  • Mini Standard mini Tummy Tuck with Liposuction (2 hours):         app $3000
  • Mini Premium mini Tummy Tuck with VASER SCULPT (3 hours):   app $4000

Full tummy tuck

  • Standard Full Tummy Tuck with Liposuction (4 hours):    app $6000
  • Premium Full Tummy Tuck with VASER SCULPT (5 hours) :  app     $8000

Body lift surgery

  • Standard Body lift with Liposuction (6 hours):   App  $9000
  • Premium Body lift with VASER SCULPT (7 hours):  app $10000

Health fund and Medicare and what they cover

The MBS item numbers for tummy tuck surgery  have changed significantly since 2015. You will only be able to use your health fund if you meet the new requirements. If you are eligible to use an item number and this procedure is included in your policy then your Hospital fees will be covered and some of the anaesthetists costs.There is also a rebate provided by Medicare for the surgical fee.

You can check  with your health fund.

New Requirements

In order to qualify for  the MBS  item number for a tummy tuck, thigh lift or arm lift, you must first meet the following criteria:

  • You need to have lost a significant amount of weight
  • The specified requirement is at least 5 BMI units. For example, if you are 170 cm tall and weigh 130 kg (BMI 45), you need to lose at least 15kg of weight to target a BMI of 40
  • The weight needs to have been stable for 6 months after the weight loss
  • There is Intertrigo or another skin condition, rashes ,irritation, ulcers -that risks loss of skin integrity and has failed 3 months of conventional (or non surgical) treatment

Note:  if you have loose skin following pregnancy you cannot use this Item Number.

If you think that you meet these requirements then you will need a GP referral  specifically stating all the listed conditions above as supporting documentation.

Download and print our GP referral form here.

Total cost of your abdominoplasty surgery

Note that the costs provided here are as accurate as possible but each individual patient is different. Once you have had your consultation with Dr Beldholm you will receive a quote for your operation. We also have a patient coordinator who will assist you with  hospital and anaesthetic estimates.

Tummy tuck resources

Peer review journal article that support liposuction based tummy tucks

  1. Swanson E. “Prospective outcome study of 360 patients treated with liposuction, lipoabdominoplasty, and abdominoplasty.” Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 129(4):965-78, 2012 Apr.
  2. Swanson E.”Comparison of Limited and Full Dissection Abdominoplasty Using Laser Fluorescence Imaging to Evaluate Perfusion of the Abdominal Skin.” Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 136(1):31e-43e, 2015 Jul.
  3. Drapeau CM, D’Aniello C, Brafa A, et al. “Italian Group on Surgical Infections in Plastic Surgery. Surgical site infections in plastic surgery: an italian multicenter study.” J Surg Res. 2007;143(2):393-397.
  4. Durai R, Ng PC. “Surgical vacuum drains: types, uses, and complications.” AORN J. 2010;91(2):266-271; quiz 272.
  5. Samra S; Sawh-Martinez R; Barry O; Persing JA. ”Complication rates of lipoabdominoplasty versus traditional abdominoplasty in high-risk patients.” Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 125(2):683-90, 2010 Feb.
  6. Le Louarn C; Pascal JF.” The high-superior-tension technique: evolution of lipoabdominoplasty.“ Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 34(6):773-81, 2010 Dec.
  7. Uebel CO. ”Lipoabdominoplasty: revisiting the superior pull-down abdominal flap and new approaches.” Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 33(3):366-76, 2009 May.
  8. Epstein S, Epstein M, Gutowski K, MD, FACS. “Lipoabdominoplasty Without Drains or Progressive Tension Sutures: An Analysis of 100 Consecutive Patients.“ Aesthet Surg J (2015) 35 (4): 434-440.
  9. PITANGUY, VO, “Abdominal Lipectomy: An Approach to It through an Analysis of 300 Consecutive Cases.”, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: October 1967 – Volume 40 – Issue 4 – ppg 384-391
  10. Heller, Justin B. M.D.; Teng, Edward B.S.; Knoll, Bianca I. M.D.; Persing, John M.D. “Outcome Analysis of Combined Lipoabdominoplasty versus Conventional Abdominoplasty”, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery journal: May 2008 – Volume 121 – Issue 5 – pp 1821-1829

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