How much is a Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck in Melbourne?

Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to alter the shape and tighten the abdominal area. The cost of Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck varies for many reasons, learn about the different reasons and price points for this surgery below.

 
 

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Abdominoplasty Price Ranges – Average Abdominoplasty price in Melbourne

Abdominoplasty surgery is one of the top five most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, however, finding a specific price range or figure for this surgery can be difficult. This is due to the fact that the cost of an Abdominoplasty can vary drastically. The cost depends on a number of factors, including, the surgical approach/technique, your chosen surgeon and the hospital where you have your surgery may all impact on price.

This blog will not only explore the differences in surgery price ranges but will also help you to understand the full costs of a abdominoplasty in Australia.

URGENT UPDATE – The Australian Government has reinstated a Medicare Item Number for Abdominoplasty for some post-pregnancy patients suffering from Diastasis Recti (Split Tummy Muscles) if you are eligible and meet the new criteria. This new Medicare Item Number -30175 – is effective 1st July 2022. Read the 30175 Medicare Item Number factsheet. If you qualify for the 30175 Medicare item number you may also get a subsidy from your Health Fund. There will still be a significant out-of-pocket cost.

Why do Abdominoplasty prices vary?

The cost of Abdominoplasty surgery will often vary depending on 6 important factors:

The cost of Abdominoplasty depends not just on your Surgeon’s qualifications, but also on what you need your surgeon to do in terms of; excess skin, abdominal muscle repair, hernia repair and more.

1. WHO is performing your surgery?

Before deciding on a Surgeon, you should consider the following:

  • Firstly, What are their level of experience?
    • How many times have they done this procedure.
  • Secondly, what are their professional accreditations and training qualifications?
  • Also, what are their technical abilities?
  • And finally, what surgical experience and skills do they have (how many procedures have they performed?)

2. WHAT is included in your surgery quote/price estimate?

Surgery quotes can vary, in other words, not every surgery quote includes all of the necessary aspects of your Abdominoplasty/tummy tuck surgery. For example; anaesthetic costs, facility fees, post-operative care, surgery garments, medication, recovery aids and more. Its important to review your price estimate, or you might be hit with additional costs you weren’t expecting.

It may also be helpful to ask:

  • What type of anaesthetic or local pain management will they put you under?
  • As well as, the location and treatment of your scar. Is the cost of scar minimisation/management part of the price estimate or is it an additional charge?

3. WHEN will your surgery be performed?

  • If you are planning surgery several months or more in advance, be aware that prices and medicare rebate criteria may change.
  • As a result, we recommend speaking to a member of our Patient Care Team about rapidly-changing hospital fees and criteria for medically-indicated surgery.

4. WHERE will your surgery be performed?

  • Will you be under General Anaesthetic in a hospital or under Local Anaesthetic in a clinic back room?
  • Using local anaesthetic and sedatives in a day clinic may lessen the cost of your surgery but lead to increased discomfort or higher risks
  • Do you want to be ‘awake’ during your surgery – or comfortably under general anaesthesia with an overnight hospital stay for pain management?

5. WHY are you having the procedure?

Is your Abdominoplasty procedure for purely cosmetic reasons or do you require a medically indicated surgery? Corrective Abdominoplasty surgery may involve a higher cost than a standard Abdominoplasty due to the complexity of the procedure.

6: HOW will your procedure be planned and performed?

How long is your procedure going to take? Will your surgeon plan and customise your surgery?

Abdominoplasty surgery usually takes approx. 2-4 hours depending on the complexity of the procedure. However, there are many variations of Abdominoplasty surgery and the amount of theatre time required will often vary.

More complex Abdominal procedures often require a greater level of pre-surgery planning, surgical skill and theatre time, therefore resulting in a higher cost.

Average prices for Abdominoplasty Surgery

Surgery prices: low-cost, mid-range or premier price range.

The cost of Abdominoplasty surgery can vary significantly; from around $10,500 to $14,000 for a low-cost procedure with a less experienced Surgeon, to approx. $15,000 to $19,000 with an experienced FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) Plastic Surgeon, and over $19,000 or higher for more complex procedures involving a renowned Plastic Surgeon specialising in Abdominal procedures and great outcomes.

Below is an estimate of the range of Abdominoplasty surgery prices in Melbourne, however, figures are not exact. All patients require a consultation to get a detailed and accurate assessment of requirements and surgery option.

Low-Cost Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck: prices typically range from just $10,500 to $14,000

“Surgeons” that perform low-cost surgery are typically general surgeons or General Practitioner. Someone without RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) recognition in a clinic backroom using ‘awake’ or “twilight’ anaesthetic.

Surgery in this price range will not be carried out by an accredited Plastic Surgeon in a Hospital. On top of this, typically they will not use General Anaesthetic. As a result, the procedure may not be fully customised to address your concerns. Furthermore, your ‘Surgeon’ may not have hospital admitting rights should something not go to plan.

Also, patients may experience unexpected out-of-pocket costs, limited post-operative care and no recovery aids or surgical scar management.

If you’re considering backroom surgery options to reduce Abdominoplasty costs, we recommend you view the ABC’s Four Corners Report on back-room operations.

Mid-Range Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck: prices typically range from $15,000 to $19,000

Generally, Abdominoplasty surgery by an experienced, FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) recognised Plastic Surgeon can range from $15,000 to $19,000 or even higher.

However, surgery costs can vary depending on what you need, your Surgeon’s qualifications other factors such as:

  • underlying muscle damage or hernias in the abdominal region
  • patient follow-up care standards as well as post-surgery recovery aids
  • And, garments you will require after surgery. These garments are vital for good results.

Premium Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Surgery: prices typically range from $19,000 and higher

Advanced and fully customised Abdominoplasty Surgery that is planned and performed by a highly experienced, FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Plastic Surgeon can cost anywhere between $20,000 to $30,000 or more. It depends on who you choose and their facility/staffing costs.

As above, this also varies depending on your Surgeon’s surgery fees, as well as the complexity of your operation and follow-up care

Be sure to choose a Surgeon who

  • Has FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) recognition.
  • Fully customises every surgery procedure to meet your specific skin condition, surgical preferences and desired result.
  • Communications openly about what surgery can and cannot achieve.
  • Provides you with all information about potential surgery risks and surgery recovery times.
  • Listens and respects your views.
  • Gives experienced care and science-based advice.

To learn more about our Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to get a quote for an abdominoplasty, phone (03) 8849 1400. Or, you can email us at  reception@cocoruby.com.au


Our Abdominoplasty Surgeons

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FRACS, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
FRCSI, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FRCS, Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons

Dr Patrick Briggs is an internationally trained, Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years’ experience.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBodyFace and Gender Confirmation Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

If you want to find out more about this procedure book a consultation.

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Dr Craig Rubinstein, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria.
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MBBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Melbourne
Master of Plastic Surgery (Melbourne)
FRACS (Plast) Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years of surgical experience.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.

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MBCHB(Hons) – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (honours)
FRCS(SA) – Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
FRACS(Plast) Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

With over 33 years of experience in Plastic Surgery, he has performed approximately 25,000 procedures, spanning various areas of the body.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.

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Dr Patrick Briggs
Dr Patrick Briggs is an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon Now based in Melbourne, Australia. He is an expert in Breast, Body and Blepharoplasty Surgery with a special interest in Gender Surgery - Top Surgery. Dr Briggs has been published widely in surgical literature; he is trained and experienced in all aspects of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Briggs’ extensive experience across multiple surgical fields has allowed him to refine his skills to produce optimum results for his patients. Combined with his experience, Dr Briggs continually attends conferences and seminars to extend his knowledge and training surrounding the latest and best surgical techniques and equipment. By doing so he is able to provide his patients with the highest level of care and skill ensuring quality results.

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With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Patrick Briggs
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is both a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Patrick Briggs

Dr Patrick Briggs is an internationally trained, Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Dr Briggs began his general surgery training in London and undertook further training in Plastic Surgery in the USA and Ireland.

Dr Briggs has experience across multiple surgical fields. Combined with his experience, Dr Briggs continually attends both conferences and seminars to extend his knowledge and training surrounding the latest and best surgical techniques and equipment.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.