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Body Surgery

The focus of these procedures is to address the shape of the body. This is achieved by either; reshaping the body Only qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons for Body Surgery Procedures, should perform these procedures.

What is Body Surgery?

Sources of physical dissatisfaction can come in different forms whether from injuries, congenital anomalies, or details that we simply do not like. Cosmetic surgery can be a significant decision, allowing you to address certain aspects of your physical appearance.

Aesthetic body surgeries include surgical procedures that significantly alter the appearance of the body. Body surgeries include treatments that alter parts of the body affected by weight gain as well as sudden or continuous weight loss, including pregnancy, or excess skin caused by any of the above conditions.

Our surgeons perform every procedure to suit the patient and their desires. It’s important to note that the procedure itself can vary in extensiveness, depending on the combination of procedures. You and your surgeon will determine this during your consultation.

It is important to mention that operations on certain parts of the body, such as the breast, do not belong to this group of operations, although they are anatomically in a group that could be called the body. However, since such body parts already have a large number of surgeries that can be performed, they form separate categories in plastic surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate For Body Surgery?

It is important that in collaboration with your specialist surgeon, you determine if you are the right candidate for a particular surgical procedure.

Many factors influence the decision of a specialist surgeon as to whether you are a suitable candidate for body surgery. A non-invasive procedure may be a better solution for you.

Medical conditions, taking certain medications, medical history, and general health are just some of the factors that will influence a surgeon’s decision. However, there are certain qualifications that every patient must meet to be able to undergo body plastic surgery. These include;

  • Being a non-smoker
  • Having good overall health
  • Having realistic expectations
  • Not suffering from medical conditions like; diabetes, high blood pressure, bleeding disorder, heart disease, or depression.
  • As well as other medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risk of surgery.

What Are The Most Common Body Surgery Procedures?

Aesthetic body procedures are one of the most sought-after in the world of plastic surgery. Life rhythm, age, stress, and habits all affect the appearance of our bodies. No one is immune to these factors.

It is for this reason that surgical procedures such as Liposuction, Abdominoplasty, and Labiaplasty are among the most common in the world. They occupy high positions in the TOP 10 surgical procedures each year.

For example, last year alone, nearly 270,000 patients opted for liposuction. This is an increase of 3% over the previous year. This makes this surgery the second most cosmetic common in the world, just behind breast surgery.

Body Surgery for Women and Men

Women generally approach our clinic for body-related procedures to address their bodies post-pregnancy.

Men generally seek body surgery and combination surgeries to address fat stores around their; middle torso, chest, or breast regions.

The most common cosmetic and aesthetic procedures on the body are:

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

  • Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a procedure that treats relaxed skin and muscles in the abdomen area.
  • Common after a large decrease in body weight.
  • The goal of the operation is to reduce the fatty tissue on the abdomen and form an aesthetically acceptable appearance.
  • It creates a flatter and tighter abdominal wall.

Post-pregnancy – Breast & Abdominal Surgery

  • Post-pregnancy surgery is a comprehensive term that refers to a combination of aesthetic body contouring procedures.
  • Surgeons combine these to address the physical changes that occur in pregnancy.

Body Lift (Thoracoplasty/Belt Lipectomy)

  • In the case of large weight loss, whether by surgical or various means, patients lose body shape causing excess skin which can also lead to rashes and skin infections

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

  • Also called Brachioplasty, is a procedure that focuses on the removal of excess skin in the upper arm area that cannot be solved with exercise or various cosmetic treatments.

Thigh Lift

  • Similar to an arm lift (brachioplasty), a thigh lift also aims to remove excess skin on the thighs, typically caused by extreme weight loss.


  • If you have excess fat tissue that you cannot get rid of either through diet or exercise, then liposuction could be the answer. Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries that does not solve the problem of excess weight but surgically removes the accumulation of adipose tissue in places where it is not possible to achieve it any other way.


  • Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce or alter the shape of the labia minora, which has been altered due to age, pregnancy, and other factors.

All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of body surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.

Recovery After Body Surgery

Body procedures are individual and as such result in individual recovery for each patient. Furthermore, body procedures often involve several different individual surgical procedures combined into a single procedure. Some patients will undergo less complex procedures to achieve their desired appearance, while others will have more extensive surgeries. For this reason, it is impossible to estimate the time and severity of recovery for each patient.

Each body and procedure is different, and as such has a different recovery. However, there are a few universal facts that apply to all plastic and body procedures.

Firstly, be prepared for your surgery. Get your house in order, do some healthy meal prep, and make sure everything you need is accessible to reach. Better yet if you live alone, organise for a friend to stay for a few days to help you during those initial days at home.

Secondly, follow your surgeon’s instructions, this can greatly determine how successful your recovery is. Following these instructions will help you get back to your daily life and activities in a suitable time frame.

Finally, if/when your specialist surgeon schedules a follow-up appointment, you must attend so your surgeon can monitor your results and give you further recovery tips. This gives you the optimal chance of a quick and stable recovery.

For more information on Body Surgery Recovery, you can visit our page with instructions and guidelines to help you get your recovery going as smoothly as possible.

What We Do Differently At Coco Ruby

It is important to choose an experienced specialist surgeon who is constantly expanding their knowledge and training in their field to provide patients with the best solution.

Coco Ruby works only with highly qualified specialist surgeons. Surgeons whose many years of experience, knowledge, and training distinguish them in their field.

Our surgeons aim to provide quality care and suitable outcomes.

We pride ourselves on using the most up to date equipment and having an experienced, professional team of people to help ensure suitable outcomes as well as positive patient experiences.

Moreover, we know your time is valuable and the recovery process requires time away from regular activities. Careful pain management, with a specialist surgeon who is always open to your inquiries before and after the operation, will help you through the recovery process.

Body Surgery Melbourne Cost How Much is Body Surgery – Prices and Costs?

Some cosmetic Body Surgery procedures might fall under Medicare-covered procedures. As a rule, purely aesthetic procedures will not be eligible for a claim through Medicare or PHI. While those that impair the functionality and health are more likely to have an item number, allowing you to make a claim.

It is important to consult with your provider to find out which procedures fall into the group of those funded by health insurance funds and those that are not.

You can visit our pricing page to learn more about payment, approximate prices, payment methods, information about breast surgery and more.

FAQ About Body Surgery

How long should I wait after pregnancy before having an abdominoplasty surgery?

We recommend waiting for one year (12 months) after childbirth before having abdominoplasty surgery.

You are however most welcome to come in for a consultation at any time to plan for your upcoming surgery. Early consultations can be very beneficial. They can help you prepare your body for the best surgery outcomes as well as plan your recovery time.

How do you decide on a procedure such as an abdominoplasty or an extended lipectomy?

  • Only a Surgeon can properly evaluate your best procedure options and explain WHY they think a particular surgical approach will help you.
  • Attend a no-obligation procedure with a Plastic Surgeon to find out which option you have. As well as what can and cannot be accomplished through each approach.
  • Recognise that results can vary from patient to patient and not all patients are suitable candidates for surgical procedures.
  • Download a GUIDE for pre-consultation information THEN schedule a consultation for personalised advice.

Can you change your body shape with plastic surgery?

  • It is possible to shape your body, within reason. You can learn more about this in your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon.

What is Full Body plastic surgery?

  • Full Body Plastic Surgery would be a set of surgical processes, of wide extensiveness. In which the surgeon would change the appearance of multiple areas of your body in one process.

How much is full-body plastic surgery?

  • Much like the procedure itself the price is individual for each patient and depends on multiple factors. Avoid offers that contain a set price for plastic surgery. A set price is a red flag, it can indicate that the surgery is not customised.

Combined Surgery Procedures

Patients often seek more than one body surgery. Especially if they have undergone body or breast changes due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or menopause. Combined torsoplasty procedures may help reduce costs and recovery time compared to having these surgeries done separately.

Your Surgeon will be able to suggest and advise on the most suitable Body Contouring procedure/s for you. Their assessment depends on your particular condition and what approach will work best to attain a successful surgical result.

Download the 2023 Abdominoplasty Surgery Guide

This complete guide to Abdominoplasty surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
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This complete guide to Arm Lift surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is 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.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 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.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 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.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 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.

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