Dr Mistry Explains: Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Surgery

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Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck with a Breast Lift

Our abdominoplasty/tummy tuck surgery can also be combined with a breast lift as part of Body Procedures. Speak to us today about your needs to determine the best options for you.

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Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Surgery

Frequently Asked

A abdominoplasty/tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It can also tighten the abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks are usually performed on people who have recently lost a significant amount of weight and have loose, saggy skin as a result. The surgery can also be beneficial for women who have noticeable changes in their abdomen after giving birth.

Medicare only covers abdominoplasty/tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery if it is deemed as a medical necessity. Medicare does not cover for cosmetic tummy tucks, which are elective. Medicare offers rebates on abdominoplasty if you meet the specific criteria and conditions. Dr Mistry can determine if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate for an abdominoplasty.

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty recovery usually takes between 6-12 weeks to fully recover. There are various types and adjuncts like liposuction that go with it. Hence, it’s important to read and follow the postoperative instructions that Dr Mistry and the team give you. We normally have you admitted into hospital for 2-5 days after which you go home to take it easy while you recover.


Pain, swelling, tightness and discomfort are normal and can be treated with medication, surgical garments, and proper body positioning. Rest and avoid strenuous activity during the first 2 weeks. Though you will see a significant change after the procedure it may take several months for the results to become fully visible, especially if liposuction is done at the same time.


Remember Dr Mistry and his team are there to help you through the recovery process and will individualise your regime during your postoperative visits.

Although the timing of seeing results after a abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck may vary depending on factors such as body type, the type of procedure, and post-operative compliance, it’s common to notice some changes straight after the procedure. As the swelling goes down over the next few months, you’ll see more noticeable results, and the full effects of the surgery will normally be visible in 4- 6 months after surgery. A abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck can give you a flatter, more toned stomach that you’ll be able to enjoy for a long time.

Abdominoplasty/ Tummy tuck and liposuction are both cosmetic procedures used to contour the midsection of the body, but they address different issues.


A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the muscles. It’s ideal for people with loose or sagging skin due to pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging.


Liposuction, on the other hand, is a procedure that removes unwanted pockets of fat from specific areas of the body. It’s best for people who have stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise but have good skin elasticity. It’s also used as an adjunct with abdominoplasty to maximise the aesthetic outcome such as when Dr Mistry performs 360 degree liposuction with abdominoplasty.


Ultimately, the choice between a tummy tuck and liposuction  or the combination of the tow depends on the individual’s specific needs and desired outcomes. It’s recommended that you consult with Dr Mistry, specialist plastic surgeon,  to determine which procedure is best for you.

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and
tighten the underlying muscles. Good candidates for abdominoplasty typically have excess
abdominal skin and/or fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, are in good overall health,
have a stable weight, are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking, and have realistic
expectations. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine
your specific candidacy.

Yes, you can expect some visible scars after the abdominoplasty procedure. The surgeon will
make incisions in areas that can be concealed by underwear or swimwear. Initially, the scars
may appear red and raised, but with time, they tend to fade and become less noticeable. The
healing process varies for each person and can take several months to a year. It’s always a
good idea to discuss scar management options with your surgeon, as they can provide
guidance on how to minimise the appearance of scars and suggest suitable treatments.

Recovery time varies, but it typically takes several weeks to months to return to normal activities
after abdominoplasty. Follow your surgeon’s instructions, gradually increase activity, and avoid
strenuous exercise or activities that strain the abdomen. Consult your surgeon for personalised
advice on when it’s safe to resume specific activities.

Understanding the difference between cosmetic surgery vs. plastic and reconstructive surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty that primarily focuses on enhancing a patient’s appearance. It is associated with aesthetic goals aimed at improving or altering physical features to achieve a more pleasing look. 

Cosmetic surgery procedures are entirely elective, and they are not typically covered by Medicare or private health funds. In most cases, patients pay for cosmetic surgeries out of their own pockets.

One important distinction to note is that cosmetic surgery is not associated with the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) in Australia, and as a result, there are no corresponding MBS item numbers or codes for these procedures. Therefore, individuals who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery can expect to bear the full cost of the procedure. Surgical costs include (but are not limited to): 

  • Fee for surgeon
  • Fee for anaesthetist
  • Fee for theatre

Plastic and reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that is primarily concerned with restoring or improving the aesthetic and function of the body. 

These procedures often involve addressing congenital abnormalities, trauma-related injuries, or medical conditions that affect a person’s appearance or bodily functions. Importantly, many plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures may qualify for coverage by private health fund providers.

In Australia, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are typically associated with MBS item numbers. If the criteria specified in the MBS guidelines are met, private health fund providers may partially cover the cost of these procedures. This means that patients who meet the necessary requirements under their insurance policy can benefit from reduced out-of-pocket expenses when undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Surgeries such as Abdominoplasty for example can be both a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.

Please Note: Information provided on Dr Mistry’s website is provided as a basic guide, it does not constitute a diagnosis and should not be taken as medical advice. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.