How Much Does A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Cost in Sydney?

Sun 25th Sep 2022

One of the most common questions we receive about Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) surgery at our clinic is how much Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Sydney surgery costs. Unlike more standard fee procedures such as Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) surgery pricing depends much more on the patient’s body. Larger Tummy Tucks could take up to five hours, whereas a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure on a smaller patient may only take two hours, resulting in a lower surgical cost. Every patients body is unique, so it is difficult to provide a precise cost estimation without an initial consultation. Every Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure performed by Dr Dona is tailored to the patient’s individual body and is NOT a standard ‘cookie-cutter’ procedure. Several other factors come into play, such as whether you are eligible for a Medicare rebate and your level of Private Health cover. Although we discuss the factors affecting the cost of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure in-depth in this article, the best way to obtain an exact price for your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) surgery is to book a consultation with Dr Dona so he can assess your situation. To book your consultation, please call us on 1300 373 663.


  • How complicated will your surgery be – will it take 2 hours or up to 5 hours?
  • Do you have private health insurance, and will they cover you?
  • How many days will you need to stay in hospital?
  • Are you having or needing other surgery at the same time as your abdominoplasty?

What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Tummy Tuck, otherwise known as an Abdominoplasty procedure, is designed to remove and tighten excess skin around the abdominal region; this excess skin could result from several factors, such as post-pregnancy or extreme fat loss. During the procedure, an incision is made below the underwear line, resulting in your scar being hidden. This is also the optimal position for improving abdominal shape. There will also be a scar around the belly button, as it will be relocated at the end of the procedure to its new home. A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) can also remove most abdominal scarring and stretch marks, including any caesarean scars. Other abdominal issues such as muscle separation and abdominal wall hernias can be resolved during a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty).

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Initial Consultation

Your initial consultation includes a minor contributing fee to your total surgical costs, and you will not be charged for follow-up appointments during the first 12 months of postoperative care (after your surgery).

Your initial consultation with Dr Dona will include:

  • a physical examination of your abdominal area
  • an assessment and discussion together about your concerns, such as excess skin, muscle separation or abdominal wall hernia issues
  • asking about your medical history, specifically relating to any previous abdominal surgery
  • Dr Dona answering any questions you may have regarding the operation.

After Dr Dona has assessed whether you are suitable for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure, a surgical plan will be created to provide you with your optimal outcome. This will also include a discussion about the realistic results achievable from your surgery.

Dr Dona will also discuss your expected recovery time and any potential risks or complications to help you make an informed decision about your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) surgery.

After your consultation, one of our team will discuss other practical aspects about any possible surgery and potential dates. Planning the right time to have your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is essential since you will need to be resting for a minimum of three weeks following the surgery.

Variations in Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedures

We touched on this earlier, but there are several reasons why someone may consider having a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure. This procedure addresses the issue of overhanging or excess skin around the belly, which, in most cases, is caused by the abdominal area shrinking back down in size after weight loss or pregnancy. Although your body has shrunk, the skin does not completely shrink back down to fit your new shape. It is hard to help this further because the skin itself can only tighten to a certain point.

Just like people come in all shapes and sizes, so do Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedures. Every Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure is tailored to the individual; some people may have lost a significant amount of weight, resulting in a great deal of overhanging skin that can cause functional and skin irritation issues. These larger, Fleur De Lis Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedures generally take a lot longer to perform than a Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) on a smaller individual. That means that the surgical fees can differ based on the size and time required for each individual. However, Medicare rebates are available for those in surgical need of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and can significantly reduce outofpocket costs. If you are eligible for the Medicare rebate for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure, you will also likely be eligible for part of your fees to be covered by your Private Health Insurer (this will depend on your health insurance provider and the level of cover you have).

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Hospital Fees

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedures are not performed in public hospitals, which means part of the total outofpocket cost for your surgery will include private hospital fees. Hospital fees make up a significant portion of the total outofpocket costs for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure, especially if your Private Health Insurance provider does not cover part of your hospital expenses.

  • Your hospital fees will cover:
    • Operating theatre costs.
    • Hospital accommodation for postoperative care.

After the operation, most patients will spend a minimum of two days in hospital to recover from surgery before being discharged.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Anaesthetist Fees

The specialist anaesthetist’s role is a crucial part of any surgical procedure. Their role is to properly administer anaesthesia so that you are not awake during the operation. They will then carefully monitor your vital function signs throughout the surgery. They will also play a role in your postoperative comfort and pain management. Unfortunately, there is no set pricing that you can expect to pay an anaesthetist. The cost of your anaesthetist will vary depending on the length of your procedure.

Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Cost

A Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is smaller than a traditional Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and is, therefore, a less expensive procedure. During a Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure, the incision made along the lower abdomen is much shorter than the hip-to-hip incision of a traditional Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). It is performed below the belly button; the belly button remains in its original position (unlike a Full Tummy Tuck, which involves relocating the belly button).

The Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is an option for women who only have a small amount of excess skin just above the pubic level.

Can I Get a Medicare Rebate for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A Tummy Tuck procedure is often perfromed for functional reasons.

Generally, patients who have a higher volume of excess skin may experience or suffer from one or more concerns, including:

  • skin integrity issues
  • sweat rash
  • ulceration within the belly button and abdominal folds
  • a fatty apron
  • a low hanging pubic area
  • hygiene issues
  • diastasis recti

These are all real issues that can affect a patient in surgical need of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). Medicare may provide you with a rebate towards your procedures, providing you meet certain criteria.

Does Private Health Insurance Cover My Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?

Whether your Private Health Insurance will contribute to your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) surgery depends on your health insurance provider and the level of private health cover you have. However, if you are eligible for the Medicare rebate, you may also be able to claim some (if not all) of the hospital fees.

If you are not eligible for the Medicare rebate towards your Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), then your Private Health Insurance provider will not contribute to your total surgery costs.

Determining your eligibility for Medicare and your Private Health Fund can only be determined with a face-to-face consultation with Dr Dona.

How Much Will My Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Cost?

Tummy Tuck (Adominoplasty) procedures are exceptionally tailored procedures and cannot be precisely quoted without an in-person consultation. This article has endeavoured to guide you through the basic aspects of the procedure and its cost breakdown. If you would like an exact quote for your potential surgery, please book a consultation with Dr Dona for an assessment.

Your quote will include the total outofpocket cost with no hidden expenses for your specific surgery, taking into consideration your Private Health Insurance status and eligibility for the Medicare rebate. At the end of your initial consultation, you will have a clear picture of your surgical options and the financial impact of your potential procedure.

If you have any further questions or queries regarding Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) surgery or any other procedures offered by Dr Dona, please do not hesitate to call our clinic on 1300 373 662 or email [email protected].

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