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Tummy Tuck, Melbourne

Thursday, 17 November 2011

What is the cost of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty surgery)?

In most cases, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery does attract a rebate from Medicare and, if you are insured, from your health insurance organization.  This rebate will help considerably to reduce your out-of-pocket cost.  When you call a surgical practice for a price for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, you need to know all of the following:-

  • The Surgeon’s fee.
  • The Anaesthetist’s fee.
  • The bed and theatre fee.
  • Any extra (such as drugs, dressings and materials).

When you call Avenue Plastic Surgery we will provide you with an accurate out-of-pocket cost which will be all inclusive and include all medication, dressings and post-operative visits.

Who is the best plastic surgeon to perform tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery?

You will find many plastic surgeons in Australia who are skilled and experienced at tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery.  It is important to check that your surgeon is a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Most plastic surgeons who perform tummy tuck surgery are also members of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 

It may be wise to consult your general practitioner as to who is a reputable plastic surgeon in your area.  You may also be recommended to a plastic surgeon by a friend or relative.

It is often useful to obtain a second opinion from another plastic surgeon and then decide who you are most comfortable with.  As in most things in life, the most expensive is not necessarily the best nor is the cheapest always the worst!  Be aware of advertisements and advice given in the media as these can be misleading.  It is important to take into account your surgeon’s qualifications, their experience, the quality of information provided, their accessibility and, importantly the surgeon’s personality and how well you get along.  You will have to rely on your surgeon and you should be confident in his or her skill, judgment and commitment – especially if you have any post-operative complications or concerns.  These days, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery is not just about the surgery.  The after care is most important.  The best plastic surgeon will have a team of nurses and staff who are able to provide you with comprehensive care.