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Is a Tummy Tuck for You?

Tummy tuck sounds like a cute kids’ game, yet it’s a non-essential surgical procedure that can vary from simple to major. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) reshapes the abdomen. A small amount of excess skin can be taken out, or a lot of skin and fat can be cut out and the belly button relocated.

Tummy tucks, one of the best known operations in Australia, have risks and benefits. Is a tummy tuck for you? Read on to find out more.

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How Long is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

There are two types of tummy tucks:
Partial: this takes one to two hours
Complete: this takes two to five hours

Who Might Benefit from a Tummy Tuck?

People who get tummy tucks are usually in good shape, but have too much tummy fat or loose skin on the tummy. They often try this surgery after healthy eating and physical activity doesn’t seem to work.

This surgery is also sought after by women who have given birth, don’t want any more pregnancies and want to firm their tummies. A tummy tuck treats stretched abdominal muscles and skin which has not returned to its pre-baby shape. Some elderly people get tummy tucks because skin elasticity declines with age or obesity.

A tummy tuck is not meant for people with a beer belly. They are encouraged to first try to lose weight through healthy eating and physical activity.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck can vary from $3000 to $5000, depending on how long and complex the operation is. Extra fees are included for the hospital and the anaesthetist.

The operation is technically done for medical reasons, so it’s possible to get a rebate through Medicare. The rebate is often between $600 and $800, depending on whether or not the operation is done in hospital. Hospital fees might be covered if you have private health insurance.

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