Post mass weight loss
Have you lost a significant amount of weight, perhaps after bariatric surgery, and now have an excess of loose, sagging skin that doesn’t tighten on its own?
Such skin can detract from the aesthetic appearance of the weight loss and present functional challenges such as chronic skin conditions. That can be pretty disappointing to a person who has worked hard to lose weight!
A combination of body lift procedures can help finish off your weight loss journey. The main elements include a lower body lift which is an extension of a tummy tuck incision completely around the lower torso. This allows re-suspension of the lateral and anterior thighs along with the traditional tummy tuck improvements. Given the substantial impact on the body of this procedure, it may be conducted in more than one operation. Many women find this procedure a key part of getting the cosmetic and lifestyle benefits they sought when losing large amounts of weight.
Other elements of body lifting include breast reductions and lifts. Some patients also choose to have arm and thigh lifts, which we only offer for patients who have experienced significant weight loss.
In most cases, our surgeon will stage your total transformation to ensure optimal recovery from each procedure.
Please note that as Dr Moncrieff focuses on surgery for women, we only see female patients considering these procedures.
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Lower body lift (circumferential lower body lift – abdomen and back)
- Privately Insured $22,000 – 25,000. This range includes the surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, hospital stay and garment. Generally health funds only assist if the patient has top cover – please check with your fund before booking a consultation (see Medicare item number in tab below).
- No Insurance – This procedure is not recommended for patients without private insurance, as there is a high risk of an extended hospital stay. We recommended seeking an appropriate private health insurance plan if this procedure would benefit you.
- For a tummy tuck without extending around the back, please see the tummy tuck page.
Privately insured: $11,500. Uninsured: $18,000. This procedure can not be performed in the same surgery as a tummy tuck due to new Medicare rules from 1 November 2018.
Privately insured: $10,500 – 12,500. Uninsured: from $18,000. This procedure can not be performed in the same surgery as a tummy tuck due to new Medicare rules from 1 November 2018.
Note about insurance: Generally health funds only assist if the patient has top cover – please check with your fund before booking a consultation (see Medicare item number in tab below). Some funds do not cover these procedures as the categorise them as “obesity surgery”. You must check with your fund in advance and if you aren’t covered, consider a new fund.
Surgery post significant weight loss is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options, including possible superannuation access, you may like to read our dedicated article here.
Under general anaesthetic in hospital
Lower body lift: Up to ten nights stay
Tummy tuck: 3-5 night stay
Arm lift or thigh lift: two nights stay
Lower body lift
• Four weeks off work
• Garment for 6 weeks and bruising and swelling for four weeks
- Two weeks off work
- Bruising and swelling for up to four weeks
- Garment for 6 weeks
Patient 1: This amazing woman lost over 80kgs and has staged her body lift, breast lift, breast augmentation, arm lift and thigh lift over 2 years. This staged approach allows for easier recovery after surgery and also minimises scars (for example, by performing the lift and implants 6 months apart).
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Patient 2: Our weight loss champion Kylie! This amazing lady lost over 55kgs and came to see Dr Moncrieff in 2017, concerned about the excess skin and muscle separation.
And a year after her tummy tuck and thigh lift, she looks amazing! She then went on to have her arms and breasts lifted.
Kylie loved the experience with our team so much she applied for a role with us and become our “Manager of Welcomes” on our front desk last year. She is very happy to discuss all the ins and outs of post-weight loss surgery with anyone who is nervous to take the first step!
*results may vary from patient to patient
Many women ask us when they should see us to talk about the next step in their weight loss journey. We like to see people as close to the goal weight as possible to help plan the right surgery and to minimise risks. More details are featured in this article by Dr Moncrieff.
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Dr Moncrieff recently hosted a YouTube Live session to answer all the frequently asked questions from patients about tummy tucks and combining them with breast surgery which may be useful for women who have experienced mass weight loss. He covers how the procedure is performed, recovery, case studies of previous patients, Medicare rebates and much more. View the recorded video here.