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Tummy tuck

Has your body changed after children or weight loss and no amount of exercise or diet can change it? A tummy tuck with Dr Moncrieff, who has successfully performed this procedure on over 300 women in Newcastle since 2009, may be the answer.

A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to reduce a protruding abdomen through a full re-draping of the abdominal skin as well as tightening of the muscles of the entire abdominal wall. This procedure can especially help individuals who have experienced pregnancy or lost a significant amount of weight, but still possess excess skin and fat in their abdomen. The medical benefits can include improvements incontinence, back pain and skin rashes under excess skin.

A good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is close to his or her ideal body weight, but still possesses a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that will not respond to diet or exercise. Those who are still planning on losing a lot of weight, or are planning future pregnancies, may want to consider waiting before undergoing a tummy tuck.

Discover more about tummy tucks (which are also known by the medical term of abdominoplasty), including information on costs, hospital arrangements, recovery and a 3D animation by scrolling down.

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A range of patient results are available in the gallery, but here are some of our most recent results that we have shared on social media.

* Results may vary from patient to patient

Tummy tuck before and after by Dr Nicholas Moncrieff at Hunter Plastic Surgery - 33 yr old patient 5 months post surgeryTummy tuck before and after by Dr Nicholas Moncrieff at Hunter Plastic Surgery - 36 yr old patient 6 months post surgery Tummy tuck before and after by Dr Nicholas Moncrieff at Hunter Plastic Surgery - 46 yr old patient 5 months post surgery

* Results may vary from patient to patient

Privately Insured: from $13,000 (check with your insurer – generally only for top cover and dependent on non-cosmetic reasons and satisfying 2016 Medicare restrictions – see Medicare tab below for more details).

For those without insurance or for cosmetic reasons: from $20,000. This includes the surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, 3 nights in hospital and garment.

Patients with a BMI of over 28 will incur extra charges due to additional hospital theatre and surgery time required. Calculate your BMI here.

We understand that surgery is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options, including possible superannuation access for mass weight loss patients, you may like to read our dedicated article here.

Performed under General Anaesthetic in hospital

Four to five nights stay

We recommend at least three weeks off work (longer for more physical roles). You will need to wear a garment (similar to Spanx) for 6 weeks and can expect bruising and swelling for at least four weeks.

Weight loss patients

There is a Medicare Item (number 30177) for patients who have experienced significant weight loss and are suffering from excess skin and tissue that resulted from that weight loss.

More information about the Medicare rules is here.

Women with children (who have NOT experienced significant weight loss)

Unfortunately the government changed access to the abdominoplasty Medicare item number in 2016, to the disadvantage of many women with children. Often these women have experienced  significant muscle separation and resultant back pain and incontinence. We have made a number of representations, both from Dr Moncrieff, and as part of our industry groups, to have the Government include abdominal reconstruction for post-pregnancy women, but sadly these requests have fallen on deaf ears!

This means that women who have not experienced weight loss will not have access to an item number so should refer to the ‘uninsured’ rate in the ‘Cost’ tab above. We still have many of these women as tummy tuck patients, but it is obviously frustrating for all concerned that they are not able to access the Medicare rebate or have their health insurance help fund the cost so we have worked with the hospitals and our other medical professionals to keep the cost as low as possible while still providing 5 star care.


A full tummy tuck operation is designed to reshape the entire span of the abdomen. Loose skin, fat, scars and stretch marks are removed and the abdominal musculature tightened over the length of the abdomen to flatten the contour and reduce any bulges. The umbilicus (belly button) is also reshaped and repositioned to a more aesthetically desirable location. Dr Moncrieff can combine this procedure with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks to yield more dramatic results.

For more information on a tummy tuck, please see our narrated 3D Animation below. The Animation takes a few moments to upload so please be patient as it is worth the short delay. You can also print a copy of the procedure summary while in the Animation menu.

Dr Moncrieff and our abdominoplasty patients recently contributed to a national study which was published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Journal’ on the functional benefits of tummy tucks. It clearly demonstrates the benefits of the procedure to reduce back pain and incontinence.

We are hoping this research is able to convince the Federal Health Minister to overturn a 2016 ban on Medicare support for mothers seeking abdominoplasty!

Many of our patients are happy to share their experiences. You can discover more about their journeys in a variety of ways, which we have outlined here.

Dr Moncrieff recently hosted a YouTube Live session to answer all the frequently asked questions from patients about tummy tucks and mummy makeovers. He covers how the procedure is performed, recovery, case studies of previous patients, Medicare rebates and much more. View the recorded video here.

Why is Hunter Plastic Surgery your best choice for a tummy tuck?

Dr Moncrieff and our team not only provide award winning service but are upfront about costs. Learn more about how we stand out from the crowd.

Dr Nicholas Moncrieff

“This is the most dramatic procedure I perform and one of the most satisfying for patients. Not only does it provide a significant cosmetic benefit, but it also offers proven health benefits including reduction in back pain, lower rates of incontinence and resolution of skin conditions on the lower abdomen.”