Tummy Tuck Brisbane

Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and general ageing can cause loose abdominal skin. This condition can cause skin irritation and discomfort which can interfere with your daily activities. If you want to achieve a tight, smooth, and well-defined abdomen, a tummy tuck surgery may be the answer. Also known as abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess skin from your abdomen. This does not only improve your abdominal contour but also addresses discomfort associated with loose skin.

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The tummy tuck procedure

The surgery can be a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. In most cases, at Inigo Cosmetic Clinic in Brisbane, our surgeons  perform the procedure to address the following concerns:

  • Discomfort associated with loose abdominal skin
  • Excess abdominal fat
  • Weakened or separated abdominal muscles

During the procedure, you will be given a general anaesthetic. Depending on your skin condition, our cosmetic surgeon may perform one of the following:

Full tummy tuck

This technique involves the creation of an incision along the line of your pubic hair. The cut is usually made from hip to hip.  The surgeon will then remove excess fat and stretch the upper abdominal skin to tighten it. This technique is recommended if you have loose skin in the lower and middle regions of your abdomen.

Mini tummy tuck

This technique removes loose skin below your belly button. During this procedure, your surgeon will create an incision around your belly button. The “pooch” under your belly button will then be removed and the skin will be tightened.

In either version of the procedure, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures. The surgical wounds will be covered with sterile dressings to protect them. In some cases, surgical drains may be inserted to help remove blood and body fluids.  Your surgeon will remove these tubes after a few days.

Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?

The recovery time may vary from patient to patient. Any discomfort that you may experience can be easily managed with medications.

After your tummy tuck procedure, you may experience swelling and bruising. The swelling usually subsides after three months. To reduce swelling, you will need to wear compression garments for 6 weeks. You may need to wait up to a year to see the final results of the procedure.

To speed up your recovery, you may need to take 1 to 2 weeks off work. If you have an office job, you can resume work after a week. However, you will need a longer recovery time if you have a physically demanding job. You can expect to return to your normal activities after 6 weeks.

To prevent infection, you will need to change your dressing as prescribed by your surgeon. Out of town patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if they are unable to attend dressing change appointments.

At Inigo Cosmetic your postoperative appointments will be scheduled throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via a Virtual appointment or in person at our Brisbane clinic.

Post-surgery scarring

Scarring depends on the extent of your tummy tuck surgery.  To reduce scar visibility, your surgeon will make sure that the incisions as discreet as is possible. Over time, your surgical scars will lighten and become less noticeable.

The cost of a tummy tuck in Brisbane

The cost of tummy tuck surgery may vary. This is because every patient has  different skin conditions and treatment goals. In general, the overall cost of your abdominoplasty procedure will depend on the following factors:

  • Hospital fees
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • The amount of excess skin and fat removed
  • The type of anaesthesia
  • The type of tummy tuck

There are also other costs that you need to consider. These include medical tests, prescribed medications, compression garments, and equipment used.

You should also keep in mind that tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure. Most insurance plans will not cover the cost associated with it. Make sure to talk to your insurance provider to clarify coverage questions.

Prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with surgery. These include surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fee, postoperative garments, emergency contact with a registered nurse, and one year of postoperative appointments.


All surgeries carry associated risks and complications. These include the following:

  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Fluid build-up under the skin
  • Infection
  • Nausea and vomiting due to the effects of anaesthesia
  • Numbness
  • Pain and discomfort around the incision sites
  • Raised and thickened scars
  • Tightening of the skin

Please request a copy of our information sheet and surgical consent for more information.

During your abdominoplasty consultation with one of our surgeons at our clinic in Brisbane,  your general health will be assessed and expectations discussed in detail. A customised treatment plan will then be created based on your specific needs.

In general, you may be an ideal candidate for the procedure if:

  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle after the procedure
  • You have a stable weight
  • You have excess or loose skin in your abdomen due to pregnancy, weight changes, or ageing
  • You have good physical and mental health
  • You have realistic expectations and a positive outlook

If you are planning to get pregnant in the future, then you may want to postpone tummy tuck surgery. Body changes during pregnancy can affect the results of the procedure.

You are also not a good abdominoplasty candidate if you are planning to lose a lot of weight by having the procedure. A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss.  The surgery reshapes your abdomen so that it will be slimmer. This means that it removes fat but it does not produce significant weight loss.

If you have unrealistic expectations, the procedure is not right for you. You should keep in mind that the results of the procedure may vary from patient to patient. Your surgeon will assess your expectations to create the best treatment plan for you.

To achieve a good clinical outcome with a lower risk of complications:

  • Arrange for someone to stay with you and help you with your daily activities
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages
  • Get the required medical tests
  • Prepare a recovery area at home
  • Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before your surgery
  • Continue to avoid smoking post surgery
  • Stop taking medications or supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding

After your tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to help you heal faster. These include the following:

  • Always wear your compression garments
  • Apply ice packs on your abdomen
  • Avoid heavy lifting
  • Avoid strenuous exercises
  • Clean your wound and change dressings regularly
  • Consult with your health care provider immediately if you experience any problems
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Rest as much as possible for at least 2 weeks

A small amount of weight gain may not have an effect on the results of abdominoplasty. However, significant weight gain can lead to the development of abdominal fat. This in turn can have a negative impact on the results of the procedure. To maintain a well-defined abdominal profile, you should commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Of course, this will depend on several factors. These can include the extent of your tummy tuck surgery and how you care for your body after the procedure. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results should last for several years. However, the procedure cannot stop the effects of ageing on your abdomen. This means that you may need another surgery in the future to maintain the results.