The Re. Body Lift
A little more curve where your curves should be.
Find the curves that look good in a slightly smaller dress. Curves that give you a little more confidence.
If you’ve lost weight and need to lose the places where the weight used to be, Re. can help. With a body lift, we can remove the evidence of a bigger you. Un-plump your life. Help you get a wardrobe full of clothes that fit the way you want your clothes to fit.
Lift your hopes
Your experience at Re. will be, like the reasons you have for wanting a body lift, a very personal, very discreet one. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel special.
Your experience at Re. will be one that respects your privacy. One that seeks to understand what your ideal outcome is. And one that will respect your choices, from the moment you call for a consultation to your final meeting.
You’ll have confidence in the people
At Re. you’ll only be seen by a highly experienced, highly qualified Plastic Surgeon. At Re., you will not be seen by a cosmetic surgeon. You can read why, here.
Your surgeon will use years of highly specialised training and experience to help you make the right decision for you. They’ll discuss your needs, your wants, the type of body you have, what expectations you have and how the experience will fit into your lifestyle.
A very private experience
Each of our surgeons has their own private consulting room. These modern, specially designed rooms are a comfortable, secure place to discuss your procedure in detail. During your initial hour-long consultation, you’ll talk through the procedure itself, the outcome you expect, what you’ll need to do to prepare for a successful surgery and any post-surgical care.
They’ll also design a personal journey plan, for you, so you know what to expect at every stage.
- Surgical Fee $11,000
- You only pay the cost you’re quoted. There are no hidden costs.
- Private, comfortable, modern consulting rooms considered to be the best in Melbourne.
Both have an incredible amount of specialised expertise and a deep understanding of both breast surgery and abdominoplasty – including body lifts and tummy tucks.
Richard and Kim have both played significant roles on surgical and plastic surgery boards and are highly accredited, both by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
We want a great outcome for you.
No hidden costs
The cost we quote you will cover every aspect of your experience with us. As with everything we do, we don’t want you to face any unpleasant surprises. So, all consultations, pre-surgical preparation, surgical fee, anaesthetist and hospital costs, the post-operative garments which aid recovery and any post-operative check-ups are all covered in the quote.
At Re., we want you to feel comfortable with our choices. We demand that everyone involved complies with strict Australian health standards. Your surgery will always be performed at a fully-accredited hospital, partnering with specialist anaesthetists who are carefully chosen on training and experience.
Better pre-op and post-op care
Real confidence comes from the way you’re cared for.
At Re., we know the preparation for the surgery, and the care you receive post-surgery, is as important as the surgery itself. Because it gives you extra levels of confidence. And because it helps you recover faster. We call it Re.Care, a specially-designed, whole-of-procedure care program.
You can find out more about Re.Care, and its benefits, here.
Body Lift recovery
You will wake up in the recovery bay of the hospital and your tummy will feel swollen but comfortable. You’ll be wearing your post-surgical compression garment to ensure optimal healing and support of your tummy and back. Most patients will stay two or three nights in hospital.
The first 48-72 hours are mildly uncomfortable but will be well controlled with pain medication. It may be difficult to stand up straight, but this will improve over the first week. It is ok to shower and get your dressings wet and you can sleep in any position that is comfortable. You will have your first review appointment at Re.
You can begin to ease back into light physical activities. If your work is not too strenuous you may be able to return during this period. Most women are able to start driving by week 2-3.
You should be back to your normal daily routine and enjoying your new shape. Normal post-operative bruising and swelling should be gone, and your scars will begin to fade and diminish. You are able to fully resume normal exercise.
8 and 12 Weeks
Scar laser treatments.
The little things that give you so much more.
The Plastic Surgeons at Re. take care to make sure they do the little things right. From preparation to the surgery to extra care after the operation, to make sure your body looks better, heals better, and recovers faster.
- Removal of as much loose skin as possible.
- Tightening the abdominal wall, so you don’t just lose skin, your waist is smaller on the inside too.
- Using operative techniques which take tension off the scar so the wounds heal better.
- Creating an aesthetic belly button.
- Using liposuction, where possible, to give you the best shape.
- The scar will be kept as low as possible.
- Providing compression garments to aid recovery after the operation.
- Scar laser treatment to reduce the appearance of the scar.
Your questions answered
There are Plastic Surgeons, “Cosmetic” Surgeons (doctors) and General Surgeons.
You will be most interested in the first two.
While the term “Plastic Surgeon” may seem unappealing, these are exceptionally-highly trained, highly skilled people who are aware of every single aspect of every cosmetic procedure, what needs to happen, what may occur, how a procedure should be managed and what needs to happen to provide the best possible result and leave the minimal possible post-surgical stress.
Only a qualified Plastic Surgeon can call themselves a Plastic Surgeon.
“Cosmetic” surgeons do not have any formal surgical training or have the qualifications to conduct the procedure. They are less accredited and do not have the extensive training required to be a Plastic Surgeon.
Look for the reference FRACS (Plas.) after their name.
At Re., you will only be seen by a Plastic Surgeon for surgical procedures.
There are always cheaper options.
There are other operations, and other operators who will promise you larger breasts or flatter tummies.
But they don’t always give you confidence.
There are cheaper implants, cheaper hospitals, less qualified surgeons.
Unfortunately, there is usually a reason why they’re cheaper.
And, while there are even cheaper options overseas, we have fixed enough botched holiday makeovers to know, when it comes to something as important as your body, you can often see where the savings went.
There are cheaper options for your surgery, overseas and around Australia.
Some people will talk as if you can combine a surgery with a holiday. We urge you to seriously consider the implications and your needs after a surgery.
In many instances, the complications can arise because of the incorrect care after the surgery has been completed.
Here’s a checklist for you to consider before you commit to any breast or body surgery:
• Is the doctor a fully qualified Plastic Surgeon? Look for the qualifications FRACS (Plas) after their name.
• Have you and the surgeon discussed what size and shape breast best suits your body shape?
• Has the surgeon shown you what your result will look like?
• Have you seen before and after photographs of the surgeon’s work?
• Does the facility where you are having your surgery meet strict Australian health and hospital standards?
• Is your anaesthetist fully trained?
• Has your surgeon told you which breast implants they will use?
• Will your surgeon be available to discuss any concerns you have after the operation?
• Who will look after you if something goes wrong or if you have a problem once you go home?
• Have you investigated the costs of having a problem fixed?
• Are you comparing apples with apples? Have you been quoted the total costs of having the procedure? This should include:
• All pre-surgical consultations
• Preparation for the surgery itself
• Cost of implants (for breast augmentation procedures)
• What the procedure involves (for example, in a Tummy Tuck, are they tightening the muscle walls or simply removing tissue?)
• The cost of the hospital – is it, in fact, a registered hospital?
• The cost of the anaesthetist (and how qualified they are)
• The cost of the procedure itself
• Post-surgical recovery and an aftercare promise
• Specialised post-operative garments
• Consultations after the surgery
• Scar reduction therapy
• Consultations to address any concerns
Your scar will run all the way around your lower body for a body lift and be sitting as low as possible so as to be hidden by bikinis and underwear. Other surgeons may try and use a shorter scar, but this will generally result in either dog ears or a higher scar.
In our experience, based on feedback from satisfied patients, a long low scar is much better, and more preferable, than a higher short scar.
Yes. To get the best results and aid recovery, you’ll need to wear garments that support and hold your tummy. At Re. we supply two specially garments which you’ll need to wear for 6 weeks after your surgery.
At Re. we have developed a scar management protocol to ensure you get the best possible outcome. We use silicone tape and gel and complement these with two laser scar treatments. This is all included in your surgical package.
Yes, you can. Your surgeon will use special dressings which stick well to the skin and will keep your wound dry and promote healing. If you find, after a few days, the dressing is starting to lift at the edges (this is normal) and you would feel more confident with a fresh dressing, please call us and we’ll change your dressing as soon as possible.
Firstly, there is no reason that you could not have another child. Your skin will stretch just like it would prior to surgery. The big unknown is how much it will shrink back down after your pregnancy. This will vary from person to person. It is unlikely that your skin would go back to what it was like prior to your body lift. However, if there was some recurrent laxity, then it could likely be addressed with a revision. The same would apply if you put on weight.
The vast majority of women undergoing a Body Lift will need a muscle repair. The reason for this is that either due to weight loss or pregnancies, the abdominal wall stretches and the rectus muscles separate (divarication). A muscle repair will help flatten your tummy, reshape your waist and improve your contour. There is also now evidence that it helps with core strength, back pain and urinary incontinence.
For the first week you’ll need to sleep in a beach chair type position with your hips and knees bent. Have plenty of pillows available to get you into a comfortable position. Some patients find sleeping in a lounger type chair can be more comfortable. Alternatively you may find it more comfortable to sleep on your side with your hips bent. The important thing is not to put tension on the scar.
It really depends what sort of work you do however most patients return after a couple of weeks.
We’ll get you back to the gym as soon as possible. We have worked with a personal trainer to develop a physical program which starts a week after your surgery. This graduated program will keep you moving and help with your recovery. Your first consultation with our partner Personal Trainer is free as part of your surgical package. You should expect to return to all your normal activities by six weeks.
We’re here to help
Contact us today for a no obligation, open chat about your body goals and let us help plan your journey together.