The Re. Tummy Tuck
Get the waistline life has taken away
Maybe you want your tummy to fit your life. But no matter how much exercise you do, how many sit-ups, how many Pilates classes, you can’t lose your belly. Or the backaches. A Tummy Tuck can help. Help you into that special dress. Help you feel more confident. Help you feel beautiful.
Get the waist you want
When you chose to change the shape of your body, you’re making a very personal decision.
It’s only fitting that the experience you go through should be a very personal one.
This is the thinking that helps separate a Tummy Tuck at Re. Plastic Surgery from so many others.
You’re made to feel special from the moment you arrive.
We want you to feel confident, comfortable and safe about every aspect.
It starts with a personal consultation
At Re. you’ll be seen by a highly qualified Plastic Surgeon, not a cosmetic surgeon. If you’d like to know why a Plastic Surgeon is a superior choice, you can discover more, here.
Your surgeon will sit with you, for an hour or so, in the privacy and comfort of a modern, private consulting room, and discuss your tummy tuck in more detail. Together your specific concerns will be addressed, helping you understand what outcome will best fit your body shape, how to best prepare for surgery and what you can expect in terms of recovery.
The best possible outcome
At Re. we make sure we cover every possibility to give you the best outcome.
We use the most up-to-date software Touch MD to show what your tummy will look like, helping you feel confident about your decision, before you commit.
Your surgeon will then sit with you and, together, create your personal journey plan.
- Luxurious, private consulting rooms considered to be the best in Melbourne.
- There are no hidden costs: the cost you’re quoted will be the price you pay. $12,990.
They have had many years of training and surgical experience in specialist plastic surgery procedures and specialise in breast surgery and all forms of abdominoplasty and body contouring.
They are highly respected and highly awarded. Kim and Richard have had leading roles on surgical boards and plastic surgery boards. Richard and Kim have gained accreditations from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, and both are current members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
They will work to achieve a great outcome for you.
No hidden costs
You’ll only pay what we quote you.
At Re. there are no hidden costs, and no nasty surprises. Your estimate will include the Re.Care surgery program, surgical fee, all anaesthetic and hospital charges, post-operative garments and check-ups.
Your surgery will be performed at a fully-accredited hospital (we only use hospitals that meet the strictest Australian health standards) and partner with experienced professionals who ensure you feel safe, confident and valued.
Better pre-op and post-op care
The way you prepare for the surgery, and the care you receive after the surgery, is as important as the procedure itself.
Our recovery program is called Re.Care and has been designed to better prepare your body for surgery and help you recover as quickly as possible afterwards.
You can read more about our unique whole-of-procedure care program, here
Tummy Tuck 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. Most patients will stay one or two 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 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.
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The extra care you get at Re.
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 & muscles so you don’t just loose skin, your waist is smaller on the inside too.
- Using operative techniques which take tension off the scar so the wounds heal better.
- Making an aesthetic belly button.
- Using liposuction where needed to give you the best shape.
- Keeping the scar as low as possible.
- Providing compression garments after the operation to aid recovery.
- Laser scar treatment to reduce the appearance of the scar.
Your questions answered
The vast majority of women undergoing a Tummy Tuck or 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.
Your scar will run from hip to hip for a tummy tuck 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, 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 tummy tuck. 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.
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
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. 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.