Abdominoplasty is also known as a tummy tuck. The surgery removes loose, excess skin that might be interfering with the body contour while tightening up the abdominal muscles to produce a firmer, flatter abdomen (tummy). It is not a weight loss procedure, you need to have lost your weight prior to considering surgery.
You are a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have already reached your goal weight and as a result have some loose skin around your abdomen (tummy). Your abdominal muscles can also be tightened if they were stretched/weakened during pregnancy or weight gain.
Abdominoplasty surgery is performed at Lingard Private Hospital or Warners Bay Private Hospital. You may be in hospital for 3-5 days after surgery.
The Medicare item number is 30177. You may be able to claim a rebate from Medicare and your health fund for Abdominoplasty if :
- You have divarication of your rectus muscle (your abdominal muscles are stretched/weakened)
- You have lost a significant amount weight – it must be at least 5 BMI points https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/bmi-calculator
- Your weight has remained stable for at least 6 months
- You experience persistant skin rashes or excoriation that have not responded to medical treatment.
- You have excessive skin that interferes with your daily activities
Dr Miteff will document this in your consultation and let you know if you meet the above Medicare criteria.