Abdominoplasty Sydney

The Abdominoplasty procedure, also often referred to as a tummy tuck, can flatten the stomach, with the removal of excess fat and skin. It can also tighten the abdominal muscles that may have separated as a result of pregnancy.

Abdominoplasty Sydney

The Abdominoplasty procedure, also often referred to as a tummy tuck, can flatten the stomach, with the removal of excess fat and skin. It can also tighten the abdominal muscles that may have separated as a result of pregnancy. The Abdominoplasty procedure is not a replacement for a healthy diet and good workout regimen. It can, however, enhance your results by firming up your abdomen. Liposuction is often included with the procedure, in order to see better flattening results.

What concerns can abdominoplasty help to address?

It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.

If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.

Addressing Loose or Sagging Skin: Abdominoplasty may help reduce the appearance of loose or sagging skin in the abdominal area that's commonly seen after significant weight loss or pregnancy.
Dealing with Excess Fatty Tissue: The procedure can assist in the removal of excess fat in the abdomen area, providing a more streamlined appearance.
Tightening Abdominal Muscles: It may assist in the tightening of weakened or separated muscles in the abdomen, often resulting from age or previous pregnancies.
Improving Abdominal Contour: The surgery is designed to help create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.
Addressing Distended Abdomen: In some cases, abdominoplasty can help address a distended abdomen caused by weakened abdominal muscles.
Assisting with Skin Laxity due to Aging: Aging often results in a loss of skin elasticity which can be addressed with this procedure.
Post-Pregnancy Concerns: Some women may consider this procedure after pregnancy if diet and exercise have not helped restore the abdomen's appearance.
It's important to remember that while abdominoplasty can improve the physical appearance of the abdomen, it's not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and weight management. The best results are achieved when patients maintain a stable weight post-procedure. A detailed consultation with a certified professional is essential to understand all aspects and potential outcomes of this procedure. Individual results can vary.

What to expect


The abdominoplasty process begins with a detailed consultation with our experienced surgeon. During this session, your aesthetic goals, medical history, and current abdominal structure will be evaluated. The surgeon will assess your skin elasticity, fat distribution, and the presence of any muscle laxity. This consultation is an ideal opportunity for you to voice any concerns or ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

Number and type of consultation

It is a requirement under the law, that a patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations. The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered health practitioner who works with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or an agent). At least one of the two consultations must be in person with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Other consultations can be in person or by video.

When consent can be given

A patient must not be requested to sign consent forms at their first consultation and cannot consent to cosmetic surgery until they have had an in-person consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. The decision to have the surgery (provision of informed consent) must be made at a consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure (in person or by video).

Cooling-off Period

There must be a cooling-off period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent (signed consent forms), before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid. 


Once you and the surgeon have agreed on the surgical plan, you will receive specific instructions on how to prepare for your abdominoplasty. These may include dietary guidelines, advice on smoking and alcohol consumption, specific instructions about medications or supplements, and skincare recommendations.


Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, typically takes two to three hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves making a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and belly button. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed. The remaining skin is then pulled down, and a new opening for the belly button is created. The incisions are then closed with sutures.


After the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a short period. Most patients can go home the same day, though an overnight hospital stay may occasionally be recommended. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are normal but will begin to subside after a few days.

Most patients feel ready to return to non-strenuous daily activities within a week or two, while more vigorous activities should be avoided for about four to six weeks. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery.

The final results of your abdominoplasty will be noticeable within a few weeks once the swelling has completely subsided, but the full effect may not be apparent for several months as the abdomen continues to heal and settle into its new shape. Our team remains committed to providing ongoing care and support throughout your entire abdominoplasty journey.

Surgery Time
2 to 4.5 hours
Hospital Time
1 to 3 night stay
Time off work
2 weeks minimum
Cast Removal
Garment for 6 months
Sponge bath from day 2 with further guidance to be provided
6 to 12 weeks - ease in
6 weeks and not while taking prescribed pain relief. We also recommend checking with your CTA insurer as to the post surgery exclusion period.
After 2 weeks for national and 4 weeks for international
Full Recovery
12 months for final results

Considerations Before Cosmetic Surgery

While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.

In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.

For more information on preparing for cosmetic surgery visit health.gov.au/cosmeticsurgery

General risks and complications of surgery include:

Substantial Hemorrhage: This involves severe blood loss from the area that underwent surgery, which may necessitate additional medical interventions.
Susceptibility to Infection: Post-surgery, the risk of infection can rise, potentially requiring either antibiotic treatment or subsequent surgical interventions.
Allergic Responses: Patients may exhibit allergic reactions to medical materials such as sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used during and after the procedure.
Hematoma Formation: This involves the development of a sizable clot of blood beneath the incision site, which may necessitate medical drainage.
Post-Surgical Discomfort: Patients may experience pain, bruising, and swelling in the area surrounding the surgical site.
Scar Development: There's a risk of developing keloids or hypertrophic scars, which are elevated, red, and thickened scars over the healed incisions. Though they can be bothersome and aesthetically displeasing, they don't pose a direct health threat.
Delayed Healing Process: Healing can be sluggish, especially in patients with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or those who smoke.
Anaesthesia Risks: Patients may experience short-term nausea following general anaesthesia, along with other potential risks associated with anaesthesia.

Abdominoplasty surgery risks and complications include:

Unsatisfactory Cosmetic Outcome: Despite careful surgical planning, there's a risk that the patient might be dissatisfied with the shape, contour, or tightness of the abdomen following the surgery.
Changes in Skin Sensation: The surgery might lead to temporary or permanent changes in skin sensation in the abdomen, including numbness or tingling.
Fluid Accumulation (Seroma): Following surgery, there is a risk of developing a seroma, a pocket of clear serous fluid that sometimes develops in the body after surgery.
Necrosis: Rarely, skin or other tissue may die (necrosis) due to insufficient blood supply. This is more common among smokers.
Changes to the Belly Button: The appearance of the belly button can change after an abdominoplasty, and in some cases, a second surgery might be required to achieve the desired look.
Skin Irregularities and Discoloration: Skin irregularities, such as lumpiness or mottling, are possible after abdominoplasty. Changes in skin color are also possible but are typically temporary.
Long-lasting Scars: While all efforts are made to minimize scarring, the incisions from an abdominoplasty can result in visible scars that might be larger or more noticeable than initially expected.
Poor Wound Healing: In some cases, the healing process after an abdominoplasty can be slow and the wound may not heal completely or normally. This is more likely in individuals with poor nutrition, underlying health issues, or those who smoke.

Patient Results


Disclaimer: Photographs shown above are actual patients from our clinic, who have given their consent for the use of their images purely for informational purposes. It is important to note that the results observed are subjective, and will differ based on each individual’s unique characteristics and the specific surgical or non-surgical techniques implemented. As with all procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, there are inherent risks involved.

Despite our efforts to maintain standardisation in our before and after photos, certain inconsistencies, such as differences in lighting, posture, facial expression, hairstyle, and make-up, may still exist between images. For a more comprehensive understanding of potential results, additional surgical result photographs can be viewed during a private consultation at our clinic located in Double Bay, NSW.

Additionally, we wish to emphasise that individual outcomes can greatly differ. The results experienced by one person should not be viewed as an exact indication of the results that others may experience. Such variations are due to a multitude of factors, including an individual’s genetics, diet, and exercise regimen.

All photos are watermarked and hold the copyright of Dr Zacharia. Any unauthorised usage or distribution is strictly prohibited.

How Much Does Abdominoplasty Cost?

Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.

Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.


Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and firm the abdomen. This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This procedure is often sought by individuals who, due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or heredity, have excess sagging skin and fat in the abdominal region. It’s crucial to have a thorough consultation with a qualified surgeon to assess whether this procedure aligns with an individual’s specific circumstances and goals.
The recovery period varies among individuals but typically involves several weeks of rest and reduced activity. You may experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the initial weeks, which can be managed with prescribed medications. Patients are often advised to wear a compression garment to minimise swelling and support the abdominal area as it heals. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon for a smooth recovery.
While an abdominoplasty does result in a scar, it is typically placed low on the abdomen and can often be concealed under underwear or a swimsuit. The visibility of the scar can also diminish over time with proper care and healing.
Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure. While it can remove some excess fat and skin, it is primarily designed to tighten the abdominal muscles and contour the waistline. For optimal results, patients should be at or near their ideal weight and maintain a stable weight after the surgery. It is recommended to pursue healthy diet and exercise habits for maintaining the results of the procedure.

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