A Post Pregnancy Surgery Procedure can include:
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
Your abdomen stretches a huge amount during pregnancy and while it will spring back to some degree after you give birth, sometimes this is just not enough. Split abdominal muscles and over-stretched skin may leave you with excess skin that no amount of sit-ups will shift. The solution may be abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck procedure.
- A mini abdominoplasty (or mini tummy tuck procedure) addresses excess skin below the belly button, and leaves a shorter scar.
- An endoscopic abdominoplasty allows skin to be tightened below the belly button as well as tightening muscles, and also leaves a shorter scar.
- A full abdominoplasty involves all of the excess skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction to achieve optimal fat removal, and achieves tightening of the abdomen.
Dr Hunt will discuss each of these options with you during your personal one-on-consultation, explaining your options and helping you choose the procedure that is most appropriate for you.
Breast surgery (breast implants, breast lift/reduction or both)
Some women’s breasts return to their original pre-pregnancy shape and size after giving birth and breastfeeding. However, this is the exception rather than the rule, and often women find their breasts are bigger, smaller, “saggier” or softer post pregnancy. As part of a Post Pregnancy Surgery, Dr Hunt will aim to address these using one of the following techniques:
- A breast augmentation mammoplasty uses a breast implant to restore lost breast volume.
- A breast lift mastopexy elevates the nipple and tightens loose skin.
- An augmentation mastopexy combines breast implants with a breast lift mastopexy to restore volume and position.
During your consultation with Dr Hunt, he will talk through each of these procedures to help you determine what’s most appropriate for you.
Why Patients Might Consider Post Pregnancy Surgery
Post pregnancy surgery is a complex plastic surgery intervention. The intervention targets different areas of the body, depending on your particular needs. There are different benefits associated with undergoing this procedure. Among them we can mention:
- Strengthens weak abdominal muscles
- Eliminates excess skin from the inferior abdominal area
Recovery after a Post Pregnancy Surgery
The recovery period after a Post Pregnancy Surgery is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure. Expect a certain level of discomfort to occur during the first few days post-op.
It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after a Post Pregnancy Surgery and make sure to take time off from work to allow your body to heal. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after a Post Pregnancy Surgery:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
- Avoid steam rooms and saunas
- Sleep on your back
- Avoid lifting heavy objects from the floor
- Avoid ample arms movements
To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.
Real Post Pregnancy Surgery Patient Results
The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
Post Pregnancy Surgery Cost Sydney – How much does a Post Pregnancy Surgery cost in Sydney NSW?
The cost of a Post Pregnancy Surgery in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedures, the results you want and the time required in theatre. Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.
Listing an exact cost for a Post Pregnancy Surgery is not possible because every patient’s requirements are different. A Post Pregnancy Surgery is one of the most customisable surgeries, so the only way to determine a more exact cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt. Once your goals and expectations have been discussed, Dr Hunt can tell you what you can expect to pay.
The final cost will also take surgeon, hospital and anaesthetist fees into account. Along with the procedures you decide to include, the complexity of your procedure will determine how long the surgery will take, which will also affect the cost. If specific criteria are met, some patients are able to apply for a Medicare rebate, which will cover some of the costs associated with a Post Pregnancy Surgery. Procedures that are deemed medically necessary have a higher chance of qualifying for a rebate.
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Post Pregnancy Surgery FAQs
What's involved in a Post Pregnancy Surgery?
A Post Pregnancy Surgery is made up of two procedures performed at the same time – breast surgery, and a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty procedure. Both will be performed by Dr Hunt under general anaesthetic at your chosen hospital. To learn more of what’s involved with a breast surgery, click here. To learn more about what’s involved with a breast lift mastopexy surgery, click here. To learn more about what’s involved with a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty surgery, click here.
What are the Abdominal Surgery Options for a Post Pregnancy Surgery?
The size of the growing baby needs the tissues of the tummy to stretch to make room during pregnancy. After giving birth the tissue will spring back to a certain extent, but sometimes this isn’t the same as pre-pregnancy resulting in stretched or split abdominal muscles and excess loose skin. An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure aims to tighten stretched and split muscles, remove excess fat, and tighten the skin by removing loose skin below the belly button.
Types of Tummy Surgery/ abdominoplasty
- Mini abdominoplasty – a smaller abdominoplasty addresses excess skin below the belly button but will not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage of this surgery is a shorter scar.
- Endoscopic abdominoplasty – allows the skin to be tightened below the belly button as well as tightening the muscles. This is often done through a shorter incision.
- Full Tummy Tuck – Full Abdominoplasty – a full abdominoplasty will involve all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the split tummy muscles being tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to remove fat and achieve the maximum tightening of the abdominal tissue. The scar usually runs from hip to hip.
What are the Breast Surgery Options for Post Pregnancy Surgery?
Changes in breast volume during pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave the skin deflated and drooping. The solution may be a breast implant to restore volume, or a lift to elevate the nipple position or a combination of the two.
Types of Breast Surgery
- Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty – uses a breast implant, either silicone or saline, to restore lost breast volume. Replacing the volume will also give a degree of lift to the nipple.
- Breast Lift – Mastopexy – usually done through the “lollipop scar” the nipple is elevated, and the loose skin of the breast is tightened.
- Breast LIft with Implants – Augmentation mastopexy – uses a breast implant to restore volume in combination with a breast lift.
- Breast Reduction Mammaplasty Surgery – to reduce the size of heavy or sagging breasts
A Post Pregnancy Surgery is a procedure that addresses concerns in the contour of the abdomen and breast after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Any of the above procedures may be combined to achieve a patients desired result. Each person is an individual with specific needs and Dr Hunt ensures each procedure is tailored to address the individual patients needs.
If you are considering a Post Pregnancy Surgery, book your one-on-one consultation with Dr Hunt today.
Am I a candidate for a Post Pregnancy Surgery?
As a Post Pregnancy Surgery involves a combination of procedures, the key to success is to seek the opinion of an experienced plastic surgeon who can guide you to the most appropriate procedure. The abdominal component of a Post Pregnancy Surgery may involve liposuction, mini-tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty, full tummy tuck/abdominoplasty procedure or an expanded abdominoplasty to address excess skin, lax muscles and disproportionate deposition of fat. The combination of any of these abdominal procedures with breast surgery in the form of a breast reduction mammaplasty, breast lift mastopexy or breast augmentation mammoplasty would make a Post Pregnancy Surgery.
Does Medicare cover a Post Pregnancy Surgery?
Medicare does not cover purely cosmetic procedures, only those deemed to be medically necessary.
Medicare and Breast Surgery
In terms of breast surgery, procedures that cause functional limitations such as excessively large breasts can be covered by a Medicare item number. There is also a Medicare Item Number for Breast Lift of Saggy Breasts.
Operations that involve breast implants are rarely covered by Medicare. If the procedure addresses a functional limitation, such as significant breast asymmetry, then this will be covered by a Medicare item number.
In relation to Post Pregnancy Surgery, Medicare item numbers can sometimes be applied to these procedures if certain criteria are met. These procedures would include breast reduction, correction of congenital breast disease and of course, breast reconstruction after cancer treatment.
Medicare and Abdominal Surgery
Medicare item numbers are designed to be applied to medical problems that require medical correction. In terms of abdominal surgery, Medicare item numbers do apply if there has been a significant weight loss that has resulted in excess skin that creates functional problems, such as skin chafing.
This is assessed by the degree of drop in a patient’s BMI or body mass index which is the ratio of their weight to their height.
If there has been a significant drop in the BMI that has created laxity of skin, then Medicare item numbers could potentially apply.
If a Medicare item number does apply to a surgical procedure, it means that private health care (depending on the level of cover) will potentially cover hospital and operating theatre costs.
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About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.