Tummy tuck surgery requires the skills, expertise and artistry of a top plastic surgeon.

If no amount of diet or exercise is leaving you with a firm, flat stomach, a tummy tuck can help.

This is one of Dr Jeremy Hunt’s most popular procedures, mostly for mothers whose bodies haven’t recovered after pregnancy, but also by patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.

While you’ve no doubt heard people say that diet or exercise is the solution, unfortunately there is only so much self-repair our skin can do. In reality, the only solution for stubborn excess skin is surgery.


Dr Hunt's range of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty procedures, address three key areas of concern – excess skin, persistent fat, and lax muscles. Dr Jerermy Hunt employs a variety of surgical techniques to counteract these issues:

Tummy Liposuction

  • removes excess fat deposits around the tummy and flanks and helps to achieve the ideal silhouette and contour. This option is best for patients without tummy sagging and good quality skin.

Mini Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck

  • addresses excess skin below the belly button but will not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage is a shorter, less visible scar.

Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

  • allows both the skin and the muscles to be tightened. This is often done through a shorter incision.

Full Tummy Tuck or Full Abdominoplasty

  • A Full Tummy Tuckinvolves all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to achieve optimal fat removal. This procedure achieves the maximum tightening of abdominal wall tissue. However, the scar usually runs from hip to hip.

Extended Abdominoplasty

  • An Extended Abdominoplasty is used if weight loss has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour. The scar is slightly larger than that of a traditional abdominoplasty.

Mummy Makeover – Breast Surgery & Tummy Surgery Combined

  • Tummy surgery is very often combined with breast surgery in a popular combined procedure known as the mummy makeover. This targets the two areas most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding – the tummy, and the breasts. Click here if you’d like to learn more about Mummy Makeovers, or read on to find out more about Tummy Tucks.
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What is a Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck is the plastic surgery intervention performed to help you get a contoured tummy without excess skin. The procedure is performed on patients with skin sagginess at the level of the inferior abdominal area. If you are dealing with a “belly apron” that covers partly or entirely the suprapubic area, the tummy tuck might be just what Dr Hunt recommends.

The procedure is also known as abdominoplasty in medical terms and can completely change the aspect of your tummy and midline when performed in combination with liposuction. Depending on the needs of the patients, there are different types of tummy tucks that can be performed, from a mini tummy tuck to a Fleur-de-Lis tummy tuck.

The abdominoplasty is a suitable procedure for you if you have a normal weight, but the tummy is not flat or firm. During this procedure, Dr Hunt also corrects diastasis recti (a condition that can occur during pregnancy – the right and left abdominal muscles are distended, and a gap is created between them).

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How is the Tummy Tuck done?

The tummy tuck is often performed with the patient under general anaesthesia, as the procedure can take one to three hours, depending on the complexity of each case.

The number and length of incisions are dependent on the type of tummy tuck to be performed. For example, in the case of the mini abdominoplasty, there is just one small incision placed on the inferior part of the abdomen, over the suprapubic area. A full tummy tuck often entails a larger incision on the lower abdominal area and another one used to reposition the navel. The extended tummy tuck requires incisions on the flanks, too, that allow Dr Hunt to eliminate excess skin from the sides.

After the incisions are performed, Dr Hunt will detach the skin tissue and bring together and tighten the abdominal muscles for a firmer-looking tummy (not performed in case of the mini abdominoplasty). The skin is then redraped over the underlying tissues, and the excess skin is eliminated. The incisions are sutured, and compressive bandages are used.


Benefits of the Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is a complex plastic surgery intervention that aims to recontour the abdominal area. The procedure is performed to tighten weak abdominal muscles and eliminate excess skin. There are multiple benefits associated with undergoing this procedure. Among them we can mention:

  • Strengthens weak abdominal muscles
  • The tummy is firmer and flatter
  • Eliminates saggy skin from the inferior abdominal area
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Makes it easier to find clothes that look good

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Recovery after Tummy Tuck

The recovery period after a tummy tuck is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure and whether the procedure was performed alone or in combination with other interventions. Bruising and swelling can naturally occur at the level of the tummy after undergoing abdominoplasty procedures.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after a tummy tuck and returning to the gym is only possible after six to eight weeks. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after tummy tuck surgery:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid steam rooms, saunas, hot baths and pools for a few weeks
  • Sleep with your knees and upper body slightly bent
  • Avoid coughing, sneezing and even laughing too hard
  • Avoid ample body movements

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

Tummy Tuck Cost Sydney - How much does a tummy tuck cost Australia NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty surgery in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the results you want and the time required in theatre.  Your tummy surgery total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.

The type of tummy tuck that’s performed and how much excess skin and fat need to be removed will play a role in the total cost of this surgery. For example, not all patients need to repair their abdominal muscles during surgery and not all patients require a full, traditional tummy tuck. Since a general anaesthetic is required for the majority of tummy tuck surgeries, the cost of an anaesthetist will need to be factored in.

In some cases, some of the costs associated with a tummy tuck are covered by Medicare & your health insurance. This is mostly the case for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin that could cause health concerns and impact their quality of life. The best way to determine your tummy tuck cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare coverage, a tummy tuck Payment Plan, or the costs for tummy tuck surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

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With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to accentuate a person’s beauty using the most innovative surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care which he offers every patient and that begins from the day of first consultation.

At your patient consultation, Dr Hunt will perform a comprehensive assessment, review your medical history, discuss any concerns & risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your tummy procedure as part of the informed consent process. You will also see Before and After Images of past patients.

Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

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Disclaimer – Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


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Tummy Tuck FAQs - Your Questions Answered

Do I need a Tummy Tuck?


If your tummy leaves you feeling self-conscious and you’d like it to be much firmer and tighter, you’re an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck.

What's a Tummy Tuck include?


Dr Hunt will perform your tummy tuck surgery in the hospital of your choice, under a general anesthetic administered by one of his hand-selected anesthetists.

Based on what you have agreed prior to your surgery, he will use one of the following techniques:

  • Liposuction
  • Mini abdominoplasty procedures or mini tummy tuck
  • Endoscopic abdominoplasty procedures
  • Full abdominoplasty procedures
  • Extended abdominoplasty procedures

When can I go home after a Tummy Tuck?


You will stay in hospital for three to five nights following your surgery. You can go home as soon as you’re comfortable and able to get to and from the bathroom.

When you get home, you should limit your movements to around the house for two to three days to ensure a complete recovery.

What is the post-operative care after a Tummy Tuck?


Dr Hunt will see you weekly for the first month after your surgery. Time between your visits will get longer as your recovery progresses.

How long will I be off work?


You’ll be off work for around three to four weeks depending on the intensity of your role.

When can I resume my normal activities after a Tummy Tuck?


It will take around three weeks until you are fully recovered and can resume all your normal activities.

For the first 10 days after surgery you’ll be stooped and will have to walk carefully. However as the skin stretches and gets used to its new position you will slowly straighten up.

When will I see the final result?


The benefits of your abdominoplasty will be immediate, although it may take up to two months until you can appreciate the full results. It will also take at least a year for your scar to mature and fade.

Which Tummy Surgery do I need?


Abdominal contouring, also known as tummy tuck surgery, can take a number of forms and each procedure is designed to address your specific needs. The right tummy tuck for you is going to address three different issues; excess fat deposits, issues with your abdominal muscles, and any loose or excess skin. Each of these procedures will address one or more of the issues and will produce the best tummy tuck result for you depending on the amount of skin & tissue that needs to be removed. One of these body surgeries will best suit your abdominal contouring needs. What you will need is the advice of a Specialist Plastic Surgeon about which procedure will best meet your needs and deliver your expectations.

1. Mini Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck – Skin Only

A smaller abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, addresses the excess skin below the belly button but does not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage of this type of procedure is a shorter scar.

2. Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

An Endoscopic abdominoplasty allows both the skin to be tightened as well as muscles. This is often done through a shorter incision, which usually results in a smaller, shorter scar.

3. Full Abdominoplasty or Full Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair

A full abdominoplasty will involve all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to achieve the fat removal, and achieves the maximum tightening of the abdominal tissue. The scar is usually quite large and runs from hip to hip.

4. Extended Abdominoplasty – for excess skin in the hips and flank

If weight loss has lead to excess skin extending around the hip then an extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve the body contour. The scar is simply a longer scar that will extend over the hip.

5 Tummy Liposuction – for removing stubborn tummy fat but not excess skin

Liposuction can remove excess fat deposits and bring that troublesome tummy area back in line with the rest of the body. Remember though, liposuction relies on the skin springing back into place, so is usually more effective in younger patients whose skin has not been stretched.

Other Tummy Surgery for Massive Weight Loss Patients

For massive weight loss patients with lots of loose tummy skin there is also lower body lift, 360 abdominoplasty, belt lipectomy circumferential abdominoplasty or FDL – Fleur De lis abdominoplasty.

What happens during Tummy Tuck Surgery? – About the Tummy Tuck procedure


On the day of the operation, the procedure will be performed in a fully accredited hospital, under general anaesthetic given by a fully accredited anaesthetist. Dr Hunt will meet with his patient on the day of surgery. The patient will then be marked, highlighting the appropriate areas for liposuction (if needed) and where excess skin will be removed. The final wound closure and scar will also be marked. It is extremely common for the patient to be anxious on the day of surgery and they are welcome to take a form of anti-anxiety drug to ensure their experience is as calm and positive as possible.

What happens after Tummy Tucks Surgery?


After the surgery has finished, Dr Hunt will contact your next of kin (NOK) to let them know that the surgery has been completed and gone well. Dr Hunt will also give them a time frame on when they can expect to hear from their loved ones. Dr Hunt will visit his patients on a daily basis while they are in hospital, as will Dr Hunt’s practice nurse. This is to ensure that they are progressing well through the early postoperative period and all of their needs and expectations are being met. Following discharge from hospital, a follow-up appointment will be arranged for the patient in Dr Hunt’s Rooms for appropriate dressing changes and in the longer term, to ensure that the result meets their expectations.

What happens to my belly button during a tummy tuck? – Do I get a new belly button?


During a tummy tuck, the belly button that you have will be reshaped and refashioned but will stay in the same location. We do not make a new belly button, instead we work around the current belly button position to create a good looking natural belly button that fits the proportions of your re-contoured abdomen.

Can I have a baby after tummy tuck?


Having had a tummy tuck does not stop you falling pregnant and does not stop you carrying a pregnancy to full term. After the baby is born there may be a return of sagging or stretched muscles and the final results of the tummy tuck may need to be revised if the skin does not return to its pre-pregnancy position. Rest assured, having a tummy tuck does NOT mean that you cannot fall pregnant or could not carry a full-term pregnancy.

Can I combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?


Frequently, the changes of weight loss or pregnancy result in changes in the abdominal contour, as well as the breast and it is not uncommon to undergo a combined breast surgery with a tummy tuck. Other combinations may include liposuction with a tummy tuck with areas such as the thighs or the lower back being contoured at the same time. A Mummy Makeover combines breast surgery with tummy surgery.

What is 360° body contouring?


Dr Hunt believes that the results of body contouring should look good from the front, the sides and the back. To achieve this he will often use liposuction of the lower back to improve the contour of the lower back and the love handles. Dr Hunt’s intention with abdominal contouring is to use the most appropriate procedure to achieve the result that shows an improvement in contour from the front, the back, as well as the sides.

Will a Tummy Tuck remove Stretch Marks?


It is a common myth that any problem area we have with our tummies can be tackled with a tummy tuck, but many patients’ tummy stretch marks remain after surgery procedure. Stretch marks can only be removed during a tummy tuck if they are in the ‘zone of resection’ which is where the tissue is cut off and removed. This estimated zone should be drawn by your surgeon beforehand so that you will know how many stretch marks will be removed and remain.

In terms of removing the remaining stretch marks, unfortunately there is no definite solution. However, we have seen good results by combating areas with a Fraxel laser. This innovative laser treatment helps to restore the youthful appearance of skin. By using thousands of microscopic laser columns, each just one tenth the diameter of a hair follicle, the laser is able to treat a fraction of skin at a time without affecting surrounding tissue. These laser columns stimulate the production of younger, smoother and healthier skin, replacing damaged or stretched tissue. If the marks are pink in tone, this laser can also diminish the colour, making them less noticeable.

Laser treatments are becoming a faster and cost-effective alternative to surgery. Even though you are not going under the knife, it is still crucial to know what to expect. As with most laser treatments, patients describe a sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimise discomfort, anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the area during. A Fraxel laser treatment may leave you feeling as if you have been sunburnt for first 24 hours of your treatment, with a pink or red tinge to the skin. This skin will start to bronze over the next week or two and with continued sessions, the sunburn to bronze cycle with continue. If skin dries out or flakes, moisturiser can be used to reduce the appearance.

Unlike the recovery time needed with a tummy tuck, results from Fraxel treatment should be faster, with less pain. However, this varies depending on the condition of your skin and how well you look after it. Those who use high SPF sunscreen during recovery and do not have sustainable sun damage should be able to say goodbye to those pesky stretch marks within two to three sessions!

What happens AFTER Tummy Tuck Surgery? – Recovering after a Tummy Tuck


Following a tummy tuck, the patient will be expected to stay in hospital from three to five days, depending on the type of procedure and patient. On return home, there will be a period where activities will be limited. Dr Hunt suggests patients should only move from the lounge room to the bedroom and the bathroom for the first week after their operation. They will not be in a position to do housework or return to work and should be cared for by a friend or family member.

During the second week after surgery, patients are able to move out of the house and are expected to return to Dr Hunt’s Rooms for a routine follow-up. Over the course of the second week, patients will be able to achieve and tolerate an ever-increasing level of activity. You’ll need to wear compression garments for a month, so don’t plan to be back at work for at least three weeks. Depending on the abdominoplasty, Dr Hunt would expect patients to be able to return to work after three to four weeks and can return to sporting activities at six weeks, building up to a full return of activities at approximately three months.

There can be degrees of swelling after a tummy tuck that can be persistent and some patients can experience episodes of swelling, particularly above their scar, that are related to periods of vigorous exercise. This can occur up to 12 months after surgery procedure.

Will I stay in hospital after Tummy Tuck?


A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure and Dr Hunt encourages his patients to spend time in hospital in the early stages after their surgery. The duration of the hospital stay will depend on the type of tummy tuck performed and may range from three to five days. You will have to be extremely careful walking for the first ten days.

Will I have drains after my Tummy Tuck?


Drains allow the removal of fluid that accumulates following a surgical procedure. As all of the wounds will be closed, we do not want a collection of fluid underneath the wound as this can lead to wound breakdown and infection issues. The purpose of the drain is to remove the fluid that naturally weeps from the tissue after surgery in the first few days. Once the volume of fluid in the drain decreases, the drains will be removed. Drains remain an important part of the tummy tuck to minimise wound complications, such as wound infection and wound breakdown.

How long will I need off work after Tummy Tuck?


The duration off work will be determined by the type of tummy tuck performed. In cases of mini-abdominoplasty, it may be possible to return to work within a week or two. Patients who have undergone a more extensive body contouring procedure, such as an extended abdominoplasty or lower body lift, can expect a much longer recovery time and will be able to return to work up to four weeks after their surgery.

When can I return to the gym?


It is advised that patients will not be able to go to the gym for approximately six weeks after their tummy tuck. If a patients returns to physical exercise too vigorously in the early stages after their surgery, it can lead to swelling, potential bleeding and wound complications. Dr Hunt encourages his patients to make a slow and steady return to normal activities and patients can expect to return to the gym six weeks after their tummy tuck.

What happens if I gain or lose weight after a tummy tuck?


A well-performed tummy tuck will allow weight gain and weight loss of approximately 10 kg in either direction without compromising the results of the tummy tuck. The abdominoplasty is designed to re-proportion and re-distribute the shape of the abdomen and it will withstand reasonable shifts in weight either up or down.

What happens at a Tummy Tuck Consultation with Dr Hunt?


The initial consultation is an opportunity to meet Dr Hunt, establish your desires and understand what you want from their procedure. During the consultation, there will be an assessment of your needs and expectations, and then following examination, a surgical plan will be developed to achieve those outcomes and manage expectations.

Different patients will require different procedures and there are a number of different types of tummy tucks that can be performed. During the consultation, Dr Hunt will determine which tummy tuck procedure will work best to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient to get the results they desire. You will receive a complete quote for the cost of their tummy tuck after their initial consultation with Dr Hunt.

What other procedures are there for Body Contouring?


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. 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.