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.

NEW ITEM NUMBER UPDATE – The Australian Government has a NEW Medicare Item Number for a Tummy Tuck for some eligible post-pregnancy patients with 3cm+ Diastasis Recti (Split Tummy Muscles) if you are eligible and meet the new medical criteria. This new 30175 Medicare Item Number – is effective from 1st July 2022. Read the 30175 Medicare Item Number factsheet.

Medicare Item Number 30175 – Radical abdominoplasty, with repair of rectus diastasis, excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue, and transposition of umbilicus, not being a laparoscopic procedure, where the patient has an abdominal wall defect as a consequence of pregnancy, if:

the patient:

  • has a diastasis of at least 3cm measured by diagnostic imaging prior to this service; and
  • has symptoms of at least moderate severity of pain or discomfort at the site of the diastasis in the abdominal wall during functional use and/or low back pain or urinary symptoms likely due to rectus diastasis that have been documented in the patient’s records by the practitioner providing this service; and
  • has failed to respond to non-surgical conservative treatment including physiotherapy; and
  • has not been pregnant in the last 12 months

the service is not a service associated with a service to which item 30165, 30651, 30655, 30168, 30171, 30172, 30176, 30177, 30179, 45530, 45564 or 45565 applies

Applicable once per lifetime – (H) (Anaes.) (Assist.)

If you qualify for the 30175 Medicare item number you may also get a subsidy from your Health Fund. There will still be a significant out-of-pocket GAP as Private Tummy tuck surgery is NOT FREE.


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.

Take the next step today

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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Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s leading specialist plastic surgeons. With over 20 years experience and thousands of happy patients, Dr Jeremy Hunt is the smart choice for your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.

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 an Abdominoplasty include?


Dr Hunt will perform your abdominoplasty 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

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.

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.


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.