What is Body Surgery?
Have you lost a lot of weight?
Do you feel like you have too much excess Skin?
Do you want a more sculpted body?
Then you may want to explore excess skin and fat reduction surgery known as Body Contouring, Body Lift or Body Surgery.
The above body contouring surgery procedures can help to reduce redundant folds of skin after weight changes. They can also remove stubborn pockets of fat that aren’t yielding to exercise and diet alone.
Furthermore, they can help refine and improve the overall body contours giving you a more refined and visible waistline, or more natural-looking torso and limbs without excess skin or uneven deposits of adipose tissue.
Am I a Good Candidate for Body Surgery?
Do you have pockets of fat in your abdominal area?
Are you suffering from skin irritation due to sagging skin in your arms and legs?
Do you feel that your body has undergone significant changes due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or ageing?
If you are bothered by these conditions, body surgery might benefit you. These procedures offer a long-term cosmetic solution and may help boost your self-esteem.
During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your condition, body type, health history, treatment goals, and expectations to determine if a full-body surgery is right for you.
In general, you are a good candidate for the procedure if you;
- Are bothered by the appearance of certain body parts.
- Are physically healthy.
- Don’t smoke.
- Have pockets of fat in your abdomen.
- Have realistic expectations.
- suffer from sagging or loose skin in your arms, abdomen, thighs, or other parts of your body.
- Have a stable weight.
What are the Benefits of Body Surgery?
Whether it’s tummy surgery or torso surgery, undergoing body surgery can give you the following benefits;
- Better body proportion
- Firmer arms and thighs
- Flatter, well-defined abdomen
- Improvement to;
- Body posture
- Quality of life
- Sexual function
- As well as, an increase to self-confidence and self-esteem
- Lower chance of skin infection
- Lower risk of skin irritation due to sagging skin
- More clothing options
- Reduced stretch marks
- Smoother, radiant, younger-looking skin
Body Surgery Before and After Photos
See more real patient before and after photos performed in Melbourne by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs.
What are the Most Popular Body Surgery Procedures?
The following are the most well-known body contouring procedures:
- Tummy tuck: Also known as abdominoplasty, this is a surgical procedure that tightens your abdomen by removing excess skin and fat.
- Arm reduction: Also known as brachioplasty, this surgery improves the appearance of your upper arms and underarm area by removing excess skin and fat.
- Body lift: Also known as torsoplasty, this procedure improves the appearance of your abdomen and buttocks by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles.
- Labiaplasty: This surgical procedure improves the appearance of your vagina, resulting in improved sexual function and a lower risk of pain and irritation.
- Liposuction: This minimally invasive procedure removes fat deposits beneath your skin by using a thin tube and a powerful vacuum.
- Male breast reduction: This surgical procedure reduces the size of abnormally large male breasts by removing excess fat and tissue.
- Mummy makeover: This is a combination of procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and tummy tuck, and is recommended after pregnancy.
- Thigh lift: This surgical procedure improves the appearance of your thighs by removing excess skin and fat.
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Recovery after Body Surgery
The recovery time after body surgery may vary from patient to patient.
It will greatly depend on several factors including; the type and extent of your surgery, surgeon’s skills, your healing ability, and the results you desire.
Whether it’s an upper-body or lower body surgery, your surgeon will give you specific instructions during your consultation on how to speed up your recovery. These include refraining from cigarette smoking and stopping medications that may impair your wound healing.
Minimizing Scars After Body Surgery
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.
Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.
We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.
You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and to organise scar minimisation treatments.
The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!
Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure, your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times vary from person to person – resting helps healing.
Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.
FAQ about Body Surgery
Can you have multiple body surgeries at the same time? ie. Combination Body Surgery
- Some body surgeries can be performed at the same time with minimal risks.
- However, other surgeries can increase your risk of developing problems and other complications.
- To ensure your safety, consult with a top surgeon with vast experience in body contouring surgeries.
- For further body contouring options by Dr Briggs, send an enquiry form today (click the button at the bottom of this page).
What is the Ideal Age to have body surgery?
- The ideal age to have body surgery will depend on the type of procedure you want to undergo.
- For instance, breast surgeries are recommended for younger patients since they have elastic skin and a good amount of breast tissue. On the other hand, body contouring procedures aimed at improving the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and loose skin are best performed in older patients.
- To know the ideal body surgery that will suit your anatomy, lifestyle, and cosmetic goals, schedule a consultation with a top surgeon.
How much is Body Surgery? Costs and Prices
Costs and prices of body surgery vary. The cost includes your surgeon, anesthesiologist and hospital fees, as well as the type of surgery and anaesthesia used.
During your consultation, your surgeon will give you a quote estimate with a breakdown of the costs.
Will your medical insurance cover the cost of your body surgery?
Make sure to verify the policy of your private health insurance to determine if you can make a claim on the costs of your procedure.
In general, if body surgery is done for cosmetic purposes, your private health insurance will not pay for your procedure.
However, if the goal of your body contouring surgery is to treat a certain medical condition (e.g. thigh lift to reduce skin irritation and infection), then you will likely be eligible for a health insurance claim.
By consulting with a renowned surgeon, you will know not only your treatment options but also your financing options.
Funding Body Surgery – Medicare, Payment Plans and Super
Some Body Contouring Surgery procedures may be eligible for Medicare.
Purely cosmetic Body Surgery procedures are usually NOT covered by Medicare or private health insurance so you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.
Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance. You can learn more about payment options for funding your Body Surgery procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.
Your super fund may also be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about the early release of super on compassionate grounds.
How to find the best Body Contouring surgeon in Melbourne
Always choose an experienced plastic surgeon and look at their online reviews and before and after patient photos.
If you are interested in having Body Surgery, Dr Briggs is ready to help you. He is a top-rated specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne and is known for his excellent work and great advice for Body Surgery patients. Empathy, care, and dedication to your care are his core goals.
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since body contouring is a major procedure, you’ll need a top body surgeon. A reputable body surgeon has the following qualities:
- A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
- Extensive experience in different types of body surgery.
- Patient Before and After Photos .
- Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
- A great support team with long term follow up.
What are the Risks of Body Surgery?
Whether it’s body fat surgery or torso surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure. Including;
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia in the form of skin rashes and difficulty breathing
- Body weakness
- Capsular contracture
- Changes in skin sensation
- Delayed wound healing
- Increasing pain at the surgical site
- Numbness in one or both sides of your body
- Pus draining from your wound
- Rippling of the implant
- Severe swelling
- Skin discoloration
- Skin loss
- Sutures that protrude through the skin
- Unwanted scarring
- Wound dehiscence
Dr Briggs Qualifications
- Fellow Royal College of Surgeons. FRCS
- Fellow Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. FRCSI
- Fellow Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (Plas Surg)
Body Surgery Glossary – Words related to Body Surgery
- Anesthesia – Drugs used during a surgical procedure to relieve pain and other discomforts.
- Capsular contracture – A complication of breast augmentation that is characterized by the formation of a tight scar around the implant.
- Hematoma – Visible pooling of blood under your skin.
- Hemorrhage – Uncontrolled bleeding
- Rippling of the implant – Visible folds and wrinkles in your skin due to improper implant placement.
- Wound dehiscence – Partial or total separation of wound edges after it has been sutured
Commonly Combined Associated Surgery
A Body Surgery (Body Contouring) can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction.
Body Contouring can also be performed with a procedure on another part of the body – for example, breast and tummy surgery is commonly combined as a Mummy Makeover.
As a guide, it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face.
See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.
Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.