Body Contouring Surgery in Sydney
Body Contouring Surgery in Sydney
What is Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss?
For many patients however, the weight loss alone is not the end of their journey. Along with the loss of weight comes a loss of skin tone and excess skin. The amount of excess skin after weight loss will vary with the degree of retraction of the skin during this time. In some patients there is good skin retraction leaving little need for any corrective surgery, however, in most patients, the massive weight loss leaves the skin loose and hanging off the body, sometimes with extra folds, giving a person quite a “deflated” look
Plastic surgery is not always necessary in all areas. Sometimes if there is a small amount of excess, improving tone to this area by lifting weights, for example, may be of benefit. However, once there is a reasonable amount of excessive tissue and particularly if these areas have stretch marks, then surgery remains the only method to remove and tighten this skin. As Dr. Kumar says “ Gym doesn’t cure Skin”
It is important to understand, that even with surgery, there are no “ quick fixes” to body contouring after massive weight loss. The physical and psychological benefits take time. Just as it takes a person anywhere from six to nine months and sometimes even more to achieve their goal weight, it can take a similar period to remove all the excess skin.
There are three common areas that patients feel most conscious about when considering body contouring surgery in Sydney, after massive weight loss.
1. The Breasts
Common procedures are:
2. The Abdomen (torso) and Arms.
Common Procedures are:
3. The Inner Thighs
Common procedures are:
- Inner Thigh Lift
Excess skin in these areas leads to complaints such as the following:
- empty, “sagging breasts” that no longer fill a bra
- sweating under the skin folds, particularly in the summer months that is difficult to control or reduce
- skin infections and rashes particularly in these folds
- chafing and rubbing especially in the inner thighs but also in other areas where there is loose skin.
- difficulty finding clothing that fits well due to a lack of harmony between the new body weight and the new body shape
- A lack of self confidence as some patients feel more self-conscious with the excess loose skin (especially over the tummy and arms) compared to when they still had the weight to lose.
As a fully qualified and accredited plastic surgeon, Dr Kumar has particular expertise in surgery after weight loss in Sydney. He is able to use all the techniques of plastic surgery to provide a harmonious result that balances the reconstructive nature of this surgery with the aesthetic needs of his patients. Dr Kumar takes pride in delivering beautiful, natural results that help his patients complete their weight loss journey happy, full of confidence and looking just as good on the outside as they feel on the inside.
If more then one area of the body is to be treated, then surgery after weight loss in Sydney, is often performed in stages. Depending on your personal needs, Dr Kumar will tailor your surgery, to best suit your requirements. It is important to remember that no two people are alike and therefore, no two results will be exactly the same.
There are several factors taken into consideration when tailoring your surgery for you. Some procedures work well for recovery together while others can make your recovery a little harder logistically. The duration of surgery can vary from 4 hours to 10 hours on average and therefore, procedures are combined in a manner that reduces your risk on the operating table. Your financial situation is also considered to ensure that you receive the best value when combining procedures.
A typical series of procedures would look like this:
Operation 1: Body Lift including monsplasty and Breast Surgery ( Stage 1 )
(6 months recovery minimum if stage 2 breast surgery is required)
Operation 2: Arm Lift and Breast surgery (Stage 2, only if required)
( 3 months recovery minimum)
Operation 3: Thigh Lift (Stage 3, only if required)
On average, for most patients, it takes 3 operations and 12 months to achieve their post weight loss body should they wish to address all 3 common areas of concern.
Please follow the Links on this page to find out more specific details on the different types of surgery that is available following weight loss.
Am I a Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery in Sydney after Weight Loss?
Body contouring after weight loss is some the most complex surgery performed by plastic surgeons. Not only are their significant technical considerations but there are also significant patient considerations. As a result, the surgery should only be undertaken when all these factors are optimised. From a patient point of view, the minimum requirements prior to undertaking body contouring surgery after weight loss in Sydney are:
- You have achieved your goal weight and have been stable in this weight range for a minimum 3-6 months
- You are otherwise reasonably fit and well with no major medical problems and you have a clearance from your GP to be able to undergo a large operation
- You are a non-smoker or you will have ceased smoking for a minimum 12 weeks before and 12 weeks after surgery ( includes nicotine of any type/source and e-cigarettes)
- Wound healing can often be a challenge in body contouring surgery so it is crucial that you have a good healthy diet and excellent nutrition. Your protein levels, iron, B12 and folate are of particular importance and will need to be optimal prior to surgery
- The journey to and after body contouring surgery can be quite an emotional one. It is important that you have excellent social support via your friends and family and that you have a good support structure during your recovery after surgery.
Dr Kumar and his team can help you meet these requirements and optimise your health to ensure that your surgery and recovery is as trouble free as possible.
BENEFITS OF BODY CONTOURING SURGERY
Common Questions about Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss
How do I make an appointment to see Dr Kumar to discuss my body contouring surgery?
Dr Kumar is a specialist plastic surgeon who is an expert in body contouring surgery after weight loss in Sydney. His rooms are located in the inner west suburb of Leichhardt as well as Penrith and Orange. There are two main ways to make an appointment to see Dr Kumar for Body contouring Surgery in Sydney.
You may call us on 1300 26 77 26 and speak to our lovely receptionists to make an appointment. Alternately you can send us a request via our contact page on our website and our team will get back to you to arrange a time to visit.
You do not need to bring a referral letter from your General Practitioner. However, you may qualify for some of your consultation fee and/or surgery to rebated via Medicare (or your Private Health Fund) but this will only be possible if you present with a referral letter.
You will need to give our receptionist some details about yourself, what procedures you are interested in and if this is a new visit or follow-up visit. The non-refundable charge for a cosmetic consultation is $300. If you qualify for a rebate then currently approximately $72 of this fee will be rebated via Medicare.
You will need to secure your booking by providing us with your credit card details. We do charge a fee if an appointment is made but not kept. We understand that sometimes events occur that are unpredictable and you may not be able to get to your appointment. In these circumstances, we will gladly reschedule your appointment for a maximum of two times before your consult fee becomes forfeit.
What happens upon arrival?
We will always endeavour to make sure that you are seen at your allocated appointment time. There will be occasions, however, where emergencies or previously unforeseen circumstances may lead to a disruption of this schedule. In the rare instance that this may occur, rest assured that we will do our best to let you know as soon as possible so that there is minimal disruption to your schedule.
We kindly ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. At this time you will be asked to fill out our patient registration form (if you haven’t done so already from the internet) as well as our medical history form.
We are proud to be an environmentally friendly practice. As such we are essentially paper-free. You will be handed an iPad upon arrival on which all the latest magazines are already pre-loaded. Feel free to browse them while you wait, and rest assured that this is always updated with the current edition, unlike many doctor’s practices! You may also do further research on our iPad with direct links to our website as well as our dedicated apps which cover the spectrum of cosmetic procedures as well as recent trends and current special offers.
While we will try to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, we do understand that the entire process can be reasonably daunting for some patients. We are more than happy for you to bring a support person (be they friend or family) to your consultation and to stay with you when you are being seen by Dr Kumar.
We are a child-friendly practice but we do ask that due to the sensitive nature of some of the procedures that are performed at the practice, please keep the noise levels down to a minimum and that there is no running around in the waiting room due to a risk of injury to your child.
What happens at my consultation and how many consultations will I have?
A) YOUR FIRST CONSULT
Prior to meeting Dr Kumar, you will meet our patient co-ordinator who will take a brief history and guide you to our photography room where you will have clinical photos taken. Rest assured that all these photos are de-identified and anonymous; they will be used by Dr Kumar as part of his discussions with you and often are a requirement from Medicare to ensure proper rebates are given. Depending on which procedure you wish to undertake, you may also have Vectra 3D images taken which will form the focus of your consult with Dr Kumar. We are one of the few clinics in Australia to offer this groundbreaking technology and is the only clinic in the Inner West to do so.
The 3D Vectra device is a great tool for breast augmentation and other breast procedures such as a breast lift or reduction and some body procedures. You can find more information on the 3D Vectra machine by clicking here.
Expect your initial consultation with Dr Kumar to take approximately 60 minutes. At this meeting, Dr Kumar will work closely with you to assess your needs and discuss whether your requests are surgically achievable or whether there may be alternative treatments that may suit you better. We understand that this consult can be daunting and Dr Kumar will ensure that it is done with sensitivity and discretion.
You will be provided with an information pack about your procedure and the surgical technique will be explained. At this stage, the benefits and risks of the procedure will be explained.
B) SECOND CONSULT
It is a medicolegal requirement that you have a second consult prior to undertaking your procedure. Even if it was not so, Dr Kumar feels it necessary that you have at least one more consult prior to your surgery or indeed as many as you wish to ensure that you are fully informed and comfortable with your decisions prior to going ahead with your body contouring surgery in Sydney. This is a very big decision and we ensure that we do not rush or pressure our patients to book in their procedure until they are comfortable and ready to go ahead.
At your second consult, Dr Kumar will confirm with you the procedure that you wish to undertake and answer any new questions that you may have after the first meeting. The risks and benefits of the procedure will be explained again and you will be asked to sign a consent form for the procedure. Any changes to implant size (if applicable) can also be made at this appointment. You will also be measured for a garment at this stage should you need one for your surgery.
Please note that should you have already booked in for your procedure or decide to book in for your procedure during this visit then the second consult is complimentary. If you decide to make a booking in the future then the cost of this consult will be deducted from your overall surgical charge at the time of your future booking.
C) POST-OPERATIVE CONSULT
After your surgery, you will be seen at regular intervals to ensure that you are healing well and the results are as expected and desired. Dressings may need to be changed, drains may need to be removed and scar minimisation therapy commenced. Photographs are taken to chart your progress. All scheduled postoperative visits for a period of six months are included in your surgical fees.
How long does the procedure take?
The duration of surgery will be determined by what procedures you wish to have and how they are tailored for you. On average if more then one procedure is being done, then you should expect a minimum of 6-8 hours on the operating table, As mentioned above, Dr Kumar will most likely spread multiple procedures over stages to ensure your safety and the best clinical results.
How long will I stay in hospital
If you are having a Body Lift, Tummy Tuck or Thigh Lift as part of your procedure, then expect a minimum 2- 3 night stay in Hospital.These are large procedures needing good post-operative care and will take a few days to recover from. Other procedures involving the breasts or arms are done either as a day case or an overnight stay.
When can I start driving, start exercising, return to work?
The answer to these questions will vary depending on the operations you have had and your own personal recovery.
In general though, patients who have had a body lift, tummy tuck or thigh lift after major weight loss can return to driving a car in between 7-10 days after surgery.
Aerobic exercise ( e.g gentle walking) is encouraged almost immediately after surgery. Dr Kumar recommends a gently build up of this for your first 6 weeks after surgery with no heavy weights and lifting of 5kgs or less. From 6 weeks onwards, most patients can start to increase their intensity and weights based on their tolerance levels and by 12 weeks most patient care back to a normal exercise routine.
The time off work is strongly determined by the amount of surgery you have had, the nature of the work and how you recover in the weeks following surgery. For most patients who have desk jobs or equivalent, they usually return to work after 2 weeks. If your work requires more manual labour or lifting items greater then 5kgs then it will take a few more weeks before you could return to these duties.
Which hospital does Dr Kumar work in and can I have an all female team?
As Dr Kumar is an expert in body contouring after weight loss in Sydney, he prefers to work with a team who are equally as passionate about this type of surgery. In keeping with this philosophy, his team is not picked based on their gender, but for their experience, dedication and skill.
Dr Kumar selects his hospitals based on their dedication to his patients before, during and after surgery. This includes all aspects of the surgery from the ward staff through to the equipment in the operating theatres.
Can I use my private health insurance?
While your individual circumstances will determine the final outcome, most patients can use their private health cover for at least some if not all of the procedures available for surgery after major weight loss in Sydney. Private health insurance usually will approve cover if you have physical symptoms as a result of your skin excess. You will off course need to be at the correct tier of cover and if you are then in this situation all your operating theatre and hospital costs, including the post-operative stay is covered. Medicare and your private insurance may also, in the appropriate circumstances, contribute an amount to the surgeons fees. You can call your health fund and see if you are covered. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) codes that are likely to be used are 30171, 30179 and 30177 for body procedures and 45523 for breast procedures.
Cosmetic procedures such as breast implants and liposuction are not covered by Medicare or your health insurance.
Do you have a payment plan?
We are always happy to discuss repayment options that reduces the financial burden for you.
Yes, we offer payment plans for Body contouring surgery following weight loss in Sydney. If you are booking your surgery up to 6 months in advance, we are happy to accept regular payments up until 4 weeks before the surgery is scheduled when the final payment is due. This is interest-free and means you don’t have the worry of paying for your procedure after you have had it.
We accept Visa, Mastercard and direct deposit.
We are not affiliated or endorse any particular financing company.
Other patients in the past have approached their existing banks for redraws, personal loans or used a low-interest credit card to help assist funding their procedure.
Others have been able to access their superannuation.
More information about payment options is in our dedicated article here.
These are decisions to be made by you based on your financial situation and we recommend seeking independent financial advice prior to choosing one of these options.
Can I use my superannuation to pay for my surgery?
Superannuation release on compassionate grounds is possible, but also challenging. It is only available in cases of chronic or acute pain and generally is only granted for patients seeking surgery such as breast reductions or abdominoplasty where the patient is suffering ongoing pain. Find out more in this article. Please note that you need to start the process and have your GP provide a report before we can fill our section of your application.
Where can I get more information?
Click here to download our guide to body contouring surgery in Sydney.
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BODY CONTOURING COST
Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss Cost
As there are multiple possible combinations of surgery and they are usually separated over time, the best and most accurate method to get a quote is to see Dr Kumar and together you can work out the operative plan and therefore the appropriate quote.
After your initial consultation with Dr Kumar, you will be given a detailed itemised quote. This will include Dr Kumar’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.
We will also provide information on our body contouring surgery in Sydney payment plans
Included in your fees are:
- Vectra 3D simulation (as required)
- Procedure performed by a fully qualified plastic surgeon
- Mentor brand breast implants – (if needed)
- Anaesthetic fees
- Procedure performed in a fully accredited private hospital
- All garments
- Post op follow up for a period of 12 months
3D Vectra Simulation
See results on your own body with a Vectra Simulation with our Patient Co-ordinator. This scan with give you a much better idea of sizing and placement and you can see what different implant sizes will look like on your own frame and in clothing. Dr Kumar is one of very few practices that offers this service in Sydney.
Click here for more information or to book a 3D Vectra consult.
Meet The Expert
As a patient of Dr Kumar, you can expect a personalised and positive experience. Along with him, his professional and caring team are there to support you on your surgical journey from your first call to well after you have recovered from your surgery. Working in harmony with you, Dr Kumar and his team strive to provide exceptional results that will leave you feeling proud and confident in your own skin.