Body Lift

A body lift is a surgical procedure that removes large skin folds and fat from the abdomen (tummy).

What is this procedure?

A body lift is a surgical procedure that removes large skin folds and fat from the abdomen (tummy), hips, outer upper thighs and buttocks, as well as improving the shape and tone of the underlying tissue. Factors such as ageing, sun damage, pregnancy, genetic factors and especially extreme weight loss can contribute to sagging and excess skin. This form of body contouring plastic surgery aims to improve the lower body’s appearance in proportion to the body’s changed size.

The techniques used in Body Lift procedures have been advanced significantly, making it a safer procedure with quicker recovery than before. This procedure requires large incisions (cuts). Their length and pattern vary depending on the amount and location of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed, the patient’s anatomy and individual desires. These incisions are placed strategically, where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits.

Common types of body lift procedures include:

Lower/Circumferential Body Lift: removes a belt of skin and fat across the lower abdomen, around the sides, and into the lower back, which results in lifted buttocks and a smoother body contour. The buttock could be enhanced during the body lift using a dermal fat flap which provides additional projection. The custom-designed flap has reliable circulation, though it requires some additional operating time.

Fleur-de-lis Abdominoplasty: involves removing excess skin in a vertical as well as a horizontal direction. This added incision allows the surgeon to tighten the skin from the sides as well as up and down, which will drastically improve the look of the abdomen. However, this procedure will leave patients with a midline scar.

Corset Abdominoplasty: often combined with breast reduction, therefore, includes an incision along the breast fold, a midline vertical incision, and a lower abdomen incision to enhance the entire waistline contour.

Body lift procedure could be performed in conjunction with liposuction, breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift or face and neck lift surgeries to complement the patient’s overall appearance.

What can be achieved?

Body Lift surgery is suited for patients who are at or near their goal weight and are in good physical shape. Heavy excess skin can be very uncomfortable, and this procedure could benefit patients for cosmetic and functional reasons, including :

  • Improve the shape and appearance of the abdomen and lower body
  • Improves lower back pain
  • Improves poor posture and difficulty in walking and exercising
  • Improves personal hygiene issues due to accumulation of sweat, and problems with a thorough cleaning of the affected areas leading to chronic dermatitis and skin infection
  • Improves low self-esteem

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much are consultations?

For minor procedures, like moles, lesion & skin cancer removal, we can book you in for a 15 minute Short Consultation with Dr Mo.

For all major surgical procedures, we recommend a 1 hour Long Consultation with Dr Mo to go through your surgical needs & review your health in detail.

If you decide to proceed with surgery, you will need to attend a Pre-Op Consultation, which can be claimed back from Medicare

Pricing for consultations are:
Short Consult (15 min) – $250
Short Consult - Pensioner – $200
Long Consult (1 hr) – $350
Follow-Up Consult (15 min) – $130
Pre-Op Consult (15 min) – Medicare Rebate Price

A $100 deposit will need to be paid to confirm your booking.
You may be eligible for a Medicare Rebate on your consultation fee with a referral letter from a GP. Pensioners may also be eligible for a reduced rate. Please bring your Pensioner card with you.

Please ask our friendly team for more information when booking your consultation.

How do I book a consultation?

If you would like to book a consultation, please either:

• Complete the Booking Form on our website
• Send us an email to with your name & contact details for a call back
• Call our Double Bay Clinic on 1300 074 466 to speak to our friendly staff

We look forward to meeting you & taking care of you throughout your journey with us.

What is the after surgery care & recovery process like?

Once you have finished in theatre you will be looked after by a team of medical staff ensuring you are comfortable whilst you rest at the hospital.

You will be fitted at the hospital with your surgical garment which you will wear during your recovery process.

After undergoing your surgery you will have a post operative appointment the following day with Dr Mohaghegh either in clinic or at the hospital depending on the procedure performed.

The post operative appointments are tailored to each patient’s needs and their Recovery Plan, however, Post-Op Follow Up checks are generally required at 1 week, 2 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months after the completion of your procedure. Post-Op Follow Up Checks are included as a part of our fees and no additional fees apply.

At the Follow Up Checks, Dr Mo and his nurse will:
• Review your surgical site
• Review and change the dressing as needed
• Scar management

Do you offer virtual/remote consultations?

Yes, Dr Mohaghegh does provide virtual/remote consultations for patients who aren't able to come into the clinic.

For patients who are able to visit the clinic, we highly recommend you to see Dr Mohaghegh in-person for the best possible assessment.

How much does plastic surgery cost?

The costs of Plastic Surgery will vary from patient to patient, and based on the details of your surgical plan, which includes:

• which procedures are to be performed
• the number of surgeries needed to complete the process, and
• the complexity of their needs.

After your consultation with Dr Mo, we will provide you with a detailed surgical plan & quote of the surgeon’s fees, as well as estimated costs for hospital fees, anaesthetists fees, etc.

You may be eligible to claim a rebate from your Private Health Fund for hospital costs depending on your level of cover.

You may be eligible for Medicare Rebates for some non-cosmetic procedures with an item number. Keep in mind, however, that Medicare only covers reconstructive surgeries that are deemed medically necessary. Procedures that are performed for solely cosmetic reasons are typically not covered by Medicare.

Please contact us if you require detailed information about pricing & your surgical needs.

The cost of body contouring after major weight loss will vary for each patient depending on the reason for your body contouring, you may be eligible for Medicare coverage.

How much does it cost for skin lesion & skin cancer removal?

For minor surgeries, like skin lesions & skin cancer removal, we charge based on the time required to perform the procedure.

This fee also covers their follow up appointments for 6 weeks.

Our out of pocket fees for minor procedures are:
Up to 15 min – $300
15-30 mins – $550
30-45 mins – $750
45-60 mins – $900