Cosmetic Body Plastic Surgery

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a common cosmetic procedure to remove excess sagging skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. The underlying abdominal muscle walls can be tightened at the same time to improve the appearance of a firmer, flatter and more shapely abdomen. Frequently liposculpture / liposuction to the abdomen and other adjacent areas (flanks, hips, back and thighs) are done at the same time to improve the appearance. Patients frequently also request tummy tuck and breast reduction or breast lift to be performed at the same time.

Abdominoplasty can be an option for the following conditions

  • Sagging skin, fat and muscles not improve by exercise and dieting
  • Stretched abdomen due to pregnancy, weight gain or aging.
  • Large apron of fat (apron or pannus) below the umbilicus that may cause skin irritations, infections, difficulty in walking and maintenance of hygiene.
  • Large abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion with the rest of the body.
  • Weakened and separated abdominal muscles

Types of Abdominoplasty

  • Radical abdominoplasty (Full Tummy Tuck) the excess skin and fat from the umbilicus to the bikini line are removed and the umbilicus is repositioned. The underlying muscles are tightened. The bikini incision is from hip to hip, just above the pubis.
  • Partial abdominoplasty / Lipectomy (Mini Tummy Tuck) only a segment of skin and fat bellow the umbilicus are removed. The bikini incision is shorter. This is a less complex procedure with a faster recovery time.

The simplest procedure and often the best may be liposculpture / liposuction. This is most suitable for patients whose muscle tone is excellent and those who do not have redundant skin. Liposculpture of the abdomen can have impressive results and there is a rapid return to normal activity.

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Making a Decision to Proceed with Surgery

You should be informed as much as possible before making a decision to proceed with abdominal surgery. Abdominoplasty is an elective procedure, which means that it is a personal choice and not necessary for maintenance of good health.

You and Dr Pham must weigh the benefits, risks, scars, recovery time and tightening aspects of the various different procedures. Dr Pham will discuss with you the options available and once your goals are understood, he will recommend the appropriate procedure. The types of anaesthesia available and the facility where surgery will be performed will be thoroughly discussed with you.

Following a joint decision by you and Dr Pham to go ahead with a procedure, photographs of you will be taken. You are encouraged to seek the opinion of other surgeons if you are uncertain.

Contraindications to Abdominoplasty

There are a number of reasons why Abdominoplasty is not suitable in some patients including –

  • Being unable to have an anaesthetic due to high risks
  • Bleeding tendencies and poor healing
  • Surgical risks are too high
  • Other less invasive procedures may be more appropriate
  • Planned pregnancy
  • Being in the process of losing more weight

Private Health Insurance Rebate

Abdominoplasty for medical or functional reasons is usually partially covered by Medicare and Health Insurance Funds. There will be an out of pocket or gap fee. You will be given a quote from Dr Pham (surgeon’s fee only) and you should contact your health fund to find out the amount you can expect to be rebated.

Understanding the Procedure

Full Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anaesthesia and takes 3 hours. Staying in hospital for 1-3 days is recommended. The recovery time is longer than for a Mini Abdominoplasty.

Liposculpture and Mini Abdominoplasty in selected cases can be done with local anaesthesia and sedation. Some patients may be able to go home the same day. The procedure takes about 2 hours.

The pain level after abdominoplasty is significant and pain medications are usually required. A pressure garment is put on in the operating room, or just after surgery, and you must keep it on for the first 3-6 weeks. In most patients a drain is inserted and this will be removed within one week.

Please contact us for your consultation on Abdominoplasty / Mini Tummy Tuck or other cosmetic surgery and non surgical cosmetic procedures

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FEES AND INSURANCE

After conducting a thorough medical history, Dr Pham and his staff will offer information regarding anaesthesia, the surgical facility to be used, and the costs for the procedure. Every procedure is individual and unique to each patient. Because of this, determining your specific needs and the fees associated relies upon a variety of factors, such as the complexity of the operation, where the surgery will take place and type of anaesthetic to be administered.

Your Quote

A quote will be provided and is usually an estimate as the actual surgery may differ from the proposed treatment due to an unexpected finding. Dr Pham will never compromise your health or surgical outcome to conform to previously anticipated or communicated anaesthesia and facility time. Accordingly, if further treatment is required (either through complexity, unforeseen complications or additional procedures you request) then extra costs are likely to apply.

Total Fee

The total fee will comprise of

    • Surgeon Fee (Dr Pham)- this will be provided in the quote
    • Anaesthetist Fee- you will need to consult the Doctor / Anaesthetist involve for a quote
    • Hospital or Day Surgery Fee- you will need to contact the hospital involve for a quote

Consultation Fee

The fee for the initial consultation with Dr Pham is $190.00. Please remember that a referral letter from your General Practitioner will be required for a Medicare Rebate of $70.

Your first cosmetic consultation is free with a Nurse Coordinator.

Fees for cosmetic plastic surgery are paid prior to surgery.

Deposits

A non-refundable deposit of 10% or $500 is required once surgery has been scheduled. This deposit reserves the surgery date and is credited towards the balance due.

The balance of fees due is to be paid in full at the pre-operative appointment or three weeks prior to the scheduled surgery, whichever is first. Perth Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery generally does not provide refunds. Once a procedure is scheduled and the fee collected, and you cancel or reschedule the surgery within 2 weeks, there will be a fee of 25% of the total cost. Of course, exceptions are made for life threatening emergencies or medical illnesses prior to the procedure. In these instances, the rescheduling fee does not apply.

Payment

Acceptable forms of payment include:

  • Cash
  • Bank Cheques
  • Visa or MasterCard

We do not offer payment plans

Health Insurance

As a rule, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most health insurance funds or Medicare. Some operations that have a significant functional aspect may be considered reconstructive rather than cosmetic and, as such, may attract a small rebate. These include Rhinoplasty for deformity or nasal obstruction, and breast reduction if the weight of your breasts causes pain or interferes with normal activities. Dr Pham will advise you to contact your health fund and Medicare if this is the case.

Because Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery is artistic, on occasion, revisions may be necessary. Such revisions are performed within one year of the original surgery, and although there is generally a minimum charge for the surgery, facility and anaesthesia fees still apply for such procedures. Perth Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery reserves the right to determine whether a revision is appropriate and what the procedure will entail. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please ask Dr Pham.

TABLE OF FEES

These prices are approximate only. You will be provided with a firm quote after consultation with Dr Pham. Most cosmetic surgery’s fee will attract a GST.

ProcedureDr Pham’s FeeAnaesthetist FeeHospital fee (Private Health Insurance may apply)Churchill Day Surgery fee
Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping / Nose Job / Nose Surgery)7000-7500

 

8000-9500  (costal/rib cartilage)

1500-20003500-45002500-3000 (selected case)
Mini Face Lift, Minimum Incision Facelift6000-7000 +GST2000-25004500-55004000-4500
Face and Neck lift9000-10,000 +GST2500-30006000-80005500-6000
Neck lift6000-7000 +GST2000-25004000-45003500-4000
Brow lift3500-4000 +GST1200-15002500-30002000
Eyelid Upper2500-3500800-10002000-25001800
Eyelid Lower2500-3500800-10002000-25001800
Eyelid Upper and Lower5000-60001500-18003000-40002800-3000
Mini-Face lift, upper & lower blepharoplasty10000-12,000 + GST2500-30006000-80005000-6000
Face Neck lift, upper lower blepharoplasty12000-14000 + GST3500-40007000-90006000-7000
Face Neck Brow lifts, upper lower blepharoplasty15000-16000 + GST4000-45008500-95007500-8000
Otoplasty / Ear Pinning / Prominent Ear5000-60001200-15002500-35002500-2800
Chin implant / Augmentation2500-3500 + GST Implant 700 +GST800-10002000-25001800
Cheek Implant / Augmentation3000- 3500 + GST Implant 700 +GST800-10002000-25001800
Breast Augmentation / Breast Enhancement5000-6000 +GST Implant 2000 +GST1200-15002500-35001800-2000
Breast Reduction / Breast Lift8000-90001500-22003500-4500NOT Available
Gynaecomastia – Male Breast Reduction4000-50001200-15003000-35002000-2500
Tummy Tuck (Lipectomy / Abdominoplasty)8000-90002000-35004000-5000NOT Available
Mini Tummy Tuck (Lipectomy /Abdominoplasty)4500-60001200-18002500-30002000-2500
LiposculptureDepends on area. Approximately 1000-1500 per area +GSTNeed quoteNeed quote. Each area include: Upper abdomen, Lower abdomen, Flanks, Medial thigh, Lateral thigh, Buttock, Axillae, Back, Upper armNeed quote
Chemical Peel2000-2500 +GST Depend on areaIf required sedation or general anaestheticNeed quote1000
Dermabrasion2000-2500 +GSTIf required sedation or general anaestheticNeed quote1000
Wrinkle Relaxer550-600 for 25-30 units or 300 per area +GST
Fillers – temporary- Juvederm650/ampoule +GST
Fillers – semi permanent1200/cc +GST
Platelet-Rich Plasma800-1000 + GST

 

YOUR AREAS of CONCERN

 

Brow and Forehead: lines, angry or tired, sad look
  • Wrinkle Relaxer
  • Wrinkle Fillers
  • Blepharoplasty / Eye lift / Eye lid surgery
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift /Forehead Lift
Eyes: hooded, droopy, puffy, fullness, block vision
  • Blepharoplasty / Eye lift (upper and lower eyelid reshaping)
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift / Forehead Lift
Eyes- crow feet
  • Wrinkle relaxers
Ears: protruding, batty, large, prominent ear
  • Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Jowls and Sagging Cheeks & neck
  • Face lift (Rhytidectomy)
  • Mini Facelift, S-lift, MACS lift
  • Face Neck lift
Neck: sagging, excess skin, bands, fullness
  • Neck Surgery (Neck Lift and Liposuction / Liposculpture)
Wrinkles and Lines
  • Wrinkle Relaxer
  • Wrinkle Fillers
  • Laser & Chemical Resurfacing
  • Dermabrasion
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Skin Care Products

 

Nose: prominent, large, twisted, too small, nasal hump, too long
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Blocked nose, crooked nose, fractured nose
  • Septoplasty / Septo-rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery for breathing and deformity)
Cheeks: hollow
  • Implants – Cheek implant
  • Wrinkle Fillers
  • Fat transfer
Chin: small, protruding
  • Chin Surgery – Chin implant, Genioplasty / Mentoplasty
  • Wrinkle Fillers
  • Fat transfer

 

Cosmetic Breast Surgery: breast enhancement / implant, sagging breast, heavy breast, male breast
  • Breast implant / Breast enhancement / Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty
  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
  • Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
  • Correction of Enlarged Male Breasts (Gynaecomastia)
Body Contouring: sagging tummy, too much fat
·         Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

·         Mini Tummy Tuck (Lipectomy)

·         Liposuction / Liposculpture

 

Facial Reconstructive: scars, skin cancer, moles
·         Skin Cancer of the Face, Head & Neck

·         Mole Removal