Circumferential Lipectomy / Body Lift

Also referred to as Belt Lipectomy Surgery or Circumferential Abdominoplasty.

A body lift is a surgical procedure that removes large skin folds and fat from the hips, outer upper thighs, lower abdomen, and upper buttocks.

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Circumferential Lipectomy

What’s the difference between a Tummy Tuck and Belt Lipectomy?

Tummy tuck surgery specifically targets excess skin in the front area of the abdominal region, whereas, for patients that have excess skin on the front and back of the abdominal region, a circumferential or ‘belt’ lipectomy may be more appropriate.

Can a Belt Lipectomy surgery be “medically necessary” or covered by Medicare?

In some cases, Medicare rebates may be accessed for circumferential lipectomy surgery if the circumferential excess of redundant skin and fat interferes with the activities of daily livin. During your consultation with Dr Cronin, it will be determined if your surgery is deemed medically necessary.
For more information please refer to Medicare Benefits Schedule – Item 30177

If you have private health insurance, it is important to contact your provider directly to discuss your eligibility and the waiting periods which may apply.

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What happens immediately after Body Lift surgery?

Belt Lipectomy surgery with Dr Drew Cronin is performed as an inpatient procedure within one of the Gold Coast Hospitals Dr Cronin operates from.

Immediately after your surgery, the nursing staff will be present to ensure you are recovering well. It’s common to remain under hospital care for between five to seven days. Dr Drew Cronin will ensure you have appropriate pain relief for your return home.

It’s normal to feel swollen and bruised after any surgery.

As part of your surgical plan, Dr Cronin will provide you with post-operative care instructions. It’s important to rest and follow your care plan to avoid complications or extend the time needed to recover.

Scarring after a Body Lift

You should be mindful that, even following good healing and good surgical results, visible and prominent scarring can develop.

Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr Drew Cronin takes care to limit scar length and placement in the least conspicuous position possible. Nonetheless, scars may be more noticeable than you anticipated. It is important that you have realistic expectations of the surgery and that you discuss potential outcomes with your surgeon.

Body Lift Surgery Cost

The price for body lift surgery is unique for each patient.

The total fee is made up of surgical, pre and post-operative, anaesthetic, hospital, and theatre fees. During your consultation, using your surgical plan provided by Dr Cronin we will provide you with an indicative price.

Before and After Gallery

Individual results will vary from patient to patient and according to factors including genetics, age, diet, exercise. All invasive surgery carries risk and requires a recovery period and care regime. Be sure you do your research and seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon before proceeding. Any details are general in nature and are not intended to be medical advice or constitute a doctor-patient relationship.⁠

For comprehensive information on the potential risks and post-surgery recovery process, please see risks associated with surgery section towards the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we haven’t addressed your inquiries yet, here are some frequently asked questions that may provide the information you’re looking for. However, if you still have any remaining questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our clinic at 07 5683 0820 or via email at Our team is ready to assist you.


Most patients can return to their normal daily activities, including work, after about 4-6 weeks. However, it’s important to note that more strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, should still be avoided for a longer period, as advised by your surgeon.

It can take several months for the swelling to fully subside, and the final results of the procedure to become apparent. During this time, you should continue to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and attend any scheduled follow-up appointments.

A healthy diet can assist in the recovery process. Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains to support your body’s healing capabilities and always stay hydrated.

If you smoke, it is strongly recommended to quit smoking several weeks before the surgery. Smoking can negatively impact the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

Support in the home
During the initial phase of recovery, you may require assistance with daily activities, particularly if you have small children or dependents. Arrange for a responsible adult to help you with household chores, childcare, or transportation during the early days after surgery.

Stay active
Regular exercise can help improve your overall fitness and assist in the recovery process. 

During a Circumferential Abdominoplasty, the incisions are typically made around the waistline, extending from the lower abdomen to the back. The incisions are strategically placed to allow for removal of excess skin and fat and to tighten the underlying muscles. The resulting scars will be permanent, but their appearance can improve over time.

Initially, the scars may appear red, raised, and more visible. However, with proper care and the natural healing process, scars tend to fade and flatten over time. It can take several months to a year or more for the scars to mature and become less noticeable.

Risks associated with surgery

As part of our commitment to delivering exceptional patient care, we aim to provide you with comprehensive information regarding the general risks associated with surgical procedures, anaesthesia, and procedure-specific risks.

General Operative and Anaesthetic risks

  • Acute medical event: Heart or lung complications (e.g. heart attack, stroke, chest infection)
  • Death
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolisms (PE)
  • A sore throat/breathing difficulty due to the general aesthetic or the endotracheal tube, which can cause swelling, noisy breathing or discomfort
  • Short-term nausea following general anaesthesia
  • Wound infection, which may result in treatment with antibiotics or further treatment/surgery. This is more likely in a smoker or a person with diabetes.
  • Heavy bleeding from the wound, which may result in further treatment/surgery
  • Wound discharge
  • Poor or slow healing of the skin; wound breakdown; skin necrosis
  • Wound dehiscence (wound ruptures along the surgical incision)
  • Bruising and swelling. This will start to subside in one to two weeks but can take up to several months to settle
  • Abscess/Haematoma/Seroma/Oedema
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Allergic reaction to sutures, dressing, antiseptic solutions
  • Altered or loss of sensation in and around the treated area, which may persist for some months, numbness maybe permanent
  • Adverse scarring
  • Revisionary surgery
  • Psychological impact of change in appearance
  • Unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance

Specific Procedure Risks:

  • Seroma
  • Haematoma
  • Prologned drain duration or reinsertion
  • Wound necrosis
  • Parathesia (may be numbness or tingling)
  • Asymmetrical scarring
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