MQ Health - Macquarie University

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic

Body procedures

Arm and thigh lift

Arm lift (Brachioplasty) addresses the development of loose skin in the upper underarm and arm pits. Similarly, a thigh lift tightens loose skin and removes excess fat from the thighs. Like other cosmetic procedures, arm and thigh lifts are not total weight loss solutions; rather, they are best done when you have reached your ideal weight, and it is the excess skin that you would like to see removed.

For thigh lifts, the location of incisions vary depending on whether the inner, outer or entire thigh area is being addressed. Thigh lifts can sometimes be combined with buttock lift.

Body lift

People who have undergone extreme weight loss often have excess loose skin and tissue around the abdomen, hips, buttocks, arms and outer thighs. Many people who choose to have a body lift would have already undergone bariatric (weight loss) surgery, usually gastric banding or gastric bypass surgery. However, there are also many of our patients that have achieved significant weight loss through exercise and dieting.

Body lift surgery does not remove significant fat deposits and is not a weight loss treatment. It reshapes the abdomen, upper thighs and buttocks by pulling up and removing excess skin from these areas. When performed in conjunction with other surgeries, this can complement the overall appearance after weight loss.

Body lift surgery can address poor self-esteem about body image as well as side-effects of having skin excess such as infection, rash, chaffing, pain and ulceration.

Buttock augmentation

Buttock enlargement transfers a patient’s own fat cells to the buttocks to give it more volume. The fat cells are sourced from a patient's own thighs or abdomen by liposuction.

Small sutures are removed after about a week and a course of antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent the risk of infection.

Buttock lift

Buttock lifts remove excess skin and fat through a small incision made under the buttock. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic in day surgery, taking around two to three hours. Liposuction may be used as an additional contouring tool. Incisions are closed with absorbable sutures, and patients will need to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks after the procedure.


This procedure alters the contour of the labia or vaginal lips. It addresses changes in appearance of the labia minora that occur naturally as women age, especially after vaginal delivery of a baby.


Liposuction is one of the most common types of plastic surgery procedures. It is designed to remove excess fat from areas that appear out of proportion to the rest of the body. In females, this is most often in the outer hip area and the flanks (affectionately known as love handles). In men, the focus is on fat around the centre of the body.

MQ Health has the most advanced liposuction technology available in Australia - one that allows large volumes of fat to be removed safely and effectively. The procedure uses very small incisions, has fast healing and minimal down-time. Compression garments are used for 4-6 weeks following the procedure to reduce bruising and swelling, and encourage skin contraction.

Liposuction generally works best for patients who are already close to their ideal weight. It is not a weight loss tool and must be combined with a healthy and stable dietary and exercise regime.

Mummy makeover

Plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures can improve changes to the body and breasts caused by pregnancy (but performed in post-pregnancy only). We recognise that new mothers are time-poor, and shorter recovery periods are optimal. As such, we provide you with bespoke treatment plans and recommendations to help you get back to your normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.

Common plastic surgery procedures post-pregnancy include treating excess skin and stubborn fat in the tummy, as well as reduction in volume and sagging of the breasts following breastfeeding

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) enhances the shape and tone of the abdominal region by removing excess skin and fat from the middle and lower region of the abdomen. The underlying abdominal wall muscles are tightened at the same time to give the abdomen a firmer and flatter appearance and liposuction is used as a contouring tool to enhance the natural curves of the waist and flanks.

Candidates for abdominoplasty include those with excess skin folds resulting from pregnancy or significant weight loss. The procedure is also used to address unsightly stretch marks or previous scars. The umbilicus is preserved and the result is a natural and more youthful look. The procedure is done under general anaesthetic and takes about three hours. Patients should expect a hospital stay of three to four days.

A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure, removing skin and fat only from below the umbilicus. This is often performed through an existing Caesarian scar. Abdominoplasty can be combined with other surgeries such as liposuction or breast reduction.