Body Surgery Melbourne

Body Surgery by Dr Craig Rubinstein in Melbourne, Australia

As a branch of plastic surgery, body surgery aims to alter the function and deliver the wanted changes of various areas of the body. It encompasses a wide range of procedures designed to address aesthetic concerns, help create symmetry, alter shapes, and alter overall body proportions. Body surgery procedures can target areas such as the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, arms, and more. These procedures aim to reshape, tighten, lift, or remove excess tissue. Body surgery may address excess skin, stubborn fat deposits, or body shape after weight loss or pregnancy.

Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS FRACS (Plas) is a plastic surgeon in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  He has over 25 years of experience. Dr Craig performs a range of personalised, reconstructive and cosmetic body surgery procedures.

Common Body Surgery Procedures

Abdominoplasty Surgery

Breast Lift without Implants Surgery

Breast Lift with Implants Surgery


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Am I a Candidate for Body Surgery?

During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your condition, body type, health history, treatment goals, and expectations to determine if a body surgery is a suitable for you. In general, you may be a candidate for the procedure if:

  • You are physically and mentally healthy.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You have fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise.
  • You have realistic expectations.
  • You have excess loose skin in your arms, abdomen, thighs, or other parts of your body.
  • Your weight is stable.
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What is the Purpose of Body Surgery?

Whether it’s abdominoplasty, breast or other body surgery, patients may choose to have these procedures for reasons such as:

  • Reshaping areas of the body.
  • Functionality: For example, breast reduction surgery can alleviate physical discomfort and mobility, while abdominoplasty can repair separated abdominal muscles, leading to change core strength and posture.
  • Reduction in excess skin: Body surgery procedures aim to remove excess skin and fat deposits that may be unresponsive to diet and exercise efforts.
  • Improved physical comfort: Certain body concerns, such as large or pendulous breasts, can cause physical discomfort and strain on the body. Body surgery procedures may alleviate these issues.

It’s important to consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss your individual goals and expectations, as well as to determine the most appropriate body surgery procedures.

Common Body Surgeries?

The following are common body surgeries:

  • Abdominoplasty: A surgical procedure aimed to tighten your abdomen by removing excess skin and fat.
  • Arm reduction: Also known as brachioplasty, this surgery removes excess skin and fat from your upper arms and underarm area.
  • Body lift: Also known as torsoplasty, this procedure removes excess skin and fat from your abdomen and buttocks, as well as works to tighten the abdominal muscles.
  • Labiaplasty: This surgical procedure aims to alter the skin folds surrounding the vulva.
  • Liposuction: This procedure removes fat deposits beneath your skin by using a thin tube and a vacuum.
  • Male breast reduction: Also known as Gynecomastia Surgery, this procedure aims to reduce the size of male breasts by removing excess fat and tissue.
  • Thigh lift: This surgical procedure removes excess skin and fat from your thighs.

Recovery after Body Surgery

Recovery time following body surgery can vary among patients, influenced by factors such as the type and scope of the procedure, individual healing capacity, and outcomes.

During your consultation with the surgeon, they will discuss the recovery process tailored to your specific procedure. This detailed discussion aims to provide you with a clear understanding of what to expect during the postoperative period.

The surgeon will explain the anticipated timeline for your recovery, which may vary depending on the complexity and extent of the procedure. They will provide guidelines on activities to avoid, such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise, during the initial healing phase.

Additionally, your surgeon may recommend certain post-operative care practices to promote optimal healing and minimise the risk of complications. This may include keeping the surgical site clean and dry, changing dressings as instructed, and taking any prescribed medications for pain management or to prevent infection.

Furthermore, your surgeon will emphasise the importance of attending follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have during the recovery period. They will provide you with clear instructions on when and how to contact their office if you have any questions or experience unexpected symptoms.

Remember that everyone’s recovery experience is unique, and the timeline and specific instructions may vary. It is crucial to closely follow your surgeon’s guidance and communicate any issues or changes in your condition.

How Much is Body Surgery? Costs and Prices

The costs and prices associated with body surgery can vary depending on various factors, including the fees charged by your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and the hospital or surgical facility. The specific type of surgery you undergo and the length of your hospital stay will also contribute to the overall cost.

During your consultation with the surgeon, they will provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of the estimated costs associated with your specific procedure. This detailed estimate will give you an understanding of the financial aspects involved in your surgery.

It is important to note that the cost of body surgery is an investment in your health and well-being. While considering the financial aspect, it is crucial to prioritise the experience and expertise of your surgeon, as well as the quality of care provided.

It is recommended to discuss any financial concerns or questions with your surgeon during the consultation.

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What are the Risks of Body Surgery?

Every invasive surgery has risks and complications. The general risks of plastic surgery include:

  • Allergic reactions to anesthesia, such as skin rashes and difficulty breathing
  • Body weakness
  • Capsular contracture (implant risk)
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Hemorrhage
  • Increasing pain at the surgical site
  • Numbness in one or both sides of your body
  • Nerve damage
  • Pus draining from your wound
  • Infection
  • Severe swelling
  • Skin discolouration
  • Skin loss
  • Sutures that protrude through the skin
  • Unwanted scarring
  • Wound dehiscence
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Poor surgical result

It’s important to note that the risks and complications associated with plastic surgery can vary depending on the specific procedure and individual patient factors. It’s recommended to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon about the potential risks and how they can be minimised in your particular case.

Further Reading – Medical References


The content of this article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is important to consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it based on the information provided in this article. The author and publisher of this article do not guarantee the accuracy, applicability, or completeness of the content. The information presented in this article is at your own risk.

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About Dr Craig Rubinstein

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Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is an experienced Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon for breast and abdominoplasty surgery.

Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised abdominoplasty surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery.

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Next Steps in Your Surgical Journey

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  • Download a Free Procedure Guide on your chosen surgery.
  • Visit the FAQs and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • For more information about pricing visit our cost page.
  • You can also talk to our Patient Care Team from 9 to 5 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400

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About Your First Consultation

  • Dr Rubinstein’s Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or specialist is essential.
  • A referral helps when claiming Medicare or Private Health Insurance coverage.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.