Body Surgery

Body Surgery2019-05-10T09:04:10+00:00
body surgery

At Cairns Plastic Surgery, we understand the magnitude of body surgery, and are with you throughout every stage of the experience.

  • These procedures are designed to improve the shape, contour, and appearance of various parts of the body
  • Body surgery can give you the confidence you deserve and enhance your self-esteem
  • Multiple procedures can be performed to improve the overall shape and look of the body

No matter which kind of body surgery you are contemplating, put your trust in a surgeon who understands it’s more than just a procedure: at Cairns Plastic Surgery, we understand that the experience means everything.

No two bodies are completely alike. Achieving the ideal body shape or contour is highly dependent on your unique shape, as well as your personal preferences and desires.

Body surgery is designed to sculpt and change the contours of your body.

This can be achieved by removing excess fat (which diet and exercise alone cannot move) and re-shaping specific areas of the body like the tummy, thighs, arms, buttocks and more.

Explore Cairns Plastic Surgery’s body surgeries below.

Arm lift

Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, aims to correct the appearance of sagging soft tissue of the upper arm (“bingo wings”).

Those who are unhappy with the look of their arms may try to cover up by wearing sleeved tops.

By removing excess skin, the upper arm becomes smoother, tighter, and more contoured. This kind of surgery is more effective than liposuction in the arms as it removes and tightens skin, which liposuction cannot.


Labiaplasty surgery is designed to reduce the size and therefore change the appearance of  the mons pubic (the fatty area under the pubic hair), or the external / internal labia (or “lips” of the vagina).

This surgery has grown in popularity in recent years due to public awareness.

Candidates include those who have given birth, women whose vaginas have changed shape as they’ve aged, or those who have discomfort wearing tight-fitting clothing.

Mummy Makeover

Growing a baby, giving birth, and nursing your newborn can take a tremendous toll on not only your body, but your mind, too.

The procedure is customised to your unique preferences, but may include tummy tuck and breast surgery.

Mummy Makeovers have soared in popularity, helping to boost confidence, rejuvenate your body, and remind women of the strength and power of their bodies!

Tummy Tuck

No matter how many crunches you do or green juices you drink, you just can’t seem to shift that stubborn belly fat.

Can you relate? A tummy tuck can improve the look of the stomach by removing excess fat and tightening up loose skin.

Tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty, and can be performed two ways: partially or fully. Ideal candidates include women who have had children or have loss excess weight and have loose skin.

Weight loss surgery

Significant weight loss can result in excess loose skin that cannot be removed through diet and exercise alone.

Weight loss surgery from Cairns Plastic Surgery combines various procedures to remove excess skin from your face, neck, stomach, arms, and thighs.

Candidates include those who have recently undergone weight loss surgery (such as gastric bypass) or have lost a large amount of weight and are now looking to remove excess skin and create a more defined body contour and silhouette.

Preparing for surgery

Before your child’s operation

If your child is about to undergo surgery, it’s important that you are prepared for the procedure and importantly, during recovery.

  • Organise how you will get to and from hospital
  • Arrange to have someone at home with you for at least 2 or 3 days after you leave hospital
  • If your child is having surgery, you will need to be with them for the first week after surgery
  • Organise help with your shopping, laundry, housework, pets, lawn etc.
  • Get all of your pre-operative tests
  • Arrange leave from work or school and any financial chores, as required

Fasting, fluids, food

For adults, fasting for surgery means that you cannot eat any food, or drink any fluid, after midnight the night before the surgery.

For children, fasting means they cannot eat any food, or drink any fluid six hours before the surgery.

A stomach full of fluid or food will mean that the anaesthetic may be dangerous and the procedure may be delayed or cancelled.

Children may have small amounts of clear fluids up until 2 hours prior to surgery.


Please bring any medications your child is taking to hospital with you.

If you are not sure about your child’s medications and the effect that they may have on their surgery, please seek advice from your child’s surgeon in advance of the surgery.

Adults undergoing otoplasty will be required to list all of their current medications by writing down the name, the dose and the day each medication is taken. If this is too difficult for you ask your regular doctor to make the list of your current medications for you.

It is important that you also bring all your medications to hospital with you.

Other medications

Antibiotics may be prescribed prior to your child’s surgery. Antibiotics and small doses of blood thinning agents may be prescribed for adults prior to surgery.

Diabetes Mellitus

If you or your child has diabetes you must tell your surgeon prior to your admission date, and staff at the time of your admission. Special arrangements will be made for you as necessary.

Your blood sugar levels will be monitored from the time you start fasting until normal eating resumes. Do not take any diabetic tablets on the morning of your surgery.


Smoking increases the risk of post-operative complications after surgery. It is recommended that you stop smoking for 4 weeks prior to your surgery and for 4 weeks after.

If you need help to give up smoking speak with your GP who can prescribe medication to help you, speak with your chemist who can advise you about nicotine replacement therapies, or call the national Quitline on 13 78 48.


Depending on your pain tolerance and your home situation, it may be in your best interest to stay in hospital overnight. When in hospital you may have a drip for fluid and pain relief.

Dressings are likely to remain intact when you are discharged from hospital.

Skin preparation

You and your child may shower at home with an anti-bacterial soap such as sapoderm or gamophen and wash your hair prior to surgery, and post-surgery.

You will have to keep the bandages around your ears and head dry. If the bandages get wet, contact your surgeon to see if they need to be replaced.

Your child may be required to have a shower in hospital with an antiseptic solution before their surgery. This can also apply to adults.

A responsible person

A responsible person will be required to accompany you home after surgery.

A responsible person is an adult who understands the postoperative instructions given to them and is physically and mentally able to make decisions for your welfare when appropriate.


You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you after your surgery. A suitable vehicle is a car or similar.

A taxi is only acceptable if someone OTHER than the driver accompanies you. Public transport such as a bus is NOT acceptable.

General exercise

It is important that you maintain your fitness and you should continue your normal activities prior to your surgery.

This applies to children having otoplasty as well. If time permits, you may try to increase your fitness level gradually. Your fitness will be of benefit to your overall recovery after surgery.

Walking is an excellent way of improving fitness and is recommended.

Is body surgery right for me?

The answer to this question is not so simple; major determining factors include:

  • The specific surgery you are contemplating
  • The area of the body you want treated
  • What you want to achieve from surgery
  • Your overall health and wellbeing

The best way to learn more about our body surgeries and to better understand how they may align with your goals is to book an appointment with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse.

Book a complimentary information catch-up

If you’re considering a type of body surgery to improve the shape or contour of your body, we invite you to contact us today to organise a complimentary chat with one of our cosmetic nurses.

We’re determined to provide you with the knowledge, expertise, and advice to help you make an informed decision. Our nursing staff will personally take the time to educate you and enable you to make a choice that satisfies your unique requirements and realistic expectations.

We are happy to discuss all possible options available to you. If you would like to book your complimentary appointment with one of our nurses, please contact Cairns Plastic Surgery today!