Body contouring surgery is something that I am strongly passionate about, because it has such a powerful effect on peoples lives.

Losing significant amounts of weight is a brilliant achievement in itself, but unfortunately the excess skin often causes patients functional and cosmetic problems.

I believe body contouring surgery should be safe, meticulously performed, with results tailored to the individual. After the operation it’s amazing to see the positive effect a new body shape has on self esteem and self confidence.

Have you achieved massive weight loss, but have been left with a significant amount of excess skin? Have you been successful in losing weight, but haven’t been able to achieve the body shape you desire? If so then Dr Colbert would love to help you.

As a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in body contouring surgery, Dr Colbert is committed helping Perth patients achieve the body shape they have always desired.

What is body contouring surgery?

Many Perth weight loss patients are left with excess skin that won’t retract (shrink) back by itself, resulting in a body shape that can make them feel disappointed and disillusioned. Body contouring surgery refers to a range of plastic surgery procedures that focus on removing this excess skin, helping to:

  • Reshape the hips, abdomen, back, buttocks, flanks, and thighs.
  • Alleviate problems associated with extra skin such as rashes and infections.
  • Create a tighter and more toned-looking physique.
  • Help restore body image and self-confidence after significant weight loss.

Is body contouring surgery right for me?

You may be suitable for body contouring surgery in Perth if you:

  • Have suitable amounts of excess skin and fat.
  • Have been weight stable for at least six months.
  • Are in good medical health.
  • Are a non-smoker, or able to stop smoking completely one month before hand.
  • Have realistic expectations.’

If you are a candidate for body contouring in Perth, then contact us today to arrange a consultation with Dr Colbert.

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What does body contouring involve?

Dr Colbert offers a wide range of procedures to help improve your body shape and contour. These include:


  • Abdominoplasty
  • Lower body lift (belt lipectomy)
  • Flankectomy

Upper Back

  • Upper bodylift.


  • Mastopexy
  • Augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implants, or potentially using your own tissue).


  • Thigh lift.
  • Mons rejuvenation.


  • Brachioplasty or arm lift.

Other Techniques

  • Liposuction is often also used to help achieve the best shape and contour.
  • Fat transfer.
  • Hand rejuvenation.

How do I find out what body contouring procedures are best for me?

During a private one on one consultation, Dr Colbert will listen to your body contouring goals and expectations.

After a full medical history, Dr Colbert will examine the areas that you would like to have contouring performed on, and then discuss a customised treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

Many patients often present with multiple areas of excess skin, and it is often possible to safely perform several procedures during the same operation.

What is the recovery after body contouring surgery?

Dr Colbert believes that body contouring should be safe, meticulous, and tailored to your own goals and expectations. Dr Colbert operates in fully accredited Perth hospitals, with a Specialist Anaesthetist, and fully qualified operating room and recovery nurses.

Body contouring operations are performed under general anaesthesia (with you asleep) and as an inpatient (staying in hospital for several days after the surgery). Once the surgery has been performed Dr Colbert places dressings or bandages placed on the incisions, and there are often small temporary drain tubes to help collect any excess tissue fluid.

Time taken to recover after body contouring surgery varies depending on extent of surgery and your level of fitness and general health. In general though there is a gradual return to activities, with several weeks needed before returning to daily activities. Dr Colbert will give you specific instructions during your consultation, and also sees you at regular intervals to ensure your postoperative recovery is as smooth as possible.

What scars can I expect?

Body contouring surgery aims to reshape and tighten the skin, with skin and soft tissue excision.

Unfortunately it is impossible to change the shape of an area without operating on it, with this meaning that there’s usually a trade-off of improved shape and contour in return for scars.

Are the results after body contouring surgery permanent?

The results after body contouring are definitely long lasting.

To help ensure your postoperative results are maintained as long as possible you should focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and avoid significant weight gains or weight losses.

What are the risks associated with body contouring surgery?

Body contouring surgery is associated with the following risks:

  • Bleeding, bruising, haematoma: haematoma refers to a collection of blood that needs to be removed in the operating room.
  • Infection: wounds may become infected after the operation, resulting in you requiring antibiotics or further surgery.
  • Scarring: body contouring surgery relies on swapping extra tissue for scars. The scars may be long but are placed in positions to help hide them. The scars are initially lumpy and bumpy, but settle down and improve over time.
  • Delayed wound healing: patients who have lost large amounts of weight often have reduced healing ability, resulting in a higher risk of delayed wound healing. If this occurs it is usually managed with dressings, with regular review by Dr Colbert.
  • Further operations: for some patients a small operation may helpful to improve scar irregularities or scar puckering, but this is unusual.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE): DVT refers to a blood clot in a limb vein, that can break off and travel to your lungs (PE). This can be very serious, but thankfully is not common due to routine practices that take place to help reduce this risk.
  • Body contouring surgery is like any surgical procedures in that it carries risks. Before having any operation you should also seek opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner to discuss these potential risks.

Why should you see Dr Colbert for your body contouring surgery?

Many Perth women see Dr Colbert for breast augmentation surgery because they want expert care by a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

  • Dr Colbert MBBS FRACS (Plastic Surgery) is an Australian trained and fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
  • Dr Colbert is one of only a few Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia who focuses exclusively on breast and body surgery.
  • Dr Colbert personally performs all surgery and aftercare himself, and doesn’t get surgical assistants or nurses to treat you during or after your operation.
  • Dr Colbert and his staff are renowned for their amazing patient care, delivered in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

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How much does body contouring surgery cost?

Costs associated with body contouring in Perth can be confusing. To help make things clearer we have listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.

  • Surgical fee (this includes the body contouring surgery, all post-operative care, and post-operating dressings): many body contouring procedures are itemised by the government, which means that Medicare and your health fund will help subsidise the surgical fee. Depending on the nature of your operation there will be some out of pocket expenses. Your surgical fee depends on what procedures you have performed, and this quote is emailed to you after your initial consultation.
  • Anaesthetic fee (this includes general anaesthesia plus pre-operative and post-operative care): for itemised procedures Medicare and your health fund will help subsidise some of the anaesthetic fee, however there is often an out of pocket gap. Your Anaesthetist will discuss this with you before your operation.
  • Hospital fee (this includes operation room fee, bed costs, surgical or medication fees, and any other hospital extras): Medicare does not cover this fee. If you have private health insurance then this may be covered by your insurance fund, but you should check with your fund if there is any out of pocket expenses. If you have no private insurance then you will have to pay this fee on discharge from the hospital.

Where can I find out more?

To arrange to speak to Dr Colbert about body contouring surgery in Perth please contact our friendly office staff.

Alternatively you can leave a message in our contact form.

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