What is an Abdominalplasty: Abdominoplasty surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
Preparation before surgery: Tell your doctor if you are or could be pregnant, and also what drugs you are taking (including supplements, illicit drugs, or herbs you bought without a prescription. Several days before surgery, you may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other drugs that affect blood clotting. Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.
Estimated Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks
Estimated Hospital Stay: 2 days
What to do after surgery: You will have some pain and discomfort for several days after surgery. Your doctor will prescribe pain medicine to help you manage your pain. It may help to rest with your legs and hips bent during recovery to reduce pressure on your abdomen. Wearing an elastic support similar to a girdle for 2 to 3 weeks will provide extra support while you heal. You should avoid strenuous activity and anything that makes you strain for 4 to 6 weeks. You will probably be able to return to work in 2 to 4 weeks. You will need to schedule a visit with your doctor to have your stitches removed.
Meet your doctor(s)
English Speaking: Fluent English, Basic Portuguese and Polish
Years of Experience: 11 years
Qualifications: General Surgery at the Universidad Estatal of Cuenca
Plastic Surgery at Universidad Estatal of Guayaquil
Plastic Surgery at Hospital Mater Dei, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Cost of procedure in Ecuador: $3500
Estimated savings: 55%