What is Liposuction: Liposuction, sometimes referred to as "lipo" by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.
Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:
Preparation before surgery: you will have a patient consultation. This will include a history, physical exam, and a psychological evaluation. You may need to bring someone (such as your spouse) with you during the visit. Feel free to ask questions. Be sure you understand the answers to your questions. You must understand fully the pre-operative preparations, the liposuction procedure, and the post-operative care. Understand that liposuction may enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but it will probably not give you your ideal body. Before the day of surgery, you may have blood drawn and be asked to provide a urine sample. This allows the health care provider to rule out potential complications. If you are not hospitalized, you will need a ride home after the surgery.
Estimated Recovery Time: 2 weeks
Estimated Hospital Stay: 1 day
What to do after surgery: Liposuction may or may not require a hospital stay, depending on the location and extent of surgery. Liposuction can be done in an office-based facility, in a surgery center on an outpatient basis, or in a hospital. After the surgery, bandages and a compression garment are applied to keep pressure on the area and stop any bleeding, as well as to help maintain shape. Bandages are kept in place for at least 2 weeks. You will need the compression garment for several weeks. You will likely have swelling, bruising, numbness, and pain, but it can be managed with medications. The stitches will be removed in 5 to 10 days. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection. You may feel sensations such as numbness or tingling, as well as pain, for weeks after the surgery. Walk as soon as possible after surgery to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. Avoid more strenuous exercise for about a month after the surgery. You will start to feel better after about 1 or 2 weeks following liposuction surgery. You may return to work within a few days of the surgery. Bruising and swelling usually go away within three weeks; however, you may still have some swelling several months later. Your surgeon may call you from time to time to check on your health and to monitor your healing. A follow-up visit with the surgeon will be required.
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: $1500 - $5000
Estimated savings: 66%