Tummy Tuck in Puerto Vallarta

The Ultimate Guide to Tummy Tuck in Puerto Vallarta

Last fact-checked: 3 February 2020

Undergoing a tummy tuck in Puerto Vallarta might be the first activity that comes to mind when visiting this pretty Mexican resort town, but taking advantage of the country’s affordable cosmetic surgery options while on holiday can make sense—particularly if you have been longing for a firming stomach. 

When you book with Medical Departures, you can be confident that you’ll receive treatment from an experienced, reputable surgeon while paying the best prices online. 

Why Would I Need a Tummy Tuck?

You may have decided it’s time to rid yourself of that loose abdominal skin, which plagues many of us after weight loss, pregnancy or just as we get older. In some cases, your stomach is not in proportion to the rest of your body. 

As most of us know all too well, shedding weight around the stomach area (belly fat) is particularly difficult—even if we are seeing results elsewhere around the body after diet and exercise. Despite what you might see you on YouTube, specific exercises (like crunches) do not target specific areas of fat, with most studies suggesting that spot reduction is a myth

This means you are left with one option, especially when you have loose, stretched skin around the stomach: a surgical tummy tuck— or abdominoplasty as it’s medically known. 

What Are the Different Kinds of Tummy Tuck Surgeries?

The tummy tuck procedure differs depending on the results you want, as well as your body type and surgeon’s preferences/advice. These are outlined below:

  • Traditional – in this method the cuts are made from hip to hip and the belly button is repositioned.

  • Mini – an incision is made below the navel making the mini tummy tuck only suitable only for those who need work only in that specific area.

  • Extended – involves the abdomen and also targets love handles around the waist.

  • Circumferential – for excess skin removal after weight loss surgery, the circumferential technique targets the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and hips.

  • Endoscopic – this is only for those who may have a little bit of fat (that is removed via liposuction) and have loose muscles that can be tightened endoscopically. This does not remove excess skin.

It is important to decide during your consultation with the plastic surgeon which kind of tummy tuck procedure is right for you.

Why Consider a Tummy Tuck in Puerto Vallarta?

As a plastic surgery procedure, a tummy tuck is elective surgery and therefore not fully covered by insurance providers. However, you have undergone bariatric surgery under medical insurance, some insurance companies may pay for part of the cost of removing excess skin, otherwise you are on your own. 

It is normally an expensive procedure wherever you are in the world but in Puerto Vallarta, you can undergo this surgery for thousands less than in the US, for example. 

Since PV is a beautiful location with a good climate, you can also combine a vacation with surgery—just make sure you do your more vigorous activities before surgery. After, you will be recovering at your hotel, sitting by the pool or doing some very light walking.  

Puerto Vallarta boasts stunning beaches, blue waters, the Sierra Madre range of mountains, lots of water-based activities, historical sights, shopping and dining attractions— so you won’t be short of things to do if coming for a pre-surgery vacation. 

Why Book with Medical Departures?

Abdominoplasty is complex and serious surgery. With a procedure like this, you simply cannot take any chances, but when you do book on your own you are taking an unnecessary risk. 

Booking through Medical Departures minimizes the risk because we make sure only fully background-checked clinics and hospitals are listed on our site, each of which promises an excellent track record. We also check out the accreditations and qualifications of the doctors, investigate their background, list professional memberships like the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and make sure that the clinic itself practices best hygiene practices. 

How Long Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Take and What Is the Estimated Recovery Time?

As there are varied surgical procedures used for different kinds of tummy tucks, the time taken for surgery can range from 90 minutes to five hours. The simpler procedures will take a shorter time, whereas the complex ones will take longer. It is normally performed under general anesthesia and you will need to spend at least a night in hospital post-surgery.

After the surgery, you will have bandages and drains that need to be taken care of according to medical advice. You will also have to wear compression garments for several weeks. The main recovery period will be two to three weeks, though your full recovery will take much longer. You will have to sleep on your back and take antibiotics and painkillers. Depending on the doctor’s advice regarding stitches, you will have to stay in Mexico until you are well enough to fly back.

How Much Can I Save on Abdominoplasty in Puerto Vallarta Compared to Home?

In Puerto Vallarta, the price for tummy tuck surgery starts at US$ 3,500 upwards. In the U.S. and Canada, you would pay between US$ 4,000 and US$ 15,000 for similar surgery. 

What Now?

Get started by checking out our full PV tummy tuck listings here. 

Many of our patients find that they can save up to 70% when booking through our site and taking advantage of our Best Price Guarantee. Contact our Customer Care Team and ask about tummy tucks in Puerto Vallarta today. 

Sources:

Kubala, Jillian, MS, RD. Is It Possible to Target Fat Loss to Specific Body Parts? Healthline. 5 January 2018. 
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International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Website accessed: 3 February 2020. 
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Liposuction: What You Should Know WebMD. Website accessed: 3 February 2020. 
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Tummy Tuck. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Website accessed: 3 February 2020.   
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