6 Tips for a Speedy Tummy Tuck Recovery

You’ve already spent loads of money on a single surgery, so if you don’t want it to go to waste you better start taking care of yourself. After your abdominoplasty surgery, you should listen well to your plastic surgeon and take note of his advice.

If you need further reminding, here are 6 tips for a smooth and speedy tummy tuck recovery!

Do not smoke

Smoking is prohibited before and after any surgery. One should remember that adequate blood flow to the skin cells is very important during tummy tuck surgery, and elements like nicotine present in cigarettes can hinder this.

Watch out for what you eat

Your body would need adequate nutrition, so better implement a healthy diet before and after surgery. Take also note of the foods that your doctor would recommend as they would help in speeding up recovery.

Water is your friend

To avoid complications such as infection, the body would need to flush out toxins and be cleansed. Fortunately, an easy way to do this to is keep drinking a minimum of 2.5 liters before and after surgery.

Sponge baths are the best

It is imperative that you don’t expose your operated are to water which might contain impurities. It would definitely become a difficult situation if it gets infected and your stitches worsen.  Avoid direct showers and treat yourself to sponge baths at least til 15 days after surgery.

Get off the bed

Yes, you would need help but as soon as your doctor gives you the go signal, you should not retire yourself to lying all day. Get off the bed and walk around a bit. By moving around, you can prevent the possibility of blood clot formation and for the incision to heal faster.

Wear firming support

To avoid swelling in the operated area, wear shapewear like girdle or wide binder which would support your abdominal area.

Things to Remember Post-Recovery

In the months following tummy tuck surgery, it is common to experience numbness and occasional twinges in the abdomen area. Swelling may also be experience from time to time, and may last even after a year.

As for the scar from the surgery, it will fade over a period of one to two years. Follow your plastic surgeon’s advice on how to properly take care of your stitches and scar. To prevent darkening of the scar, don’t expose it to the sun and liberally apply sunscreen to it.

For further information regarding abdominoplasty surgery or any plastic surgery in the Philippines and how best to prepare yourself, just ask Dr. Edwin Magallona for a free consultation.

Seeking Dr. Right: How to Find the Best Philippine Plastic Surgeon

Just like when looking for Mr. Right, many are apprehensive in taking risks when it comes to matter of the heart; in this case, seeking Dr. Right could also be risky when it comes to your health.

For those who haven’t found the right plastic surgeon, particularly those undergoing surgery for the first time, the most crucial decision one has to make is putting yourself at the mercy of someone you don’t know so well. A lot of things are at stake with your surgery – health, money, appearance, self-confidence, and mental state among others. So it is imperative you have done your research well.

So, when you are not familiar with any surgeon, here are some tips that you can consider when searching for your very own Dr. Right:

Check board-certification

This is the best indicator that a surgeon has earned the necessary knowledge and training for his medical specialization.

Check affiliations

Affiliations in different hospitals and organizations can establish a surgeon’s expertise and other doctor’s respect for him. For example in checking out a plastic surgeon in the Philippines, you can turn to the Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS) which recognized by both the Philippine Medical Association and the Philippine College of Surgeons for competent practice and specialization.

Check facility accreditation

If your surgery is not to be performed in reputable hospital, you should find out if the surgicenter or office-based surgical facility has been declared safe for any procedure. Call the office beforehand and gather as much legal information as you can and confirm it with the governing agencies.

Check surgeon’s records and experience

Of course, you wouldn’t want to be connected with someone who has been proven to have done malpractice. Before and after pictures, testimonials, seminars attended, years of practice – these are important factors that determine a doctor’s is trustworthy and skilled. Also, you can check what he is best at; if he’s been known to have performed countless rhinoplasty surgeries, then it’s no doubt that your next nose job can be expertly done by him.

Check trustworthiness

Once you’ve done your research, it is safe to visit your surgeon for consultation. Based on this meeting, you can decide if he is someone you can “trust.” Take note of how knowledgeable he is, how he answers your questions and expectations, and how comfortable you are in his company. Bestowing to him the title as your best plastic surgeon depends on your rapport with each other.

Who Else Wants to Get Rid of Frown Lines?

Have people always told you to “cheer up” or asked you what your problem is the moment they see you? Sure, it’s nice to hear that they care for you, but it gets kinda tiring when you’re not remotely close to frowning.

Those annoying things that make people perceive that you’re problematic, stressed, or undergoing any hard times that make you look older are your so-called frown lines and wrinkles which appear around the mouth, jaw lines and forehead. These also include sagging skin on the face and crow’s feet.

Most people experience this. Frown lines are due to ageing, lifestyle, diet and skin care habits. Although natural remedies have been known to lighten one’s disposition and appearance, some more serious-looking frown lines tend to stay for life.

So if they have annoyed you to know end, get to know more about these treatments that could get rid of those stubborn lines.

Cosmetic Surgery and Procedures for Frown Lines

As said before, frown lines tend not to go away especially if their cause is age. Some of them won’t respond to natural remedies and would need a more aggressive approach in getting rid of them just like a cosmetic surgery which is popular in the Philippines and other countries as well.

·         Botox

A favorite treatment of many, botox injections paralyze muscles where frown lines appear and usually last from 4 to 6 months.

·         Injectable Fillers

These injectables are inserted into the skin to “fill in” lines and wrinkles which give the skin a smoother appearance.

·         Forehead Lift

Facelift surgeries are widely used to make the one’s face look younger. Among these surgeries is the forehead lift where the plastic surgeon will make incisions at your hairline to correct the lines surgically.

Natural Treatments

As said before, these frown lines are due largely to how we live our day to day life. If your pocket can’t take the shock of cosmetic procedures, there are those natural treatments that you can turn to.

Replenish your skin’s keratin and Vitamin E, which decrease due to ageing. A good approach would be applying olive oil, which is a source of many vitamins, on affected areas and could also help in re-growing dead skin cells that are affected by sun damage. You may also use apple juice or pineapple juice.

As for lifestyle change, it would do your skin good if you’ll take measures in avoiding too much sun exposure. Try lowering your caffeine intake and eat a healthy diet. You can also relieve yourself of stress by taking yoga classes or learning to meditate.

No one wants to look like someone who has been harassed all the time. With these remedies, you can turn those frowns to smiles.

Body Contouring: Not Just for Summer

For the past months, you have diligently worked on your diet and workout routines for this special season where you can finally show off your beach body. You are even feeling lighter and healthier making you think that your efforts have paid off. But when you look at the mirror, you start doubting yourself again and think: I’m still fat.

Well, it is certainly true that you were successful in achieving a healthier body. It’s just that you have reached the final stage of your weight loss journey where sagging skin becomes your most stubborn adversary.

After dramatic weight loss

After dramatic weight loss, say 100 pounds or more, which involved dieting and working out, you may find folds of sagging skin in your abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks, breasts and even in the face area. Don’t despair with your routine as these kinds of fats and skin are those that lost their elasticity as you worked out and are often the ones that won’t be easily reshaped.

This is where body contouring surgery comes in. In order to address the aesthetic concerns of patients as well as to help them gain better mobility, hygiene, and prevent infections and rashes, combination of different procedures is developed for them.

Body contouring surgery

A number of procedures are needed in order to gain the optimum body shape after one’s weight loss. Here in the Philippines, plastic surgery such as these is easily done to help more Filipinos who have tried addressing their obesity and other weight-related problems.

·         Liposuction for fat removal in the abdomen, thigh, buttocks and other parts of the body

·         Abdominoplasty for excessive skin and fat removal for well-toned abdomen

·         Buttocks lift for better shaped and toned bums

·         Arm lift to get rid of sagging skin and fat in the upper arms

Other body contouring cosmetic procedures that involved surgical and non-invasive techniques are also available. They usually aid in body and skin tightening and stretch mark treatment.

If you think that you’re weight loss efforts are for naught, don’t despair yet. With those efforts and a few surgical procedures, you’ll be able to laze under the sun or flaunt your self with your dream body.

Innovations in Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is truly the most common plastic surgery today. Not just in the Philippines, breast augmentation is also popular in the United States and other Asian countries. Out of the 14.6 million cosmetic procedures in 2012, 286 000 of those alone are boob jobs.

Medical advancements are being discovered every day, and this plastic surgery is no different in having innovations. See how these would be able to help you:

Fat Injection

When people see a woman with slim waist and abnormally sized breast that do not match her figure, they automatically judge her as someone who has undergone breast augmentation surgery. If you want to be out of that stigma, it is now possible for you to be go au natural.

According to Peter Fodor of Beverly Hills, Calif., approximately 4 million women in the US have breast implants and many of those implants will need to be replaced after 10 years and many are at risk for leakage or even rupturing. This is why a new trend and safer alternative is now being introduced.

If you’ve got extra fat to spare from your love handles or saddle bags, then they can be injected to your breast. After undergoing liposuction, your fat is either injected or processed to be used as implant. The disadvantage to this surgery is that this process requires as much recovery time as implant surgery due to the soreness from the prior surgery.

Vectra 3D Imaging Device

Another innovation in the field of plastic surgery is a 3D device that can inflate your chest photographically. This device will help you see what you will look like with your breast implants and will help you determine the most flattering proportion for your body.

To determine the best course of action for your breast augmentation surgery, do not hesitate to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Philippines.

Vampire Facelift: A Bloody Popular Treatment

No, a vampire facelift does not really turn you into a sparkling vampire. Nor does it give you a set of fangs to make you look devilish or in this case ‘vampiric’.

To those who are not familiar with the said cosmetic surgery, the vampire facelift created quite a stir in 2013 when it was featured on ‘Kim and Kourtney Take Miami’. On the said episode, Kim Kardashian visited the Miami Institute for Age Management to undergo the treatment.

Plastered on viewers’ televisions was the bloody face of Kim K as a doctor applied needles on her face. And guess what happened? Plenty of women are now flocking plastic surgery centers for a chance to have the immortal beauty of a vampire.

What is a Vampire Facelift?

The so-called vampire facelift is non-surgical cosmetic procedure involves drawing a patient’s blood. After separating a substance that is filled with platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) from the blood, it was then injected back into different areas of the face. This has been used to treat wrinkles, and has been adopted by many to rejuvenate the face.

For some time, that kind of technique has been used to treat sports injuries just like in the case of  Kobi Bryant and Tiger Woods. Now, with each new discovery made in the field of beauty and medicine, it has been used for anti-ageing purposes.

A New Trend for Plastic Surgery in the Philippines?

With anti-ageing treatments dominating the beauty scene, it seems that people are no longer satisfied with a simple facial or Botox. In 2013, the $1 500 vampire facelift underwent a 800 percent increase. The treatment has become popular in the United States and United Kingdom, and could be on its way to popularity in any other country.

As for the plastic surgery trends in the Philippines, it seems that Filipinos remained to be conservative in our choice of surgeries. Popular treatments are still the usual nose jobs, breast augmentation, liposuction and Botox. For those who are more adventurous, little to no records are reported.

But with Filipinos also becoming enamored with how the mainstream media show new discoveries, could 2014 become the bloody year of the vampire facelift in the Philippines? Who knows the next young-looking person you see on the street could be one who has been ‘vampirised’.

The Royal Rhinoplasty: The Kate Middleton plastic surgery trend

Kate Middleton has been envied because of many things — her wardrobe, her regal posture, her teeth, her husband. And now people has found another thing to get envious of – her nose.

The Royal Rhinoplasty

It is no longer enough to just copy her style, but many women are opting for plastic surgery in order to also look like Kate Middleton even with just the nose part. Many have dubbed the “hottest spring accessory” of the year as the “Royal Rhinoplasty” or the “Kate Middleton Designer Nose.”

What made women desirous of the Duchess’ nose, according to psychologist Carmen Lefevre, is how “the symmetry of Kate’s nose, the angle between her lip and the tip of her nose and the minimal amount of nostril on show, are all near-perfect.” Women nowadays want cute, little perky noses that would look natural on their face.

The trend started in the US when New York women started flocking in plastic surgery centers with pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge in hand. It was also noted that the number of rhinoplasties done has tripled since 2011. The Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group from Britain has also remarked that the Duchess’ nose was “the most requested celebrity facial feature in 2012.”

Rhinoplasty in the Philippines

Rhinoplasty is a procedure for the reshaping of the nose to balance the rest of the face, which involves removing or re-arranging the bone and cartilage. Rhinoplasty is a common plastic surgery procedure in the Philippines, and has been requested not just by women but also men and anyone from all walks of life either to get their desired look or get rid of breathing discomfort.

The top plastic surgery done in the country is still breast augmentation, but rhinoplasty is on its way to becoming a favorite procedure. It is not unusual for a Filipino to remark how flat his nose looks that when one has a nose job done, people would immediately notice. But with this new trend of “looking natural” as what plastic surgeons call Kate Middleton’s nose, achieving a pretty little nose that go well with one’s face would not be a problem.

With this boom of Kate Middleton rhinoplasty, do you think the Philippines should also follow this trend?


Saline or Silicone: Your Guide to Breast Implants

In the Philippines, the most common plastic surgery is breast augmentation. This is mostly done to enlarge small underdeveloped breasts as well as to balance asymmetric breasts after mastectomy reconstruction.

Just like any other operation or surgery, one must do their research first. What are the risks of the operation? How long would it need for you to recover? How safe is it? In the case of breast augmentation, what one should know is what kind of material would be placed in your body as  boob enhancement. You wouldn’t want to be okay with “just anything”, right?

So here are the type of breasts implants that would give light to breast augmentation surgery.


The silicone gel is the most popular breast implant in use today since it closely resembles the “real deal.” These implants are filled with silicone substance, and the gel is very soft and supple that gives the feeling of natural breasts. It varies in firmness and consistency and is available in round or tear-drop shape.

In case of ruptures, silicone gel impants are difficult to notice since the leaking silicone stays in the body. Good thing that study results haven’t found any increased risk of disease. What experts recommend is for women to have an MRI 3 years after the surgery to make sure that the implant are not damanged.


The saline implants have been declared safe to use due to its saline solution similar to body fluids. In the event that the implant ruptures or breaks, the body can safely absorb or excrete it. What makes it different from the more popular silicone gel is that it’s only available in round shape and does not feel as natural. However, this difference makes the saline implant more suitable to women with much breast tissue who needs sub-muscular emplacement.

Other breast implants

The latest hype in breast implants is the gummy bear implants also known as “teardrop” which gives bigger yet more natural-looking breasts.  This Brazilian implant is currently available in Europe and South America will soon be in Asia.

Other alternative breast implants are those with miscellaneous fillers such as soy oil, hydrogel and others. However, these are no longer recommended to be used especially with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory (MHRA) monitoring the safety of such fillers.

For the cost of the surgery, it actually depends on the doctor, location and the type of implant used. In the US, a typical breast augmentation surgery ranges from $5, 000 to $10, 000. Fortunately, the Philippines is blessed with skilled plastic surgeons who charge an estimate of a third of the said amounts.

So, which breast implant do you think suit you?

Plastic Surgery: A Boost to Medical Tourism in the Philippines

The Philippines has been doing drastic efforts lately to boost its medical tourism services. Recently, the country launched a program detailing its plan to beef up medical services particularly in plastic surgery and to encourage tourists to visit the country.

Medical tourism is one of the industries that helps the economy of our neighbor countries like India, Singapore and Thailand.

“And with how competent our local doctors in the country and how low our prices when it come to medical services , I think it’s one of the best time that we boost our efforts to promote the industry and make it among our offerings to invite tourists in the country,” Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said.

As baby boomers aged, plastic surgery and other medical services are seen as among the industries that will definitely skyrocket. Manifestation of which has been obvious as supplements and anti-ageing products’ sales continue to rise while brands continue to clutter on the shelves of local supermarket and beauty stores.

These beauty and anti-ageing products have clutched on how beauty and young-looking body and face is perceived important. Furthermore, showing how effective these brands promote their products, having good looks is among the top priority of people nowadays, especially to women.

The Philippines as center for plastic surgery

Since we live in a fast-paced world, people are more inclined in having immediate results. This is where plastic surgery comes in. Although you’ll need to shell out higher amount of money compared to beauty products, results can be seen in much quicker time. Baby boomers from around the world who are already receiving their pension plans from years of labor can surely afford the prices offered by the medical services, proof of which is found in the popularity of facelift and other cosmetic services.

That is why the plan that was released by the Department of Tourism and Department of Health are having baby boomers as one of the main target of the said campaign. They definitely have the money to spend for the services and time to fly-in other countries to enjoy the fruit of their hard work.

The Philippines as a tourism destination

When it comes to relaxing destinations, the Philippines is a paradise. Palawan, Boracay and Batanes are among the places that are plagued by tourists. We just need to equip these local destinations with convenient transportation and modern medical services. We have to make traveling on these top local destinations easier. “We are looking into both issues and trying to work on them so we can have the best offers when it comes to medical tourism,” Jimenez further shared.

Changing Lives through Operation Smile

Pampanga, Philippines – With a birth defect, particularly one that is located in the face, children have dealt far too many embarrassing moments and complications for them to live their life to the fullest. With this in mind, Operation Smile Philippines, in cooperation with Kapampangan Development Foundation, and over 20 local volunteers changed 82 children’s lives in a 3-day medical mission.

Last July 3-6 at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (formerly Ospital Ning Angeles) in Angeles City, Pampanga, over 35 members of Operation Smile and over 20 local volunteers took part for a free cleft surgery medical mission.

Dr. Edwin Magallona, along with 8 volunteer plastic surgeons, performed cleft surgery on 82 children ranging from 1 year old to 14 years old who have cleft palate, cleft lip and other facial deformity. Through this medical mission, he hoped to boost the confidence of these children who have been too embarrassed to go out, much more to go to school.

“Happy kami na nakakatulong sa mga bata. ‘Yung iba kasi di na nakakapasok ng school dahil tinutukso sila dahil sa kanilang deformity, “ he said.

According to the report from the Philippine Birth Defect Registry, cleft lip and palates are included in the top 12 birth defects in the country. In addition, one in every 500 babies born every year has a cleft lip, palate or both as deformity. With this figure, Operation Smile has dedicated 30 years of service to give smiles to these children.

Most of the patients were first-timers while some came for their second operation for the improvement of their past surgery. Dr. Magallona shared that he was saddened when it was not possible to operate on some children due to pneumonia. To avoid complications in the surgery, it is imperative that the patient is in good health and hasn’t contacted any illness for the past 7 days.

Dr. Magallona will be joining the next medical mission of Operation Smile in Pampanga this coming November 2013.

Operation Smile Philippines is a local organization under Operation Smile International which provides not-for-profit volunteer medical services worldwide to indigent children and young adults with facial deformities. Composed of Kapampangans with roots in Pampanga, Kapampangan Development Foundation provides social and health services to their townspeople. Dr. Edwin Magallona quarterly joins Operation Smile Philippines’ medical missions to change the lives of his countrymen for the better.

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