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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.

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.

Silicone

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.

Saline

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?

Five Pointers for Breast Augmentation Patients

consultation-with-plastic-surgeonBreast augmentation is a procedure done to enhance the appearance of the breasts. It should not be decided on an impulse. This is a major cosmetic surgery operations and the risks are very real so it is important to do your own research so that you will be mentally, emotionally and physically prepared once your big day comes.

The process includes looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Philippines, choosing the right shape, size and implant type, etc. There are also financial considerations to look into. This might be too much but this has to be done so that you will be happy with your results.

For breast augmentation patients, here are five pointers that you should think about.

Implants Do Not Last a Lifetime

Here’s the truth: the life span of breast implants vary from person to person. Additional surgeries are common to correct or modify the shape or size of your breasts; so before doing anything, ask your plastic surgeon if you need to pay for additional surgery or not. Also, the longer that a woman has the same implants, the more she is at risk to develop complications.

Always Do Your Research

Treat your breast augmentation procedure in the Philippines as a business venture; and what is the first thing that you do when you want to start a business? Make a study and do your research. This does not only mean finding a board-certified plastic surgeon but as well as the characteristics of the implants. Take a look at the indications for use, risks, warnings, precautions, etc. because who knows, you might be allergic to it.

Always Talk To Your Plastic Surgeon

Your surgeon is your tour guide the whole time that you are going through this journey so it is imperative that you must have constant and open communication with him. He should tell you the risks, recovery practices after the procedure or preparations before the big day. Here’s a hint: to get the best results, you two should always be on the same page and have realistic outcome.

Learn About the Long Term Risks

We cannot stress enough the complications associated with breast augmentation so it is important that you understand them before pursuing with the procedure. According to a recent study, some women who had breast augmentation have experienced lactation difficulties or reproductive problems but there is no evidence to support these claims.

Monitoring is Imperative

Once the procedure is done, it does not mean that the communication between you and your surgeon is over. You should keep a close relationship with him so that he can assist you promptly if ever you notice unusual signs or symptoms during postoperative period. Self-monitoring includes self breast exams or mammograms. For women who had silicone implants, MRI screenings are necessary to detect silent ruptures three years after their surgery and every two years after that.

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Breast Augmentation 2013: The Latest Trend

ideal-breast-implantsIn the last 20 years, we only know about saline and silicone implants but according to the January 2013 issue of Marie Claire US, the latest trend in breast augmentation procedure involves your own body fat and cells. This is already one of the most sought-after procedures in Europe and Asia and with the rise of A-list celebrities “discreetly endorsing” this trend, it has become one of the most in-demand procedure asked by the ordinary Jane.

This only means two things: with further and long term testing, it will prove to have lower risk, yet an effective breast augmentation option. This process is done by using the individual’s own fat as implant material. Together with liposuction, which harvests the fat and stem cells which is thus injected to the breast, the stem cells are sometimes processed first to increase concentration; after which, it is now inserted into the breasts.

Unlike saline and silicone breast implants, one its best benefit is that it is natural. It also do not have scarring and best of all, the breast look and feel like regular breasts. The disadvantage of this kind of procedure is the price because it is more expensive and is limited to just one cup size (depending on hw much stem cell or fat is harvested from your body).

Aside from these procedures, there are other upcoming techniques that might pick up this year. Plastic surgeons are looking into custom-shaped and custom-fitted accessories. The IDEAL implant is something to look forward too as well. This one is composed of multiple and smaller saline implants that are pieced together. Many cosmetic surgeons have agreed that it is more natural aesthetically than the customary saline implants.

Breast augmentation in the Philippines may be far from these procedures but as we always are, we are never too far from being in the latest trend in everything—may it be fashion, food and even plastic surgery—because that’s always how the Philippines have been.

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Five Most Popular Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are very effective for many skin problems including discoloration, acne, wrinkles, etc. Chemical peeling is done by applying a chemical formula onto the surface of the face; this removes the damaged outer layer of the skin leaving a softer and smoother skin underneath. Most procedure takes less than an hour to perform and depending on the condition of your face, it can take up to four sessions to get the desired result.

There are many different types of chemical peels that are suitable for specific skin care problems. The key in having great skin after the procedure is finding a board-certified Philippine plastic surgery expert so that he can monitor the progress of your skin. In this post, find out the five most popular chemical peels from the lightest to the deepest peel available.

Get to know the five most popular types of chemical peels and on your next visit to your surgeon, ask them about it. Photo from Google.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels

Alpha hydroxyl acids, or AHA, are one of the most accepted ingredients in a mild chemical peel. Glycolic acid is the most popular AHA used. AHA peels hardly needs anesthetic to be performed and discomfort is very minimal during and after procedure. AHA peels reduces the appearance of fine lines, smoothen rough skin and gives you a more even skin tone. Because this is a mild procedure, it may take a couple of times before you get the desired results.

Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels

Salicylic acid is the most popular beta hydroxyl that is used for chemical peeling. Beta hydroxyl peels often treats acne-prone skin. Be aware though that salicylic acid is more potent than glycolic acid so it provides deeper chemical peel but with longer results. Beta hydroxyl peels are considered mild resurfacing treatments so just like AHA peels, it does require anesthesia and recovery period is relatively short. But, just like AHA peels, desired results will not be achieved after just one session so might as well stick with your appointments. More so, once you had this peel, you need to have it periodically to maintain a softer and smoother skin.

Jessner’s Peel

This is a combination of ingredients mixed into a single formula. This is considered a light chemical peel that is a little stronger than the two mentioned above. Jessner’s peel incorporates lactic and salicylic acid and resorcinol and is applied into the skin that is too damaged to respond to the two previous peels mentioned above. Jessner’s peels are often applied without anesthesia and recovery period takes about two weeks.

Most plastic surgery clinics offer chemical peel these days so ask your surgeon about it.

TCA Peels

Trichloroacetic acid is the most common ingredient found in medium chemical peels. This is used to successfully treat skin imperfections including sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring. After the procedure, the patient might sometimes feel a stinging sensation but don’t worry, over the counter medications are available. Recovery period for TCA peel take a week and results are more dramatic compared to lighter and medium peels. But for best results, one session is not enough.

Phenol Peels

Phenol is used for deep chemical peels and commonly gives the most dramatic result. This treats skin imperfections, removes pre-cancerous growths or completely diminish deep wrinkles. Because this formula is used for deep peeling, it requires at least two hours in you surgeon’s office and unlike the other peels, it requires local anesthesia and pain medication afterward. It takes up to a month for complete recovery but the results are smother skin that lasts longer than the four previous mentioned.

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Good Thing about Breast Augmentation in the Philippines

Mammaplasty, also known as breast augmentation, is a surgical or non-surgical procedure of enhancing the contours of women’s breast to provide satisfaction to the client. A common misconception about this surgery is that it is only for increasing the size of a woman’s breast, but more than half of the clients undergo this procedure to decrease the size of their breast.

This procedure involves the use of implants to achieve fuller breasts or to bring back the lost volume of the breast after a major weight loss or after pregnancy.

The Philippines has many board-certified and qualified plastic surgeons that can help you decide with your breast augmentation procedure.

Also, some patients that go through this procedure have asymmetric breasts, especially when they have also experienced another treatment that would affect the shape of their breasts. Nowadays, more women are bothered by the size of their breasts. They think that size matters when it comes to being aesthetically beautiful. Some others need this treatment because of health reasons. Among all the cosmetic surgeries these days, mammoplasty is one of the top five procedures because more and more women care about the size and shape of their breasts.

In the Philippines, the number of patients being subjected to this treatment increased because of the new techniques and equipment that surgical clinics have. Consequently, more and more clients from other countries are going to our country just to get the procedure done.

One of the reasons why many people prefer having their breast augmentation in the Philippines is because of its lower cost. Plastic surgeons in the Philippines offer one of the best procedures for breast augmentation for a much lower cost compared to other countries. The results of this procedure in the Philippines are better or almost the same with other countries, but clients will just have to pay for only a portion of the fees when the procedure is done in the country. In addition, Filipinos easily adapt the technology used by other countries for their cosmetic procedures. When a new technology or equipment is brought in the Philippines, surgeons make ways to have the same results in a lower price, which clients usually like.

Also, most foreigners want to undergo surgery in the Philippines because of the hospitality of the Filipinos. After the operation, Filipinos provide thorough care to their patients. Most foreigners believe that Filipinos do not do the job because they are paid, but because they are really willing to take care of the patient, and this is why other nationalities want to go through breast augmentation in the Philippines.

The popularity of Abdominoplasty and the Philippine plastic surgeons

One of the most common problems among figure-conscious individuals is keeping their tummy area in shape. Some would go through special diet and exercise and yet, they don’t get the result that they want.

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is one of the fastest rising plastic surgery procedures in the Philippines.

Here in the Philippines, it is a common scene in almost all corners of the streets and in every public establishment the bulging tummies of either a man or a woman. Some of them, if you are to ask them, are already used to what they have in their stomach and they are contented with their condition so there is no point of having a difficult diet and exercise routines. However, some will still tell you that they are disturb with what they have. They, most of the time, feel the insecurity and the discomfort brought by their enormous belly, that’s why they are thinking of a lot of solutions just to get rid of all the fat deposits in their stomach.

A few will think of undergoing to a cosmetic surgery procedure. The reason? The danger it might bring to them and the amount that they might spend just for a single operation. But many surgeons, specifically Philippine plastic surgeons, will suggest that it depends to the credibility and the ability of the medical clinic and if people really want to have good result they should have faith and believe with the procedure. When it comes to its financial aspect, well you really have to invest on it because at the end of the day, you will realize it’s worth; the result will boost your moral and will bring you a more healthy lifestyle.

But do you know how the operation for this specific problem took place? Or do you even know what it is? Well, let me tell something about the procedure that many Filipinos are looking forward to: the Abdominoplasty procedure.

Abdominoplasty or commonly known as tummy tuck is an invasive plastic surgery that removes excess skin and fats from the midsection and surgically tightens the abdominal muscles.  It involves the surgery of the abdomen in which excess fatty tissue and skin are removed, resulting to a firm and smooth abdomen.

The abdomen will be cut from hipbone to hipbone in this procedure, the option for those patients who require the most correction, for the complete abdominoplasty. The incision will be made low, at about the same level as one’s pubic hair area. Contrary to popular belief, the belly button is not repositioned during tummy tucks. The navel stays where it is and the skin is just redraped around it. After redraping, the surgeon can even adjust the size of the belly button with a bit of nipping and tucking.

This is an in-patient hospital procedure which takes from 2 to 6 hours under general anesthesia. It is a major surgical procedure so the patient can expect a considerable recovery time as compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures. Most patients will require between one to three weeks before returning to work and assuming a normal schedule. Daily activities are also restricted for about 6 weeks to give time for the healing process to occur.

Abdominoplasty is becoming a popular plastic surgery in the Philippines. This became the best solution for many Filipinos and proved that having a small tummy will definitely change one’s lifestyle.

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Scheduled to have a breast lift surgery? Know the dos and don’ts before getting into action

Having a mastopexy in the Philippines or most commonly known as breast lift surgery is definitely a big decision and could bring you a lot of anxieties. To help you lessen those uncertainties, go over these pointers to know the things you should and should not do before going through the operation.

Don’t

  • Do not smoke. It is good if you do not smoke naturally but for smokers, your surgeon will advice you to stop this at least two weeks before surgery because smoking increases the risks of complications and could also prolong the healing time.
  • Do not drink. Like smoking, your doctor will also ask you to refrain from drinking alcohol since it could also affect the result of the surgery and it will not be as good as you have expected.
  • Do not take aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal medicines as they can increase bleeding.

Do

  • Have a lab test or medical evaluation. Also get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
  • Arrange a time off from work with your employer. You might need some time to rest after the operation so it would be best to tell your company that you will not be around for a couple of days.
  • If you choose to have an outpatient surgery, arrange someone, your partner perhaps to drive you to the hospital or clinic, and pick you up afterwards. You wouldn’t be able to drive due to anesthetics after the operation. Also make sure that you were able to ask someone to take charge of your everyday tasks since you will really feel tired and sore after the breast lift.
  • Make a “To Do List” of things that need to be taken care of beforehand. This will include paying important bills, arranging for someone to look after your children (if you have a family, filling out prescription forms, getting ice packs and dressings (if required) and shopping for ready prepared meals.
  • Prepare a small case with some of your clothes, a sleep mask, toiletries and a selection of books and magazines. You may also want to bring your iPod so that you can listen to your favorite music if you don’t feel like reading.

After going through all the pointers above and you found your self checking all the things in the list then you are now ready to have your breast lift surgery. In order to get the best possible outcome of your surgery you have to follow everything that your surgeon will ask you to do. Always remember that your doctor knows what’s best for you.

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Facts on Breast Lifting

Childbirth, weigh loss, gravity and aging process could cause the breast to sag or droop. In such case, a breast lift also known as mastopexy could be performed. This procedure raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. However, keep in mind that breast lift does not increase the size of the breasts but it only return to a more youthful and shapely appearance.

The best candidates for this kind of surgery are those people women who had two to three children and do not have any more plan to get pregnant. This is because pregnancy does stretch the breasts so if you are looking to start a family or to make give birth to another child then you may wish to delay having surgery until after your pregnancy. Other good candidates for mastopexy are women with flat, elongated or pendulous breasts, with nipples that fall below the breast crease and are bothered by the feeling that their breasts sag which have lost its shape and volume.

There are numerous techniques for doing breast lifting procedures in the Philippines but the most common involves making three incisions which form an ‘anchor shape’. These incisions will enable your doctor to remove the excess skin of the breast and move the nipple and areola to a higher position. Your surgeonwill also remove any excess fat and tissue. The skin around the areola is drawn together which helps to reshape the breast. This method takes two to three hours to complete for both breasts. Breast Augmentation surgery could be done together with mastopexy depending on your decision if you want to lift your breast and make it fuller at the same time.

After you’re the operation is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may also be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

The same with other surgeries, breast lifting is not without its risks. However, in mastopexy, complications are relatively rare. The common side effects of this surgery are bleeding, soreness and bruising. However, choosing the right surgeon for your breast lift could lessen the possibility of complications so make sure to find a certified and experienced breast lift surgeon. He/she should have finished extensive training on cosmetic and plastic surgeon and must have a wide range of experience regarding this procedure.

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Considering Liposuction in the Philippines? Look for the best and certified surgeon in town

Many people struggle from unwanted fats. Most of the time, after several months of diet and exercise it was still very difficult to reduce fat in problem areas of the body such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms. This is the very reason why a lot of men and women consider having liposuction where they can get away with those fats in just a few hours.

If you are one of those people who are thinking of having liposuction in the Philippines, it would be of utmost important to look for the best and certified surgeon in the country. Oftentimes, patients choose their surgeon on the basis of price. However, the success of the procedure is largely dependent on your choice of surgeon. Thus, to avoid unsatisfactory results, it is best to choose a surgeon who has had accredited training in plastic surgery, special training in body contouring and extensive experience in liposuction. This operation requires good judgment and the ability to visualize the end result. Your surgeon’s skill can make all the difference between a good result and one which will require correction and additional expense.

To further have an idea on how to choose the right surgeon for your liposuction, it is very important to look or search for the following:

Training

Pick a surgeon who has completed at least five to six years of formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in accredited training hospitals. There are 4 residency programs in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery which are accredited by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery and the Philippine College of Surgeons. These are the training programs of the UP-PGH Medical Center, UST, and the 2 consortium programs approved by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery where residents rotate in various hospitals. Training includes three to five years of general surgery residency and two to three years of plastic surgery residency. Doctors who have completed residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery are the only doctors who can rightfully claim to be plastic surgeons.

Certification

A good surgeon should have completed the accredited plastic residency training program enables the doctor to become a “board-eligible” plastic surgeon, meaning that he is qualified to take the written and oral examinations of the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery. After the doctor passes both written and oral examinations, he becomes a “board-certified” plastic surgeon.
Many doctors who perform cosmetic surgery procedures are board-certified in specialties other than plastic surgery or may even lack such credentials. It is recommended that the patient choose a plastic surgeon that is duly certified by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery, the only organization recognized by the Philippine College of Surgeons to grant board certification in the field of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in the Philippines.

Experience

Good credentials provide a reasonable indication of a doctor’s qualification to perform cosmetic surgery, and should serve as the basic starting point. Patients should then ask the surgeon about his experience. How long has he been in practice and how many times has he done the procedure you are considering? The broader your surgeon’s experience is, the greater your chances for a successful surgery.

Testimonials and Before and After Pictures

It would also help you decide whether a surgeon is good or not by reading all the testimonials of a surgeon’s patients. They could testify whether the doctor did a great job in their operation or not. Browsing the before and after pictures will also give you some proofs how good a surgeon is.

If the surgeon you’re taking into consideration passed all these pointers, then he might be the right surgeon for your surgery. However, always keep in mind that even though you have the best surgeon in town, you should still have realistic expectations. Although dramatic results can be achieved, they may not be as immediate or obvious as you would like.

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