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Do’s and Don’ts after a Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery where the surgeon removes the excess fat from different parts of the body. This process helps gain a slimmer body with the ideal shape and contour. It is mostly performed on women’s abdomen and thighs, while flanks on men. In the Philippines, liposuction is one of the most sought-after surgical procedures.

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While achieving your desired body figure may be as exciting as it sounds, problems may arise in the duration of the patient’s adjustment. It takes a lot of patience in waiting for your new and great body under the entire bruising, swelling and compression garment. Like any other plastic surgery, there are also do’s and don’ts after liposuction. Follow these tips for a successful treatment and fast recovery.


·         Do maintain a healthy weight. Even though the result of the cosmetic surgery is technically permanent, the body shape of the patient may be changed by aging, weight gain, pregnancy and other lifestyle elements.

·         Do get the right amount of sleep. Since your body is recovering from the procedure, getting enough rest will help speed up the healing process.

·         Do follow your trusted plastic surgeon’s instructions. Whether it’s keeping the incisions clean or the duration of wearing your compression garment; you don’t want any complications to emerge, right?


·         Don’t expect the results to show up right after the surgery. It may take a few weeks or months for the best and final outcome to appear.

·         Don’t take a bath yet, unless instructed by your surgeon.

·         Don’t take over the counter and anti-inflammatory medications, unless prescribed by your plastic surgeon. Some medicine may risk patient’s health and delay the recovery process.

·         Don’t forget to do some exercise. Once you’ve fully recovered,  you can continue engaging your body in proper physical activities to prolong the effect of the cosmetic surgery.

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Couple’s Ways to Get Rid of Snoring

Sleeping soundly does not mean that you’re always in the pink of health. A current study estimated that 45% of men and 30% of women snore on a regular basis. It is said that frequent alcohol drinking, smoking, asthmatic attacks and blockage of passageways brought by colds or sinuses are the most common causes of snoring.

On the other hand, many experts affirm that snoring hugely affect marital relationships. For an instance, the other half that is diagnosed to have this particular sleeping disorder has higher chances of getting marriage misunderstandings because his / her partner tries to sleep in the other room. Moreover, snoring is also viewed as a negative aspect in intimacy because it decreases the couple’s bed time moments together.

Surgical procedure is now been considered as one of the solutions to stop this disorder. However, this is rarely used and only considered in cases of very severe snoring when other treatments have failed.

Plastic surgeons in the Philippines have the following procedure to correct this sleeping abnormality:

Remove excess soft tissue from the throat to widen the upper airway. This may involve removing the tonsils and adenoids and other tissues in the back of the throat (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty).

Correct an abnormally shaped wall (septum) between the nostrils or remove nasal polyps that block airflow through the nose.

Change the position of the bony structures in the upper airway, allowing air to flow more freely, especially during sleep. More than one surgery may be needed to make these changes.

Implant plastic cylinders in the soft palate to stiffen it to prevent it from vibrating. This can reduce snoring and the daytime sleepiness it causes.

However, as mentioned, these procedures are for severe cases. So if your partner’s snoring habit is starting to become more often, it’s time to get rid of this problem before it turns worse. Below are proven safe, practical and innovative ways to save your marital relationship as you help your partner sleep soundly.

Take Up Singing Lessons

It’s no joke. Singing contemporary ballads can mean serenading your husband or wife as it also stretches your throat muscles to reduce irritating night time vibrations that cause the noise.

Have an intimate Dinner Schedule

Encourage a weekly couple’s bonding in a relaxing venue. Avoid restaurants and bars that allow diners to smoke. Second-hand smoke is very harmful since it causes nasal and lung congestion which often leads to snoring.

Wear a Snore Stopper Bracelet for Couples

Along with wedding rings, unisex watches and couple T-shirts comes the innovative Snore Stopper Bracelet as seen at Groupon Philippines. It is a multipurpose accessory that detects snoring from your partner, all you need to do is wear it on the wrist while sleeping and it will deliver pulses to stop the user from snoring. You can have this item as a shopping coupon only from Groupon. A more affordable and convenient way to acquire this innovative snore stopper.

Engage on a Physical Bonding Together

Whether both of you needs to lose weight or aging calls for a healthy lifestyle, physical activities like running, swimming, biking and going to the gym helps in clearing out blocked narrow airways that affects your breathing pattern while fast asleep.

Talk openly with your Partner who snores

If you truly love your better half, it is also assumed that you’re willing to accept his / her imperfections. Honestly telling your partner that he / she snores can mean that you’re helping to resolve whatever conflicts it can bring to your relationship as a couple. Taking some time to talk to him / her privately will make both of you comfortable with each other.

Couples don’t have to worry since there are a lot of instant remedies and cure for snoring.  If you really want to eliminate the habit, pursue hard not only to please your partner but also to take charge of your health and wellness.

More than physical intimacy, connection of your intertwined souls is the most important aspect of long lasting relationship. So come on! Don’t be shy to gently whisper to your partner’s ear the next time you hear him snore and let’s try to find out what will happens next. Good luck!

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The Etiquette of Plastic Surgery

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in the United States alone, there were over 9 million surgical and non-surgical procedures done in 2011. So it is no wonder why there are lots of people who turn to plastic surgery to answer their beauty and health woes. But, just like any other trend, it also has its own set of rule book.

If you know someone (may it be your friend or acquaintance) who had undergone plastic surgery, it is considered impolite to directly ask him/her about it. A sensitive topic such as plastic surgery makes it awkward for someone who had it to talk about.

Plastic surgery has its own set of rules to follow. Photo from Google.

Etiquette guru Mary Mitchell told the Contra Costa Times on how and what to say to friends, individuals or colleagues who have gone under plastic surgery. “When we change the way we look, it almost automatically changes the way others react to us,” Mitchell said.

“It’s incredibly rude to come out and ask about it. Wait for them to tell you,” she added. And if it is really obvious, “give the person an opening, like, ‘Gee, you look great. What’s your secret?’ And say that without sarcasm. Or if you know already that the person was going to have a surgery, you can ask them the question, “how are you feeling?”

Mitchell also mentioned that many people actually want to talk about it. “People told me it was liberating to hear somebody admit to having work done and that it’s OK,” she said. “A lot of people don’t want anybody to know, but telling someone can actually help.”

Since plastic surgery is a major operation and can be traumatic for some, you would want somebody to talk to, a support system especially if it is an extreme procedure. It takes a big toll on your physical, mental and emotional state so it is better to rely on trusted friends and family members for comfort and support.

Dr. Edwin Paul V. Magallona of the Philippine Plastic Surgeon has a witty suggestion for someone who had gone under the knife and is not ready yet for the big reveal. “If you want to disguise your procedure, let’s say facial implants, which are most probably going to be very evident, you might want to consider changing your hair color or wardrobe choices  because most probably, their reaction is going to be: You look great, nice hairstyle.”

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A Quick Overview of the Arm Lift Surgery

Brachioplasty, or more popularly known as arm lift surgery is a “cosmetic procedure for those who have excess fat and skin beneath their upper arms.” Saggy and fatty arms have been the dilemma of countless women around the world. This happens for many reasons including diet, inherited propensities or simply, just growing old.

But if you want to avoid having flabby arms when you get old, diet and exercise should help you get your desired arm physique; but this is not always the case. This is where the arm lift surgery answers your problem.

This procedure will give you a noticeable and effective tightening and lifting in your arm and can even help in restoring your overall arm appearance.

Who Are Good Candidates

The good candidates for arm surgery procedure are those who have healthy weight, which does not change greatly, they should not have major underlying conditions and should not be a smoker. In preparing for this procedure, a person interested should stop taking herbal dietary supplements, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory medications because it can be a great source of blood loss during and after the procedure.

The Procedure

Brachioplasty is usually performed with other plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck, breast augmentation and thigh lift. During the procedure, the patient is first placed under general anesthesia and generally, the procedure takes up to two hours. Your board-certified plastic surgeon then makes an incision on the underside of the arm—from armpit to the elbow. Any excess fats may be removed using lipoplasty. After that, the surplus skin is cut down and the remaining skin will be tightened and finally sutured firmly into place.

Benefits of the Arm Lift Procedure

The most immediate effect of brachioplasty is the improved appearance of your arms. Saggy and flabby arms are eliminated and weight is reduced. The patient will now be able to move the arms much better. Patients also enjoy heightened sense of self-esteem and confidence. Final results only begin to show three to six months after the procedure. But the results last for a very, very long time but the natural aging process will continue to affect the whole body, including your arms. As a patient, you should be prepared for the continued loss of elasticity of your skin in the arm area.

Risks Involved

This is still a plastic surgery procedure so it still has its risks. The most common ones are reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, blood clot, infection and possible numbness. This is generally a safe procedure but if you want to have a smooth and fast recovery period, consult your plastic surgeon about how to prepare properly for the procedure.

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Six Tips Before your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Any kind of medical operation has its complications and risks. Breast augmentation procedure is no exception. In fact, for some women, it may be a stressful time; and stress makes you do crazy things.

If you are planning to have a breast augmentation procedure, it is important that you plan months ahead before your big day. Planning is important because it prepares you for whatever and whenever you need something.

Breast augmentation is a significant event in a woman’s life but don’t let the stress come over you. Here are six tips before your breast augmentation procedure.

Consult your plastic surgeon before your breast augmentation procedure.

Make Personal Arrangements Early

Before the big day, arrange everything you need after the procedure like your “recovery room” at home, etc. It is also important not to overlook how you plan going to the hospital or clinic. It is better to have someone drive you to and from after the procedure. It is advisable that you have someone with you within the first 24 hours after the procedure because it is the most crucial part of the whole healing process.

Minimize your Responsibilities

A board-certified plastic surgeon will advice that immediately after your procedure, you should take a rest. In this case, ask someone to watch over your children even just for a day or two. More so, even before your procedure, you should have extra fluids or food at home so that you won’t have to leave the house. Lastly, if you have prescriptions, make sure that you have already made refills.

Pack your Stuff Early

Think of having a breast augmentation procedure as having another baby. Consulting with your plastic surgeon is crucial in the whole process because days before the operation, he will provide you a list of items you should bring with you on the day of the procedure. Generally, this should include prescriptions, medications and paper works. The earlier you packed the better.

Get your Game Face On

To have a fast recovery, as much as possible, it is advised that you prepare for the procedure months before; but, three days before the big day, treat your body with a healthy diet and avoid alcohol. You should also avoid vigorous exercises because this can lengthen your recovery period.

Don’t Forget Your Hygiene

The night before your breast augmentation procedure, shower and wash the areas involved; usually, the plastic surgeon will give you an antimicrobial soap. After showering, DO NOT put on make-up, creams, oils, deodorants and even moisturizers. As with any other surgery, do not drink or eat the night before.

Wear Proper Clothes

Wear and bring loose-fitting clothes with you during your procedure; preferably clothes that can be opened from the front. Also, choose flats and slip-on shoes. Do not worry much about how you will look immediately after the procedure because no one really looks good after any operation. All of these items will make you much more comfortable.

“Before your breast augmentation procedure, your plastic surgeon should make sure that you understand exactly what should be done and how the entire process will play out,” explains Dr. Edwin Paul V. Magallona. It is important that you ask your surgeon any questions that you have in mind so that in the end. You will have the result that you want.

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A note from a Philippine plastic surgeon on the background of breast surgery

Many people will say, ‘ ahh, that’s breast enhancement, that can be very harmful!’ or ‘breast surgery for flat chested people, right?’

Breast surgery is a safe procedure; ask your plastic surgeon about it.

With these statement people are either swayed with the negative perception on this specific cosmetic surgery procedure or misled because of misconception of so many people, so let me give you a bit of its background and the important ideas behind this procedure. I am expecting that in the end you will be thinking the other way around.

A lot of Philippine plastic surgeons will agree to me that this is not harmful at all if it’s done the way it should be done, so you may now take away the idea of it being harmful because, again, it’s not. It’s only for flat-chested girl; again, this is another wrong idea so might as well take that away from your because because even those with enormous front have their reason to go under this surgery. To better understand my point, please read the following facts about the procedure.

Breast surgery or breast augmentation can be surgical and the non-surgical mammoplasty procedures that correct and enhance the size, form, and feel of a woman’s breasts. This plastic surgery operation is usually done when the breast reaches its final size after puberty (ages 17-18) except for cases when there is congenital breast hypoplasia or breast asymmetry in which it can be done earlier (local regulations in Philippines may be applicable).

The procedure involves the placement of an implant behind the breast tissue of each breast or the underlying chest wall muscle. Breast Augmentation is done on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgery center and usually under general anesthesia.

There are a couple of options with regards to the location of the incision that will be relayed to the patient, which would be dependent on the individual variables of the breast anatomy and the type and size of implant that will be used.  Not all options are available to every patient.  The implant type, pocket placement and incision approach all have relative advantages and disadvantages.

These following are the different type of incisions:

Infra-mammary: incision is made in the fold under the breast, peri-areolar: incision is made around the nipple, trans-axillary with endoscopic assist: incision is made under the arm.

The size of an augmentation implant usually depends on the woman size and proportions, the average size is 300cc. As a result, a woman gets a more flattering bust line, improving her appearance and boosting her self-confidence with regards to her figure.

So what do you think now?

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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:


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.


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.


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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