• 28th, August
    Cosmetic Surgery Holidays in Thailand.

    Welcome to my blog!

    Thanks for stopping by and having a glimpse into my world. It is my goal to be share with you my knowledge and experience from your  answering all of your questions, referring you to the best surgeon or dentist and hospital for your individual needs to arranging and planning every aspect of your surgery; hotels; flights. All this and heaps of  advice and guidance about what to do and what to expect after surgery.

    Whether you would like to travel with your friends, family or come on one of my escorted trips to Thailand that are offered  as the ultimate girls holiday in paradise.  I want you to feel totally at ease with your decision to have  cosmetic surgery abroad that all you have to do is  pack your bags and get yourself to the  airport!

    If there is anything you want to know more about, please let me know. It will be my pleasure to respond privately or write about it on the blog.  These are some stories, please enjoy and I look forward to your feedback.

     

     

     

     

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  • 20th, March
    ” Do I have to have a breast lift if my breasts sag?”

    ” Do I have to have a breast lift if my breasts sag?” is the most common question we hear!   The answer is a little more complex than a simple yes or now and depends upon many factors!

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    Keep reading because it’s about knowledge and arming with yourself with as much information as you can so that you can adjust your expectations of the outcome of your breast surgery to be realistic outcome due to the genes you were born with!

    It is not about simply picking a size of implant off the rack that you want- you need the right procedure that gives you the best outcome so that you will be happy with the result. Sometimes could be a matter of adjusting your expectations.

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    Breast ptosis, or sagging of the breasts is common in women with medium to large or huge breasts. Some women go through multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding with pert breasts that don’t have a degree of sagging needed for a lift and can have breast implants after children, whereas some teenage girls develop large breasts that need reduction and/or lift in their teenage years!

    So it is mainly based upon your individual genetics and such factors commonly as a woman ages her breasts are likely to become more saggy, gains and looses weight,  pregnancy and breast-feeding.

    There are  Normal – Grade 4 when grading the degree of ptosis or breast sagging, as well as other conditions or deformities that can be corrected with plastic surgery. There are varying degrees of breast ptosis and the degree of sagging can help you determine your cosmetic surgery options. We see a lot of ladies in our clinic that have Grade 2-3 breast ptosis who are unaware of this medical grading, hoping a breast augmentation with just an implant will “fill up their breasts”

     

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    Unfortunately, if there is any degree of sagging before performing a breast augmentation, an implant alone will not magically “lift” or fill up their breasts and achieve a good result. In fact, we see lots of women for breast revision surgery that have had just implants achieving a very poor result they are unhappy with.

    Then breast revision surgery needs to be performed including a breast lift with new implants, sometimes with the removal of capsular contracture at an additional costs.. Breast revision surgery performed by another surgeon is priced at 30% more in addition to the other costs of surgery.

    We have a lot of women we see in our clinic that have varying degrees of breast ptosis however do not want to have a breast lift and implant as they are concerned about the scarring.

    If you are concerned about saggy, drooping breasts, the first step is to determine the degree of breast ptosis, and the precise nature of the problem so you are not shocked by the surgeons recommendations and have reasonable expectations.

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    The good old ruler test will show you if you have any degree of breast ptosis before you seek the opinion of a Plastic Surgeon so you have reasonable expectations.

    Here’s how:

    • Find a ruler.
    • Take your shirt and bra off and find your inframammary crease (fold line just under your breasts where they meet your chest).
    • Place the ruler in the crease, directly against the junction of the breast and ribcage.
    • Let your breasts hang over the ruler, and look at yourself in a mirror. The ruler marks your inframammary crease.

     

    Grade 1 Mild Ptosis

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    If your nipple is slightly above or directly in front of the top of the ruler, you may have Grade 1 Ptosis which is considered mild.

    This case a women is still a candidate for a breast augmentation.

    Depending on her individual case and factors such as the size and symmetry of her breasts and the opinion of the surgeon she has the option of using round implants with varying profiles to achieve the best results or CPG implants (teardrop) is often recommended for women with mild sagging.

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    Grade 2 : Mild- Moderate Ptosis

    Grade 2 to is identified as the placement of the nipples to the breast crease. If the central point of your nipple is 1 to 3 cm below the top of your breast crease, you may have Grade 2 ptosis. This is considered mild to moderate ptosis

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    For these cases a breast augmentation with internal lifting is recommended, especially if the patient is not willing to accept the scars from incisions from the traditional breast lift procedure.

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    This procedure is performed with the incision in the same place as the breast augmentation, under the breast. The surgeon adjusts the position of the breast tissue and muscles and inserts an implant with volume to fill the empty breasts.

    With this technique, the breasts will be fuller and firmer however there will still be some degree of sagging, unevenness and without being able to adjust the nipples they will remain in a low position.

     

    Grade 3 Breast Ptosis- Severe sagging

    Patients with Grade 3 as confirmed by a surgeon will require lift surgery, technically known as a Mastopexy correcting sagging breast tissue and low nipples back to their original position.

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    A breast lift is usually performed with a breast augmentation, inserting implants to give the breasts a perfect shape and larger volume especially in the upper poles.

    If the breasts are very large, a reduction/lift/implant may be performed to reconstruct the breasts by removing the excess breast tissue, placing nipples in proper position and inserting an implant to achieve perfect symmetry, shape and size.

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    A breast lift is usually performed with a breast augmentation, inserting implants to give the breasts a perfect shape and larger volume especially in the upper poles.

    If the breasts are very large, a reduction/lift/implant may be performed to reconstruct the breasts by removing the excess breast tissue, placing nipples in proper position and inserting an implant to achieve perfect symmetry, shape and size.

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    Pseudo-ptosis 

    Pseudo-ptosis is a condition which occurs when the nipple is in proper position however the breasts lack fullness.

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    The breasts may appear full below the nipple but above the nipple are flat and appear to droop. In most cases because the nipple and areola are positioned correctly, a standard breast augmentation using round implants, even perhaps moderate to high profile will restore the fullness in the upper poles giving cleavage and restoring youthful appearance.

     

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    Mild Ptosis , Asymmetry and Tuberous breasts

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    Tuberous breasts

    Tuberous breasts occur in many different degrees of severity and are caused by a tightness within the breast tissue which prevents the breasts from developing normally.

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    This constriction can cause the breast to look deformed, preventing the development of the breast and can cause deformities of the nipple.

    Surgery is available depending upon the severity including breast implants, a breast lift with implants or use of fat transfer.

     

    Breast Asymmetry

    Breast asymmetry is where the breasts are unequal in size and shape.

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    While this is normal with nearly every woman has a slight degree of asymmetry with one nipple is slightly higher than the other or one breast is slightly larger than the other and so slight that the women hardly even notice.

    When breast asymmetry is severe however, it can cause a great deal of psychological distress.  Imagine having one breast a B cup size while the other breast is a D cup size!  It makes it almost impossible to buy clothing or wear a swim suit.

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    The surgical options are plentiful and determined by the individual needs of the patient. They can include a combination of breast reduction of one breast and an implant for the other. Implants are commonly used and sometimes fat transfer can be an option.

    Low Breasts

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    Your breasts may sit relatively low on your chest, with no sagging (ptosis) and be “long chested, low breasted.”

     

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    A surgeon will explain if this is the case for you when he does a physical examination. Once you and your breast surgeon determine the extent (or if any ptosis), you can discuss which type of breast surgery will achieve the best results.

    It could be a matter of adjusting your expectations to a more realistic outcome due to your genetics.

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  • 24th, January
    Male cosmetic surgery is increasing….

     

    At Cosmetic Holidays International, the majority of our clients and surgeries  are on women. Over the past few years, however, I have seen an increased demand from men requesting surgeries as well.

    Some of this may be related to baby boomers who have taken good care of themselves and desire to look as good as they feel. Other men don’t want their wife to look better than they do after she has undergone facial rejuvenation procedures, so they request surgery as well.

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    1. Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Rejuvenation

    Just as women often show signs of aging around the eyes, so too do men. The phrase “the eyes are the window to the soul” may well be a true, but I would also add the statement that “the eyelids are the window treatments through which you see the soul.” Loose hanging furrowed skin, lateral brows that hang over the upper eyelids, and bulging fat pads below the eyelids with accentuated tear troughs put forth the image of fatigue and loss of vitality. This often results in friends and colleges asking if you are tired or if you are getting enough sleep.

    Fortunately, surgery to restore the upper eyelids to a crisp appearance with correction of any eyelid droop can be a game changer. The lower lids can be rejuvenated by removing excess fat and repositioning this tissue over the cheek to eliminate the tear trough. Combined with skin and muscle tightening, this procedure provides a fresh and vibrant appearance. This can be important not only in social situations, but also in how a person is viewed in the workplace.

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    2. Neck Lifts

    Do you look in the mirror and say to yourself, “I hate this turkey neck”? Is it getting more difficult to buy dress shirts that are comfortable with ties? Do you look heavier in the face despite not gaining weight? If the answer to all these questions is yes, a consultation for a neck lift may well be a beneficial idea that is not just for vanity.

    Ideally, a man should have a strong jaw line and a crisp chin-neck junction. Having hanging skin with or without fat excess that obscures the jaw line certainly can put forth the image of premature aging of the individual beyond his chronologic age. A neck lift can be a valuable tool to restore your appearance and convey youth and energy.

     

    3. Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

    Proportionality is everything. If you are unhappy with the shape of your nose or how it blends with the rest of your face, then request a plastic surgeon to perform a facial analysis of you. If the nose seems big, maybe the lower face is out of place, such as a small lower jaw or chin. Often times, I will perform a chin augmentation with a rhinoplasty to provide a harmonious facial appearance. Nose surgery requires finesse and a keen understanding of the anatomy of the many sub-units of the nose. The key is to provide shape without feminizing the male nose. This is also a rather easy surgery to recover from and the patient can return to work within a week usually.

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    4. Chin Augmentation

    As mentioned above, the facial sub-units should all be proportionate to each other. If the lower jaw projection is limited by lack of growth, it can portray a weaker jaw with less of a masculine appearance. By using the correct judgment, a plastic surgeon can provide an enhanced projection with the combination of either an implant or repositioning the bone along with liposuction of the jaw line to create a sculpted jaw which projects strength.

     

    5. Liposuction

    If you look in the mirror and the phrase “dad bod” screams out, liposuction may be something to entertain. An important fact to remember is liposuction, with its many variations, is a contouring tool, not a weight loss technique. I strongly encourage anyone who is considering body contouring to first consider diet and exercise.

    If after some toning in the gym and achieving a normalized weight you are still unhappy with the shape of your body, then liposuction may be a reasonable adjunct to improve the appearance. The abdominal area can be shaped, as well as reducing the flanks, to provide a sleeker frame.

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    6. Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

    If you have excess fat and skin of the breast, which can also affect the size and shape of the nipple-areolar complex, this can project a very feminizing effect of the male chest. In my experience, I have been very happy with the results of a combination VASER liposuction (ultrasound assisted liposuction) with direct excision of any sub-areolar glandular elements with or without areolar reduction to achieve a masculine chest.

    This can be a very disturbing condition for a man of any age, particularly in the teenage years. We see a bimodal distribution of people seeking treatment; those in their teenage years and men in their late forties and fifties who are seeking help to restore the loss of tone in their chest area.

    Our population is living longer with better quality of life and people are remaining active and engaged. They wish to look as good as they feel and are no longer shy about requesting procedures to keep them looking their best.

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  • 12th, October
    Is cosmetic surgery the new acceptable face of womanhood?

    It was once considered extreme, but cosmetic surgery has become normalised. In fact, writes , refusing to ‘have work done’ has made her unusual in many social circles. But is a more perfect self always a happier one?

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    More women are turning to cosmetic procedures due to increased availability, a rise in disposable income and social pressure.

    I have a bumpy nose that looks fine from the front, but makes me shudder if I see it in profile. I have a “well-defined jawline” – or a pointy chin, if you ask for my description. There are a few furrows on my brow, lines around my eyes, and the outsize bags beneath them. My complexion reflects more than three decades of suffering from acne. In short, my face is, well, my face. It tells an honest story of a life lived. My life.

    And there’s the rub. There shouldn’t be anything unusual in that but, increasingly, I’m aware that I’m in the minority when I mix in certain circles. Arriving at some social events or work appointments, I find unfamiliar faces looking back at me from people whom I know well. These are women who appear one day with startled expressions, unable to smile warmly as they used to, their skin taught, waxy and translucent – like glassine paper.

    Having “work” done is the new norm, you see, and I am conscious that, while I am content to look my age and confidently declare myself an intervention-free zone, I frequently stand out from the scalpel-ed, Botox-ed crowd as the one “who doesn’t”. This is not some self-indulgent plea for validation but an observation that the Stepford-style masses are becoming the acceptable face of womanhood. The insidious march of cosmetic intervention in everyday life has concerned me for some time and then last week I read a piece in the New York Times, confirming its alarming prevalence in the US.

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    “You’re going to have to do it. And not all that long from now,” the article states. “Probably not a full-on, general anaesthesia bone-shaving or muscle-slicing. But almost definitely some injections into your face. Very likely a session of fat-melting in some areas and then possibly moving it to some other parts that use plumping. Not because you hate yourself, fear ageing or are vain. You’re going to get a cosmetic procedure for the same reason you wear make-up: because every other woman is.”

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    No way, I thought to myself, and ploughed on, indignant. It proved sobering reading: in the US, doctors performed more than 15m cosmetic procedures last year, a 13% increase on 2011 and more than twice as many as in 2000. Dermatologists are no longer considered to be medical clinicians, but beauticians, with 83% of them providing Botox or similar treatments.

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    What was once the preserve of Joan Rivers and a handful of Ladies Who Lunch in Beverley Hills is now accessible to secretaries in Salt Lake City, who nip into the local medi-spa in their lunch hour for a manicure and a facial filler. That quick “fix” offers a euphoric high that soon wears off and sees them coming back for a more. I believe that cosmetic intervention is addictive and, because we gradually lose sight of the person who once looked back at us in the mirror, all perspective starts to go.

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    People chase compliments and once we start getting those, we want more. Most women come to me and their concern is that they look ‘tired’. They might not feel tired on the inside but they want the outside to reflect how they feel.

    We certainly believe that anything that allows women to feel better about themselves is worth it.

     

    Over a very short period of time, what is considered normal and required practice in terms of ‘routine maintenance’ has changed dramatically. The assumption that a beautiful, more perfect self is a happier, more successful self is deeply ingrained in popular discourse and the language used is exceptionally value laden: we are urged to be ‘the best we can be’ and to strive for our ‘best selves’. We should do this because we’re ‘worth it’ – the implication being that if we don’t, we are culpable and blameworthy for ‘letting ourselves go’.

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    We believe that women have the right to choose and take ownership of their appearance.

    I would say that at this point in time women are succumbing to cosmetic surgery because they have tried other forms of maintenance that are no longer working as they get older, and they want the results that non-surgical and surgical cosmetic surgery will give them.

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    When we inject our faces with stuff, that doesn’t come from the same place as putting on a colourful lipstick. We are navigating a new world, where we are much more conscious of our image, and we must own it and delight in it, rather than do things because of social pressure. Appearance should be an extension of who you are, not about trying to be someone you think society wants you to be.”

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    Here are some crazy findings:

    *53% of those who have had surgery believe celebrity cosmetic treatments had made it more aspirational

    * 45% felt there was social pressure to consider it.

    Women are always  talking about the pressure to look good,in addition to leading a healthy lifestyle with regular facial massages and skincare regime.

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    With the affordability of medical tourism and the subsequent pressure of reducing prices in Australia- the availability and accessibility of cosmetic procedures, the lack of stigma about having work done and the rise in women’s disposable income has meant the gateway is clear for this to become normalised. And it is only going to increase.

     

     

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  • 10th, October
    Bangkok Boob Jobs! Nip ‘tuck surgery at US medical Standards.

    IF you knew a medical procedure you needed could be done at the same quality but half the price internationally, would you jump on a plane to have it done?

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    It is estimated that around 15,000 Australians are heading overseas for nip tuck holidays every year, spending a total of $300 million on medical procedures — some of them life saving.

    It’s called medical tourism, and it’s having a significant impact on global healthcare, including in Australia, where our health system is straining under the weight of an ageing population and long waiting lists for elective surgery.

    Thailand is leading the world as a medical tourism destination, earning a staggering $4.31 billion in revenue from the industry in 2013. Of the 26.5 million people who visited Thailand in 2013, 2.5 million came purely for medical reasons. That number has been growing at an average of 15 per cent a year over the past decade.

    It’s done been changing the landscape in terms of price; in any facet of our life people want value for money.

    Medical tourism has been around forever when people would travel for procedures not available in their country. Now people are going to underdeveloped countries for things that are offered in Australia because it’s cheaper.

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    However Bangkok is changing this image dodgy backyard jobs and unqualified surgeons by offering a select group of world class hospitals, state of the art technology and internationally trained physicians.

    And then there’s the value. A trip to the dentist for a filling in Australia will set you back around $150, in Thailand it’s $30. Breast implants will cost at least $8000 at home, compared to around $3000-$4000 in Thailand. It is this reality that is changing the medical landscape, as Australians and travellers worldwide are lured by cheaper costs, no wait lists and technology often better than what they’d find at home.

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    Walking into the hospital today, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a five-star hotel rather than a hospital ward. Lounge areas offer free (non alcoholic) drinks, check-in desks look more like civilised bank tellers, in-house travel agents organise visa extensions and a whole wing is dedicated to interpreters offering translator services for its international patients.

    Then there’s the hospital rooms. The top of the line rooms are like small apartments with a living room, bathroom and kitchen all tastefully decorated, offering Wi-Fi, and room for partners or family to stay.

    SAMITIVEJ PLASTIC SURGERY CENTRE, BANGKOK

    Our hospital in Bangkok, Samitivej Plastic Surgery Center offers a full range of high quality healthcare services specializing in plastic surgery. As the main hospital for our plastic surgery in Bangkok- this newly renovated hospital has 150 beds and 6 brand new operating rooms.

    It is a member of the fastest growing Hospital Network in Thailand and Bangkok’s most highly regarded hospital group. The Samitivej brand is a well known brand in Thailand and people regard it as a high quality hospital.

    . We offer our clients another destination for their cosmetic holidays experience with many procedures to beautify themselves through plastic surgery with our team of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and caring medical team.

    We specialize in all types of cosmetic surgery procedures including all breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reductions. In addition to body contouring, such as Tummy tucks, Vaser liposuction and all lifting procedures. Face lifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty and upper and lower Blepharoplasty are offered and a full range of reconstructive surgeries are also available.

    One of Bangkok’s largest plastic surgery centers, we are fully committed to provide quality care and to bring the latest medical technologies to our clients at affordable costs.

    We work only with highly experienced board certified plastic surgeons and offer excellent customer care to our clients from the Cosmetic Holidays International Team in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Thailand though the entire process!

    From your first inquiry through to confirming your suitability with one of our surgeons, to advising the best surgeon for your needs and confirming the price, we also arrange your luxury 4 star accommodation package with 24/7 care from your Cosmetic Holidays International coordinator.

    We guide and support you through the entire experience and provide ongoing advice, support and genuine care ! All VIP transfers are part of the service we offer from the airport-hotel-hospital for consultations, surgery, follow-ups are all personally arranged for you.

    Safety is always our main concern, so therefore we do all major surgeries under general anesthesia with admission into the hospital ward for minimum one night.

    In addition to the new OR rooms, we have a newly renovated ward and team of caring nurses with many years experience.

    The hospital room is a single room with own toilet and bath, flat screen, WIFI, room service menu, fridge and tea making facilities. We have a nice restaurant in the hospital as well. If you bring your husband / wife or partner they can sleep on the sofa in your ward for free and arrange affordable 4 star luxury accommodation for the 8 day stay post-op.

    SAMITIVEJ PLASTIC SURGERY CENTRE, BANGKOK

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    Our hospital in Bangkok, Samitivej Plastic Surgery Center offers a full range of high quality healthcare services specializing in plastic surgery. As the main hospital for our plastic surgery in Bangkok- this newly renovated hospital has 150 beds and 6 brand new operating rooms.

    It is a member of the fastest growing Hospital Network in Thailand and Bangkok’s most highly regarded hospital group. The Samitivej brand is a well known brand in Thailand and people regard it as a high quality hospital.

    Located on the 6th floor at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital. We offer our clients another destination for their cosmetic holidays experience with many procedures to beautify themselves through plastic surgery with our team of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and caring medical team.

    We specialize in all types of cosmetic surgery procedures including all breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reductions. In addition to body contouring, such as Tummy tucks, Vaser liposuction and all lifting procedures. Face lifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty and upper and lower Blepharoplasty are offered and a full range of reconstructive surgeries are also available.

    One of Bangkok’s largest plastic surgery centers, we are fully committed to provide quality care and to bring the latest medical technologies to our clients at affordable costs.

    We work only with highly experienced board certified plastic surgeons and offer excellent customer care to our clients from the Cosmetic Holidays International Team in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Thailand though the entire process!

    From your first inquiry through to confirming your suitability with one of our surgeons, to advising the best surgeon for your needs and confirming the price, we also arrange your luxury 4 star accommodation package with 24/7 care from your Cosmetic Holidays International coordinator.

    We guide and support you through the entire experience and provide ongoing advice, support and genuine care ! All VIP transfers are part of the service we offer from the airport-hotel-hospital for consultations, surgery, follow-ups are all personally arranged for you.

    Safety is always our main concern, so therefore we do all major surgeries under general anesthesia with admission into the hospital ward for minimum one night.

    In addition to the new OR rooms, we have a newly renovated ward and team of caring nurses with many years experience.

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    The hospital room is a single room with own toilet and bath, flat screen, WIFI, room service menu, fridge and tea making facilities. We have a nice restaurant in the hospital as well. If you bring your husband / wife or partner they can sleep on the sofa in your ward for free and arrange affordable 4 star luxury accommodation for the 8 day stay post-op.

     

    Costs — why is it so much cheaper?

    Thailand’s medical procedures are around 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than we’d pay in Australia and up to 50 to 70 per cent less than in the US. While there’s no difference in the cost of medical technology and drugs, it’s the difference in labour costs that make it so competitive.

    A nurse can expect to be paid around $17,000 in Thailand compared to $70,000 in Australia. Doctors earn around $50,000 in Thailand compared to $150,000 plus at home. Malpractice premiums are far less too. Doctors may pay around $1000 in Thailand, compared to the US where annual premiums have sky rocketed to $100,000. Then there’s the competition that keeps prices low, as the market battles for the international tourist dollar.

    Surgery costs: Australia v Thailand

    Breast implants: Australia — $8,000-$12,000, Thailand — $3,000-$4,000

    Facelift: Australia — $9,000-$10,000, Thailand — $4,000-$5,500

    Tummy tuck: Australia — $7,000-8,000, Thailand — $5,000-$5,200

    Dental implant Australia — $3,500-$7,500, Thailand -$2,300

    Knee/hip replacement in Australia — $20,000, Thailand — $12,000 -14,000

    Fees in Thailand do not include airfares or hotel accommodation (needed for recovery once patients are discharged).

    Why are Australians choosing Thailand?

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    Every patient news.com.au spoke to had a different story for why they are sitting in a five star Bangkok hotel waiting for surgery or recovering from a procedure.

    “It’s like the Athlete’s Foot of the boob,” said Michelle, a 33 year old media professional from the Hunter Valley in NSW who had breast implants, teeth whitening and fillings.

    Michelle says her experience in the Bangkok medical system was better than anything she had at home. From the doctor patient interaction to the compassion and care of the nurses, the biggest difference was the after-care. She spent three days in hospital and eight days in a five-star hotel after her procedure. She compares this to a friend at home who paid $12,000 for breast implants and was discharged from hospital the same day.

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    Then there’s 30-year-old Calli from Subiaco in Western Australia, who flew over for rhinoplasty and breast implants. After having her nose fractured twice when she was 19, she booked her surgeries 12 months ago after hearing about it from a couple of friend.

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    “There’s a get ‘em in, get ‘em out attitude in Australia,” she says. “After one night I wouldn’t have even be able to lift a glass to have a drink of water,” she added, relieved she had longer to recover in a Thai hospital.

    From breast implants to whole body transformations, patients range in age from early 20s to 60s.

    The end result was worth all the pain for Calli.

    The end result was worth all the pain for Calli. 

    Jaye, a 20-year-old recruitment manager from Bunbury in Western Australia paid $2000 for veneers and to have her wisdom teeth removed, and says she is finally confident to smile again.

    Tracy, a 51-year-old Australian mother, googled “cosmetic surgery in Thailand” and two hours later it was a done deal. Recovering from an arm, face and neck lift, as well as a tummy tuck and liposuction she paid $20,000 after being quoted more than $80,000 at home.

    “It’s been a confidence lift, I did it to make myself feel better,” she said. Two surgeries and seven days in hospital, she said the support has been unbelievable. “They are more interested in what your expectations are here compared to Australia.”

    Then there’s the recovery!

    Cosmetic Holidays International provide affordable apartment-style accommodation with nurse visits as part of the service!

    Or you can stay in 5 star luxury hotels and really live it up in Bangkok for a fraction of what you would pay in Australia for the same service.  It all depends upon the desires, budget and individual needs of each patient and the family/ friend they bring along!

    The options are endless!

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    BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 2, 2015: MBK Shopping Center. It was the largest mall in Asia when opened in 1985 and still receives more than 100,000 visitors daily.

     

    The verdict

    Medical tourism is only set to increase as emerging economies, spiralling costs and wait lists demand a change in the way we deliver healthcare.

    “In the educated patient” [negative outcomes] are rare,” says Dr Rizk.

    And the group of Australian women in Bangkok couldn’t agree more.

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    “I’d go back to the hospital just for the service, it was like a hotel,” said Jackie.

    “It was the best experience of my life.”

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 10th, October
    Is it OK for women to pop their Botox cherry in their early 20s?

    When is the right time to pop your Botox cherry?

    IT’S THE point of conversation that’s crept in to every coffee date I’ve had this week. Scratch that — make it this month.

    Furrows and frown lines, bags and birdsfeet — at 26, I’ve officially started to see the signs of ageing; and I’m not alone.

    We really start seeing minor signs of ageing from the age of 25. We will start losing volume on lateral cheekbones, fine lines around the mouth and even crowfeet. These are gradual signs and I think young women are very switched on to these.

    Subtle as they may be, the hollows hanging from my underlids, or the lines that linger above my brow are failing to fade — even after a good night’s rest. To be honest, I don’t ever see myself going under the knife, but the unwanted reminder of too much sun and not enough sleep got me thinking — is it time to jump on board the train to rejuvenation and get the jab?

    Crowfeet are a common area of concern for many women trying to fight the signs of ageing.

    Crowfeet are a common area of concern for many women trying to fight the signs of ageing.

    Today, more than half of all Australians worry about looking old. The findings, which were unveiled by the CPCA, monitored Australians’ attitudes to non-invasive cosmetic medicine. They found that 52 per cent of respondents were concerned about the physical signs of ageing, with a focus on wrinkles and thinning hair.

    Women have long been concerned about the visible effects of ageing. The impact of a more active, ageing population is also influencing acceptability and demand.

    We are now discovering that more people who have undergone these procedures are open and willing to talk about their experiences, which has helped spread their popularity.

    Our love affair of looking younger has boomed — and the target demographic indulging in the anti-ageing measure is getting younger.

    Ashleigh is a 24-year-old office manager who had her first lip fill just 3 months ago.

    “I had this procedure because I was very self conscious of how my lips looked. When I smiled I had no top lip which made me feel very uncomfortable,” she said

    Despite receiving a mixed response about having the procedure, Ashleigh admits this won’t be her last bout of Botox.

    Ashleigh’s lips before the fill. Picture: Supplied.

    Ashleigh’s lips before the fill. 

    And after the lip procedure. Picture: Supplied

    And after the lip procedure. 

    “I plan on getting it [lips] done again next month. I want to get around my eye area done as well, because I’m starting to notice slight crowfeet. I buy expensive creams and soak my face in different oils almost every night to prevent this, but it still is not working well enough,” she said.

    Some would consider her decision as drastic considering her age, but in the eyes of an industry professional, this preventive ‘prod’ is the best step to longer lasting youth.

    If you can see a fine line, five or 10 years down the track, that line will be much deeper [if not filled]. So you can prevent it from getting to that point if you do something early.

    Botox earlier will result in less treatments over time. I wouldn’t be recommending that they freeze their face, I’m talking about light doses of Botox — so they still have expressions, but they’re preventing lines getting deeper by repeated movement in the facial muscle.

    Kimberly*, a 25-year-old, has praised the use of fillers in her face, having jabs to her lips and chin on several occasions. But despite her satisfaction, she understands why there can be a certain stigma around younger women opting for Botox and fillers.

    “It’s becoming commonplace that Botox is an effective and — as far as we know — safe way to prevent ageing. The problem is that it can be severely overdone by some younger women (and even men),” she said.

    “When you know what to look for, you can spot an overfilled lip and too-tight Botox forehead a mile away. It makes young women look like older women trying to look young again.”

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    Consultations are key when deciding if a non-invasive procedure is right for you. 

    With the good, often come the bad. One of the biggest concerns of delving in to the world of injectables is the long term effects. How much do we know about what’s being pumped in to our skin? What if a nerve is hit? What if your face becomes frozen?

    At 29, Emma* bought in to Botox as a ‘preventive precaution’ because a friend had raved about the results. After her first procedure, Emma’s look was exactly the freshen up she was after. But as soon as she received ‘top-ups,’ that’s when the flaws started to occur.

    “After a few times of doing this [top-ups], I ended up with a frozen look, I could not move my eyebrows at all and I had a pained look in my eyes when I smiled,” she said.

    “The worst thing was that my eyebrows dropped down, which made my eyelids really droopy. It’s taken more than a year for the side effects to die down.”

    Botox has been studied for over 20 years, with almost 30 million procedures completed worldwide. Most of the popular fillers today are made of a natural sugar, which is why the filler that’s injected in to the skin is broken down over a period of time. Despite the success stories, people need to keep in mind that it is a cosmetic procedure that shouldn’t be considered lightly.

    Cosmetic injectables have become more common place, people should not forget that they are still medical procedures that require supervision from a qualified medical practitioner, an experienced Doctor in Australia, Australian Board Accredited AHPRA (Medical Board) is that specialities in cosmetics and anti-ageing is best.

    * Some names have been changed to conceal identities.

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  • 10th, October
    Lip fillers, rhinoplasty, boob jobs and Botox: The rise of ‘natural-looking’ plastic surgery

    *As seen SEPTEMBER 16, Nadia Salem; News Corp Australia Network*

    Aussiewoman want to look more like celebrities including Emily Ratajkowski.

    LIP fillers, rhinoplasty, boob jobs and Botox.

    Young Australian women are now demanding “natural-looking” plastic surgery and subtle cosmetic enhancements to resemble Emily Ratajkowski, Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid.

    A leading Australian plastic surgeon has reported a spike in demand for nose jobs, boob jobs and lipo among Aussie women in their 20s and 30s.

    They’re increasingly requesting Ratajkowski’s breasts, Kardashian’s cheek bones, Hadid’s nose, and Kylie Jenner’s lips, with fillers becoming so common that having your lips “done” is almost normal.

    Emily Ratajkowski shows off her enviable side boob on the red carpet during New York fashion week. Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar

    Emily Ratajkowski shows off her enviable side boob on the red carpet during New York fashion week.

    Demand for lip jabs, as well as wrinkle-smoothing Botox, and laser and other skin treatments, is growing among younger women who are seeking “tweakments” — subtle, often non-surgical procedures that aren’t too obvious.

    “Over-done, looking like somebody else, fake, is done,” said one top Australian plastic surgeon/

    “What’s ‘in’ is looking healthy, glowing, good skin tone and having some pretty features.”

    Social media is fuelling the growth in demand for both plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures, with more photos taken and women increasingly confronted by their perceived flaws on Instagram and Snapchat.

    Young women want Kim Kardashian’s cheeks, according to leading plastic surgeon, Dr Chris Moss, of Liberty Belle. Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar

    Young women want Kim Kardashian’s cheeks!

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    Fresh-faced Kim Kardashian.

    What’s driving that is an improvement in (surgical) techniques and just more pictures being taken … and seeing themselves more!.

     Women are more commonly saying, ‘I really don’t like that profile, I’m going to do something about it.’”

    Lip injectibles are in-demand for women in their 20s and 30s, to give a “dewy look to the lips and extra volume”.

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    New nose … Bella Hadid in supermodel mode at New York fashion week. 

    Bella Hadid before her nose job in 2010. Picture: Getty Images

    Bella Hadid before her nose job in 2010.

    He said they were also requesting fillers to plump cheeks that “look very natural and give definition” and Botox injections to smooth crows feet and “give that fresh appearance”.

    There’s also skin laser-type treatments and dermal therapies and we’re finding that’s a very big growth area.

    As for going under the knife, nose jobs, boob jobs and lipo are the most popular surgical procedures for young women.

    Kylie Jenner has admitted to having lip fillers. Picture: Getty Images

    Kylie Jenner has admitted to having lip fillers. 

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    Born this way … Kylie Jenner. 

    The breast augmentation — aka a boob job — had increased in popularity over the past decade.

    But women were now asking for a natural-looking boob jobs, with “shape and proportion and what’s right for their bodies, rather than just focusing on size.

    We are seeing less women wanting the biggest implants that they can get.

    Emily Ratajkowski puts herself out there. Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar

    Emily Ratajkowski puts herself out there. 

    There’s much more focus on shape, proportion and a lot more of my patients are having what we call ‘shaped implants’ rather than round implants.

    They’re an implant that has a teardrop shape that means it looks like a natural breast — it has the natural upper boarder, as opposed to the Baywatch look.

    Victoria Beckham famously had her round breast implants removed. Picture: Supplied

    Victoria Beckham famously had her round breast implants removed. 

    So who do they want to look like? Model/actor Ratajkowski, for one.

    She’s slim but she’s got proportionate, natural-looking breasts. They’re not just looking at volume, they’re looking at shape, side boob, cleavage … but (specifying), ‘I don’t want to look too out there.

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  • 09th, October
    I’m having a Botox party!

    First it was the Tupperware party. Then Enyo.Now the new millennium has brought its own twist on the traditional female gathering – the cosmetic surgery party.

    Growing numbers of women – and even some men – are lining up alongside celebrities to get the latest anti-wrinkle treatment, the Botox injection.

    The Botox party night has become a growing trend for the cosmetic generation.

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    At $8 per unit Botox injection doesn’t come cheap but has become one of the most popular procedures because it involves no surgery and can act as an instant facelift.

    Doctors discovered that the injection – a minute, purified form of the botulism bacteria which has been used for a range of medical conditions – can also improve your looks. It works by weakening muscles that create wrinkles and frowns – leaving you looking fresher and y

     

     

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    The injection is a prescription only medication and so can only be administered by a qualified doctor or surgeon, GP or nurse practitioner.

    Dr Alexander Ha, a qualified GP, has joined with Cosmetic Holidays International to carries out group treatments at informal Botox party nights.

    This is based upon this trend re-surfacing again, and women (and men) like to grab a group of their friends as in a social occasion, and have our Representative as well as  an experienced Australian Board Accredited AHPRA (Medical Board) Doctor who performs the procedure.

    We offer Botox( Xeomin) and Fillers (Princess) for unbeatable prices:
    Botox: $8 per unit
    Fillers for the perfect pout: $400 per 1mL

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    Dr Mike, as he has become known on the Botox circuit, creates a home made surgery in the kitchen of the party host, positioning his lights and syringes.

    ‘It is all done properly and professionally,’ with a home-type surgery situation with good lighting and syringes.

    Consent forms are signed and I will only do gatherings of between 3-5 usually and alcohol is not advised as it causing post-op bruising.

    Dr. Ha  explains the ins and outs of the treatment because we all don’t want to treat women who have been pushed into it by peer pressure, however the environment  works very well because some patients like to be treated in the more relaxing and informal environment of their home with their friends on hand to give them support.

    Cosmetic Holidays International works with Dr Ha., as he is only one of a handful of Australian doctors who would offer a travelling Botox service.

    Botox parties makes Australian  women sound like they are very evolved on the subject of cosmetic enhancement.

    ‘Most women don’t come clean about how much Botox they have or where

    they have it, which isn’t going to change anytime soon.’

    Botox is the fastest growing non-cosmetic surgery procedure in the world. It has been quite phenomenal. I am a great advocate of it because it makes you feel so much better and can save you going through surgery – it’s so natural.

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    ‘Everyone we have known has always been  very happy with the results. We LOVE Botox, it is brilliant. A lot of men who are working in stressful jobs are also increasingly having Botox injections because they want to stay young and fresh. It takes away the frown lines which tend to show in your mid 20s.

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    Here is our guide to Botox and how it works

    What is Botox?

    Botox is the trade name of Botulinum toxin type and is a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinium. It paralyses the muscle into which it is injected so that frowning becomes impossible. To be most effective, treatments must be carried out every three or four months in the first year. After that time, you may have lost the habit of frowning altogether.

    Botulinum toxin has been used very safely and successfully since 1982 by ophthalmologists to treat nervous twitching of the eyelid and lazy eye. Thousands of patients receive Botox for a variety of other conditions including excessive sweating, but over the last 10 years it has become popular for reversing the visible signs of ageing.

    Does it hurt?

    When Botox is injected there is an initial minor sting for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort. No sedation or local anaesthesia is required and you can resume normal activities immediately.

    How does it work?

    When Botox is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from

    reaching that area, and as a result, the muscle weakens. As the muscle weakens,

    the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkle in the skin gradually softens

    and often disappears.

    What areas can be treated?

    It is most commonly performed in the upper face to improve the appearance of forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet or laughter lines.

    How long does it last?

    The full effects of Botox treatment are not apparent for three to seven days and should last for three to six months. A top-up injection is required after this period to maintain the skin smoothing effects.

    Our brand Xeomin has quicker effects, within 24hours.

    Side effects

    There are very few side effects. This is mainly because it is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body. However it can cause temporary bruising, a rash or mild headache.

    In some cases, the toxin can migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be drooping of an eyelid but this is mainly as a result of the Botox being wrongly injected. Patients who are pregnant or have a neurologic disease should not use it.

    PM me if you would like some more info for private parties with friends to lock in dates- with huge discounts for our Host.

    *Please note drinking is not recommended as it results in bruising post-procedure.*

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  • 06th, October
    Are dental holidays in Bali a thing?
    *Published 29Jul, 2016by  in EXPAT LIFE*

    Let’s start from the beginning. If you are a Kiwi or an Aussie you will surely know Bali. Bali is for the Aussies as Majorca is for the Brits: one of the most popular holiday destinations outside of their own country.

    Until recently the majority of tourists to Bali were sun and surf worshippers. Bali is a well-known destination for surfers, especially since it is in the world competition surfing circuit.bali3

    However, there is now another great reason why many people are heading to Bali, and it has nothing to do with the waves. The reason is affordable dental work, and it’s not only Aussies and Kiwis who are buying into this idea.

    We all know about affordable dental work in Thailand and the high international standards, but now we are excited to offer the same high standards for Bali!

    It’s part of the growing trend known as ‘medical tourism’ and Bali’s proximity to countries like Australia and New Zealand make it easy for a traveller to quickly pass by for some dental work en route back home.

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    For dental work that can cost around A$13 500 in Australia, the same work can cost a fraction of that in Bali – roughly A$5 800 – and the treatment is of the same quality as Australian and European dental work.

    One of our trusted dentists in Kuta, for example, is a testimony of very highly skilled and knowledgeable dental practitioners. These dentists can handle anything dental from general, for example, fillings, to aesthetic dentistry, like dental veneers. There is even an anti-aging clinic in the same location.

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    With the savings made in dental work, travellers can now afford to take a return flight to Bali + hotel stay for two weeks plus spending money for their entire stay for the same price as just the dental work in Aus.

    No brainer, huh?

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  • 05th, October
    Redefine yourself in Thailand! Cosmetic Surgery Just for Men

    The reality is that men are just as concerned about looks as females, but for far too long have been just expected to acknowledge and accept whatever undesired problem we have and simply just suffer in cold silence. Here are several more and more are getting cosmetic surgery.

    At Cosmetic Holidays International, believes you have the right to high quality and effective aesthetic solutions using only the most advanced and affordable treatments in the privacy of a tropical paradise. We guarantee you will leave Thailand refreshed, revitalised and a new life bursting with confidence!

    This article is about cosmetic surgery for regular guys, so if you have every wondered what kind of surgery regular guys get (we get asked that a lot), read on….

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    Male vanity is reaching new peaks!  Cosmetic surgery has gone mainstream and thus totally socially acceptable for men to seek ways to stay ‘forever’ young.

    What’s popular among men?

    In 2003, men accounted for 13% of the more than eight million cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. Now, as you may have guessed, most men aren’t getting boob jobs. They are in fact getting a type of boob jobs-  reduction of gynecomastia, or abnormally large male breasts.

    Vaser Liposuction: In our society where  obesity is quickly becoming the biggest health problem, it’s not surprising that liposuction is tops. Liposuction is priced upon areas. Depending upon your individual needs the  price varies according to just how much fat you would like, or need to be removed from specific areas.

    Nose jobs, officially called rhinoplasty : A very popular procedure for men to reduce the size of their nose. A lot have had broken noses also needing a Septoplasty.

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    Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty):  a reduction of the upper or lower eyelids.  This minor procedure performed under a local or general anaesthetic costs as little as $1,000 generally used to open brighten the eyes and take years off!

    Hair transplants: among the various less drastic solutions (the killer combover, the rug, the weave and, of course, hair-in-a-can), some men still opt for the surgery. There are a few different techniques, however is per hair, and the total price is dependant upon the size of the area.

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    Other popular procedures include the facelift (forehead, mid-lower and neck lift ), having pearly white porcelain veneers  (Around  $430 per tooth) to ear tucks, pectoral and calf implants and chin augmentation.

     

    Look at celebrities that have had cosmetic surgery

    From Al Pacino to Calvin Klein, check out the celebs who have “improved” their features…We learn a lot about plastic surgery through its poster boys — celebrities.

    Facelifts!

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    Everyone in Tinseltown is getting pinched, lifted and pulled to a more youthful look.

     

    Porcelain tooth veneer

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    Hair transplants

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    why men do it

    One possible explanation for the upswing among men: to emulate famous people. MTV’s I Want a Famous Face is obvious evidence, while across the pond, Italians are following their prime minister’s lead. Silvio Berlusconi was reluctant to admit to his recent surgery, but since doing so around Christmas of 2003, the number of people asking for cosmetic surgery in Italy has increased by 30%.

    Not only that, but the average age of people looking for facial improvement has lowered.

    What does this mean?

    For young men endowed with the very unattractive combination of insecurity and laziness, body surgery such as pec implants or liposuction is a shortcut to get the body they want.- just another way to search for the Fountain of Youth.

     

     

     

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  • 04th, October
    Do the perfect pair of boobs really exist? Surgeon has come up with a ‘magic formula’ for the ideal breasts

    Yes there IS such a thing as the perfect pair, and what’s more it’s been scientifically proven by a top Plastic Surgeon!

    The perfect pair is all down to the math!!!!

    Science has settled some pretty big arguments in its time but this could be the biggest of all.

    There IS such a thing as the perfect breast, and there’s even a mathematical formula for it- it’s all about precise proportions!

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    It’s not just opinion either – there’s actual science behind it. Having hit on the perfect boobs theory he’s gone on to prove it in a study recently published in the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

    In a nutshell, nearly 1,500 people were shown images of different breast shapes and, across all ages, genders and nationalities, there was a remarkable consensus on what made the nicest knockers.

    Ready for the science? It’s not just one thing but four that makes the perfect breast.

    1. The magic number

    It’s all about the ratio between the volume in the upper and lower part of the breast: the perfect breast is 45% upper half, 55% lower half.

    Interestingly, the research showed that a perfectly globe-like 50/50 ratio – which is often what cosmetic surgery aims for – was less pleasing to look at than a breast that was very slightly bottom heavy.

    What’s more, the 50/50 boob was actually less popular with men than women.

    “It totally blows the myth that men prefer a fake looking breast,” says Patrick.

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    *Client prior to having her breast augmentation surgery- shows very clearly the measurements and mathematical equations necessary to achieve the perfect breasts.*

    2. A smooth upper slope

    OK you weren’t expecting to hear that a sunken chest was top of the boobs wish list, but more surprising is the discovery that an visibly rounded upper breast isn’t ideal either.

    Looked at from the side, the perfect breast contour from chest wall to nipple is either a straight slope or a very slight outward curve.

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    3. A skyward pointing nipple

    Nipples shouldn’t point down or even straight ahead – in the perfect breast they are looking up. But not too skyward-pointing either (a common problem with a bad boob job). An elevation of around 20 degrees is the ideal.

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    4. A tight convex lower curve

    No shocks here: the contour running down from the nipple to the base fold of the breast should be a smooth, tight curve rather than a collapsed bag of sag.

    These perfect proportions held true regardless of the size of the breasts shown to the research participants.

    “Nice breasts are nice breasts, irrespective of size- it’s about  ideal proportions.

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    The only thing that counts is what the breast looks like!  All this for just 115,000 Baht in Phuket, Thailand or just $4,300 AUD or $4,400 AUD!

    Inquire here for more information so we can guide you to our most experienced Plastic Surgeons we see the best results daily!!!!

    Contact us now: http://www.cosmeticholidays-int.com/get-a-quote/

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