We suggest that you get your suitcase out a few weeks prior so that you can add things and remove as you think of them. There will be essential things that you will need to take and then there is the wish list if you have room. If you fold clothes in half and then roll them instead of folding you will find you keep things wrinkle free as well as have a lot more room. Make sure all toiletries are in plastic bags so if they spill won’t ruin all your clothes, from experience we know toothpaste especially has bad habit of doing this so put in a zip lock bag.
Your hotel will have hair dryers as well as shampoo, conditioner soap and basic toiletries so don’t over pack on these items. Don’t panic if you think you forgot something you can always buy it when you get there. Don’t overfill your suitcase on the way over as you want to leave room for all your new purchases.
If you have stretch marks caused by age, pregnancy or weight changes you may want to know what you can do to get rid of them alongside any excess fat and skin.
A tummy tuck may be exactly what you need and if you head to Thailand for this kind of surgery you may also be able to squeeze in a holiday.
In most cases a tummy tuck can remove stretch marks in the lower abdomen region, although your surgeon will be able to provide you with more information about how the process works and the chances of your scars being removed. Other stretch marks may not be removed, and if you have any on your upper abdomen they may be moved further down. This could make them smoother and flatter but it depends on their location.
You will need to discuss this with your surgeon if it is a real concern as he or she can give you tailored advice.
How does a tummy tuck work?
If you choose to have a full tummy tuck in Thailand, you will be given a general anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable.
Then, a long incision will be made just above your bikini line and another around your belly button. The skin and fat here will be separated from your abdominal wall and lifted up from your rib cage to expose the sheath covering your muscles, the rectus muscles fascia.
The fascia is sutured which will tighten the muscles below it, creating a tauter abdominal wall and thinner waist. The skin will then be stretched back down with the excess removed. Your belly button may need to be replaced so it is in a natural position.
Your surgeon will do his or her utmost to ensure scarring is minimal or that it is located in a place where it can be hidden easily so you can get back into your bikini.
Determining Breast Sagging Grade Ptosis (Sag) Do You Have?
Your initial surgical assessment in conjunction with your consultation will include a physical examination to determine the laxity of the skin and degree of ptosis of the breasts. Determining your breast sagging grades of ptosis can be done at home in advance if you are curious. This can be done by placing a ruler under the breasts at the natural breast fold, called the infra-mammary fold. The top edge of the ruler should be at the junction of the breast where it meets the ribcage.
Grade 1 (Mild Ptosis): The nipple is at the same level of the mammary fold, or slightly above the top of the ruler, and is still above the lower pole of the breast.
Grade 2 (Moderate Ptosis): The nipple is 1 to 3 cm below the top edge of the ruler and still above the lower pole of the breast.
Grade 3 (Severe Ptosis): The nipple is 3 cm or lower than the top of the ruler, it is a possibility that you may have Grade 3 ptosis.
Pseudo-ptosis (Pseudoptosis): The nipple is still above the top edge of the ruler, but your breasts appear as if they are sagging due to a prominent, (and sometimes flattened) breast lobe.
Your Surgeon will also discuss the type of Breast Lift Technique for your situation, as well as the choice of anesthesia he prefers for your particular breast lift procedure. Most breast lift procedures are performed under either General Sedation. If you do go under General, your surgeon will need to ascertain a list of all of the medications that you presently take for both the-the surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Please bring a list of all medications prescribed, over the counter or otherwise (and dosage amounts) with you to your consultation.
What are the different Breast Lift Techniques?
The specific type of procedure chosen is determined by several factors. Most important is the amount of sag or ptosis (pronounced: toe-sis) that present. When a slight amount of ptosis exists, a crescent Breast Lift can be performed. This is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. .
Breast Lift Techniques:
The Crescent Lift (Diagram 1): This technique involves removing a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above the areola and resuturing the tissue higher. This creates a minor lift for patients who have slight ptosis. The areola skin is thinner than the surrounding tissue, so slight distortion at the top is possible if proper support is not worn, or with natural sag and aging. This can cause the areola to appear oval or egg-shaped as a result.
The Benelli Lift (concentric, or peri-areolar, donut or doughnut lift, Diagram 2): This technique is considered less invasive and was designed with the incisions being made around the areolae (or areolas). With the Benelli, a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue around the areola border (or includes areolar tissue as well to reduce its size) is removed and the surrounding tissue sutured to the areola. The incisions are sometimes closed with permanent purse string sutures. The Benelli lift results in flatter projection, yet a rounder breast shape postoperatively as opposed to a naturally sloped breast.
The Benelli Lollipop, or simply Lollipop (or Keyhole, Diagram 3): This lift is the same as the above but with the addition of a straight scar from under the areolae to the mammary fold (crease). This is for those who have medium ptosis, too much for the Benelli only and too little for a full anchor incision. Puckering at the edge of the areola is possible.
Full Breast Lift (anchor, Diagram 4): The most commonly used technique for those with severe ptosis is with an anchor-shaped incision that starts at the base of the areola, then vertically to the where the breast crease meets the rib cage and then along the lower portion of the breast at the natural crease (or slightly higher). Nipple re-positioning is sometimes necessary with this technique as the nipple must be partially removed (see above) and left on a pedicle of flesh to retain the blood flow. This is considered one of the major scarring techniques (with the below being the most scarring) but it sometimes necessary with severely sagging breasts. With the Standard Mastopexy, the resulting scar appears as the shape of an anchor at the natural crease of the breast up to the areola (darker skinned area) and nipple area.
Full Breast Lift (anchor) with an areolae reduction or relocation (Diagram 5): This is sometimes needed or requested to decrease the size of the areolae complexes. This includes the anchor lift scars with the scars around the areola as with the peri-areolar lift.
BREAST AUGMENTATION VS LIFT, HOW DO I KNOW?
When a woman decides that she would like to enhance the appearance of her breasts, it is important that she understand all of the options available and which breast cosmetic surgery procedure will achieve the most natural and beautiful results.A woman’s desired aesthetic goal is unique and thus, the breast enhancement approach must be individualized as well. The technique that you choose will depend on the specific issues that you are hoping to resolve, as well as the overall outcome that you would like to achieve. The first questions one must ask are:
- Do I want larger breasts?
- Do I want smaller rounder breast?
- Are my breasts sagging and no longer perky?
- Do I want larger and perkier breasts?
The answers to these questions will demystify the different cosmetic procedures available and help guide you and your Board-certified plastic surgeon towards achieving beautiful breasts.
Fortunately, there are many options available to improve the appearance of your breasts. Do a Free Online Assessment for a photographic consult with one of our Board-certified plastic surgeons in Thailand to determine which cosmetic surgery procedure is right for you.
Two of the most popular breast enhancement procedures are breast augmentation and breast lift. Breast augmentation is used to increase your cup size through the placement of implants to increase the breast volume. This will result in increased cleavage, and increased upper breast fullness to achieve overall enhancement of the woman’s natural curves. A breast lift (mastopexy) is used to lift the breast back to its normal anatomic position. The nipple is lifted, the areola is reduced, the skin is tightened and the appearance of the breast appears more youthful and perky.
There are two types of breast implants used for augmentation: Silicone and Saline. They both are safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of the most stringent government-regulated agencies, has approved both types of implants to be used in cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures. Silicone implants look and feel more natural. They are filled with a cohesive medical grade silicone that when cut, maintain their shape without leaking… like a gummy bear. Saline implants also give a very pretty result and are now not as commonly used. The negatives of saline implants are that they feel a bit more firm and there may be visible rippling in thinner women. Saline implants are, however, more cost effective than their silicone counterparts are. There are generally 2 groups of women for whom surgeon recommend saline implants: Women under 22 years old undergoing breast augmentation and women who have had saline implants in the past and do not want to upgrade to silicone implants.
During a breast lift, the breasts are restored to their normal anatomic position, providing better breast contour and accentuating cleavage. Several factors that cause a woman’s breasts to appear deflated and elongated include pregnancy, breast feeding, and fluctuations in weight and age. While a breast lift does not enlarge the breasts, it repositions the breast, tightens the skin, and enhances cleavage to give the breast a more natural, youthful and prettier aesthetic.
Determining the best procedure for you
Once you have determined what your aesthetic goals are, it is important to communicate these goals with one of our Thailand Board-certified plastic surgeon You will work in concert with your surgeon to determine which treatment plan will achieve the most beautiful result. Prior to departing to Thailand for your surgery, you will need to submit images and have a surgical assessment which i provide free of charge to our clients
If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, then a breast augmentation procedure is the right choice for you. A breast augmentation balances out a woman’s body to create a sense of proportion. By enhancing the breasts, the upper body and lower body are in harmony to reveal the much-desired hourglass aesthetic.
If you are pleased with the overall size and volume of your breasts but feel that they are sagging and no longer perky, that a breast lift procedure is the right choice for you. A breast lift will reverse the effects of aging and restore the breasts to their more youthful position. Women with breast asymmetry, in which one of the breasts differs in size or shape from the other, are also good candidates for a breast lift.
It is very common for women to fall somewhere in the middle. Some women feel that they would benefit from a combination of volume augmentation and breast lifting and tightening. For those women, breast augmentation is performed in conjunction with a breast lift to achieve a beautiful rejuvenated appearance to the breasts.
How long will it take to get back to all your daily activities after breast implant surgery.
If you’re like most women contemplating getting breast implant surgery, you’re excited to begin the next chapter of your life! But you’re also thinking about the immediate impact of the surgery — namely, your recovery. Your recovery will vary according to the type of incision and technique your surgeon uses. But, you have a huge role to play as well: You’ll want to follow all of the post-surgery instructions very carefully.
Modern Techniques = Less Recovery Time
Modern surgery techniques have revolutionised recovery time for breast implant patients. You won’t be in the hospital for several days, and you won’t miss weeks of work. In fact, with modern techniques, you will most likely go home the day after surgery. Your Thailand Surgeon will advise you on what level of activity is appropriate in the first few days following surgery, but you should plan on light activity only. Being “up and about” will help your emotional health (no one wants to feel “sick”) but overdoing it can cause a setback.
The kinds of activities you’ll want to wait on are the more vigorous kinds of activity, like exercise. So, in order to reduce the risk of bleeding, you’ll want to wait about 4-6 weeks before returning to the gym. And when you do get back to exercise and working out, you’ll want to listen to your body. Use discomfort your guide, and back off when you need.
Time off from work varies from woman to woman. When having Breast Augmentation Surgery in Thailand you are required to stay the minimum recovery time of 9 nights If you have a very active job (such as a personal trainer), you’ll need more time off when you return back home from Thailand (one to two weeks). You may feel sore after surgery, and there will be swelling. You can use ice packs the day of and the day after surgery. Also, your surgeon may give you some arm exercises to do to keep the area loose. Though you’ll remain swollen for a few months, any pain should dissipate within days.
In terms of medication, you may or may not want to use over-the-counter and/or prescription pain relievers. Much of it depends on your surgeon and your approach to discomfort and recovery. Your surgeon will prescribe and you’ll take antibiotics after the surgery (to help prevent infection). Also, you may have drains, which will be removed the morning after surgery.
Definitely talk to your surgeon before the surgery about the techniques they’ll be using. The decisions made before surgery can help to avoid bleeding and prolonged anesthesia. It’s possible to feel very much back to “normal” within days after surgery. Talk with your surgeon about the typical experiences of their patients and your expectations.
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If you’ve been considering breast implants which evidently brought you to our website, we’re aware you have a lot of questions. Questions like “How often do breast implants need to be replaced?” along with “How often do breast implants leak?” and “What will my breast implants look like when I get older?” are more commonly asked than you may think. And they are questions every woman considering implants should ask be asking to be fully informed on the procedure.
For all of those questions, the short answer is: It varies. Breast implant longevity depends somewhat on the patient’s body and lifestyle, somewhat on the surgeon and implant type, and somewhat on chance. Here we’ve compiled more detailed answers that may help bring to light any uncertainties faced in the decision-making process of implants.
When Do Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced?
A common misconception is that breast implants need to be replaced or lifted after 10 years. This myth keeps many women from getting Breast Implant in Thailand because they are worried about long-term costs of return and future surgeries. However, breast implants last longer than you may think. Which means: There is no reason to plan on having major surgery every few years for the rest of your life!
The reality of having Breast Augmentation is that you should be aware that you may have one or two follow-up surgeries in your lifetime. It’s not a given, but it is better to be prepared for the possibility than to be surprised when you experience a complication or dissatisfaction with your implants.
When it comes to the “average lifespan” of breast implants, there are no guarantees. Some will last a lifetime, while others have complications within seven years. On average, the majority of implants last 10-20 years without complications. Recent FDA reports indicate that about 20% of women will have their breast implants repaired or replaced within 10 years of the original surgery.
How Often Do Breast Implants Leak?
As with all types of surgery, complications from breast implants vary widely. A rare but known complication is a leaky or ruptured implant. When this happens, reparative surgery is not medically urgent or even necessary but is performed for obvious cosmetic reasons.
What Happens to Breast Implants As You Age?
Many patients choose to replace their implants because of the natural effects of aging. The reality is that all breasts, whether natural or implanted, are subject to gravity, sun damage, lost tissue connectivity and the physical effects of motherhood.
Time-related changes often include breast sagging, size change due to hormonal fluctuations or visible rippling of the implants. Women who received implants before motherhood may discover that pregnancy and breastfeeding change the original appearance of their breast implants. Thus, a number of patients voluntarily return after they are through having children, wanting to restore their breasts to the look and feel of the original implants.
Know that your procedure will be performed by one of the best available surgeon’s in Phuket, at a world-class medical facility, utilising state-of-the-art equipment. You will know ahead of time the amount of time required to stay in hospital, after your surgical procedure this is dependent on the surgery you are having and your recovery.
When the doctor is satisfied with your condition, you will be released from the hospital after being given any medication and instruction you may require and driven back to your hotel to begin the recuperation process. During this time your main focus will be on recuperation. Arrangement will also be made direct with you for your check up time which is normal 7-10 days after your surgery. If during that time you have any concerns or wish to see your surgeon prior to your scheduled visit this can be arranged. Your health and safety during your recovery is our priority and we want you to feel comfortable to contact us anytime to discuss any concerns or discomfort you may experience.
We recommend that our client stay at our Recovery Hotel as we have a nurse stationed there daily from 10m-4pm to assist you during your recovery from advice through to changing bandages if needed. If your looking for added reassurance of your Post Surgery care then joining one of our Escorted Surgery Group Tours is the perfect answer with Meditravel Client Managers with you through the whole process from arrival, appointments, surgery, recovery to departure.
Our Post Operative care does not end when you leave Phuket. Upon your arrival home, your Meditravel Client Manager will follow up with you to ensure that you are happy with your results and they still be available to assist you with any future requirements. This may be answering any post surgery questions, requesting further information from the Phuket Hospital or your surgeon or assisting you to make appointments with any of our Partnered Doctors in Australia for checkups (if required)
Meditravel offers also offers a Fly Back Surgery Guarantee you can view full details here
Single Surgery Travellers
We have a number of clients who choose to travel on their own, we can reassure you that this can be done safely through Meditravel having access to all our after care services.. These clients choose to stay at our Recovery Hotel to have that added assistance of a Nurse on site to help with bandage changes etc.
However the now preferred option for those who do not have anyone to travel as part of one of our Group Surgery Tours .This form of travel is a great option for clients for many reason, which is why group surgery tours fill up very quickly. A group tour is a fully escorted Surgery and or Dental tour, with up to 10 clients PLUS partners or companions. Our Groups are escorted by one of our experienced Meditravel Client Managers who know the process and the area.These ladies are there to ensure that you have everything you need during your recovery.
Group Surgery Tours are methodically planned to ensure that each members specific requirements are catered for both with Travel and Surgery. Below are our group tour dates starts which you can join them in Phuket or at any time from the start date. All our travel escorts remain in Phuket with the group a minimum 10 nights, staying at the same hotel with the main group.
Each client is Individual and we know each client has different preferences to how they would like to spend their recovery .In know this we don’t include any tours or events as included as everyone recovers different and has limitation on what they are able and feel comfortable doing during this time. We have found it best to make those arrangements direct with the group once everyone has had surgery and know what they would like to see and do. Your Escort then will make any arrangements for you to join your selected sightseeing tours at a time that suits you.
As many of those who join our groups are single traveller we offer the option of having a room on their own or to share the cost of a room with another person on the tour. We try and match singles up as best we can by age and personalities to both save them money and have company during the tour. Many of the girl who have shared rooms remain friends long after they return home.
Our frequent visits to Phuket and established partnerships with our Hospitals and Surgeons is your assurance that things will all run smoothly. The longevity of our company ensures you will have VIP treatment with our Surgeons and Hospitals something not all agencies will be able to offer. When you are in Phuket you won’t need to worry about where and how to barter, converting currency, where and what to eat or even how to call home! our experience is available on hand during your stay for you to utilise.
Australian’s seeking Cosmetic Surgery and Cosmetic Dental in Thailand first concern is always about the quality of hospitals and doctors in Thailand. A common reason for this concern is the fact that Cosmetic Surgery and Dental costs are significantly lower in Thailand than in Australia. However, the cost difference isn’t caused by a lack of quality. Western countries are tied up in overwhelming administrative and insurance costs and surgeons charging exorbitant fee for their skills.
Other reasons are lack of trust in foreign countries, the service level, the expertise and professionalism of doctors and hospitals. Certainly, they are reasonable concerns and every Cosmetic Surgery seeking traveler should do some research upfront. The good news is there are resources, accreditations and certifications in place which allow every traveler to find out about the quality of a hospital. A valid and reliable resource is the non-profit organization The Joint Commission (JCI). JCI is a well-known and established health care accreditation group in the United States. By going to their websitewww.jointcommissioninternational.org it is possible to retrieve a list of all the accredited hospitals in Thailand. of which you will find our recommended Hospital Phuket International in Phuket.
The most important point is to remember is that Meditravel only work with the most experienced surgeons, specialists and hospital in Phuket, Thailand We do not engage in cut-price operations, we will never sacrifice quality for price. Instead, we offer a great value operations as well as a relaxing holiday. You may find cheaper prices if travelling elsewhere however this will be at a sacrifice of quality, experience and Hospital accreditations. Many Hospitals in Bangkok and Pattaya offer cheaper prices, however all considerations should be taken with the experience of surgeon, qualifications, hospital JCI accreditation for International Tourist not to mention you after care and recovery after surgery and on your return home.
The main cost advantage comes in with the low cost of living and wages compared to Australia, coupled with the fact that there is NO TAX paid on treatments. Also, the great exchange rate means that Cosmetic Surgery and Dental in Phuket is naturally less expensive than home.
We have thoroughly researched each individual surgeon, hospital and dental clinic that we recommenced in Phuket, so we can confidently say that you will get better quality and service for the price that you pay in Australia.
The service is excellent – with low wages, the hospital is able to employ more staff which means you are guaranteed attention immediately. Also, there is no waiting list for private hospitals, as it is relatively expensive for locals, and therefore you can be guaranteed your service when you want it.
Have reasonable expectations – do not expect perfection, any surgeon can only improve on your current assets. Those who are happiest with their results have reasonable expectations – for e.g. Liposuction will not make you thin all over; facelifts will be ‘natural’ and not remove every wrinkle and line. Healthy expectations are the core of any successful surgery, regardless of the surgeon you choose. Do know that there are surgery risks, have a healthy knowledge of these, read up on them. In reality the chance of these risks is so small, but it is still important to read about them. Our website provides detailed information to you about the surgeries and the risks.
Do follow the advice and guidance of the surgeon post surgery. The most important is: not smoking, good diet, resting with no exertion for the first few weeks, wearing of compression garments if advised, taking your medications as prescribed. Failure to follow advice may result in health problems or unsatisfactory results which could be serious.
Your travel package: Research flight availability then check with us for appointment availability prior to booking. Once you have confirmed we can get an appointment for the date you require book your flights as soon as you can as they can disappear quickly. If you wish we do coordinate your accommodation through Destiny Meditravel , and stay for the amount of days recommend for your surgery choice. We have hotel packages that are very reasonable, to fit in with everyone’s budget. The service that we offer is necessary to provide everyone with the care that they need when recovering for surgery. We offer 24 hour on call assistance and support with our hospitals to support you during your recovery . The hotels we use are sympathetic to your needs. If you stay in your own hotel it is impossible to provide you with this level of assistance and care, and for the sake of saving a little money by doing it yourself, you may go without necessary post operative care for recovery.
It is advisable to arrive 1-2 days before surgery so that you give your body a chance to get over the flight , and stay the minimum time that is recommends by the hospital and surgeon for your surgery. This is very important to make sure that you have healed and rested before returning home. Your care is our main concern, problems can arise when patients return home too soon or go on a holiday by themselves without sufficient support.
Although you are not required to use our travel service unless joining a Group Surgery Tour, it is advisable to enable us to assist you should you need any changes. As our travel service is part of the Flight Centre Holidays you have access to the Flight Centre Lowest Airfare Guarantee
Do understand that a small % of patients may have anesthetic problems, but this is so minimal. To reduce this risk, the number 1 thing is to talk in detail to your surgeon in the pre-consultation. Let him know what you want and what you dont want. Listen to where the incisions and scarring will be. If you are not comfortable with the answers, then DO NOT proceed with surgery.
If you do fall into the very small percentage of people who have problems with surgery – for e.g.. scarring that you would like improved – then we assess this as a case by case basis with the surgeon to find the best solution for each individual. You will be able to see close to final results before you depart for home. Even though there may be some residual bruising and swelling. At your pre-departure consultation you should discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon. But remember assistance and advice is only a phone call away to one of our helpful staff..
In summary, we cannot give absolute guarantees of complete perfection But we do reduce the risks by having the very best surgeons, hospitals, Travel Prices, and our ground support to help you throughout.
Media is always on the lookout for sensationalism, if you have any concerns or require clarification of any facts then please do not hesitate to contact us
No medical procedure is 100 percent risk-free anywhere in the world
At Meditravel we are proud of being able to providing a comprehensive service that gives such fantastic client satisfaction that they will recommend our service to their own friends and family.
The hospitals and surgeons we recommend are leading healthcare providers in Thailand, and all follow international quality standards. All surgeries are carried out in International Standard hospitals with English speaking International patient centers and attended by full medical teams, not clinics. The hospitals and medical teams are all of the highest standards, with many having international qualifications and experience. The hospital that we have had chosen based on our research and client satisfaction having similar if not better standards of private healthcare, as you will find at home, with the same high quality technical and health care equipment without the high price.
Your risks are reduced by choosing Meditravel, as we have the support services already in place in Phuket. Our support staff includes:
- Customer service managers/consultants.
- Highly trained doctors and nurses.
- Transport to and from airports and hotel for appointments and surgery.
- Dedicated travel experts to coordinate your travel needs before and during your stay.
During your research and planning stages you will no doubt encounter family, friends, specialists, and doctors who have all the reason of why you should not consider travelling to Thailand to have medical surgery or dental. This will inevitably triggering emotions of self-doubt about your decision We advise strongly that you research your chosen procedure well and the company that you are using to coordinate your surgery and travel. Don’t put yourself at unnecessary risk by travelling with companies who will send you to unsafe areas with inadequate infrastructure. Once you have completed your research, try not to allow inexperienced people to talk you out of your decision, because of their ignorance, anxiety or competitive zeal. We are more than happy to talk with them on your behalf should you feel this may assist in obtaining their support should you feel that you need it, ultimately the final decision will be yours but it is nice to know that your family and friends will support you. It is also nice to know that we at Meditravel will provide you with the information you need and guarantee that your safety is not in any way at risk.
We are proud to say the statistics for clients requiring review surgery with Meditravel is well below with what you would find had they had the surgery at home. We will always provide all the information needed for clients to make an informed decision based on our own research, experience and those of our client providing contact details of past client so they can speak with previous client who can provide an unbias account of their experience.. We won’t boast about sending 10,000’s of clients overseas( we are still in the 5000’s) as we believe in personalised coordination and care for our clients and if we were sending tens of thousands of client then we would not be able to offer 100% dedication to each and every client every time. You don’t see us on the current affairs television programs purely for one reason we have not had any unhappy clients making public statements about our poor services our testimonials are proof enough of our satisfied clients and continual growth over the past 8 years. We stand behind our services and offer a guarantee that covers flights, accommodation and medical costs in the case that you would require a follow-up procedure.
If your still not comfortable travelling for surgery we now offer Plastic Surgery in Australia at affordable prices. Check out Australian Plastic Surgery Pricing here. If you need help deciding one of our consultant would be happy to go over your options
Although you are having surgery your recovery period is a forced holiday too,.Most of us don’t go on our holidays to be tight with our cash, but there are a thousand better things to spend your money on than fees and charges. The choices we all have today are so much better then when we had to use travelers cheques and cash. These day’s we have the availability of debit and credit card facilities just about everywhere we go, the choice is up to you. Whether you use a credit card, debit card or travel cards or cash, you should be aiming for a card that gives you the least amount of hassle combined with the lowest fees and charges. In Thailand for shopping you will primarily use cash as you will be bartering for the lowest price. Credit cards can be used in Hotel, Restaurants and high end and retail shops and outlets in the large shopping centres. Look for a card with low currency conversion fees and easy access to one currency. But since you will be traveling to Thailand you’ll want to load a travel money card with multiple currencies at a set exchange rate – you can save on currency conversion fees by loading up to ten ‘currency buckets’ at a time.
Carrying cash comes down to your choice, just make sure that you keep it in a secure location when traveling and in the hotels security safes when your out exploring. When exchanging AUD money for Thai currency make sure you check out 2 or 3 exchange booth’s, as you will find they all offer a different exchange rates. As currency rates change throughout the day and from day to day only exchange what you need for a few days shopping and eating.
Banking hours usually start from 08:30 am to 3:30 pm from Monday – Friday. Some small branches are located in the shopping malls and are open from 08:30 am to 7:00 pm, seven days a week. Most major banks have branches in Phuket City and Patong, as well as a few sub-branches dotted around
You will find ATM’s in all your shopping areas and at most 7 Elevens stores. Nearly all currency exchange booths will also offer an ATM service. Personally if I am going to use an ATM I would usually go into one of the many banks, usually in the major shopping centers and withdraw a lump sum of Thai currency to avoid all those dreaded bank fees. You can then store in your hotel safe and take with you what you will need for the day.
The exchange rate between two currencies is the rate at which one currency can be exchanged for another. If you see the Thai Baht (THB) is at $0.033, this refers to the exchange rate between the THB and another currency (ie the Australian Dollar). In this case $1 AUD will buy you $30.31 THB To quickly do a conversion when shopping if you know the exchange rate is .033 and they are telling you something will cost 150 THB Calculation method .033 X 150 = $4.95 AUD.
There are many apps that make this easy for you to do on your phone so load one before you leave. You can also always borrow store owners calculator they all have them. Most time they will not say aloud the offer and instead type into calculator, and show you. You can then type in your counter offer. This is mainly done so people in the store or passing by do not know what price they sold an item to you.
Allergic Reaction Breast Implants- Can it Happen?
Allergic reactions seem to be on the rise these days where years ago the most we ever heard of was someone allergic to a bee string. Now it seems, to everything from dairy, peanuts, shellfish to latex and now allergic reaction Breast Implants have been known to occur.
Breast implants add a foreign object—a silicone capsule filled with Gel solution—to your body. So it’s no wonder that so many people worry that their breast implants may cause a serious allergic reaction. The materials used to create breast implants, medical-grade silicone, very rarely provoke an allergic reaction—silicone allergies in particular are extremely rare. And Silicone is a chemical that’s present naturally in so many things we use and consume every day—beauty products, gum, and even food.
However, there have been a few reported cases of people who have silicone allergies, and if you are worried that you have the potential for an allergic reaction to the silicone used in your implants, you may want to consider having yourself tested for allergies to silicone prior to getting breast implants. That could help ease your mind that the silicone breast implants will not be dangerous to your health—or steer you away from the breast implants altogether, as silicone is present in nearly all breast implants available on the market.
More typical allergic reaction breast implants incidents, would be an allergic reaction to the other materials used during your breast implant surgery. The latex gloves utilized by the surgeon and surgical staff, the sutures and dressings they use to close up and protect the wounds, or the anesthetics and pain medications administered to you. If you suspect that you might have allergies to latex, or have had any adverse reactions to medications in the past, be sure to alert your plastic surgeon. He can take precautions (such as using non-latex gloves) to help keep you safe and avoid a potentially dangerous allergic reaction. Again, if you suspect allergies to any chemicals or materials that might be used during your procedure, ask for an allergy test before you receive the surgery. Doing this can then avoid a potentially life-threatening reaction when you’re receiving your breast implants to prevent allergic reaction breast implants.
There have been some concerns raised about immunological reactions, including autoimmune diseases like allergies and arthritis to breast implants—especially implants that rupture and leak silicone into the body. But several studies have been done to date to determine whether breast implants can provoke allergies or rheumatoid arthritis in people. None of the studies has shown any link between breast implants and these types of autoimmune diseases and allergic reactions.
Bottom line? Silicone breast implants will not cause allergic reactions in the vast majority of people. However if you suspect that you might have an allergy to silicone or another component of the surgery, such as latex gloves or anesthesia, consider getting an allergy test before your breast implant surgery .
Legal Age of Consent for Breast Implants
The legal age of consent for Breast Implants in Australia is 18 years.
When there is no breast development abnormality, and the breasts have not grown, breast implants are usually performed after the development phase at 19 -20. Otherwise, where there is a congenital abnormality, augmentation can be performed earlier. Whatever your reason, breast augmentation surgery should only be undertaken when the development of your breast tissue is complete. For this reason the minimum age for breast surgery for most women is 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit.
There has been much discussion over the years to regulate breast implants, nose jobs, tummy tucks and botox for under-18s.
Concerned that teenage girls increasingly “resort to a surgeon’s blade” to remedy poor body image, There has been many discussion paper canvassing ways to regulate non-medical cosmetic surgery procedures for minors. This excludes operations to correct abnormalities or deformities. To date none have been formalised.
The age of consent for surgery in Thailand is 20 years at the date of surgery. if you will be less than 20 years of age on your planned surgery date please advise your Client Manager.
Exceptions are allowed for younger clients provided that consent is received from parents/guardians and that the surgeons accept the cases based on individual requirements, such as demonstrated need for surgery, client has “developed” and growth-maturity is complete, actual age etc. Final decision on accepting a client under 20 years is made on a case by case basis by the surgeon.
Clients who present to the hospital for surgery, who are under 20 years of age without prior authority and consent will be denied surgery and PIAC will not be responsible for any costs,loss or damages.
Thankfully, breastfeeding after implants in not an impossible feat. Most women do it and do it with great success. However, the milk production in the breast with implants would be much less as compared to a normal lactating breast. This would mean that exclusive breastfeeding may not be possible as the baby grows. You might have to introduce formula milk along with breastfeeding if the breast milk is insufficient for the baby.
Can You Breastfeed With Implants?
Most likely it depends on the kind of surgery you had, but most approaches are compatible with breastfeeding. Incisions made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit shouldn’t cause any trouble. A “smile” incision around the areola increases your risk of having breastfeeding problems.
That said, there are no guarantees that you will be able to breastfeed, regardless of whether you undergo breast augmentation. Women who have never had any breast surgery may experience difficulty breastfeeding.
If you do opt to have breast surgery, incision and implant placement may make a difference in terms of your ability to breastfeed. For example, in rare cases a periareolar incision (around the edge of the nipple) may interrupt or disturb the milk ducts. Placing implants below the pectoral (chest) muscle is least likely to disturb the milk ducts. They state of the nerves in your breast will have a lot to do with the manner in which the implants were placed. If the incision were made in the fold under the breast or in the armpit, there would be less nerve damage. If the incision was made in the areola, you might have more nerve damage. However, having surgery in the areola isn’t necessarily a bar answering the question if “can you breastfeed with implants”
Placement of the Implants During Surgery
Exactly, where the breast implants are placed, can also affect the production of breast milk. Placing the breast implants below the pectoral muscle disrupts breastfeeding the least. If the plastic surgeon places the implants over the pectoral muscle, it is more likely to affect breastfeeding.
A woman who is discussing breast implant options with the plastic surgeon and plans to breastfeed in the future should request to have her implants placed under the pectoral muscle.
Damage To Breast Tissue
During the Breast Lifts process, the surgeon, most often makes the cut around the areola to camouflage the scar that could form on the skin. Many women develop a numbness and tingling sensation in these areas that could be a permanent feeling. This loss of sensation in the nipples and areola makes it difficult for a mother to breastfeed the baby as she does not know if the baby is getting enough milk or if he/she is sucking well.
Women who have had a breast augmentation are in a much advantageous position than women who have had a breast reduction when it comes to breastfeeding. Breast implants are just inserts that are inserted on top of the breast tissue and so the tissue which you already have still there. But for breast reduction the tissues that are removed by the surgeon will have milk ducts as well which will decrease the chances of adequate milk production.
Consulting A Lactation Expert
A lactation expert may not be able to reverse your condition in any way. But he/she can help you devise strategies that can help you increase your chances of a successful breastfeeding. He/she can also assist you with ways to increase breast milk. The lactation expert must be consulted way before your delivery so that you will know in advance as to what has to be done and be prepared for the procedure while the baby arrives.
Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon
Discuss your plans to breastfeed with your surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to work with you to achieve the best possible aesthetic results without compromising your plans to breastfeed
Can breast implants make it harder to find breast cancer during mammography?
Yes. Mammograms with Breast Implants can obscure mammogram images, decreasing the ability of mammograms to reveal breast cancer. Still, studies show that mammograms are an effective way to screen for breast cancer in women with breast implants.
Women should continue to have mammograms Mammograms with Breast Implants. (A woman who had an implant following a mastectomy should ask her doctor whether a mammogram of the reconstructed breast is necessary.) It is important to let the mammography facility know about breast implants when scheduling a mammogram. The technician and radiologist must be experienced in performing mammography on women who have breast implants. Implants can hide some breast tissue, making it more difficult for the radiologist to detect an abnormality on the mammogram. If the technician performing the procedure is aware that a woman has breast implants, steps can be taken to make sure that as much breast tissue as possible can be seen on the mammogram. A special technique called implant displacement views may be used.
If you have breast implants, you can take steps to make your Mammograms with Breast Implants more successful, such as:
Find a facility that sees many women with breast implants. Ask your doctor for a referral to a clinic where radiologists have experience performing and reading Mammograms with Breast Implants. Ask about the clinic staff’s experience when you make your appointment. You’ll want to know that the clinic obtains special mammogram views in addition to the standard mammogram images to better evaluate the breast tissue.
Speak up about your breast implants at your appointment.When you make your appointment and again when you arrive at your appointment, tell the staff that you have breast implants.
There’s a slight risk that your breast implants may rupture during a mammogram. But the benefits of mammography in the early detection of breast cancer outweigh this risk.
Will the pressure of a mammogram cause an implant to rupture?
This occurrence is obviously quite rare. So, implants should not be a disincentive to getting a mammogram. Some patients ask if ultrasound, which is a gentler procedure, can be used to screen for cancer in lieu of mammogram. The surgical answer is no. Ultrasound doesn’t pick up the minute calcifications of early breast cancer. And it is very operator dependent; results vary tremendously based on who is performing and viewing the image. Ultrasound is an adjunct test used to distinguish between solid and cystic masses or to help assess very dense breasts. The current practice is not to use it as a primary screening tool to detect breast cancer in women without or with breast implants.
Does having Breast Implant increase higher incidences of breast cancer?
No. Many studies have found that breast cancer incidence in women who have had implants is actually lower than that of the general female public. One study from Sweden followed 3,400 women who had received cosmetic breast implants between the years 1965 and 1993. They had an average follow-up of 18 years. The women with implants were found to have a 30 percent reduced risk for breast cancer when compared to women without implants. Another study, this time in the U.S., compared breast cancer incidence rates among 13,000 women who had breast implants with expected rates based on U.S. surveillance. And here too the risk was slightly lower. It’s possible, though many feel not medically probable (or even statistically proven) that breast implants may decrease breast cancer incidence by:
- Compressing breast tissue and interfering with its blood supply.
- Decreasing temperature in the breast.
- Stimulating an immunological response, which helps destroy potential breast cancer cells.
It may be, however, that the apparent decreased incidence of breast cancer in women with breast implants reflects the fact that these women are more likely to be thin (obesity is a significant risk factor for breast cancer). Also, the women with implants tend to be in a higher socioeconomic group with better nutrition, exercise, and cancer screening. They see their physicians, especially the breast specialist more frequently, have more frequent mammograms and better access to medical care than their cohorts who don’t have implants.
When cancer is found in women with implants, is the disease at a later stage?
This has been addressed in another study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which used the data collected from the National Cancer Institute funded Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC). They compared 141 women with augmentation and nearly 21,000 without who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1995 and 2002. The tumors were diagnosed at a similar stage and size, but tended to be lower grade (less worrisome) for women with breast augmentation compared to those without. The authors concluded that “although sensitivity of screening mammography is lower with breast augmentation, there’s no evidence that this results in more advanced disease at diagnosis compared with women without augmentation.”
Why You Need A Medical Tourism Agent
If you work with a reputable medical tourism agency like Meditravel, we have taken care of all the guesswork for you. We have personally inspected all of our hospitals and clinics met the doctors and have established strong relationships. We will have a direct connection to all the administrators of the hospital. Equally important, we have many past clients that have had your procedure, whom we can refer you to speak about their experience with the destination, the doctor, the hospital, and even the hotel. We also have Testimonials from past clients available. Pages could be written about the value of working with a service agency, versus attempting to manage the process on your own.
We realise you have a choice in which medical tourism agent you use! So, we’d like to show you the value of our services, up-front, to help you understand the importance of working with a company that utilises a safe, proven, detailed process when traveling to Phuket for Cosmetic Surgery and or Dental
Our unique Goal is to provide you world class Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery and Dental with leading specialists at affordable prices in Phuket and Australia
At the same time, we offer you the opportunity to travel and visit Thailand. Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage. You will also discover the incredible island of Phuket,Thailand’s largest island and premier beach destination a island that you will surely want to go back to.
Thank’s to Meditravel you can achieve your dreams through affordable, quality plastic surgery packages, with the follow-up care and service to ensure complete recovery and a luxury holiday to rest and rejuvenate.
Plastic surgery and cosmetic restorative dentistry are Phuket’s hidden treasures, but not a well-kept secret…Each year thousands of men and women from Australia, Europe, New Zealand and North America, take advantage of the low-cost, High-Quality care provided by Thailand’s cosmetic surgeons and dentists, making Thailand the world leader in the medical tourism industry.
If things look different with Meditravel to other agencies, it’s because our team is the premier integrated Medical Tourism Agency company in Phuket by providing access to the highest quality healthcare at a competitive price for foreign patients.
Our care will focus on our clients as Individuals. We will provide every patient an experience customised to their medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
All our client Mangers throughout Australia shall be at our most attentive towards you during your research stage right through to your recovery and return home following the treatment. The factor that always differentiates Meditravel from its competitors is the priority we always give to our clients and their needs, making ourselves available all hours to respond to emails and calls in a timely manner. As a factor that makes us different, our postoperative attention is a key to our product
Your holiday tailored to your needs.
We coordinate all your holiday!! your airport pick up the treatments and procedures you want, the level of accommodation and the total time away, and then leave it to us to organise everything: Tour, Travel requirements and of course your Surgery and any other Treatments. Our dedicated attention to you at all stages of your travel and surgery ensures you to get the results you expect as well as having a wonderful and relaxing holiday.
We will make the recovery process as painless as possible, and we will be always there to help you. Our team will take care of everything, so you can concentrate on relaxing and having a great holiday. We are available at all times while you are away or anything you require, and our great relationships with the hospitals ensures you get professional and priority service.
Many Hospitals and clinics at home send you home the same day of your surgical procedure, leaving you exposed to the same stresses and commitments when you are still healing and recuperating not ready.
Furthermore, many surgeons do not offer follow-up examination and advice. This may promote complications and problems, which will not be addressed until too late. Instead, our policy is to examine and look after you every step of the way, while giving you the time and ability to relax and focus on yourself. We take care of everything, your every need to help maximize your results.
Your health and happiness are our priority
Our comprehensive aftercare is the best in the business and it’s designed to give you maximum peace of mind. Many other companies only offer the level of aftercare provided by Meditravel’s Medical Teal as an added extra – meaning the cost to you could be hundred of dollars higher than you’re initially quoted. Meditravel’s Aftercare Programme and Surgical Guarantee means that you can feel confident that you’ll receive the highest possible standards of care both before and after your treatment with no financial surprises.
To make each of our Clients feel cared for, pampered, and very special in a comfortable and professional atmosphere; providing each of our Guests with an exceptional quality of care, utilizing state of the art technology and the best materials.
The best quality surgery in Thailand at the best price
The best and most well known Plastic Surgeons in Thailand and Australia
The best service at quality hotels
The best Thailand hospitals, Dental clinics and medical center infrastructures.
The best-personalised care, with total medical attention, as well as ongoing post-operative supervision.
The best tourist options so that you can recover, rest, and relax in serenity and can enjoy exploring this wonderful country..
The best surgery packages adapted to your budget, often with prices lower than those found anywhere else.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Our Destiny is to give you back your happiness, providing you with the personal satisfaction and well being that is your Destiny and that you deserve. Your Trust Drives our Success”
Meditravel has done all the hard work and due diligence for you.
Over the years, we have interviewed and met just about every surgeon and private clinics in Phuket. We selected the few clinics and surgeons to work with based on the most important factors: evidence of excellent past work, a flawless track record, experience, service and price. As we found out, this combination is extremely difficult to find and hard to come by.
There is a great deal of research that goes into finding the best surgeons and clinics, and we strongly recommend travelling with us just for this reason. It is extremely risky choosing inexperienced Medical Tourism operators, a surgeon or hospital via the internet alone, and you will not get the attention, the Surgical Guarantee and service from the clinics and surgeons if you travel alone rather than with Meditravel