5 Myths About Cosmetic Surgery You Probably Believe Are True

Cosmetic Surgery: Fact vs. Fiction 

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Breast augmentation is still the most popular procedure for women, with over 1.5 million in 2015.

Cosmetic surgery is a hot-button topic. Ask anyone and they will either tell you it’s the best decision they’ve ever made or swear it off entirely. Whichever side of the fence you find yourself-or maybe the jury’s still out- it’s important to know the facts. Unfortunately, today most news worthy stories regarding cosmetic surgery are either completely ridiculous (and extreme), or centered around celebrities and reality television. And considering that more than 21 million people have a surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic procedure each yeah, we figured it’d be a good idea to shed some light on the facts and debunk the myths:

1. The Myth: Cosmetic surgery is the same as plastic surgery  

Believe it or not, the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are NOT the same. According to Dr. Shahram Salemy, MD, “The use of these terms interchangeably has led to many misconceptions about these procedures.” He adds, “Cosmetic surgery is performed solely for aesthetics and to improve appearance [and] plastic surgery also includes reconstructive surgery to repair birth defects or damages caused by trauma or illness.”

For example, breast reconstruction after breast cancer is considered plastic surgery, while breast augmentation is cosmetic. Very often, the difference lays in the eyes of the insurance companies. Generally, most policies will cover plastic surgery and not cosmetic surgery.

2. The Myth: It is (too) expensive 

Perpetuated by Hollywood’s rich and famous, it’s no wonder us ‘common folk’ believe we could never afford a bosom (among other things) like Kim Kardashian or refined nose like Megan Fox. In the past, this was often true. But today, thanks to a little phenomenon called medical travel, cosmetic surgery is becoming more affordable than ever.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast augmentation in the United States is around $3,678. This price only includes the surgeon’s fee. It does not include the cost of anesthesia, facilities, and materials (stitches, bandages, drapes, etc.). The price will also vary depending on doctor, patient, and region. In the UK this price is between £3,400-£5,000. Now compare that to an all-inclusive breast augmentation in the Czech Republic ($2,645/£2,120) and you’re looking at some serious savings without sacrificing quality.

3. The Myth: Liposuction is a quick, easy way to lose weight 

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“Liposuction” is a medical word for fat removal, but it’s not a treatment for weight loss or obesity.

We’d all love to lipo-away that extra weight we put on during the winter. Unfortunately, liposuction is not the answer- though it can help. Liposuction is NOT the same as bariatric surgery. Therefore it is NOT a weight-loss surgery. Liposuction removes stubborn, unwanted fat from trouble spot on the body (i.e. inner thighs, tummy, back, chin). Before undergoing the procedure, most surgeons require that you be as close to your ‘goal’ or ‘natural’ weight as possible. While lipo helps to slim and contour the body, the results will only last as long as your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

4. The Myth: Cosmetic surgery means “going under the knife”

Topping the charts with 4.6 million procedures per year, Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®) is the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women worldwide. Instead of “going under the knife”, more and more patients are opting to go under the laser or needle. Thanks to new innovative technologies, even traditionally invasive procedures like liposuction have new alternatives, like Coolsculpting®. In 2017, experts predict that non-invasive procedures, like Kybella (an injectable which eliminates double-chins), will continue to grow in popularity. Benefits typically include lower prices, little to no recovery time and only the use of local anesthetics; usually in the form of creams or injectables. Other popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures include: Hyaluronic Acid, Hair Removal, Photo Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Fat Reduction.

5. The Myth: Cosmetic surgery is only for women

By far, women still dominate the cosmetic surgery market. However, in 2015, cosmetic surgeons saw a significant rise in men looking to boost their confidence and improve their image. 3 million to be exact. Recent statistics from the American Plastic Surgery Surgeons reveal that the most popular surgical procedures for men are: Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction, Gynecomastia (male breast reduction), Rhinoplasty and Fat Grafting. 

6. The Myth: The Kardashians have never had cosmetic surgery 

Still waiting for confirmation…

Top 3 Cosmetic Surgery Trends For 2017

2016: The Year Of Cosmetic Surgery 

2016 was the year of many influential, memorable moments. Most noteworthy include Great Britain’s exist from the EU, Donald Trump’s win as president of the United States, and Kim Kardashian’s social media silence following a robbery in Paris. But in addition to political uproar and selfies, it was also a record-setting year for cosmetic surgeries. In fact, the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) are predicting numbers north of 1.6 million surgical and non-surgical procedures worldwide.kybella

While old staples, like breast augmentation, liposuction and botox, continue to top the charts, it seems like new trends, such as the Brazilian Butt Lift and dermal fillers, have also been making a name for themselves. As the cosmetic surgery field continues improving and evolving, there’s no question that next year will offer even more, unique procedures. To feed your curiosity (and ours), we’ve rounded up 3 of the most interesting, new cosmetic surgery trends for 2017.

Top 3 Trends For 2017 

  1. Kybella (Double Chin)  Kybella first burst onto the beauty scene several years ago. It quickly gained popularity among men and woman who wished to finally say goodbye to their double chin-for good! If the double chin is Superman, than Kybella is his Kyrptonite. The procedure involves a highly
    potent substance which is injected into the neck and jawline to target and eliminate stubborn fat below the chin. While in the past surgical liposuction was a solution, Kybella offers a noninvasive solution. According to recent statistics released by the ASAP (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), Kybella treatments increased by an outstanding 78% in 2016. From the looks of it, Kybella is here to stay.ocular


  2. Cosmetic Eye Color Surgery Ever wish you had different colored eyes? Well now it’s possible to
    change them- permanently. For many years, the only solution to change eye color were color contacts. Science is now able to give patients those baby blues they always wanted. How does it work? The surgeons places an intraocular in the anterior chamber of the eye to change the appearance of
    the iris. Originally created and performed for medical reasons, such asocular albinism (no pigment) and heterochromia (two different colored eyes), ocular implants are becoming increasing popular for
    cosmetic reasons.

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  3. Fat Grafting (Total Body) If you’re looking for fuller breasts, buttocks, face, or any other sectionsbutt of the body, look no further. The latest cosmetic craze to hit the market is fat transfers. During the procedure, the surgeon will first examine a patients body for sections of optimum fat cells to harvest. After extracting the cells using tumescent liposuction, the fat cells are purified. Next, the surgeon transplants cells back into the specific problem areas. Next the fat is shaped perfectly into the patients desired contours. One of the greatest things about fat grafting is it’s level of safety. The procedure only involves the relocation of your own fat cells to different areas of your body. This means that absolutely no “foreign objects” are introduced. It is becoming increasingly popular among women for breast and buttock augmentation.

Why Are Some Cosmetic Procedures “Normal” And Others “Too Extreme”?

Cosmetic Procedures: Did They Or Didn’t They? 

What if you came into work on Monday and noticed your boss looking more, youthful? Those crows feet had disappeared, her frown lines were less noticeable, and overall, her skin was looking significantly tighter and fresher. Would you chalk it up to a well-rested weekend? Or spend the rest of the morning around the water cooler discussing if Mrs. Jones had a little extra help?

In 2015, more than 21 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed worldwide. According to the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), this is an increase of over 1 million cosmetic procedures from 2014. Topping the charts with 4.6 million procedures, Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®) continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women. Other popular anti-aging injectables, such as Hyaluronic Acid, have also increased 6.5% from 2014 to 2015.

So did Mrs. Jones go under the needle? Probably. And should we care? It depends who you talk to.

Which Cosmetic Procedures Are Considered Normal? 

young-manIn general, eyebrows aren’t exactly raising when new cosmetic surgery statistics are released. Thanks to the media, and a bombardment of beauty advertising, girls as young as 13-years-old have expressed interest in getting breast implants. In fact, breast augmentation remains the most popular surgical procedure for women, with nearly 1.5 million performed each year.

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Nearly 1.5 million were performed worldwide in 2015

ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) President, David H. Song, comments, “While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address.”

Other popular surgeries include: Liposuction (1,181,074), Eyelid surgery (988,620), Abdominoplasty (703,361), and Rhinoplasty (534,523). 

And though woman contribute to 85% of procedures performed worldwide, men are not shying away from a little nip and tuck. Popular surgeries include: Eyelid surgery (276,082), Liposuction (213,514), Gynecomastia (212,328), and Rhinoplasty (195,764). 

Jenny, 42, London adds to the debate,”I recently had botox and I love it. It’s perfectly acceptable for women, and men, to spend loads of money on gym memberships, organic foods, designer clothes and yoga retreats in the name of self improvement. So what’s the big deal about a cosmetic procedure to improve your appearance? Of course if you have botox, or any cosmetic procedure, your opening the door to criticism. But in general, if it looks natural, I really don’t think people care- or notice.”


“It’s perfectly acceptable for women, and men, to spend loads of money on gym memberships, organic foods, designer clothes and yoga retreats in the name of self improvement, so what’s the big deal about cosmetic procedure to improve your appearance?”


In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, American reality TV star, Khloe Kardashian, 32, adds, “I think plastic surgery should be viewed almost like makeup, because we’re all putting on a f*cking mask basically every day anyway, when you dye your hair, you’re changing who you are, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I think people should get plastic surgery or fillers or lasers or whatever if they want it — that should be your own personal decision.”

When Does Cosmetic Surgery Become Extreme? 

If botox and breast augmentation are “normal”, at least according to statistics, then which procedures are considered too extreme? Where is the line?

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Before and After, Hi Def Liposculpture (six pack creation).

In a recent survey, Americans considered buttock implants, pectoral implants and jawline reduction the most extreme cosmetic procedures. Other bizarre, but popular procedures include: dimple creation surgery, Hi Def Liposculpture (six pack creation), The Bra Line Back Lift, penis enlargement/lengthening and labiaplasty.

Adam, 27, Chicago weighs in, “Personally I think it’s all too extreme. I have three sisters, so I understand the pressure they feel to look a certain way. Even as a young man, I feel it too. But I think it’s a slippery slope. Sure, maybe a little botox isn’t something to get worked up over. But it can easily be the gateway to other, more extreme procedures. Like butt implants for example. It will never be enough”

New stats from the ASPS also revealed that 2015 was another “year of the rear”, as procedures focusing on the bottom dominated surgical growth. In 2015, buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in the United States. Overall, numbers showed that on an average day, one buttock procedure was performed every 30 minutes.


“Sure, maybe a little botox isn’t something to get worked up over. But it can easily be the gateway to other, more extreme procedures in the future. It’s ridiculous”


“What I don’t understand are the people who think ‘bigger is better’. Bigger lips, bigger breasts, bigger behinds. Too me that is extreme,” adds Anne Burns, 36, a personal trainer in New York City. “Everyday in my gym I see all body types, and work with people to improve their self-confidence. For some women, breast augmentation or rhinoplasty can dramatically improve their self-esteem. However, for others you can tell that they just want to achieve some unrealistic standard. For example, young college girls getting DD breast implants and lip injections. It begins to look extremely unnatural.”

 

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In 2015, buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in the United States.

The number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures are projected to increase in 2017. It is safe to say that the lines between what is “normal” and “extreme” will become more defined or blur even further.

“Personally, I think what is normal and extreme is obvious. When you see a woman with disproportionately large breasts, lip injections, and a face frozen in time, it’s quite shocking,” says Kim, 34, Birmingham. “In my opinion, if the procedure looks natural and makes you happy, then who cares. But when your spending thousands to look like a plastic barbie doll, then it raises some concern. In that case, I’d say it’s extreme.”

Read More: How Many People Had Cosmetic Surgery In 2015?

 

 

What Men Really Think About A Mommy Makeover

In a recent poll, men were asked how they felt about their wife getting a ‘Mommy Makeover’ after having children. Out of nearly 300 men, about 52% agreed that if it was something she needed to feel confident in her body again- then yes, go for it! It may also be the reason behind how so many Hollywood starlets seem to snap right back to their pre-baby bodies. 

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Kim Kardashian 2016 post-baby body is nearly unrecognizable compared to 2015 when she was pregnant with her second child. Many speculate that she had a Mommy Makeover to help her transformation.

What exactly does a Mommy Makeover entail?

A little bit of everything. A Mommy Makeover is not cosmetic surgery procedures in and of itself. On the contrary, it consists of a series of smaller procedures which the surgeon performs at the same time. Case in point, meet Angelia.

Angelia (Liverpool, UK) is a mother of 3 young boys, and at the age of 38 decided that she was not happy with her body.

“Motherhood is the most beautiful, and most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’m proud of what my body has endured over the past 7 years but, I’m still human. I still have insecurities. When my girlfriends, who are also mums, and I get together for a chat, we always talk about how fantastic our bodies were before children. Things sag and giggle now were they didn’t use to, and even with diet and exercise, non of us have completely fit back into or skinny jeans. It’s totally normal, but I don’t want to spend the next 15 years raising my boys and worrying about my muffin top. That’s why next month I will be having a ‘mummy makeover’. It will include a breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction of my buttocks and thighs.”


“Motherhood is the most beautiful, and most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’m proud of what my body has endured over the past 7 years but, I’m still human. I still have insecurities.”


After speaking we Angelia we asked her husband, Paul, 42, what how he felt about his wife’s decision to have cosmetic surgery.

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“It’s her body, and her decision. Of course I told her what all good husbands do, ‘hun you’re perfect the way you are’. And I mean that. But I could tell she was insecure about her body after having the boys. She started opting for clothing that’s sole purpose was to cover her up. That’s not the confident, bold, sexy Angelia I met 10 years ago. So if this makes her feel sexy, and beautiful again in her own skin, then I support her.”

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Paul is not alone. In fact, another 12% of men polled actually said they would encourage their wives to have a few tips and tucks after pregnancy. Andy (Tampa, Florida), 36, even surprised his wife with a Mommy Makeover for their 5th wedding anniversary.

“[My wife] Kate complained for years after our daughter was born that she hated her breasts. I hardly noticed a difference, but after breast feeding and losing the baby weight, she said her breasts had actually shrunk. Like I said, from looking at Kate it was hardly noticeable, but what mattered was that she noticed. It bothered her to the point that she stopped wearing bikini tops, or changing in front of me. So as a gift for our 5th wedding anniversary I got her breast augmentation. I actually offered it, and she was over the moon about, thinking we couldn’t afford it. Kate is now a full C, slightly larger than her pre-pregnancy breasts, and she loves them. I do too.”

Which Procedures Should I Have Done? 

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Mommy Makeover tummy tuck, before and after.

A standard Mommy Makeover targets the following 3 areas: 

  1. Breasts According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, one of the most common issues after childbirth is a change in the size or shape of breasts. To treat this issue, woman can choose from several different types of procedures. While breast implants are the most well-known, many mommy’s opt for a breast lift or breast augmentation instead. This helps change or enhance the shape of the breast after childbirth. 
  2. Tummy- After 9 months of pregnancy, a the shape of a woman’s stomach may change a lot. Although natural weight loss can occur with diet and exercise, many women have problems with sagging, excess skin left over. In this case, a tummy tuck is often suggested, rather than liposuction, restoring a more natural, thinner appearance.
  3. Lower BodySimilar to excess skin, women are often left with stubborn fat deposits after childbirth. Even intense diet and exercise may not always solve these changes. For these patients, Liposuction is one way to target and remove unwanted fat from the stomach, thighs or buttocks. Other women may choose to have a lower body lift, which tightens sagging skin around the thighs, hips or buttocks.

Patient Profile: Meet Candida- Breast Augmentation

Candida’s Breast Augmentation Journey 

Each year, over 40 million cosmetic surgeries are performed around the world. Of these 40 million, 1.4 million are breast augmentations; the most popular cosmetic surgery among women. Most elective cosmetic surgery is not covered by health insurance, and as the price of health care skyrockets, more patients are choosing to have their medical treatments and surgeries abroad- over 11 million to be exact.

Today you will meet Candida, a Brazilian native and mother of a young daughter, as she talks about her decision to get breast augmentation abroad. Like other medical travelers, Candida’s story begins with a challenge and ends with a solution that provides the best, quickest and most affordable results.dsc_0916-1dsc_0271

Q: What factors influenced your decision to get breast augmentation?

Well, I’ve always had small breast- which I actually liked. I never thought about getting breast augmentation until after having my first child and starting to breastfeed. It’s amazing what a woman’s body experiences after childbirth, and it is not uncommon for the breasts to change size and shape after breastfeeding. Some get larger, some return to their pre-pregnancy size, but for me, mine got even smaller.

Breastfeeding for several years, along with post-baby dieting and exercise had a significant influence on their size. For the first time in my life I wanted larger breasts- similar to the size before having children. I had never had cosmetic surgery before, so it was not a decision to take lightly. If I was going to do this, I wanted the best surgeons and the highest quality. I am also a full-time chef, so between being a mother and my busy work schedule, I needed a solution that was simple.

Q: What made you choose to go abroad for your breast augmentation?

Originally I was going to go to Brazil, my home country, for the procedure. However, I live and work in Vienna, so traveling that far was going to be time consuming and pricey. That’s when a friend of mine introduced me to the full-service, online medical platform, Salutara. At the time I was aware of people traveling abroad for cosmetic surgery, but I never knew their were end-to-end services to assist you in the process. Salutara was an excellent resource to compare cosmetic surgery clinics based on price, accreditation, patient reviews and quality. They made the decision-making process quick, and simple, and saved me valuable time by alleviating the headache of doing research on my own.

Read More: 5 Thing To Consider Before Breast Augmentation

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Candida Before Breast Augmentation, Brandeis Clinic

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Candida After Breast Augmentation, Brandeis Clinic

Q: Why did you choose to have your breast augmentation in Prague?

I had previously lived in Prague for 3 years, so I already knew it’s excellent reputation for cosmetic surgery. It is also a four and a half hour train ride from Vienna, so logistically it made sense. Salutara is partners with the Brandeis Clinic in Prague, and immediately put me in direct contact with my surgeon and the clinic staff. No surgery is without risk, and fears are normal, especially when you’re going into the surgery voluntarily. Speaking to my surgeon allowed me to have all of my questions and concerns addressed before the trip. We also discussed in length the type of implant I would get- anatomical (natural) or round- and if they would be subpectoral (under the muscle) or prepectoral (over the muscle). We agreed on Motiva, a round implant under the muscle.

Q:Was cost the most important factor?

I don’t think you can put a price on your health. If a safe surgery and better results meant spending more money, then I would do it. Sure, savings are attractive, especially when they can exceed 80%, but quality always takes precedence. Fortunately the Brandeis Clinic in Prague offers top-notch quality and state-of-the-art technology, so I did not have to sacrifice anything. The quality offered in Prague exceeded that in Vienna, so my decision to travel was easy. The significant difference in price was just icing on the cake.

Q: What were your first thoughts upon arriving at your clinic in Prague?

Throughout the entire process, my communication with Salutara and my clinic was quick and efficient. I was provided with all of the information about the surgery and exams before leaving Vienna. When I arrived in Prague, a member of Salutara was there to greet me and take me to my hotel, despite being very late in the evening. The next morning I went to the Brandeis Clinic where I met my surgeon, anesthetist, and the staff.  As for the atmosphere, it was a beautiful building with modern installations, and located in the center of Prague. From my window I had lovely views that overlooked the cobblestone streets and century-old architecture.

Q: How prepared did you feel before the surgery?

I felt very confident and assured. The clinic was fully equipped, and my surgeon and anesthetist walked me through every detail. I was in good hands. There were absolutely no problems with communication either- which I know is a concern for some medical travelers. They offered english or german and the surgeons and nurses were really nice about providing me details about the whole surgery, care and after care. Breast augmentation requires full-anesthesia and the procedure took a little under two hours. Before I knew it I was waking up in recovery.

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Brandeis Clinic is located in the historical center of the Czech Republic’s capital city, Prague

Q: It has been several weeks since your surgery, how do you feel about the results?

Well, I am still healing and the implants are settling. Surgery recovery is about 2 weeks and full recovery can take up to two months. But, so far I am extremely happy. My breasts look excellent and I am thrilled with the results. I keep asking myself why I didn’t get the surgery done sooner- but better late than never! My surgeon did beautiful work and I highly recommend Prague and the Brandeis Clinic to anyone else considering cosmetic surgery or medical travel. In fact, I am so pleased I have already recommended my surgeon to several of my friends who are now interested in breast augmentation themselves.

Q: What advice would you give to other medical travelers, or those considering it for the first time?

I highly recommend you don’t go it alone. Using a full-service medical platform like Salutara, saves you time, stress and a lot of headaches. And as I mentioned before, savings are great, but they should be a bonus to exceptional quality. 

Second, ask questions! As many as you can think of. This is when being in direct contact with your surgeon is crucial, another benefit of using a medical platform. Cosmetic surgery is not something to take lightly, and important health questions (specific to you) need professional answers. Finally, if your schedule and allows it, take advantage of the city you’re traveling to. For instance, in Prague I recommend you take at least one day before your surgery to be a tourist and enjoy the most beautiful city in Europe. I also recommend spending a full 2-3 days (depending on your surgery) post-surgery to recover. This will make the trip home more comfortable.

 Thanks, Candida!– Your Team At Salutara

 

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How Many People Had Cosmetic Surgery In 2015?

The numbers are in- and they might surprise you. Just how many people got cosmetic surgery in 2015?

On July 26, 2016, the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) released the results from its annual global survey. Compiling data from a questionnaire sent to approximately 35,000 plastic surgeons worldwide, more than 21 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed in 2015. This is an increase of over 1 million cosmetic procedures from 2014. According to a press release from ISAPS, they reported that Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®), continues to top the chart as the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women. A total of over 4.6 million procedures were performed worldwide. Another popular injectable, Hyaluronic Acid, increased 6.5% from 2014 to 2015. Once again, breast augmentation continues to be the most common surgical procedure among women, increasing 10.4% from 2014. Eyelid surgery remains the most prevalent for men.

Top 5 Surgical Procedures: Women

In 2015, women had more than 18 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures. This is an astounding 85.6% of the total procedures worldwide. The top five surgical procedures were:

  1. Breast augmentation (1,476,498)
  2. Liposuction (1,181,074)
  3. Eyelid surgery (988,620)
  4. Abdominoplasty (703,361)
  5. Rhinoplasty (534,523) shutterstock_311958785

Top 5 Surgical Procedures: Men 

Contributing to 14.4% of the total, men had more than 3 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2015. The top five surgical procedures performed on men in 2015 were:

  1. Eyelid surgery (276,082)
  2. Liposuction (213,514)
  3. Gynecomastia (212,328) 
  4. Rhinoplasty (195,764)
  5. Fat grafting (92,311)

Top 4 Surgical Procedures: Total

Of the more than 21 million procedures performed in 2015, 9.6 million were surgical. The most popular (total) procedures were:

  1. Breast Augmentation (up 10% vs. 2014)
  2. Liposuction (up 2% vs. 2014)
  3. Eyelid Surgery (down 11% vs. 2014)
  4. Abdominoplasty (up 11% vs. 2014)

Top 5 Nonsurgical Procedures: Total 

The remaining 12.1 million procedures in 2015 were nonsurgical procedures. Worldwide, the United States took the lead with 2.6 million procedures. The most popular procedures were:

  1. Botulinum Toxin (down 4% vs. 2014)
  2. Hyaluronic Acid (up 7% vs. 2014)
  3. Hair Removal (down 14% vs. 2014)
  4. Photo Rejuvenation (new to 2015 survey)
  5. Nonsurgical Fat Reduction (new to 2015 survey)

 Cosmetic Surgery By Country

According to ISAPS, the country with the highest number of procedures was the United States, setting the bar high at 1.4 million surgical and 2.6 million non-surgical procedures in 2015. The United States also has the largest number of active plastic surgeons with 6,500 followed by Brazil (5,500) and China (2,800). Coming in at a close second to the U.S. was Brazil, with a reported 1.2 million surgical and 1.1 million non-surgical procedures. Rounding out the list for the most procedures was South Korea, India, Mexico, Germany, Colombia, France, and Italy.

According to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), this is a 2% increase from 2014. In addition to continued growth over the last year, statistics indicate a shift in the types of procedures patients have chosen since the start of the new millennium. In a statement from ASPS President, David H. Song, he said,

“While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address…Patients have more options than ever, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look they desire.”

New stats from the ASPS also revealed that 2015 was another “year of the rear”, as procedures focusing on the bottom dominated surgical growth. In 2015, buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in the United States. Overall, numbers showed that on an average day, one buttock procedure was performed every 30 minutes.

5 Things To Consider Before Breast Augmentation

Today women have more options than ever when it comes to breast augmentation. And the truth is-there is no single breast implant that is perfect for everyone.

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1. Choose the right type of implant for YOU!

There are many things to consider when choosing the right breast implant. With the guidance of your surgeon, you will have to make several decisions about the type of implant you want and the look you are going for. Instead of worrying about precise measurements, focus on achieving natural-looking breasts that match your body’s frame. Understand the pros and cons of each:

Silicone vs. Saline Saline implants usually have more rippling, stretch the tissues more, are heavier and feel firmer. Silicone implants have less rippling, are lighter, feel very natural, and stretch tissues less.

Round vs. Teardrop (anatomical) Round implants tend to be more popular and reliable. The selection of breast implant to be used is dependent on the dimensions of your chest, your current breast shape and size, skin elasticity and the appearance you desire.

2. Find breast implants that match your lifestyle

Many women who want larger breasts forget to think about how this will impact their current lifestyle. When choosing breast implants, it’s important to factor in your lifestyle and fitness routines. For active women, it’s important to find breast implants that will let you continue to work out comfortably. Consider the following factors:

Implant Size-  Breast implants that are too wide or large may interfere with how you move your arms. In general, small to moderately sized silicone gel implants will be the lightest and be less likely to hinder movement.

Implant Placement- For more active or athletic women, your surgeon will likely recommend placing the implants under the pectoral muscles. This is called sub pectoral, and can help with stability.

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3. Select the right incision location

Breast augmentation is an invasive cosmetic surgery, so it’s important to remember that all operations leave a scar that will take to time to heal and fade. There are 3 possible incision positions in which the breast implant can be inserted, depending on your personal preference, your body type and your surgeons personal preference. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages:

Inframammary- This is the most popular surgical approach, allowing excellent expose of the space where the implant will be placed. It involves a 4-5cm incision which is made under the natural crease along the bottom of the breast.

Periareolar- This is when the surgeon creates a small, semi-circle at the border of the areola (pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). The size of the implant that can be used may be limited by the size of the areola. Risks include loss of nipple sensation and possible distortion in the incision.

Axillary- This incision is in the armpit, leaving no visible scar on the breast itself. However, if the scar does not fade with time, it can be obvious when the arm is elevated, preventing you from wearing short sleeved clothing. Bruising is considerably more common with this incision and there are some technical disadvantages with this approach during surgery.

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4. Know the risks involved

No one likes to talk about it, but as with any surgery, there are always possible risks and potential complications. Luckily for breast augmentation they are generally rare, and if they occur are detected and managed during your post-op follow-up. The most common risks and complications include:

Capsular contracture- This is when the body forms scar tissue around the implant, often referred to as a “capsule”. In up to 5% of women, this capsule can thicken and shrink making the implant firm and hard and in some cases painful. The shape of the implant may also be distorted, and if severe enough, the implant may have to be replaced or removed.

Calcium deposits- Deposits can form in the capsular tissue around the implant and are often confused with calcium deposits seen in cancer. Removal for further examination may be necessary.

Fluid accumulation- Natural bodily fluid and blood can accumulate around the implant after surgery; and treatment  to drain the excess fluid may be required.

5. Consider your recovery time 

After the surgery is finished, most women are ready to go home within a few hours. Some surgeons may ask that the patient stay overnight. Some discomfort and pain are normal, and your surgeon may recommend pain relief and antibiotics to help aid the healing process. A post-op surgical bra will also be provided and worn for 6 weeks after surgery.  Tips for a quick recovery include:

  • Lots of rest, plenty of fluids and small, healthy meals regularly. 
  • For the first 1-2 weeks it is recommended that you sleep on your back or side.
  • Avoid smoking for at least 3 weeks after surgery.
  • Returning to normal activities and work is fine, but avoid heavy upper body activities and strenuous physical activity for at least 4 weeks after surgery. 

It is also worthy to note that more active, athletic women can generally expect to heal more quickly due to their improved cardiovascular health.

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The Ultimate Guide To: Breast Augmentation Abroad

Why do women have breast augmentation?

Each year more than 1.4 million breast augmentations are performed. For decades it has topped the list as the most popular cosmetic surgery among women. The aim of breast augmentation, or any breast surgery , is to improve the appearance of a woman’s breasts. For those with sagging breasts, she may opt for a breast lift. For a women with disproportionately large breasts, she may decide on a breast reduction. Regardless of the procedure, the results are to create more aesthetically appealing breasts.

Breast augmentation involves the placement of a saline or silicone implant to enhance small breasts or correct misshapen or asymmetrical breasts. Usually, women who are considering breast augmentation are uncomfortable with the proportion of their body, or how their undergarments and clothing fit. For women who desire larger breasts, it can increase the fullness and projection of your breasts, improve the balance of your figure and enhance self-confidence. It is particularly popular among new mothers who have recently finished breastfeeding and find that their breasts have lost shape or volume. Significant weight loss and aging may also influence the decision to have breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is not recommended for women suffering from obesity, heart disease, diabetes or for those who smoker, as these can all increase the risk of complications during surgery and recovery.

How much does it cost?

A number of factors attribute to the cost of the breast augmentation. Influences include- surgical facility and hospital fees, anesthesia fees during the procedure, prescription medication and post-surgery care. Depending on the severity or complexity of the procedure, prices may fluctuate from patient to patient. Generally, cost of living where the surgery is performed will have the greatest impact on the final price.

In the UK, cost of living is high and the average cost is anywhere from £3,400-£5,000. Often this does not include the cost of the consultation, anesthesia, recovery time, or the actual implants. In the United States, prices have steadily been dropping, but the average remains around $3,600 (£2493). In most cases, breast augmentation is considered an elective cosmetic surgery and is not covered by health insurance. In the UK, women covered by the National Health Service (NHS) must find a private clinic to have their surgery.

To avoid paying  astronomical prices out-of-pocket, many patients are choosing to have their surgery abroad.

Should I have my breast augmentation abroad?

This year alone, more than 200,000 Brits and 1.4 million Americans are expected to travel abroad for a medical treatment or procedure. Medical travel or medical tourism, is a global market of patients electing to travel across international borders to receive some kind of medical treatment. The two main reasons people choose medical tourism are long wait-times and cost. It is also the world’s fastest growing healthcare market, and a popular choice for high quality and affordable breast augmentation.

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More and more women in the UK are choosing to have their breast augmentation abroad. A flight from London to Prague is only 2 hours and cost as little as £30.

More and more women in the UK are choosing to have their breast augmentation abroad. A flight from London to Prague is only 2 hours and cost as little as £40.

Leading countries for breast augmentation abroad include Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece and Malaysia. Because these countries have a lower cost of living than the UK or United States, savings can fall between 30-80%. For example, the highest-paid doctors in the Czech Republic (Central Europe) make around £13,000 per year. In the UK, salaries raise to about £48,000. Compared to other developed countries, the Czech Republic still has a relatively low cost of living. This means that even top medical professionals expect much smaller salaries, allowing services to remain affordable while quality remains high. The average silicon breast augmentation (all-inclusive) may cost you £2,120, (approx. £2,600 including travel, accommodation and insurance) as opposed to £3,400-£5,000 in the UK of United States.

Is breast augmentation abroad safe?

Hospitals and clinics that promote medical travel spend millions each year to ensure their facilities have the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment. They understand the fear and misconception patients have that quality might suffer at the the expense of lower costs. To ensure patient safety and care, cosmetic surgery clinics work very hard to earn accreditation from internationally recognized institutes such as the International Society for Quality (ISQua). This allows performance levels to be assessed in relation to established standards. It also means that hospitals and clinics can be appropriately rated for risks.

If you are unsure, memberships and associations to look for include the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), and European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS). If a cosmetic surgeon is trained in the UK they are likely members of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) or the General Medical Council (GMC). If trained in the US, look for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Although accreditation is important, it does not guarantee the clinic adheres to the national and international standards, or the surgeon’s quality of work. When deciding on a country and clinic abroad, the most important thing to do is ask questions and be well-informed.

How do I arrange my breast augmentation abroad?

Although some patients decide to go this step alone, millions use an medical travel platform or agency to help. Everything from treatment costs and convenience, to credentials and experience of the staff. If this seems overwhelming- that’s because it can be. By using an medical travel platform you save valuable time during the decision-making process and elevates the headache and stress of doing research on your own. Services like this do not stand as a middleman, but rather act as a resource, putting you in direct contact with the clinics, and your cosmetic surgeon, allowing your questions and concerns to be answered by the professionals.

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The final step is to book a date. If you go through a medical platform, they will help you arrange your flights, accommodation and transportation upon arrival. Patients should allow themselves at least 10-14 days of recovery before flying home to ensure the best results. A recent medical traveller gave this advice after her breast augmentation in Prague, Czech Republic:

“Regardless of the surgery you are going for, take at least a day to be a tourist and enjoy yourself, and an additional 2-3 days of recovery and make your travel back home more comfortable.”

This may include sightseeing, leisure activities and exploring the local culture and history. Whether your travelling alone or with someone, you may want to allow yourself some time pre or post surgery to relax and enjoy the experience of being abroad.

Is travelling for breast augmentation right for me?

For millions of women, breast augmentation has been a positive, changing experience. For new mothers, it has given them a chance to have their pre-baby bodies back, and for others- a chance to improve their overall appearance and feel comfortable in their bodies. Breast augmentation abroad has made this otherwise pricey surgery, more affordable, without giving up quality. Popular destinations such as Europe and Southeast Asia also give patients valuable time away from home to recoup after a procedure, and a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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Medical Travel: How To Prepare For Your Trip Abroad

Considering medical travel? Let’s talk about how to prepare

Knowing what you want

An estimated 11 million patients worldwide cross borders each year for a medical treatment. In 2016, more than 200,000 Brits and are expected to leave the UK for medical purposes as well as over a million Americans. Why is this important? Because you are not alone. Medical travel is a multi-billion dollar global healthcare market and people are choosing to go abroad for a number of reasons including better quality, shorter wait times,and lower-costs.

An estimated 12 million patients worldwide cross borders each year seeking medical treatments that are not accessible or affordable in their home countries.

An estimated 12 million patients travel abroad each year seeking medical treatments that are not accessible or affordable in their home countries.

If you are one of the millions who have decided to go abroad for medical travel (or are thinking about it) then it is important to prepare. Firstly, what do you want done? This is obvious, but medical travel covers a full spectrum of medical services. Most popular is cosmetic surgery. Typically not covered by insurance, cosmetic surgery ranges from cosmetic dentistry and hair transplants to breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and liposuction. Other non-cosmetic treatments include LASIK eye surgery, fertility treatment (IVF), bariatric surgery, and orthopedic surgery. In the early stages it is also important to:

  • Talk to your local physician/healthcare provider
  • Ask people who have travelled abroad for medical treatment about their experiences (positive and negative)
  • Read patient reviews and testimonials
  • Look for medical tourism in the media and press

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Once you know what you want, the next question is- where? Choosing the right country can seem daunting , but it doesn’t have to be. Start by asking yourself, how long do you want to be away from home? How far are you prepared to travel? How flexible is your work schedule? Will you have to travel alone, or will a close friend or family member be able to join you?

Selecting your medical travel destination

On average, medical travel saves patients 30-80% on the cost of their medical procedure or treatment. So ask yourself, what is your main priority? Is it finding the lowest price and saving the most money? Or is it finding the highest quality? For most, the goal is to find the best price without compromising the quality of care.

Standards, costs, and areas of expertise vary by country. In Central Europe, countries like the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary have excellent reputations for low cost dentistry and LASIK eye surgery. In Western Europe, Spain is popular for its specialized and affordable IVF treatments, whereas Belgium is known for obesity surgery. For patients travelling from the UK, Canada or the United States, Europe still offers the quickest, cheapest flights and accommodation. In Southeast Asia, Thailand and Malaysia are popular destinations amongst travellers from Australia and New Zealand. Regardless if you prefer a nearby European city, or enjoy the idea of recovering in an exotic destination, the appeal of a destination should never outweigh the importance of quality and safety. Each country has its advantages and drawbacks. Other important questions to consider include:

  • Is your treatment or procedure available in that country
  • Is English widely spoken?
  • What are the health safety standards and how strictly are they enforced?
  • Where can I find the best prices without compromising quality of care?
  • What are the average flight and accommodation prices?
  • Is there a best time of year to go? (consider the weather, high tourist season, cheapest flights)
Full service platforms save time and act as an advisor and intermediary, putting you in direct contact with the clinics, dentists, and surgeons.

Full service platforms save time and act as an advisor and intermediary, putting you in direct contact with the clinics, dentists, and surgeons.

Finding the right clinic for you

After deciding on the right country, the next step is selecting the right clinic. This is when research is key. Everything from treatment costs and convenience, to credentials and experience of the staff. If this seems overwhelming- that’s because it can be. Although some patients decide to go this step alone, millions use an online medical travel platform or agency to help. This saves valuable time during the decision-making process and elevates the headache and stress of doing research on your own. Services like this do not stand as a middleman, but rather act as a resource, putting you in direct contact with the clinics, dentists, and surgeons, allowing your questions and concerns to be answered by the professionals. What questions should you ask your potential dentist or surgeon?

  • What is their educational and professional background? How many years have they been in practice?
  • What professional memberships and qualifications do they hold?
  • How often do they perform your procedure, do they specialize in a particular area?
  • What is the expected recovery time, and how soon after can you fly home?

Much of this information is readily available on a trusted medical platform, as well as clinic licensing and accreditation. If you are unsure, memberships and associations to look for include the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), and European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS). If a cosmetic surgeon is trained in the UK they are likely members of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) or the General Medical Council (GMC). If trained in the USA, look for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Although accreditation is important, it does not guarantee the clinic adheres to the national and international standards, or the surgeon’s quality of work.

You may also want to ask: what is the clinics success rate? Can you be put in touch with past patients? How long is your estimated recovery time and what are your limitations after the surgery? Is it recommended that  a friend or family accompany you?

Ultimately, you should feel trust, understanding and a good chemistry between yourself and your surgeon or dentist. No question or concern should be left unanswered before making a commitment.

The Final Steps

Medical travellers often take advantage of being abroad, adding several days to the beginning or end of their trip to enjoy the country.

Medical travellers are taking advantage of being abroad and adding several days to the beginning or end of their trip to enjoy the country.

Once you’ve spoken to your surgeon or dentist and decided on a clinic, the final step is to book a date. If you go through a medical platform, they will help you arrange your flights, accommodation and transportation upon arrival. For patients getting cosmetic dentistry or LASIK surgery, recovery time is often 48 hours or less. For patients getting bariatric surgery or breast augmentation, recovery time can be weeks. This is important when deciding how long you want to (need to) stay in the country vs. how much recovery time you’d like to spend recovering at home. A recent medical traveller gave this advice after her breast augmentation in Prague, Czech Republic:

“Regardless of your surgery, take at least a day to be a tourist and enjoy yourself, and an additional 2-3 days (depending on your procedure) of recovery and make your travel back home more comfortable.”

It is perfectly normal to take advantage of what the country has to offer. This may include sightseeing, leisure activities and exploring the local culture and history. Whether your travelling alone or with someone, you may want to allow yourself some time pre or post surgery to relax and enjoy the experience of being abroad.

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Resource: Treatment Guide: TreatmentAbroad.com

I Got Breast Augmentation And Saved Money Doing It

A journey to breast augmentation without breaking the bank

When life gives you lemons- not watermelons

Would you ever get a boob job? “No way,” my seventeen-year-old self would firmly say to my group of girlfriends. “I like my body. Plus, I don’t want to look fake.” Half of this was true. I had seen my fair share of Playboy and Penthouse covers by that age, and while I admired these women’s uninhibited sexuality I also knew I did not want two watermelon-sized breasts on my small frame. However, I did not particularly like my body.

Puberty my friend, was not my friend. While I watched my classmates’ girlhood blossom into beautiful, womanly breasts, my tiny flat chest remained- well tiny and flat. By high school I felt like an impostor wearing padded bras to school and actively avoiding coed pool parties where my secret might be reveled. I specifically remember a family holiday in Barbados when I was eighteen where per my request, no bikini-clad photos were to be taken of me. Fortunately growing up I had many good friends who never teased me, and a boyfriend who never seemed to care, or notice for that matter. I excelled in sports and academics and this continued throughout University, where I met my now husband, and graduated with honors and a reasonably paid marketing job waiting for me in Leicester. However, breast augmentation did not seem realistic at the time.

Young sad girl sitting alone in an empty room

1.4 million women have breast augmentation each year. It is the leading cosmetic surgery for women worldwide.

Starting the conversation

By twenty-seven I was married with a promising career and living – by most twenty-something standards- a successful life. Yet, every time I stood topless in front of the mirror I still felt the same stinging insecurities as my teenage self. I liked my petite figure and athletic body, but I couldn’t help but imagine that same body with proper breasts to match.

It took nearly three more years for the idea of a breast augmentation to become a real conversation. My friends told me I was perfect how I am. My mother said not to change what God gave me. And my husband, bless his heart, said he would love my body the same- surgery or no surgery. Ultimately the decision was up to me. What do I want? What will finally help me to finally feel comfortable with my body? When I could confidently answer those questions a whole new series of obvious questions arose. Is this safe? What clinic should I go to? How much will this cost? What can I afford?

Finding the perfect fit

It did not take long to figure out that cosmetic surgery of this nature would not be covered by health insurance, the National Health Service (NHS), and that a private clinic in the UK was outside of my budget. My first consultation was in London. Patient reviews praised the clinic for high quality and exceptional results, yet oddly they all  forgot to mention the price. My surgery- anesthesia, recovery time, and cost of each silicon implant not included- was estimated at £4,800-£5,000. After paying a hefty consultation fee, I moved on to a smaller private clinic in Birmingham. Once again, my surgery was estimated at £4,500-4,750, other costs not included. Was I going to have to sell my apartment for new breasts? Feeling discouraged I reached out to a friend. “Have you ever considered travelling outside of the UK?” she asked. “To have your breast augmentation abroad?”

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Immediately my mind flooded with horrible images of some jungle hospital with dirt floors and no running water. Certainly I could wrap my head around the idea of it being cheaper, but what about the quality? What about the results? Didn’t I read something in the news several years ago about a botched boob job in Mexico or something? I expressed my concerns.

“You’re being ridiculous Anne!” my friend replied. “A colleague of mine just travelled to Prague several months ago for a breast enlargement and she had a wonderful experience. She said the clinics were state-of-the art, everyone spoke fluent English and the cost was nearly half of what it would have been in the UK- and her breasts look amazing.”

Central Europe? I had never thought of that before. And Prague? Well that was only a two hour flight from London. With this information I decided to start looking into clinics and prices online. The months that followed were quite unpleasant.

As expected, researching treatments in a country other than your own is a headache. While I could immediately tell that the savings were attractive, I spent hours comparing prices, waiting for clinics to respond to my emails and answer my questions, checking flights, looking into nearby accommodation, etc. I did come across several medical travel websites, but each was lacking either in information or did not provide an end-to-end service. It felt like more trouble than it was worth. That was until I came across a full-service online platform that changed everything.

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Only a 2-hour flight from London, Prague, Czech Republic is a convenient destination for patients from the UK and Western Europe.

Where the other sites lacked, this platform facilitated treatments abroad and provided the prospective patient with end-to-end service and the opportunity to directly compare services and costs. It allowed me to speak directly to the surgeons who would be performing my surgery, compare their qualifications and specialties, and have all of my questions and concerns answered by a professional . This provided me comfort and peace of mind and allowed me to get a feel for the chemistry between each surgeon and myself. Furthermore, I was pleased to find out that the surgery price, £2,040 (made entirely transparent) included the necessary anesthesia for the surgery, the actual implants, as well as the post-surgery recovery time at the clinic. After adding airfare and 5 nights accommodation, the total cost was £2,573. Within 7 days of discovering the platform I had selected a clinic, surgeon, selected a date for my breast augmentation, and booked a return ticket to Prague, the Czech Republic.

My breast augmentation  journey

When my husband and I arrived in Prague we were warmly welcomed and transported to a pre-arranged hotel, and on the same day toured the clinic, met my surgeon and had my consultation. As we had discussed before my arrival, my surgeon and I agreed on a natural looking, full-B cup. The watermelon look still didn’t fancy me. The following day I was transferred to the clinic where my surgery was successfully performed, lasting about two hours, and then it was off to recovery.

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Originally I had planned to only stay one night at the clinic following my procedure, but at my surgeons request I stayed two. Throughout the entire stay I felt that the staff truly had my best interest in mind. As you know, this feeling is not always obvious in some hospitals and clinics. The quality and professionalism was equal to or beyond anything I had ever experienced in the UK.

At the same time, a representative from the full-service platform was checking in with me and assuring that I was receiving the best care possible. They also went out of there way to make sure my husband was relaxed and enjoying his stay in Prague. Although we were in another country, both of us agree that we never once felt uncomfortable or alone.

Returning home

Now fully recovered, I am very pleased with the results. Now when I look in the mirror I do not feel that seventeen-year old girl who was never quite happy with her breasts. When my friends, several of which have since gone abroad for cosmetic surgery, ask me if I would ever get another procedure done, my answer is no. Breast Augmentation was never about trying to achieve perfection, but about feeling 100%  confident in my skin. It was a decision I had waited my entire life to make, and I am so happy I did.

As for travelling abroad, it was a wonderful experience. From the online platform to the clinic and surgeon, the entire process was made simple and comfortable. I was always well-informed and looked after from the moment I stepped off the plane to the moment I flew home. The quality was exceptional and the savings have allowed my husband and I to finally take a long-awaited holiday. We are going to Barbados, my first time back in nearly fifteen years. And this time, I will be encouraging loads of photos.

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