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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: Surgery - Fast Growing Market
    complications and the additional hospital stay Jimmy you were our guest he said doctors told him He has since retired from his job as a standards inspector at the Kings County Agricultural Commissioner s Office and has canceled his health insurance which cost him 500 a month He said he ll pay cash for routine care and go abroad for surgery Most pay their own way Dr Carlos Alessandrini director and owner of Bajanor Hospital who came to know Dodd well during his time there said about 98 percent of the hospital s weight reduction surgery patients are from the United States and the rest mostly from Canada He said most of his American patients don t have insurance and pay out of pocket The American Hospital Association in Washington doesn t have an official policy on the issue of medical treatment abroad But spokeswoman Elizabeth Lietz said there are serious considerations people ought to think over before going to foreign hospitals You might not have services and care like you have here she said The U S is recognized globally for its medical treatment and we are leading the way in advancing treatment of diseases and improving people s health Increasing demand for healthcare abroad prompted the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in 1998 to start an international accreditation branch A large part of the demand at least initially came from U S companies with American citizens working overseas that wanted to make sure they were offering good care to their employees JCAHO International s accreditation has patient care and safety and goals similar to U S hospitals If more Mexican hospitals sought and received JCAHO accreditation the Bajanor Hospital has not author Woodman said it might boost credibility making it even more convenient for Americans in

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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: Weight Reduction Surgery Abroad
    the higher wages and benefits paid to hospital workers Costs are high said Woodman in a telephone interview because Americans demand from cradle to grave the most expensive treatment the most extensive testing He said the American healthcare system is stuck because insurance companies are dictating what can and can t be covered and consumers are unable to negotiate direct payment to providers Dr Steven Parks a longtime surgeon and clinical professor for UC San Francisco s Fresno based medical education program said that while he has been all over the world and knows there is great medical care available he advises caution He said there are also plenty of Third World countries with hospitals and doctors that don t meet U S guidelines and restrictions but offer huge discounts Hospitals here have to meet certain standards he said Those who choose to go abroad I think it is probably dangerous and you are probably taking a risk with your life I think you should find a way to get it done at the good hospitals in town Parks said Woodman has traveled abroad for his own care He went to Costa Rica for dental work a root canal implants and follow up care after looking at several other countries He said he saved about 2 000 The key to a good experience he said is to do your homework find out about the doctors try to interview them beforehand and then ask about success rates and find out about the facility If they don t speak English then move on Interest in traveling abroad for medical treatment has spawned a new industry medical tourism Companies are playing the role of travel agent and medical care coordinator and linking American patients with overseas hospitals for a fee MedRetreat based near

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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: Hospitals in Costa Rica
    that cannot be modified such as genetic characteristics which may cause cardiovascular problems diabetes hypertension among other conditions Medical checkup packages currently offered by the Clinica Biblica Hospital include parking or shuttle bus for those staying at a hotel breakfast and a nurse who provides support to the patient throughout the whole process An optional one hour relaxation session is also offered which includes hydrotherapy and massage Package prices range from 220 to 680 and are tailor made to satisfy the needs of different age groups click for medical check up details Laboratory Tests For people under 35 includes specialist consultation basic lab tests imaging diagnostics cardiology and optometry tests Diagnostic Medical Test For people 35 to 45 includes advanced lab tests imaging diagnostics cardiology and optometry tests and both specialist and nutritionist consultation Comprehensive Medical Test For people over 45 includes comprehensive lab tests imaging diagnostics cardiology and optometry tests endoscopy and audiometry tests and both specialist and nutritionist consultation This check up may also include a colonoscopy Health Tests for Women For all age ranges includes specialist consultation gynecological checkup mammography and PAP The Clinica Biblica Hospital is a private general hospital founded in 1929 and enjoys a highly regarded national and international reputation for quality care in many areas including plastic surgery eye surgery orthopedics weight loss surgery and a wide range of outpatient services such as medical check ups and dental procedures A great part of its success can be attributed to the excellence of the health care services provided Additionally and to assure its patients that the quality of care is on pare with North American hospitals the Clinica Biblica is currently undergoing a Joint Commission International certification process which will soon make it the first JCI accredited hospital in the region The Hospital is

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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: Get Rid of Fat With Ultrasound
    one hour treatments During each session ultrasound probes massage the skin causing the fat cells beneath to rupture and die The body then simply rids itself of the dead cells Rohrich characterizes the results seen in clinical trials in Israel and Europe as very promising Other Ways to Avoid the Knife St Louis plastic surgeon Leroy Young MD agrees that the treatment is promising But he says several other new nonsurgical approaches for fat removal are also on the horizon One of these known as mesotherapy is not really new at all Instead of ultrasonic waves mesotherapy relies on repeated injections just under the skin to kill fat cells further down The treatment has been used in France for decades but clinical studies are just beginning in the U S The drugs used in the injections are approved for other uses in the U S but have not been approved for fat removal Researchers are also working on a nonsurgical laser procedure specifically marketed for the removal of cellulite Young who chairs the ASPS task force on emerging trends in plastic surgery says before and after pictures of patients who have had the procedure show dramatic improvements Nothing else has ever worked for cellulite so we ll see he says posted by Better Looks SA 11 39 AM 0 Comments Post a Comment Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Home Contributors Better Looks SA Moony 4 Ever Subscribe to Posts Atom BLOG FEEDS Previous Posts Breast Implant Safety Caring for Sutures 8 New Trends in Cosmetic Surgery Winter the nip tuck season Plastic Surgery Older Americans Cosmetic Surgery Vacations Surgery Fast Growing Market Weight Reduction Surgery Abroad Hospitals in Costa Rica ABOUT SURGERY HAIR SURGERY Hair Transplant Hair Restoration Eyebrow Restoration Eyelash Restoration FACIAL SURGERY Facelift Rhytidectomy Facial Implants Chin Surgery

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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: Breast Implant Safety
    study designed to monitor their health for five years or more after surgery These and other research studies are now underway to answer questions regarding the safety and long term effects of these devices Saline filled implants are still available without restriction for breast reconstruction However the FDA is also expected to require manufacturers of these devices to submit safety and effectiveness information in the near future Conflicting Evidence In 1999 the Department of Health and Human Services commissioned the Institute of Medicine IOM to conduct an independent review of all past and ongoing scientific research regarding the safety of silicone breast implants Following are the most prominent points of the report Positive Findings Silicone implants do not cause major disease Breast implants have improved Radiation doesn t harm implants and vice versa In general silicone is safe Negative Findings Most problems with silicone implants are local Breast implants do not last forever Talk To Your Doctor While the topic of breast implants remains controversial both types saline and silicone filled are still currently available If you have questions about the safety of implants talk to your plastic surgeon Source http www webmd com skin beauty cosmetic procedures breast implant safety posted by Better Looks SA 11 07 AM 0 Comments Post a Comment Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Home Contributors Better Looks SA Moony 4 Ever Subscribe to Posts Atom BLOG FEEDS Previous Posts Caring for Sutures 8 New Trends in Cosmetic Surgery Winter the nip tuck season Plastic Surgery Older Americans Cosmetic Surgery Vacations Surgery Fast Growing Market Weight Reduction Surgery Abroad Hospitals in Costa Rica ABOUT SURGERY HAIR SURGERY Hair Transplant Hair Restoration Eyebrow Restoration Eyelash Restoration FACIAL SURGERY Facelift Rhytidectomy Facial Implants Chin Surgery Jaw Surgery Forehead Brow Lift Nose Job Rhinoplasty Ear Surgery Otoplasty EYE

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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: Caring for Sutures
    leaving the sutures in longer than needed can cause unnecessary scarring What To Watch For Redness that goes beyond the basic edge of the wound Fever over 100 degrees sign of an infection Any unusual coloring or discharge including pus Unusual tenderness or swelling Remember you will experience the most tenderness in the second day but it should subside each day thereafter If there is any indication that this is not happening contact your doctor Stitches that come out sooner than expected If this happens contact your doctor immediately Even after you have your stitches removed it s crucial to care for the site with an ointment or cream that your surgeon can recommend Protect the site from any unnecessary injury for at least four weeks following stitch removal If you have stitches that dissolve make sure you understand exactly when they should dissolve and how to care for the site during and after that period posted by Better Looks SA 10 53 AM 0 Comments Post a Comment Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Home Contributors Better Looks SA Moony 4 Ever Subscribe to Posts Atom BLOG FEEDS Previous Posts 8 New Trends in Cosmetic Surgery Winter the nip tuck season Plastic Surgery Older Americans Cosmetic Surgery Vacations Surgery Fast Growing Market Weight Reduction Surgery Abroad Hospitals in Costa Rica ABOUT SURGERY HAIR SURGERY Hair Transplant Hair Restoration Eyebrow Restoration Eyelash Restoration FACIAL SURGERY Facelift Rhytidectomy Facial Implants Chin Surgery Jaw Surgery Forehead Brow Lift Nose Job Rhinoplasty Ear Surgery Otoplasty EYE SURGERY Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Laser Eye surgery Cataract Surgery Cornea Transplant BODY CONTOURING Liposuction Vibroliposuction Liposculpture Tummy Tuck Tumescent Technique Bariatric Surgery Butt Lift The Paris Butt Lift Buttocks Augmentation Butt Implant Surgery BREAST SURGERY Breast Implants Breast Lift Mastopexy Breast Reconstruction Breast Reduction MALE SURGERY Costa Rica

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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: 8 New Trends in Cosmetic Surgery
    naturally occurring molecule in the skin one that draws water to itself and allows the skin to remain hydrated explains Yellin Though created in the laboratory the injectable form is longer lasting than any other wrinkle fillers perhaps lasting up to one year There also are virtually no allergic reactions to Restylane The FDA should be approving it in the second quarter of next year he tells WebMD 5 Combo Package Whereas Botox can smooth the wrinkled lines in your face it often takes fillers to completely get rid of them If you have a well formed crease Botox will soften it but it won t make the well formed crease disappear says Yellin Fillers complement Botox Laser resurfacing can also complement Botox Other wrinkle fillers are in the works he says One company is working on a product made from human foreskin Yellin is developing one made from the placenta which is normally discarded after delivery His theory Cells extracted from the placenta can be injected into the skin where they might stimulate cells to grow their own collagen Normally human collagen when injected does not live long because it does not have a blood supply This will have its own blood supply so it will live he tells WebMD It s only in the laboratory phase though so don t get too excited 6 Speedy Healers After a face lift fibrin glues and tissue sealants help seal wounds quicker control bleeding and bruising and reduce swelling which hasten healing Wells tells WebMD Fibrin glue is another product that mimics nature Your body makes a tissue glue in response to an injury Wells explains When you fall down and scrape your knee the weeping that creates the scab is fibrin glue When you have a facelift or wherever we introduce injury the body s process is to leak this material out I use fibrin glue as a routine part of facial aesthetic procedures have been doing so for over a year says Yellin The product can be squirted into an area or sprayed like spray paint he says It s supposed to seal up any little capillaries reduce bruising But it won t reduce significant bruises 7 Souped Up Liposuction New high powered suction devices are especially good for the fibrous areas of the male breast the flank the love handle area or for people who are having their second procedure Because the device has more power there is less bruising says Wells The machine also allows the surgeon to shape or contour the area more easily Liposuction devices that are ultrasound guided are a bit riskier and less effective because they don t go around curves and bends very easily Wells adds Also heat from the device can cause some injury to tissue Three dimensional imaging is a new technology that s enhancing all plastic surgery procedures says Wells It increases the depth perception of everything we do Anytime we can use technology to get a sense of

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  • Plastic Surgery News @ Better Looks in Costa Rica: Winter: the nip-tuck season
    take up to five weeks to subside Scarring will remain firm and pink for at least six weeks finally beginning to fade after four or five months but never completely disappearing As with breast reductions plan your surgery as soon as possible to leave enough time to heal in time for the summer months February Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty Best for Anyone looking to achieve that flat as a pancake midriff Tummy tucks are successful for a range of patients including mums looking to lose their baby belly and slimmers who have shifted thepounds but are left with rolls of loose skin Why now Often combined with a spot of liposuction for reducing the pot belly effect tummy tucks involve major plastic surgery and need plenty of recovery time as it helps to tighten slack abdominal muscles as well as removing unwanted fat and fleshy tissue The initial post operative recovery period takes around three weeks but the scar tissue will get worse before they get better with most patients waiting six to nine months before they see the final result Schedule all travel plans for late summer early autumn as you ll need to keep your navel under wraps and allow yourself a long recuperation period March Body Lift Best for Anyone who has lost an incredible amount of weight This is not about shifting the odd pound rather it s for men and women who have been obese and through diet have slimmed down but still have great swathes of sagging skin on their arms hips chest stomach and buttocks Sharon Osbourne is the procedure s pin up girl Why now Until recently body parts were tackled individually to restore firmness and tone but an American surgeon Dr Hurwitz has developed the Total Body Lift A one stop surgery that safely and effectively reshapes the body from top to toe His unifying approach involves seven to nine hours of surgery and massive blood transfusions While most scars can be hidden under bikini lines this surgery does involve long horizontal incisions Usually one is made along the waistline and another just below the breast line at which point the entire skin flap is lifted Post procedure you will need to take a month off work and wear a compression garment for around six weeks to help speed your recovery which should be complete after six to eight weeks March Upper Arm Lift or Brachioplasty Best for Tackling jiggling flesh on the underside and back of your upper arm the surgical solution for blitzing bingo wings Why now Traditionally brachioplasty has reduced the amount of spare skin and fat in this difficult to tone area but the resulting zig zag scar has meant patients are still reticent to reveal their upper arms New more minimally invasive techniques are being developed though whereby surgeons make a small asymmetric elliptical incision in the patient s armpit area Through this small incision excess fat can be liposuctioned out and any excess skin excised

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