arahia reacted to HarperHen in Mammograms
This is a massive debate and one I don't want to wade into. Each woman must decide for herself what she is comfortable with regarding health screening. I could link to a number of studies arguing for and against mammography. Instead here is a literature review: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/vatten-mammography-screening/ of key research. When measuring the efficacy of something it is important to also consider the impact of false negatives (unnecessary procedures, stress and cost).
My mother had breast cancer. Not picked up on mammogram (missed) - picked up by her feeling it in her breast very early on and successfully treated. Hers was caused by HRT not genetic.
I can understand screening for women at risk i.e. genetic predisposition. Also, for me with implants over the muscle an MRI would be more accurate than a mammogram. So I don't see the point of a routine mammogram. If I was worried I'd go straight to MRI.
arahia reacted to Cupcake85 in 2 week post op pic
Because I can’t upload it to my avatar and am useless at technology I will post it here. 2 weeks post op today. Tried on my old bikini top. Size 16 from Target. Filling it out so much better with my new implants. Opinions - would the top be ok to wear in public with high waisted bikini bottoms? As I will be with my kids. I’m having so much trouble finding a more covered up option without underwire. Even the crop Top style options I liked yesterday had underwire in them.
arahia reacted to Cupcake85 in Safest textured implants
Hi and I hope you are still active. I haven’t been on the forum as often as I used to be so don’t always see things.
I had a revision recently and I have Allergan/Natrelle micro textured rounds. The micro textured have not been linked to breast implant associated large cell lymphoma whereas the macro textured (which is what I previously had) have been linked.
Not only do smooth implants have a higher risk of bottoming out there is a higher rate of capsular contracture also. I originally wanted to replace with smooth implants however I trust my plastic surgeon.
arahia reacted to Cupcake85 in Being tested for anaplastic large cell lymphoma
I found 2 lumps in my right breast which turned out to be lymph nodes however I had significant swelling of my left breast and 175ml of fluid was drained. I’m currently waiting on my results to see if it’s breast implant assosicated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. This is the longest wait ever and I’m barely holding it together. I have 10 year old textured implants.
arahia reacted to JayB in My journey back in time
I'm 59...still, in 2 days I'll be 60, and, this is my 60th birthday present to myself.
I knew I was going to have a face lift one day, and last year I thought now is the time, so I started researching. I read many reviews and watched many Youtube videos. Thailand seemed like my best option in terms of reputation and expense. However, when contacting places like Destination Beauty and Cosmeditour, and after considering several doctors I always had the feeling that it might not be reliable or safe, although the reviews were always good. So, I decided to do it at home in Sydney. I did my research, picked a reputable surgeon and went for a consultation. Well, a face lift was just going to be way too expensive, around 30K all inclusive but only an estimate, which never means less. So, I settled on having just the lower eyelids done, day surgery under general anaesthetic and ended up paying 10K total after the hospital sent me another bill for $1000 extra because the doctor took longer than expected. Anyway, 6 months later my eye bags were looking much better except for more crows feet at the sides (see images), so then the neck and jowls were still hanging there.
I started researching Thailand again, knowing it was the only option unless I wanted to go with a cheaper, less experienced, accredited Sydney Doctor, who would charge 20K total. I came across Dr Chartchai's name here and in the Realself forums, and whenever his name came up people said he was highly regarded in the field, and is well known for the great work he does, and because of this he does charge more. I narrowed my research down to focussing just on him and was happy with what I found out. I decided this is my surgeon. I sent an email to the hospital with my photos and I also contacted Bodyline Patient Care - a company connected with Dr Chartchai. The quote came back as 420,000 bahts, which is roughly $19000 Australian, and so it was affordable, and I had the confidence I wanted in a surgeon. Janese of Bodyline Patient Care contacted me, and she led me through the whole procedure from start to finish. There was no need for me to think. She still rings me now. She's an Aussie and that does help.
Surgery took 7 hours I am told, they do a full health check before it (unlike in Sydney), all the staff at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital were so nice. I had to shower with antiseptic cleanser before the operation (unlike in Sydney).The anaesthetist gave me gas to sleep before doing anything (unlike in Sydney where the needle was put into a vein in my hand while I was awake). After surgery I woke feeling very very drowsy and thirsty and couldn't talk. Janese was there to put a straw to my mouth and reassure me that all was good. Then I dosed off, woke up and Janese was there to spoon feed me some soup. I dosed off again and when I woke at 3 AM Janese was still there, and she told me she would go home now and come back later. At breakfast she was there, and by now I could sit up and eat some scrambled eggs (yummy) and juice. I didn't feel like any of the other food on the tray since it's not easy to eat, and this goes on for about 3 or 4 days, just soft foods. After the usual check ups through the day I had my shower (keeping head dry) and then at 2 pm I was discharged.
Janese took me to Starbucks for coffee and cake, and then we got a taxi to the hotel. The Windsor Hotel, executive suite, all booked through Bodyline was a real treat. I had a beautiful view from the 31st floor, access to the executive dining room on the 32nd floor which looks over Bangkok city, and this is where I had breakfast, evening drinks and snacks, all inclusive. I had a nurse, Marie, from Bodyline stay with me the first night to give me ice packs and make sure I was comfortable. Janese took me to breakfast the next morning. On the 4th day we went out shopping, and then the shopping and tourism part of the experience continued until I left Thailand 2 weeks after arriving. I had fun. Janese knows Thailand very well, having worked there for 15 years with Bodyline Patient Care.
Dr Chartchai turned out to be all I expected, and I think it's due to him and his skills that I am not in any discomfort and I can hardly tell where the scars are.
How did my family react when I told them I was getting a facelift in Bangkok? They were very supportive, and had no issues with medical tourism. My sister came over a week after my surgery, and also got a little work on her eye area. Dr Chartchai made time for her. My sister and I have concluded that the medical standards and care at major hospitals like Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, are better than in Sydney. My huge private room with large screen TV and ensuite was more like a hotel room. It was also dead quiet and the nurses all have soft shoes and you don't hear them walking in.
Dr Chatchai is very busy, therefore consultations are short, and he doesn't show you before and after images of his patients because he doesn't have to. If you don't choose him he has enough patients already. He doesn't need to compete or advertise. His website provides useful information, but no before and after images. I was fine with this.
I am now 17 days post, and back home again, feeling good, although swollen and numb. I was always a little afraid of a facelift, but the lower eyelid surgery and recovery was worse in all ways. I can honestly say in my case there is nothing to having a facelift - no pain, hardly any discomfort so far, and my stay in Thailand was actually fun. I'm planning my next trip to Bangkok - a tummy tuck. I'll be using Dr Chartchai and Janese's services again.
Now, about medical tourism. I have read this and agreed with it at the time 'surgery and tourism should never be in the same sentence'. Now I know different.
I haven't seen many photos or read much about the holiday experience of medical tourism, so I've posted some images of my time there.
Janese organised all our outings, and Marie, the nurse, came along too. When my sister and I went shopping with Marie as our guide, she insisted on carrying all our bags as we were her patients, and she patiently waited for us to choose clothes at MBK, and gave her advice on what to buy.
arahia reacted to Corky101 in 'Australia Cosmetic Clinics' ????
Hi, I know this conversation ended almost a year ago but I recently booked on with ACC and they fly into Brisbane to consult and perform the surgery. I booked and paid my deposit but then all down hill from there lots of things changed, my consult appointments got rescheduled so many times, after I met with Dr Mark K they then phoned and said they had a major change with Brisbane and would need to change surgeons on me to Dr Rizk, then booking a consult with him was messy got cancelled twice, finally booked a consult and 3 days before I was due to meet him got a call to say they have to change my surgery date! I had already paid the deposit to lock in 24th March 2016, got the time off work and also arranged for someone to care for me for the time. I refuse to budge on the surgery date as it was the only time I was available to have leave from work so I had to cancel with them and request a refund, the refund is going to take approx 4wks. I have now booked in with another clinic but as surgery is 4wks away I have cough up another deposit for this other clinic and just hope ACC process my refund. I am not suggesting you don't go with this company and I understand things can happen but so much bad luck and rescheduling I think for me it's a sign it's not meant to be. I wish all you ladies the best with your decision it's not easy to pick a clinic then research the surgeon and get a good price!! Will be reliying on this forum for post op advice. X thanks
arahia reacted to MummaH in 'Australia Cosmetic Clinics' ????
Be careful if your struggling for money and going for a BA. Think carefully about revision costs and what's to happen in the long run if something goes wrong.
I learnt the hard way that by going through a cs was a waste of money and I regret it deeply and wouldn't recommend anyone to go through a cs unless you have the funds to go back to a ps afterwards which is what's happened to me!
arahia reacted to Liss28 in Has anyone seen Sydney surgeon Dr Moradi for BA??
yes I have had a full breast lift and implants from Doctor Moradi. I can not recommend him highly enough! I had previously seen another so called "surgeon" who left me deformed and Doctor Moradi was the only person who would touch me. The results he gave me outweighed my expectations, I have seen a lot of surgeons and I can say he is by far the best. You are in very safe hands with dr Moradi.
arahia reacted to jellyrose in Dr Moradi- BA Consultation
Hi @Aphrodite when he was showing me his before & afters he showed a couple of revision ones. From what I saw he did a fantastic job but you will probably have to consult with him personally to find out exactly how much experience he has had etc. Another reason why I want to go with Dr Moradi is because he specialises in microsurgical reconstruction of the breasts, although that is not required in my case, I feel your in trusted hands when a surgeon has that much skill and experience in that field!
arahia reacted to kirra in APRIL 2018
Have booked surgery for 6th of April (so close now!!). Am going to Park Clinic in Sydney which I booked through Cosmeditour back in September last year and have Dr Moradi as my surgeon. Hoping to achieve a natural look for my smaller frame 52 kg and 163 cm tall, but also want cleavage without the need of a bra, hoping a D-DD. Unsure if I want teardrops or rounds as I am in the gym lifting weights 6 x a week, if my surgeon says I can go rounds based on my frame and still achieve a teardrop shape I will!
Who else is booked for next month?? Share your journey so far
arahia reacted to Nelly22 in Any recent reviews about Dr Moradi?
I went through Dr Moradi and I had a good friend go through Dr Phoon. Each fit our personal preference and choice.
Dr Moradi and the team are utterly fabulous. So easy to deal with and friendly. Dr Mordai is really genuine too and always available if you need assistance or to ask questions. And he wont do anything he doesnt think you need. I was looking at fat grafting and also was looking at dermal fillers under my eyes and he talked me out of both (because he didnt think the dermal fillers would give the result i wanted and it would waste my money....and fat grafting he said to wait and see if i needed it).
He was always honest and upfront. Was great when I changed the size and insisted on a follow up appnt before surgery to recap my decision and get some comfort on my last minute questions.
Def meet him and see what you think
arahia reacted to Bossy in thanks to Dr Jake Lim...biggest smile
MY BIGGEST SMILE
Hello there, to those ladies doing their research about venturing into the world of cosmetic surgery for the purpose of enhancing their physical appearance, along with heightening their self-esteem.
This true testimonial is written by me, as a previous patient of Dr Jake Lim (plastic surgeon). It brings me both pleasure and a sense of pride, to have this opportunity to express my total satisfaction and happiness that I can truly attribute to the fantastic results from the gifted hands of Dr Jake Lim.
My story so far….
My name is Julie; I am now 47yrs old with an even bigger smile on my face. It actually all started with me saying to myself after I had my 3rd child by Caesarean, when I have finished paying the hands on costs of raising my children, I will have my body repaired back to pre- baby appearance and this was now, something just for me. YES, you guessed it my last child just finished the HSC. This body I must say is looking pretty fabulous.
Back in May 2011, after I too had done my research, I went to see Dr Jake Lim for the first time about having a Breast Augmentation. Upon my initial visit, I was greeted by genuinely nice office staff (Robyn, just to name one), whilst sitting there I was quite pleasantly surprised to see how popular he is. Then I got to meet the man himself, he was very attentive to me when I was describing what I was wanting and I found Dr Lim very easy to talk to, I was also extremely impressed with what he had to say, recommend & finally that I could get a YES and a fixed price on that very first visit.
Naturally I paid what I would call “a very low deposit” to secure my booked surgery date. On this point I would like to add there is such flexibility to both the process of booking and payment options.
Next; it was off to the next room, to meet Catherine, she is Dr Lim’s nurse. This woman is amazing, so happy, and bubbly and expresses such genuine excitement for your decision. Catherine has a multitude of experience, as a fully qualified nurse in the private practice world, the hospital setting including Anaesthetics, all the patients that have come to Dr Lim over the years and most importantly as a woman and mother that understands about body image.
Finally the big day came…its quite funny looking back on it now, remembering how I was feeling extremely excited and yet a little nervous too, which was quite unnecessary considering I am a Registered Nurse with a vast amount of clinical knowledge on Hospitals, Anaesthetics and Surgery. But I had complete trust in Dr Lim & his team. This was a “day surgery” procedure. It went perfectly and the follow up care I received was second to none. So, on that note, when I went for my last review, I mentioned to Dr Lim that I was interested in seeing if my old Caesarean scar could be fixed. He stated “of course, that’s part of my body sculpturing procedures” so once again my smile grew even bigger.
So once again the journey of being one of Dr Jake Lim’s patients was set again. As I sit here today, 3yrs later, in my own home pain free (just follow his specific instructions) just 2wks post-op from Abdominal Surgery, I am more than happy to share my experience with you all out there. Stay tuned to each of the sites I post this to, for my testimonial on my progression.
Below is a summary of how to get that same biggest smile on your face. It’s so simple!
Get a referral from your GP for Dr Jake Lim Make the initial appointment Go to the initial appointment, meet him & his fabulous staff Discuss your needs, wants, fears & expectations Book a date, pay the deposit Get excited counting down to the date HAVE THE PROCEDURE… follow every single pre and post op instruction Look in the mirror and see the biggest smile
Finally, I wish to take this opportunity once again, to thank all of Dr Lim’s staff at both of his practices and associated hospitals, But most of all to Dr Jake Lim himself; thankyou, you are truly a talented surgeon with the most gifted hands and kindest manner I have been blessed to come into my life.
Written kindly by Julie
arahia reacted to Rtaylor47 in Dr Jake lim BA surgery storey :)
I just thought I would share my storey and BA journey with you all and also thank my doctor for giving me my dream boobies
I had my first consult and I felt completely at ease and confident in my surgeon from the moment I met him. He wasn't overly the top friendly and for me that was great.. I didn't want to feel like I was being sucked up too.. I wanted someone informative and professional, and he was happy to answer my hundred questions and gave me a info pack to take home and read over again before I made any decision about booking in..
A week later I booked my surgery and went back for a second consult (the first consult I was sold on the 400cc) and after chatting with lim we decided on the 375cc as that would give me the look I wanted to achieve (and boy did I achieve it hehe)
Anyway so on the 16th of feb I had my surgery. I walked in at 7am and 5mins later i was in getting weighed and measured and putting on my sexy surgery garments!
Dr lim came in and did some measuring and drawing and I met the aneathetis shortly after advising me of the pain med I would be given after the surgery I really wasn't nervers at all walking into the theatre all I could think about was waking up and seeing my new boobies
2 hours later I woke in recovery trying to get a peek at my boobs to which the nurse came over to warn me that their were men in the room LOL!
I actually felt really great after the surgery which was quite a surprise! But when doctor lim took off my bandages I couldn't believe how perfect they were! And that they were allll mine
I am 9 days post op now and I am over the moon with my results! I couldn't recommend a better surgeon
Well thanks for reading ladies! This forum has been amazing help pre op and post op
I'll also add a pic