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  1. Hi had a look on Restored Beauty Getaways facebook page, there are a detailed testamonial with pics (neck and face lift) HTH cheers chacha
  2. Congrates Hannah, was wondering how things had gone!!!! Sounds like it's been smooth sailing, well done!!! Rest up, and drink plenty to flush through all the meds and help with reducing swelling, and you'll be up and about in no time cheers chacha
  3. HI Don't know much about face lift surgery, but had my lower eyes done by Dr Piyapas at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, and he did a wonderful job, very fine scar which you truely cannot see, both eyes even and the same and once swelling went down no sag (BA is terrific too ) Might be worth contacting the hospital and getting a quote from them (my contact was Mark who was great at getting back to me and answering questions (mark.an@bgh.co.th) although I suspect he will be on the pricer side, but his work is great from my experience. I'm sure there will be some other recommendations out there....good luck cheers chacha
  4. Good luck Homebrue!! Can't wait to hear how it all goes chacha
  5. Glad to hear you've got things sorted. Probably wise to leave it this time. When you go back for the TT, try to give yourself a couple of days before you have the op, so you can enjoy the city and site-seeing. If you put on weight after the TT, it will be just the same same as it you were slim and putting on a little. Are you having muscle repair? The muscles get stitched back together perminantly and this wont be affected by any weight gain....unless you are having a baby which will undo all the good work from the surgeon! You'll just put weight on like a regular person....and in the usual places LOL! Best of luck with the BA and lift cheers chacha
  6. I'm 40 and just had my BA too......and I love them, and wish I'd had it done years ago! You go for it girl!! chacha
  7. Yes it's definitely a tricky one, and you need to accept that there are risks, and possibly have a back up plan in Aus for possible complications later down the track. I just did research online for over 9 months, reading reviews and seeing results from my surgeon, and yes I've read of one comfirmed cc patient. I have to be honest, the most stressful part was recovery, was not being sure I was progressing properly post op after we had left Thailand! The forum was great and very helpful in getting to know what to expect post op and when things cropped up (like spitting stiches.....there were others out there that had been through it to chat to). So what I'm saying is, for me (who is a bit on the obsessive/stresser side LOL) it's not all plan sailing but it was soooo worth it Good luck next week, I think Dr Piyapas does a great job. cheers chacha
  8. To be honest Hannah, I haven't come across a definitive answer to your question. There are mixed views, the most common belief is that it is an immune type reaction causing the build up of scar tissue, which some people are more suseptable to, hence if you've had it once, you have a higher chance of having it again (although Brazilians have a lower rate to begin with) There is also evidence that massage can help reduce the chances of cc by keeping the scar tissue open and big enough to hold the implant, but some argue that it doesn't help (although most do think it does help and recommend it). There is also some belief that it can be a result of Dr, but not sure how/why. Best bet is to ask or find out what the Dr rate of cc is. It is very unlikely you will come across any surgeon who uses smooth or regular textured implants that hasn't had any cc in patients, but obviously if they have a particularly high rate, then one might be suspicous. In fact as a normal part of recovery and creation of the pocket, the body gets a mild form of cc (that is called grade 1 I think) which is actually just the creation of the scar tissue that becomes the lining of the pocket. If your body then starts making too much scar tissue, over time it can begin to tighten over the implant and this is what is diagnosed as cc. Probaby now as clear as mud! cheers chacha
  9. To be honest Hannah, I haven't come across a definitive answer to your question. There are mixed views, the most common belief is that it is an immune type reaction causing the build up of scar tissue, which some people are more suseptable to, hence if you've had it once, you have a higher chance of having it again (although Brazilians have a lower rate to begin with) There is also evidence that massage can help reduce the chances of cc by keeping the scar tissue open and big enough to hold the implant, but some argue that it doesn't help (although most do think it does help and recommend it). There is also some belief that it can be a result of Dr, but not sure how/why. Best bet is to ask or find out what the Dr rate of cc is. It is very unlikely you will come across any surgeon who uses smooth or regular textured implants that hasn't had any cc in patients, but obviously if they have a particularly high rate, then one might be suspicous. In fact as a normal part of recovery and creation of the pocket, the body gets a mild form of cc (that is called grade 1 I think) which is actually just the creation of the scar tissue that becomes the lining of the pocket. If your body then starts making too much scar tissue, over time it can begin to tighten over the implant and this is what is diagnosed as cc. Probaby now as clear as mud! cheers chacha
  10. Hi I'm a happy Dr Piyapas girl There has only been one comfirmed cc (1 yr on so prob not surgeons fault?) on this forum that I know of, and there have been many happy girls. All went very well with my BA. I was a tricky case as I had 3 areas of asymmetry, breast volume, the larger (left) with lower nipple which also pointed slightly more out and a chest wall deformity (dip) on the smaller right side. I wasn't at a point where I needed a lift, and was advised I would always have some asymmetry but he would do his best to limit that. I ended up 375 Mod+ on the left and 425 HP on the right. Am am completely happy with the volume , as I now fit virtually perfectly in both cups of a bra....yay...and when I lay on my back the sit identically. The nipple position was never going to be great as I had to have the smaller implant on that side so this did nothing to help lift it up, and was told only a nipple lift will help this ......which I may do one day, but unlikely as the difference is tiny now. Dr Piyapas was professional, gentle and fairly quiet (not the chatty type). The hospital was fantastic and the whole process ran like clock work...... truely amazing!! I had 2 post op appointments, which was comforting, and have his email to contact him. Also Phuket was a wonderful place to relax and recover. Although there was no swimming that wasn't a big deal, I just loved the relaxing atmosphere and friendlyness. All has healed nicely, left took a bit longer to settle, but has dropped now. Had a few 'spitting' dissolveable stiches (which is just something that can happen with some people) so had to be very careful, my GP took a look.....and she was very impressed with his work. I booked direct through the hospital, my contact was Mark at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, they picked me up from airport and took me to all appointments and then back to the airport! The only other things you'd need to arrange are accommodation and flights! There really isn't much to it. Heaps of girls organise it on their own, and plenty go with companies too.....just up to you in the end. You'll find lots of recommendations for other surgeons in Bangkok and phuket, read up on as many as possible and then look at the hospitals they work at. There are some great ones and some dodgy ones....surgeons and hospitals. good luck chacha
  11. Hi Mrs G, looking great! I think the lefty is still sitting high, and because its the wider/bigger implant it's just taking it's time to drop (my offending slow-coach was the left but it was the smaller cc but wider implant), I'm sure it will even out heaps more over the next month or 2. When mine were at this stage I started taking 2 times 1000mg of vit E to help, and also did more massage on the side not dropping, seemed to help as they at sitting the same height now, finally! .....prob took till I was 12 weeks to really be there (and I was paranoid checking every day LOL!) Hang in there, she'll settle down cheers chacha
  12. Yes buy a neck pillow..... a must when sleeping upright! Some antibacterial wipes may be very handy if you are not able to shower upper body for a few days....good for cleaning under arms etc. Good luck with the op cheers chacha
  13. Hi Jaddles, welcome. Glad the consult went so well I had TT and BA separately, and so wished I'd just bit the bullet and done both at once! The recovery (although quite different) is similar in time, abeit the TT swelling, aches and twinges last longer. Most girls who have gone for a lift do not regret it, I suppose the scar issue being the biggest one to think about. Definitely take a look at Mousey77 pics.....she looks amazing and the scars are brilliant. cheers chacha
  14. Perhaps write a Private message to Bigbooty, she had BA done, then fell pregnant a couple of months later. She's probably still pregnant I'd guess but will be able to give you a her take on the subject cheers chacha
  15. Eating a couple of kiwi fruit each day also works well Good luck with the surgery chacha
  16. Hi rubbi, sorry to hear you are not feeling good at the moment I do think it's too early to judge what it will look like. I'd say there is a lot of swelling there and it will take several weeks before you can tell. Everyone reacts differently, some swell more than others. Not sure what the indent is? Does the compression bandage push in or is doubled over there? It could be just less swelling at that point, if your muscle repair has gone to just below that? I read you are doing lots of walking, and yes it is good for your recovery, though you may be holding on to excess fluid because of being out in the heat? Any chance you can be in air conditioning? Don't be disheartened, I think you have been very brave and strong doing this on your own and you will be amazed at your progress over the next 6 weeks. We all have been there in the first week and looked at the scar and thought omg what have I done?! Things will improve. Look after yourself and rest up plenty too. Cheers Chacha
  17. Yes, MrsCross is right, I was mobile too (but very tired and in pain), so theoretically you will probably up and about, but carry things/luggage will pose a problem.....You'd probably cope with a tiny very light back pack for carry-on, and then just pay someone to carry your luggage until it's checked in. You might want to keep your op quiet from the airline too......as they probably have certain policies regarding flying after an op....have heard a couple of stories that they can refuse to take you unless various documents etc are signed and sealed by your Dr! (depending on their rules as to how many days you can fly after an op) I think having the lift, implants and TT altogether is a great idea, so don't think it's crazy.....I should have done mine together, but hadn't really fully decided on the BA till it was too late. Is there any chance a friend might like a trip to Bangkok? They could have fun shopping etc, whilst your recovering, and then help you out when you need it? cheers chacha
  18. Hi westcoaster, glad to hear there's been an improvement....sometimes it just takes more time to heal. I think that by 10 or 12 weeks post op, the swelling had pretty much stopped. I had to taper off wearing the compression pants because when I left it off for too long, I'd puff up again. And when I did any physical work....like vacuuming, cleaning the shower etc, I'd swell too. Gradually your body gets back to normal. Just take baby steps, and before you know it you'll look back and see how far you've come! chacha
  19. I would say you will still be very, very sore 6 days post op! Is there any chance of you staying a few days longer? I had a full TT, and although I was out of hospital day 3 (most girls here in Oz stay for 5 or more), I really couldn't do anything much for a week and I wasn't even standing straight until at least 10 days post op. In saying that, you may heal quicker than me (or have a higher pain threshold!) but 6 days I would think would be the absolute bare minium. Have you got someone coming with you to help you out as you will not be able to carry anything for a few weeks, not even hand luggage. Sorry to sound like such a buzz kill, but it really is a big op, and I want you to be fully prepared for it. cheers chacha
  20. The most recommended agency on here tends to be Bangkok Makeovers (though not sure they do tours), GHT had a bit of a bad wrap early last year, but things may have improved, Cosmeditours (pretty sure they do tours) seems popular, particularly if you want to go to Phuket. Your other alternative, which many girls do (including me) is just book it directly through the hospital. If you do this you need to research the hosptial/doctor thoroughly, and then it's actually pretty simple. Even girls who have been on their own have done it very successfully, though it might be more fun going along with others, plus you would have support post BA. good luck chacha
  21. Hi Kristen, just saw your post and have written several things applicable in another post http://www.plasticsurgeryforum.com.au/forums/showthread.php?12343-Questions-about-post-BA-recovery-amp-specifically-Dr-Piyapas! I took arnica after op, didn't bother mentioning, as it was post op. You may want to take laxatives, and definitely keep up your liquids. Also take along some pro-biotic tablets....there are a few on the market that don't need to be refrigerated, I took Blackmores bio balance and I'm sure that helped a lot with the different diet and keeping me regular You will get pain killers in your little goodie bag from the hospital, but I did take paracetamol along, just in case and some tramadol, neither of which i needed. I also brought along silver healing large bandaids/dressings, but didn't need them. One thing you should take is a thermometer to keep an eye on your temp just to be sure you don't get an infecton. Also take along a couple of pkts of antibacterial wipes to clean your upper body for the first week till you can shower properly. Also Dr piyapas doens't normally use the 'strap' thing, and perfers to let the implants drop naturally. That's all I can think of for the minute cheers chacha
  22. I booked through the hospital, Mark was my contact. We arranged collection from airport before leaving, and of course consultation and op time, date and pickup. I also had checked what I was allowed to have dietry-wise. On arrival to hospital, I registered as a patient and got my patient card (need to have your passport with you) and then was escorted upstairs to wait for my consult. (You don't need to pack much, just something to wear home that you can easily get into......like a step into dress and nothing tight around the waist as you'll be swollen.) Whilst waiting for the consult, I saw several nurses for test, stress test (as I'm over 40), blood work, xray and blood pressure, I also brought with me the results of a mammogram I'd had done in Oz, again because I'm over 40. I never waited more than 5 to 10 mins to go to any test or appointment! Once I'd had the consult and Dr Piayaps had drawn all overy my boobs and eyes, I was told the time of my op, and before I knew it I was in the theatre speaking to the anaethatist and then I had my op! Hubby and kids waited in my room till I arrived after surgery, then they left in a taxi, and I just skyped them in the morning, and was back with them by lunch time. One thing you'll need to think about is how you will pay, as credit cards normally charge a foreign transaction fee, which ends up a couple of hundred! I got the BankWest platinum card that doesn't charge the foreign transaction fee, but I think there is an anual fee now with than one, but worth looking into. Some girls take cash....I wasn't game to carry that all around! Or you can get a travel cash card, but there are still some fees involved. HTH chacha
  23. Hi girls, I saw Dr Piyapas in Sept. The next morning after my op, Dr Piyapas had visited me at around 6.30am to check on me, remove the drains and give me my implant info ect...was totally out of it though! My bandages came off that morning, just unravelled it (incisions where still covered with gauze) when I got dressed and left the hospital at around midday wearing compression bra (berli post op bra, best price I found was http://www.undiewarehouse.com.au/underwear/post-surgery-bras/berlei-post-surgery-wire-free-crop.html at the time) I had bought in oz (got a 12D and fitted nicely using an extender at the back from target....normally wore a 10B) I also took with me some sports crop bras from target (3 or 4 pair in next size up..ie size 12), supportive and stretchy with wide bands over the shoulders and adjustable at the back....but they don't do that one anymore, but I'm sure there is something similar out there. It needs to be comfy, preferable seam free, wide band under the breast, and adjustable in straps and band. Definitely try to time taking your pain meds so they are working for your trip back to your resort.....the trip can be a bit bumpy and we had a long drive of about 35 mins! Didn't have to use a strap, Dr Piyapas doesn't normally use them. I had 2 offical check ups (was in Phuket 14 days, op on 2nd day so had heaps of time) but if you are there less you may only get 1? Mine were on day 7 post op (had stiches from my eye op removed then too) and he showed me how to do the massages, and day 12. I'd recommend getting a neck pillow, as my neck ached like mad when trying to sleep upright, take one with you, as they seemed like silly prices over there and I didn't want to get ripped off! You will get your meds given to you before you leave the day after the op, then at your check up Dr may give you prescription for antibacterial shower soap, and scar treatment. That's all I can think of at the minute, but feel free to ask anymore questions chacha
  24. Hi Kristen, just sent you a FR, had a BA with Dr Piyapas in Sept. cheers chacha
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