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    Dr Narupon - 22 March 2015

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  1. Hi HeatNic, I used Dr Narupon at PIAC (now PPSI). My photos are attached to my posts in the TT section. He was excellent - I highly recommend him. I didn't bother with NIB Options, nor any other medical tourism company - I just organised it all myself. The staff at PPSI are all English speaking. You just need to book your flights and accommodation and they literally do EVERYTHING else.
  2. Hi Phuketpuppies, I used Dr Narupon at PIAC (now PPSI) for my muscle repair TT. He is excellent and you can see my photos on some of my other posts. Just go directly through PPSI, don't bother using a medical tourism company - so easy to do it yourself.
  3. PPSI is the Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute - it's attached to the Phuket International Hospital just google it. I chose Dr Narupon and he was excellent. I highly recommend him. You can see my photos on some of my other posts.
  4. Hi kshello, Apologies for the delayed reply to your question. I used Dr Narupon from Phuket International Aesthetic Centre (PIAC), now called Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute (PPSI) in Thailand. Cost me heaps less than having my surgery here in Australia, and included a little luxury getaway to relax, rest and recover before and afterwards! I wouldn't have had that opportunity here. Dr Narupon was awesome - I highly recommend him.
  5. My advice is to organise it all yourself - honestly it is not worth paying extra to any of these medical tourism companies. They really don't give you much more for all that money you are paying. You just need to book your flights (easy), book your post-surgery accommodation (easy), book your appointment and surgeon (there's plenty of advice on this forum) and the hospital will honestly do everything else for you - you just tell them your flight arrival time and hotel name and they will book your transfers both from the airport and from your hotel to take you to (and from) your appointments. Why bother paying a company? What are you actually getting for all that extra money? Nothing!
  6. I had my TT (muscle repair) done in Phuket in 2015 through PIAC (now PPSI) and it cost me about $6000 for everything - surgery, anaesthetist, hospital stay, appointments, follow-ups, medications (during and after), dressings, all my transfers to and from the airport as well as between my hotel and hospital for every appointment. I think the prices have gone up slightly though to about $7600 now. I went by myself, not through a company. Easy as. Honestly, don't waste your money doing it through a company - the staff at PPSI are all English-speaking, and you are assigned a "case worker" who looks after everything and makes sure you are all sorted. I reckon those companies just rort your money, when the whole process is actually super easy! My youngest was 4yo at the time.
  7. Hi MURPHY, I purchased these compression garments from websites that post to Australia: - Design Veronique – http://showcase.designveronique.com/designveronique/zippered-torso-brief.html. This was my favourite - so comfortable and fit really nicely and was great wearing around during the day because of the breathable material - Renolife Annette First Stage Garment – high waist tummy tuck compression garment (17398PAN) http://www.annetteonline.com/collections/renolife/products/tummy-tuck-compression-garment-17398 This one had a beautifully soft and comfortable material and I wore this one to bed and sometimes during the day when my other one was in the wash. I picked these ones because I didn't want the shorts-style ones and I didn't want to get too hot and they were very easy to get on and off and go to the toilet (you don't have to take them off to do this because they have clasps underneath). I know you are probably going to faint at the price, but honestly, I could not have survived without these garments. I swear it made recovery so much more comfortable and I believe made a massive difference to my resulting shape. Remember, you have to wear these garments ALL day EVERY day for weeks afterwards, so you want them to be comfortable and good quality. About a month or so after my op, I swapped to the 12-inch Contour MD Abdominal Binder when sleeping (for comfort). I wouldn't recommend this for day time wear. It probably wasn't essential, but is a good "second stage" garment. I kept wearing my day time garments for about 3 months just because I felt more supported and I had muscle repair, so I had a bit of residual numbness for a while. I then swapped to some of those shape-slimming undies that you can buy from Target and Myer etc for a few months. As for sizing for the compression garments, I just measured myself using my normal measurements pre-op (allowing for some reduction in belly size). My surgery was only an abdominal muscle repair TT, so I didn't have any lipo or anything. Try and go with three out of four measurements hitting the mark if you can for the size that you order - you have to measure bust, hips, chest, upper torso etc.
  8. Thank you Nup, I didn't take anything other than the painkillers as prescribed by my surgeon. I didn't even have to take the whole packet, because the pain subsided quite remarkably. The swelling wasn't that bad, truly. It just felt like I was bloated after a big meal for about a week. After that, I didn't even really notice it - only when I look at side-on photos of myself! Recovery items: Good quality compression garments, LOTS of pillows - I had to sleep propped up and with a pillow under my knees for the first bit, then gradually straightened out, a pack of the thin clear scar dressing (for keeping wound dry until stitches come out and for about a week afterwards) - something like "Tegaderm" or "Dermafilm" - I scammed some from my doctor :-) , and lastly, some soft comfy stretchy shorts/pants.
  9. Jules 1307: I purchased these compression garments from websites that post to Australia: - Design Veronique – http://showcase.designveronique.com/designveronique/zippered-torso-brief.html. This was my favourite - so comfortable and fit really nicely and was great wearing around during the day because of the breathable material - Renolife Annette First Stage Garment – high waist tummy tuck compression garment (17398PAN) http://www.annetteonline.com/collections/renolife/products/tummy-tuck-compression-garment-17398 This one had a beautifully soft and comfortable material and I wore this one to bed and sometimes during the day when my other one was in the wash. I picked these ones because I didn't want the shorts-style ones and I didn't want to get too hot and they were very easy to get on and off and go to the toilet (you don't have to take them off to do this because they have clasps underneath). I know you are probably going to faint at the price, but honestly, I could not have survived without these garments. I swear it made recovery so much more comfortable and I believe made a massive difference to my resulting shape. Remember, you have to wear these garments ALL day EVERY day for weeks afterwards, so you want them to be comfortable and good quality. About a month or so after my op, I swapped to the 12-inch Contour MD Abdominal Binder when sleeping (for comfort). I wouldn't recommend this for day time wear. It probably wasn't essential, but is a good "second stage" garment. I kept wearing my day time garments for about 3 months just because I felt more supported and I had muscle repair, so I had a bit of residual numbness for a while. As for sizing, I just measured myself using my normal measurements pre-op (allowing for some reduction in belly size). My surgery was only an abdominal muscle repair TT, so I didn't have any lipo or anything. Try and go with three out of four measurements hitting the mark if you can for the size that you order - you have to measure bust, hips, chest, upper torso etc.
  10. It's taken me over a year to work up the courage to post before and after photos, so here goes: Before.... ....and 6 weeks post-op I should add that I still had some swelling at 6 weeks, mainly around my incision, but now my tummy is really nice and flat. Happy!
  11. All the best for your surgery guys. I'm just writing to agree with Happy Again. I had the "pregnant" look on an otherwise athletic body shape from a huge first baby (5.26kg) and then twins (3.4kg and 3.76kg) and the worst abdominal muscle separation anyone I know has ever seen! I had muscle repair surgery in Phuket in March 2015 and it was painful (I'm not going to lie - I've had two caesarians with my babies and they were less painful). It is definitely manageable though, albeit awkward. The main things that are painful are: - getting up from a lying position - I always rolled to my side first; - coughing, laughing, sneezing etc; and - reaching up with your arms to get to something up high or pulling down your arms from up high. Just remember to TAKE IT EASY. Get good compression garments (the best you can afford) and wear them religiously. My results are amazing! Totally flat tummy and a scar that you can hardly see (hip bone to hip bone) - it's just a very faint white line now.
  12. Hey bigmumma, I didn't use Cosmeditour (I sorted everything myself), but I did go to PIAC and got a TT with Dr Narupon in March 2015. My recommendation would be for you to take your own compression garments. I was fitted with the band/binder-style one at the hospital during my operation, which they give you for free (I was wearing it when I came out of theatre), which was just fine for the time in hospital because of the drains etc. However, I got out of hospital on day three, and needed a tighter one with more support because a lot of the swelling had gone down by then (I was still swollen, but no where near as much), and the drains get taken out. I purchased these ones in Australia: - Design Veronique – http://showcase.designveronique.com/designveronique/zippered-torso-brief.html. This was my favourite - so comfortable and fit really nicely and was great wearing around during the day because of the breathable material (important when you are in Thailand because it's so bloody hot!) - Renolife Annette First Stage Garment – high waist tummy tuck compression garment (17398PAN) http://www.annetteonline.com/collections/renolife/products/tummy-tuck-compression-garment-17398 This one had a beautifully soft and comfortable material and I wore this one to bed and sometimes during the day when my other one was in the wash. I picked these ones because I didn't want the shorts-style ones because of the heat in Thailand and they were very easy to get on and off and go to the toilet (you don't have to take them off to do this because they have clasps underneath). I know you are probably going to faint at the price, but honestly, I could not have survived without these garments. I swear it made recovery so much more comfortable and I believe made a massive difference to my resulting shape. Remember, you have to wear these garments ALL day EVERY day for weeks afterwards, so you want them to be comfortable and good quality. About a month or so after my op, I swapped to the 12-inch Contour MD Abdominal Binder when sleeping (more for comfort than anything else). It probably wasn't essential, but is a good "second stage" garment. There's no way I would try and shop around for a garment over in Thailand, because there aren't any shops that sell them. As for sizing, I just measured myself using my normal measurements pre-op (allowing for some reduction in belly size). My surgery was only an abdominal muscle repair TT, so I didn't have any lipo or anything. Try and go with three out of four measurements hitting the mark if you can for the size that you order - you have to measure bust, hips, chest, upper torso etc.
  13. Just over a year ago I went to Phuket and had TT surgery done at PIAC (now PPSI) with Dr Narupon and researched heaps on this forum before making my decision. Awesome! - so happy and Dr Narupon is just great - very experienced, personable and did a great job. Phuket is the perfect place to recover - so relaxing. Happy to answer any other questions.
  14. Just over a year ago I went to Phuket and had TT surgery done at PIAC with Dr Narupon and researched heaps on this forum before making my decision. Awesome! - so happy and Dr Narupon is just great - very experienced, personable and did a great job. Phuket is the perfect place to recover - so relaxing, it just sucked not being able to swim for the first 8 days. My incisions healed really well and fast, so I was allowed to swim on the last few days.
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