CategoriesAdvice,  FAQ

Would your Breasts pass the Ptosis Test?

Victoria Pakohomova is a Beauty Vacation Adviser for Taqtik. She shares with us some information about a common problem with clients who travel for cosmetic surgery- ptosis. This condition is more commonly referred to as breast sagging, and here she walks us through a test to see if your breasts pass the ptosis test…

Hi beautiful Ladies, Victoria here with the ptosis test! Clients often want to know why their surgeon has recommended a breast lift, along with the breast augmentation they had originally booked. They send in pictures of their breasts and are surprised when doctors recommend a lift due to ptosis (breast sagging). Today I will help you to decide whether you too suffer from ptosis, and what can be done!

Common causes of ptosis
  • Childbirth and breastfeeding.
  • Bodyweight fluctuations- especially after losing a lot of weight in the short period.
  • Genetics.
  • Hormonal fluctuations.
  • Implant removal.
  • Aging.
  • Gravity- yes! The power of gravity influences breast tissue and inevitably pulls it down based on the laws of nature.
The breast ptosis test

Let us have a personal test on our breast condition.

Ideally the nipple should a few centimetres above the inframammary crease (the crease just under your breast where they meet your chest).

  1. Take off your bra and stand in front of the mirror.
  2. Place a ruler in the crease, where the breast and ribcage meet.
  3. Let your breasts hang over the ruler
  4. If your nipples are less than three centimetres above the ruler you may have ptosis.
  5. If you don’t have ptosis but aren’t happy with size – can just proceed with breast augmentation.
  6. If you don’t have ptosis but aren’t happy with size- a breast lift may be required.

Breast ptosis stages.

First degree ptosis- the nipple is at or slightly below the infra mammary fold, then you may be able to have a breast augmentation without internal lifting.

Second degree ptosis- the nipple is one-three centimeters below the fold. You are a candidate for lifting with or without implants.

Third degree ptosis– the nipple is lower than three centimeters. These cases are candidates for breast lift or even a super breast lift with or without implants.

Ladies, if you do find that you have breast ptosis it’s not a problem! There are multiple destinations available on the Taqtik marketplace that can help with breast augmentations and breast lifts.

And the result from MY test? First degree breast ptosis, which is not surprising after four years of breastfeeding, body weight fluctuations and aging!

 

If your planning to travel for cosmetic surgery and you want some information on the great medical options available at Taqtik, please leave me a comment below, or email me directly at victoria.pakhomova@taqtik.com.

 

CategoriesCase Studies,  Destination

Miss Grand Phuket visits Phuket Plastic Surgery Clinic

Victoria Pakohomova is a Beauty Vacation Adviser for Taqtik clients travelling to Phuket, Thailand. On one of her regular visits to Phuket Plastic Surgery Clinic she had the opportunity to meet the beautiful Tharina Botes- Miss Grand Phuket 2019!

One rainy Phuket May morning I had arrived at the hospital to a crowd of video operators and photographers. It took me a moment to realize that all this attention was not for me! It was for a beauty queen. She was the tall, slender and amazingly beautiful Miss Tharina Botes, winner of Miss Phuket 2019.

23-year-old Tharina is half South African and half Thai. After making it to the final few contestants in the Miss South Africa contest a year ago, she came back to Thailand to realize her dream. She earned the Miss Grand Phuket crown this year in May, and next year she will compete for the Miss Grand Thailand competition. Tharina is now Phuket’s most adored person, and in my opinion a nice, open minded and warm woman.

But what she is doing in Plastic Surgery Clinic? Marketing for Phuket Plastic Surgery Clinic (PPSI)? Yes, but not only that, she came to improve her beauty with a breast augmentation!

Even the beautiful and successful are eager for a better breast shape and more womanly proportions. Miss Phuket had chosen Doctor Sanguan as the best breast professional, and the result was even better than she expected. Tharina had a quick recovery, no pain and fantastic service from the hospital team. This service has proven to be the same for all clients, regardless of whether they are a Beauty Queen or not. Miss Grand Phuket was able to return to normal active life and amazing photo sessions just a few days after the procedure.

You can find out more about Tharina and her recovery on Instagram- @tharinabotes or view her PPSI interview video here.

Tharina shows us just how easy it is follow your dreams,  improve your quality of life, and become more self-confident and happy you.

 
If your planning a trip to Phuket and you want some information on the great medical options here, please leave me a comment below, or email me directly at victoria.pakhomova@taqtik.com.
 
CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Partners,  Travel

Transgender and Breast Procedures in Phuket

 
Victoria Pakohomova is a Beauty Vacation Adviser at Taqtik in Phuket, Thailand. Plastic surgeons in Phuket are increasingly in demand, so Victoria is sharing her knowledge of the surgeons at Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute (PPSI) beginning with the director of Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute (PPSI) Dr. Sanguan.
 
Gender reassignment surgery

Thailand is well known in the world for its transgender tolerance. Gender reassignment surgeries (GRA) are accepted in Buddhism as a normal human right. GRA surgeries have a long and successful history in Thailand, and transgender patients from all over the world travel here for this life-changing procedure. One of the most respected and world-recognized surgeons that specialize in this area is Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn- the Director of PPSI.

Dr Sanguan graduated from Bangkok Medical University in 1984 with a Surgeons Diploma, then worked and studied in plastic surgery from 1988 to 1991. His practical experience in Aesthetic surgery has continued for over 28 years and Dr Sanguan is renowned as an innovative specialist in GRA and mammoplasty procedures.

Breast procedures

Thousands of women have enjoyed amazing results after their breast reconstruction, revision, reduction, lift and augmentation surgeries. Dr. Sanguan regularly takes on challenging and complex cases previously rejected by other clinics or surgeons. He also ensures that scars are thin and small, becoming almost invisible with time.

I especially love working with Dr. Sanguan because of his thoughtful and warm approach with clients and his attention to detail. His main motivation is to meet his client’s expectations and will always discuss his surgical methods and possible outcomes in detail.

Dr Sanguan believes that the beauty in breasts is not in their size, but in their harmonious shape. The curves of the breast should be relevant to a woman’s height, weight and body shape. During the consultation, he uses computer simulation programs for visualization of the surgery results, giving the patient various options. Dr Sanguan’s patients are consistently happy with their results and and recommend him as the best surgeon for mammoplasties. I would highly recommend booking a surgery vacation with Dr. Sanguan at least six months in advance due to his busy schedule.

Because Dr. Sanguan is such an easy-going person, and always eager to help, you’ll feel comfortable asking him as many questions as you need. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write down and I can refer them to Dr Sanguan, one of the world’s best breast surgeons.

If your planning a trip to Phuket and you want some information on the great medical options here, please leave me a comment below, or email me directly at victoria.pakhomova@taqtik.com.
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CategoriesCase Studies

Life Changing Cosmetic Surgery in Kuala Lumpur

New Zealander Lisa traveled to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to undertake multiple life changing cosmetic surgery procedures with Dr Jalil. We follow Lisa’s journey from beginning to end, starting with an interview just 24 hours out of surgery from her hospital bed at Beverly Wilshire Medical Center. International Manager Paula Vernon chats to Lisa about how she feels just one day after her breast lift, breast augmentation, extended tummy tuck and thigh lift.

 
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CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Partners

Cosmetic Surgery in South Korea

South Korea has joined the multitude of Asian countries that are fast becoming world leaders in medical tourism.

In a world wide trend quest for health and well being, people everywhere are using cosmetic surgery to obtain the body they want. Across the world 20 somethings are wanting to make the most of their looks while they still have them! Middle aged women are wanting to go back to a time when they felt and looked their best. Everyone striving for the ultimate objective of leading a happy life.

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VG Plastic Surgery, Seoul

VG Plastic Surgery in beautiful Seoul, South Korea, works with the most vanguard techniques and has a medical team of 6 doctors specialized in plastic surgery. Specialties include procedures for breasts, body, eyes, nose, facial contouring and anti-aging.  Their vast training and experience in the field can address any concerns and satisfy the expectations of valued patients.

Clients often return to  VG Plastic Surgery for the professionally customized procedures and skilled doctors. VG staff are able to communicate in five different languages-English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese. They will also help you with hotel reservations, pick-up service and interpreter.

 

Dr Youngmim, St Mary’s Hospital, Seoul
 
Dr. Youngmin is the CEO, board certified plastic surgeon and adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Hospital’s plastic surgery department in Seoul.
Youngmin specializes in many areas including eyes, rhinoplasty, breasts, body, anti aging, and face contouring. The team at St Mary’s aim to provide patients with wonderful experience, and one that they will remember as one of the best choices they’ve ever made. Seoul in South Korea is a superb destination where you can combine your treatment with a relaxing and comfortable vacation.
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CategoriesCase Studies,  Cosmetic Surgery,  Facilitators

New Breasts: New Confidence for Laura!

Laura has been wanting to change her breast size ever since she was a teenager, and so after working hard and saving she decided to book a trip to Thailand to have a breast augmentation. This is her story, pictures and videos that show amazing results!

“I wanted to do this for myself, I knew this would be my breast size if I didn’t have the procedure, so I wanted to save up the money and do it for me!”

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After the procedure Laura was delighted with the results from her Breast Augmentation, feeling that it was better than she could have expected.
Her biggest concern pre-surgery had been the fear of being put under aesthetic, but with the support of the hospital staff and her mum who came along as support, she felt safe and secure.
Laura’s Client Service Manager in Thailand visited Laura and her mum regularly at their accommodation and took them to lunch with other clients who were having their own surgical procedures.
The doctors and nurses took great care of her, and she would feel confident in using a medical facilitator like Taqtik again if she wanted another procedure.

“The hospital care was better than I could have imagined, I was looked after extremely well. All the doctors, and nurses were really supportive”

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Four weeks post procedure Laura was no longer in any pain. And when we caught up with her seven weeks after, Laura was feeling great. She has had great reactions from friends and family, who all agree that her new breasts look very natural. This is exactly the look that Laura was hoping to achieve. Six months after her procedure in Thailand, Laura is seeing the world from the deck of a super yacht in Spain!

“Everything is fantastic! I have healed so well and I’m really happy! They look and feel so much more natural and have dropped lots which I’m happy with!”

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CategoriesAdvice,  Cosmetic Surgery

Top Ten Tips for your Cosmetic Surgery Holiday

Based on past client feedback and interviewing the surgeons, we detail 10 essential points to keep in mind before you travel on a surgery holiday!

DO have realistic expectations

The biggest factor that determines what you will look like after surgery is what you look like before!
We are all different, so the same surgery will look different for two different people, even if you are the same age, shape and size.
After a breast augmentation, the same size implant will look completely different in two different patients, as all nipples and chest shape and sizes are unique.
You cannot hope that your breasts will look like Scarlett Johansson and your butt will not look like Beyoncé’s! Judging yourself on others is just a recipe for disappointment and regret.
Do your homework, but be prepared for improvement, not perfection. Also remember that surgery will not change your life, that is up to you.

DON’T smoke!

Smoking promotes poor healing and bad scarring, so our surgeons recommend that you give up smoking completely for at least 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery. You should not take Nicorette gum or nicotine patches either. The chance of developing keloid scars are greatly increased if you do smoke.

DON’T fall prey to the trends of new surgery methods

Plastic surgery methods are sophisticated now, and available the world over. Occasionally new names crop up for old methods, which are particularly favored by the more expensive surgeons at home to portray that they are inventors of new methods! More often than not, these ‘new’ methods are dressed up from traditional procedures, and all that has changed is the name! Beware of surgeons and websites that throw fancy words at you and then charge double!

DON’T feel pressured by the opinions of others

There should be only one reason that you are getting the surgery done – because YOU want to! Well-meaning friends and family will have their own comments, but don’t be swayed into or out of making a decision based on the opinions of others. People have surgery for a million reasons, but make sure that this is YOUR reason!

DO get your body into tip top condition before your holiday

A good diet and regular exercise in the weeks leading up to surgery can benefit healing and recovery. The goal is to get your body in optimal health, the blood and oxygen circulating. We have consistently found that the clients who are in good health and condition prior to surgery have the best healing and less obvious scarring in the months after surgery.
The measure of ideal body weight is BMI or Body Mass Index, which is a ratio of body weight in Kg to height in metres squared. Normal BMI is between 18 to 25. Candidates who are more than 15kg over the ideal body weight are not good candidates for cosmetic surgery such as liposuction or abdominoplasty, because these procedures are designed only for body sculpting and are not for weight reduction.
Surgery on overweight or obese patients will not achieve the goals and only result in patient dissatisfaction and higher chance of complications. Overweight patients should enter an exercise and diet regime to lose weight to near normal level and become suitable candidates.

DO get yourself some advice before you leave on wound/scar healing

Some scars can be treated with compression therapy, and some with topical creams. The creams are applied to reduce scarring and to speed up the healing process. Rose hip, aloe vera and some Vitamin E lotions have been found to help speed recovery. Massaging these creams helps soothe and soften the scars. The surgeon can also prescribe a specialized crème for reducing the appearance of scars. This must be applied morning and evening.

DO ensure you have a thorough consultation

The consultation is the most important part of the surgery, it is when you can ask all the questions that you have before the surgery. The surgeon will have as much time for you as you need, so use this time and don’t be shy to ask all the questions that you need.

DO cover up from the sun

Whatever treatment that you have, one thing is essential – keep all scars out of the sun! All good surgeons will advise you to do this – it is necessary for proper scar healing. Exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun may damage the skin and lead to bad healing. So, bring your sunscreen and a good hat.

DON’T be afraid to ask questions!

Before you go, when you get to your destination, and after surgery, never hesitate to contact one of your team at TAQTIK to ask any questions. We will pass all medical questions to the surgeon and get back to you as soon as possible. We will be in touch with you after your holiday, we also like to ask if you can send across photos regularly so the surgeon can see wound healing and how the results are forming.

DO have fun!

Don’t forget to have a great holiday while you are recovering! There is plenty to do, as our team will show you, so take a bit of spare cash to make sure that you have a great holiday.
Pampering treatments, shopping trips, day trips, dinners and nights out are all possible, and can all be booked after your surgery, when you are feeling well. So make the most of your holiday – get some rest, get some fun nights in and out, and you will be feeling on top of the world when you arrive home!

CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Destination,  Partners

Choosing South Korea for your Medical Journey

It comes with little surprise that some of the world’s leading companies are located in the vibrant city of Seoul. VG Plastic Surgery is one of those, and it is your best choice when looking for Breast Augmentation as well as other cosmetic procedures.

VG Plastic Surgery offers Breast Augmentation taylored to your body by creating fuller breasts that appear smooth and move naturally, as if they are your own breasts. This is done by making a thorough assessment to select the most suitable implants and insert them accurately using an HD endoscope. And based on their Specialists abundant experience, you can expect the best results !

Here are the three surgical procedures by implant location:
a) Below the Breast Tissue
b) Below the Chest Muscles
c) Biplanar Location

These surgical procedures are performed by three methods:
a) Incision in the armpits
b) Incision in the Areola Area
c) Incision under the Breasts

We recommend to take advantage of your journey, and take some days before your surgery just to enjoy South Korea’s historic landmarks, as well as their futuristic modernity with its innovative structures. Earlier this year, Seoul proudly opened the world’s fifth largest skyscraper piercing majestically out of the ground overlooking the Han River.


With a long history dating back over a thousand years, you can stand in awe of some of the most significant cultural heritage sites of the country, such as the Gyeongbokgung Palace, and you can also find traditional hanok house neighborhoods with lovely teahouses that have been in existence for decades.
Due to South Korea being a peninsula, the country offers miles and miles of stunning beaches.   Along beautiful islands, like the most popular and largest: Jeju Island which is one of the most visited destinations thanks to its exceptional natural wonders and breathtaking beaches.

Treat yourself and enjoy the benefits of Breast Augmentation with VG Plastic Surgery

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CategoriesCosmetic Surgery

Top three most popular cosmetic surgery procedures

Your Gorgeous Getaways customer care team member Mel, is the first person you’ll speak to when you make an inquiry. At the coal face of GG operations Mel fields hundreds of inquiries, and provides our clients with the best advice and the best price available. We asked Mel what most people want to know when they contact us.

Every day at Gorgeous Getaways we receive numerous requests for Cosmetic Surgery Procedures at all of our exciting destinations, Malaysia, Thailand and Mexico. Our top three procedures requested would be a Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck and Face lift procedure. The Tummy Tuck would take out the number one spot.

Once you have chosen your procedure, we can assist you further with information on pricing, our fabulous destinations and any general questions you may have.  To move forward with your request for a Firm quote we will request specific personal information relating to your treatment chosen. Your quote will be provided to you once your medical information and photos have been assessed by our surgeons.

Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation procedure enhances the size and shape of your breasts. It can also balance out a difference in the size of your breasts. During the procedure your surgeon will place a silicone implant behind breast tissue, or muscle. The overall goal is to have your breasts looking as natural as possible, while enlarging them to your desired size.

Face-lift

A face-lift procedure is generally chosen to help tighten loose skin and minimize those wrinkles that appear as we age around the Face and Neck area. It is most effective for the lower face (jowls and neck).

Tummy Tuck

A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure can have several different techniques used depending on your needs, this could be a Full Tummy Tuck, Extended Tummy Tuck or a Mini Tummy Tuck.  Sometimes this can be performed in conjunction with liposuction to help contour your body.

Gorgeous Getaways connects you with leading hospitals and specialist surgeons offering a wide range of cosmetic surgery choices. Talk to our customer care team to discuss your needs further, or search are available packages today!


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Breast Augmentations and holiday destinations

Breast Augmentations in Phuket

Woman travelling to Phuket for Breast Augmentations enjoy fuller breasts and an idyllic holiday destination!

Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgery

A Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases the size of your breasts. The procedure gives breasts a fuller and more defined shape. During the procedure your surgeon inserts the breast implant behind the breast tissue through small incisions strategically placed to leave minimal scarring.

The Benefits of a Breast Augmentation

The Breast Augmentation procedure is popular with woman because it provides a major boost to self-confidence. Many Breast Augmentation patients have experienced tissue loss from pregnancy and breast feeding and want to gain back their pre baby femininity. Mothers who have spent years focusing on children find this procedure an immensely satisfying way to self indulge and to enjoy a well-deserved holiday.

Is a Breast Augmentation right for you?

When considering this procedure you should do your research and have a realistic expectation of results. If you’re in good physical and mental health then this procedure can work for you. Remember that although a Breast Augmentation will enhance your figure, it will not completely change it.

The surgical procedure

Patients are put under general anesthetic and require an overnight stay. Surgeons make an incision based on their recommendation as well as your preferences. Implants are placed beneath breast tissue. There are a variety of different sites that the incision is made.

  • Under the breast (infra-mammary). This incision is made in the crease between your breast and chest. Your surgeon will make the incision and a pocket for the implant to slide up and center behind the nipple. Infra-mammary incisions reduce visible scarring.
  • Around the nipple (peri-areolar). This incision is made between the dark areola and the breast skin around it. Your surgeon will make the incision and a pocked for the implant slide through and centre behind the nipple. Peri-areolar incisions reduce visible scarring.
  • In the arm pit (trans-axillary incision). This incision is made in the folds of your armpit tissue. Your surgeon will make the incision and a channel up to the breast for the implant to be positioned behind the nipple. Trans-axillary incisions place the scar completely away from the breast.
  • In the naval area (trans-umbilical). This incision is made on the rim of the navel. Your surgeon will make the incision and a tunnel through the subcutaneous fat layer, up to the breast for the implant to be placed behind the naval. Trans-umbilical incisions place the scar completely away from the breast.

Choosing your Breast Implant:

  • Silicone implants. This implant is the most popular choice among Breast Augmentation patients. Silicone has been used for implants for decades because it’s natural feel and appears in all sorts of daily beauty products like lipstick or anti-aging creams.
  • Saline Implants.  This material is made of a weak salt solution, which is similar to our own body fluids. Saline implants can fit through a smaller incision but can ripple and feel ‘squishy’
  • Shape and Size. You will discuss your choice in shape and size with your surgeon pre surgery. You can specify the shape, size and consistency of your implant depending on your desired result.

Why travel to Phuket for a Breast Augmentation?

Phuket has been a popular destination with hundreds of our clients because of the world class quality of care available in their hospitals. Surgeons are extremely well trained and many of them have graduated from American medical universities. Service packages to Phuket also include your own personal Medical Tourism Consultant. Long-time local Victoria will support you throughout your stay and show you the sights of Phuket while you’re there.

Before and After pictures

Gorgeous Getaways client Juanita traveled to Phuket, Thailand for her Breast Augmentation. It’s clear from these before and after pictures that Breast Augmentations can provide a natural looking improvement to the the shape, size and look of your breasts! You can see more before and after pictures of Breast Augmentation in Phuket here.

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Take the next step with Taqtik

If you have any questions about the Breast Augmentation procedure contact our customer service team here!

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