CategoriesCase Studies,  Cosmetic Surgery,  Destination,  Partners,  Travel

Kim Overcomes her Surgery Phobia in Cancun, Mexico

Kim was understandably nervous as she traveled from Canada to Mexico for cosmetic surgery. She was scheduled for a tummy tuck, and about to meet her surgeon for the first time! Not knowing what to expect she arrived in Cancun still a little unsure and cautious. It was only after meeting her My Medical Vacations consultant that she was able to relax! Kim quickly began to feel excited about her surgical journey and the beauty of Cancun peninsula.

My Medical Vacations interviews Kim post-surgery to hear feedback about her experience, the procedure, the surgeon, the hospital, the beaches…and most importantly the results!

Take the next step

My Medical Vacations offers a full concierge service for visitors to Cancun, where you can choose from multiple high-quality hospitals and surgeons. If you would like to know more about travelling to Cancun for cosmetic surgery contact Taqtik adviser Paula Vernon- With Taqtik you can request a Firmquote from My Medical Vacations or book a consultation for when you are on vacation.


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CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Promotions

Breast reduction reduces pain and increases confidence

While thousands of women seek cosmetic procedures for a fuller cleavage, many want to reduce their size with breast reduction surgery. Breast hypertrophy (over sized breasts) can cause severe muscle pain and long-term health issues that can be significantly improved with surgery. Medical tourism agency Gorgeous Getaways has helped hundreds of women to plan breast reduction surgery, with award winning medical facilities in Phuket, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Difficulties caused by breast hypertrophy
Under the strain of heavy over sized breasts routine activities can become painful and uncomfortable. Women can also find their professional and social lives impacted, as they become targets for unwanted attention and even harassment because of the size of their breasts. Common problems include:
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Discomfort from straining bra straps
  • Rashes under the breast
  • Difficulty finding large bra sizes and clothes
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers
  • Unwanted attention
  • Self-consciousness
  • Depression
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Loss of confidence
  • Difficulty exercising
Breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction surgery aims to remove breast fat, tissue and skin to create smaller, firmer and lighter feeling breasts. Once the breasts have had time to settle (approximately two months) they will be rounder in shape and easier to manage. As well as alleviating health problems, a breast reduction will create a more proportional body shape and symmetrical breasts. Surgeons can change the firmness and shape of the breast, and even reduce areola size. Often patients will receive liposuction to the hips or stomach for a more balanced overall result.
Preparation for surgery
Your consultation with a cosmetic surgeon will include questions about medical history and current medications. It is important to be completely honest about every aspect of your health so the surgeon can decide on the best and safest surgical plan. Before booking your surgical consult remember to:
  • Provide accurate and honest medical information
  • Research benefits and risks of procedure
  • Prepare a list of questions and concerns
  • Clarify your expectations- tell the surgeon exactly what you expect from the results.
Overview of breast reduction procedure
Directly before surgery your doctor will make markings on the breast indicating where the incisions will be made. Markings will be around and above the areola, below the nipple and underneath the breast crease. During the procedure the surgeon removes excess tissue and overstretched suspensory ligaments before transposing the areola to higher position. The surgery will be carried out under general anesthetic and you will be required to stay overnight at the hospital. After the surgery stitches remain around the areola and nipple, underneath the nipple and under the breast.
Recovering from breast reduction surgery
Every individual will experience recovery differently, with varying levels of bruising and swelling. A surgical bra and prescribed pain relief will help to ease discomfort, but Asprin must be avoided as it can increase the risk of bleeding. Heavy lifting may cause swelling and pressure in the breasts, so is to be avoided for at least one month, although patients are able to return to other day to day activities within three weeks.
Current Gorgeous Getaways promotion
Gorgeous Getaways is partnered with some of the best medical facilities in Asia, and they work on your behalf to get the very best value for money. The award-winning Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur is offering GG clients an incredible opportunity to save on Cosmetic procedures.
During the promotional period GG clients will get up to 20% off when booking multiple procedures and 15% off liposuction. Plus up to 20% off accommodation! Book multiple procedures between November the 16th to January 16th and receive up to 20% off. Book two procedures and get 15% off the second procedure, book three procedures and get 20% off your third! 
Take the next step
If you would like more information about the breast reduction surgery, or traveling for cosmetic surgery with Gorgeous Getaways contact You can also request a firmquote for the procedure or schedule a no obligation consultation in Phuket, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur during your next vacation.
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CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Partners,  VG Plastic Surgery

Body Contouring in Seoul, South Korea

A smooth, slim and firm body without any excess fat is the goal for many women thriving to look beautiful and feel younger. One of the most famous procedures of VG Plastic Surgery is the S Line Liposuction, that creates a natural-looking body shape based on the individual characteristics of each person.

The S Line Liposculpture is a procedure where unnecessary fat tissue underneath the skin or unwanted fat is suctioned out and removed. The goal is not to remove as much fat as possible, but it is to accentuate the beautiful curves of the body, in order to create a balanced and proportionate body shape.

About Accusculpt

The S Line Body Liposculpture at VG Plastic Surgery is performed with Accusculpt. This method is a dual-mode CO2 resurfacing laser that ensures high precisión during surgical procedures and very efficient in dissolving fat cells.

The Benefits of the S Line Liposculpture are:

  1. Overall Size Reduction
  2. Smooth Body without Bumpiness
  3. Minimal swelling and scarring
  4. Minimal damage to the surrounding tissues

Popular Applications Sites are:

  1. Thighs
  2. Abdomen, Love Handles and Other Areas
  3. Arms and Shoulders

This procedure is recommended for individuals who have:

  1. Fat build-up throughout the body
  2. Large amounts of fat in specific áreas such as the abdomen, thighs, calves and arms
  3. Cellulite or who want to re-sculpt their bodies
  4. A hard time losing weight in certain áreas such as love handles, no matter how hard they work out or want to shape their bodies in a short amount of time

Characteristics of the S Line Liposuction:

  • Duration: 30 mins. to 2 hours
  • Anesthesia: Local
  • Hospitalization: Not Required
  • Recovery period: 1 day
  • Suture Removal: 1-week post-surgery

While Visiting South Korea

Enjoy the best of Seoul visiting the Lotte Tower or exploring the Gyeongbok Palace and Temple… Or you can also spend the day at the Everland Theme Park, and later on go to the Nanta Show with culinary experts at the Myeongdong Theatre.   Get ready for an exciting medical journey and a memorable experience with VG Plastic Surgery!


I am a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik and work with leading healthcare providers to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality, and pricing. If you have any questions or comments, please leave me a note or contact me directly at

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abdominal sculpting
CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Partners

Removing Fat and Restoring Confidence with Abdominal Sculpting

Removing that hard to shift abdominal fat can take months or even years at the gym, but with abdominal sculpting liposuction at Playamed Hospital in Cancun, it’s gone in a matter of hours. Taqtik partner My Medical Vacations is a team of medical tourism consultants that help medical travelers realize their dreams with procedures like abdominal sculpting liposuction, and best of all they connect patients with hospitals and beach front accommodation in stunningly beautiful Cancun.
What is abdominal sculpting liposuction?
Abdominal sculpting abdominal liposuction at Playamed Hospital uses cutting edge third generation ultrasound assisted techniques to remove hard to shift, excess fat from the abdomen. Ultrasound assisted liposuction is unique because it involves minimal damage to tissues and blood tissues. The abdomen is sculpted to proved a contoured and athletic appearance in under three hours, making the underlying musculature more visible.
What to expect from the procedure
Depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed, as well as preexisting abdominal scar tissue, the procedure should take in between two to three hours. The patient is put under general anesthesia and should stay in Cancun to recover close to the hospital for approximately six to nine days. The overall results will become noticeably apparent in about six to nine months, but results do depend on patient diet and exercise regime post surgery. It is essential to the patient that they follow the surgeon’s post care instructions carefully. ultrasound liposuction
Why book through My Medical Vacations?
Using an agency like My Medical Vacations (MMV) means that you are guided through the process of traveling for surgery by experienced and qualified medical tourism consultants. The MMV team has only one priority- the safety and satisfaction of the client. They do this by offering the following:
  • Immediate response-from your initial inquiry, to your post care recovery the team at MMV provide the answers that you need straight away. No waiting!
  • Information-the MMV team has managed over 1,500 international cosmetic surgery patients. They can provide testimonials from past clients and provide you with the best information available.
  • Stress free travel-one of the most important roles of your medical consultant is to provide a stress free experience. All packages include private airport transfers, ground transfers (hospitals, hotels, appointments), translation services, tours around the city, the booking of your medical appointments and more.
  • Only the best surgeons-every surgeon and specialized physician working with MMV must meet a tough criteria. Medical professionals are only recommended if they have the right experience, training and credentials for your needs and have experience dealing with international patients.
  • Comprehensive post op care-each package includes a complete follow up program. This includes visits from specialized registered nurses and a certified patient concierge who will be with you every step of the way.
  • Long distance follow up-your MMV consultant continues to support you long after your airport farewell. With close communication and regular updates to your surgeon, any post op questions or concerns are addressed and care is provided until you are completely healed.
Removing that stubborn abdominal fat also works to reveal a more confident and assured you. Patients find themselves looking forward to sun bathing at the beach, taking off their shirts and finally feeling the sun on their bellies. If you want to know more about abdominal sculpting procedure contact the My Medical Vacations customer care team or search for packages on the Taqtik Marketplace.
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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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!

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CategoriesWeight Loss

CoolSculpting- non surgical fat reduction

The leader in non-surgical fat reduction has emerged, and it is known as CoolSculpting. Liposuction has been the gold standard for removing unwanted, stubborn fat from your body. In recent years, technology has advanced and non-surgical options for ridding yourself of stubborn body fat have come to the forefront. 

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a technique that uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery. It is FDA-cleared, safe, effective and is the world’s #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure.

Who are the ideal candidates for CoolSculpting?

The procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas of concern such as belly, love handles, arms, thighs, as well as under the chin.

How does CoolSculpting work and what to expect during the procedure?

The procedure is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction and works by crystallizing (freezing) fat cells which then die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. As the cooling begins, you will feel pressure and intense cold that quickly dissipates. During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. The length of your session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during your visit.

How long will it take to recover?

There are no needles, surgery, or downtime. Typical side effects following the procedure include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.

What are typical results?

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to four to six months after treatment. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. However, additional sessions may be required in order to meet your goals.  

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