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Due to the high demand for breast augmentation Los Angeles, its cost is also higher compared to other smaller, less populated cities. Nevertheless, the price should not be your primary concern, but rather your plastic surgeon’s qualifications, training, experience, and other factors that can help him deliver impressive results.

While it may be tempting to choose your surgeon based on someone who gives amazing discount, the caveat is that it may prevent you from hiring a reputable doctor. Also, prices that are too low relative to the average cost generally have some compromises in the quality of implants, facilities, and surgeon’s talents.

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According to a recent survey, breast augmentation Los Angeles prices are typically between $4,000 and $7,000. The considerable variation in costs is due to the type of implants, miscellaneous expenses (operating room cleaning fee, surgical equipment, pain medication, postop garments, etc.), and doctor’s fee.

In general, breast augmentation procedure via silicone implants is around $1,000 more expensive than a surgery with the use of saline implants.

Despite the pricey silicone implants, Los Angeles plastic surgeons say that 70-90 percent of their patients choose them over saline implants because of their more natural feel and (Photo credit: Freedigitalphotos)   look.

Although it makes sense to be price-conscious, you should not compromise your safety, comfort, or cosmetic results just for the sake of lowering the surgery’s cost by a couple of hundreds. For instance, a pain pump, which delivers numbing medication directly to the breasts, entails an additional fee of $250.

Pain pumps are highly recommended because they promote a more straightforward and more comfortable recovery. Using them could also lower the incidence of nausea and other untoward side effects of oral painkillers.

Using Keller Funnel, which allows no-touch implantation during surgery, could also entail that you pay $100 extra for it. This disposable device that closely resembles a baker’s piping bag has been known to reduce the incidence of implant contamination, infection, capsular contracture, and reoperation.

To avoid financial surprises, ask your surgeon for a quote (ideally on the invoice sheet) that includes even the most trivial things that might be easy to miss such as your postop bra, painkillers, follow-up visit, etc.

Meanwhile, you may tap into different breast augmentation Los Angeles payment plans, which a growing number of surgeons are offering to their qualified patients.

Other financing options you might consider include regular or health care credit cards, home equity loan, unsecured medical loans, bank loans, loans from families and friends, and 401(k)loans.

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Statistics show that pre-wedding cosmetic procedures and plastic surgeries are on the rise, thanks to the growing use of social media and photo-sharing sites that is forcing many people to look good online. But there is one question that needs to be answered: Is it a good idea?

Leading Inland Empire plastic surgery expert Dr. Tarick Smaili says there is no “strict” answer since several variables should be taken into account beforehand, such as the patient’s motives and expectations, emotional and psychological health, medical condition, and even her wedding day.

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A 2012 survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has shown that the most popular pre-wedding cosmetic procedures were medical-grade chemical peels, dermal fillers, and Botox injections.

Dr. Smaili says it is not surprising that most brides- and grooms-to-be choose non-surgical treatments because these have no or very little downtime, although it remains ideal to have them at least two to three weeks before the “D-day” to make sure the residual swelling, redness, and bruising have enough time to subside.

The popularity of these non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, particularly Botox injections and dermal fillers, as a pre-wedding “gift” just reflects a recent survey showing that Americans are getting married later, thus early signs of aging such as fine wrinkles and loss of facial volume or fat—which might show in wedding photos—are common concerns of brides and grooms.

Chemical peels are also popular among brides-to-be as they can erase or at least minimize skin imperfections such as freckles and sunspots.

But some brides and grooms do not shy away from “real” plastic surgery. According to a recent survey, rhinoplasty, or more commonly referred to as nose job, eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, and facelift are the most commonly requested pre-wedding surgical enhancements.

Dr. Smaili warns that any surgical procedure should be performed at least three to six months ahead lest the subsequent postop symptoms such as swelling and bruising could attract unwanted attention during the “event.” This is particularly true for facial plastic surgeries such as rhinoplasty and facelift.

But even body contouring such as tummy tuck and breast augmentation requires a minimum of four months of recovery, Dr. Smaili warns.

Rushing one’s recovery could also result in elevated blood pressure and heart rate, which Dr. Smaili says is linked to poor wound healing, higher risk of hematoma or pooling of clotted blood within the tissue, and other complications that could prevent the patient to achieve optimal results from her surgery.

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Sleeve gastrectomy is just one of the many types of weight loss surgery wherein the main goal is to limit the amount of food a person can eat.  Nevertheless, it still requires lifelong commitment to healthy eating—especially when it comes to portion control—and more active lifestyle to achieve its full benefits.

In sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach size is reduced by up to 85 percent that its final appearance closely resembles a medium-sized banana; this will help the patients feel fuller sooner even with a smaller amount of food.

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But as with any weight loss surgery, the technique involves risks.  For instance, nutrient deficiency such as osteoporosis and anemia is a common concern of patients because their stomach can only hold a very small portion of food.

A strict patient selection is the first step to achieve the best possible result with sleeve gastrectomy, according to California Surgical Institute website.

Historically, experts have recommended weight loss surgery for obese people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and higher.  Individuals with a BMI of 35 and above may also be allowed to have the procedure as long as they have at least one obesity-related disease such as diabetes and sleep apnea.

But one type of weight loss surgery called lap band is allowed in patients with a BMI of 30 and higher if they have at least one obesity-related medical condition.

The patients’ age also determines their candidacy.  The consensus is to wait until they reach at least the age of 16 to make sure that they are given “enough” time to understand the ramifications of the surgery.

Emotional “readiness” is crucial because sleeve gastrectomy and any other type of weight loss surgery is not a quick fix solution for obesity as it still entails lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Most doctors see weight loss surgery as the last solution for obesity.  For this reason, the ideal patients are those who have tried non-surgical ways to lose weight—e.g., behavioral therapy, increased physical activities, and healthier diet—but did not work.

While it is already given that individuals considering sleeve gastrectomy are not the healthiest patients, they should have at least a generally healthy digestive system, meaning they are not suffering from ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and other gastrointestinal-related problems.

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While medical tourism is nothing new, some clinics abroad found ways to spice things up by offering patients with plastic surgery packages that include luxurious vacation that typically involves spending their recovery in a five-star, beachfront hotel.

Dubbed as plastic surgery deluxe, this procedure is attracting a growing number of American patients who want cosmetic procedures at a cheap price, and at the same time travel to exotic places.

However, patients should be extra careful when dealing with plastic surgery packages outside the US.  While it is true that there are highly qualified doctors abroad, they should consider that not all countries known as a medical tourism hub have strict control over surgeons offering “enhancements.”

Another concern is that many procedures in plastic surgery entail follow-up exams beyond the recovery period.  For instance, patients who receive silicone breast implants are usually required to undergo MRI screening at least every two years to detect “silent leak,” a term used to describe asymptomatic rupture in the implant shell.

However, this warning is not to undermine medical tourism as a whole but to assert the need to take some time to research about the doctors and facilities where a procedure will be performed.

To put it succinctly, patients should practice more due diligence if they decide to have plastic surgery outside the US.

Meanwhile, ABC News has published an article about the most popular countries that provide cosmetic surgeries bundled with vacation travels.  These are just some of them:

1.  China

With the growing number of bourgeois, it is not surprising that ultra expensive hotels are starting to dot the cities and popular tourist spots.  Interestingly, plastic surgery patients can stay in one of the so-called seven-star hotels and resorts.

Patients who consider having cosmetic surgery in China should know the fact that its beauty industry is largely unregulated.

In 2006, the government has imposed a ban on leg-lengthening surgery, a procedure for patients who want to be taller.  Authorities decided to prohibit this kind of operation after a spate of botched results, although some surgeons still offer this procedure in secrete operating rooms.

2.  Brazil

Beauty clinics in this country are known for their Brazilian butt lift surgery.  This is a procedure in which plastic surgeons collect “unwanted” fats from certain areas of the body (like the abdomen and thighs) and then transfer these to the buttocks in order to augment them.

Many plastic surgery packages involve a tropical vacation or a stay in a deluxe beachfront hotel.  But common sense tells that cosmetic surgery is a major surgery and involves recovery.

Sunbathing and swimming are prohibited for at least several weeks because it can result to unnecessary scarring, higher risk of infection, and poor results.

3.  South Africa

Beauty clinics in South Africa boast their “plastic surgery and safari” packages.  In this country, popular cosmetic procedures include rhinoplasty (or simply nose job), cheek augmentation, and dental work.

Aside from safari vacation, patients are also offered with vineyard wine tours, and of course a five-star accommodation.

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After recovering from breast augmentation surgery, you should bear in mind that you will need a new set of bra.  While technically you can go braless, this is not recommended because you need some form of “support” to prevent or at least postpone sagging.

Aside from eliminating sagging, a good bra after your implant surgery can make you look slimmer, result to a better breast contour, and allow your clothes to fit better (and sexier).

After the surgery, your cup size will be larger because of the breast implants.  Also, the upper poles of your breasts will appear fuller, leading to more cleavage.  Take note that these changes can determine the right size and type of your bra.

The perfect measurement for your bra size is affected not just by your chest width and cup size.  You should also consider other factors including your age, weight, and activities. (Do you have an active lifestyle or your definition of exercise is a short walk to the mall?)

To determine your band size, use a tape measure (marked in inches) and place it horizontally across your body just below the breast mound.  While doing this, make sure to keep your arms down in order to get an accurate measurement.

If you get an odd number, make sure that you round it off to the closest even number.  After measuring your band size, the next step is to determine your cup size, which is something many women can’t do right (they either wear a cup size that is too large or too small).

To measure your cup size, stand straight, with your arms at the side, while measuring the fullest part of your bust.  While doing this, make sure that you are wearing a non-padded bra and the tape measure is parallel to the ground.  If you get a fractional measurement, round it off to the nearest whole number.

The third step is to subtract your band measurement from your cup size.  Take note that for each inch in difference, the cup goes up by one size.  See the conversion chart below:

0 – ½ inch – AA cup

½ – 1 inch – A cup

2 inch – B cup

3 inch – C cup

4 inch – D cup

5 inch – DD or E cup

6 inch – DDD or F cup

7 inch – G cup

8 inch – H cup

9 inch – I cup

10 inch – J cup

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Because cosmetic plastic surgeries such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and facelift are not medically necessary, researchers often use patient’s satisfaction and happiness to gauge their success.

But really, is there some kind of formula that will help you become satisfied and happy with the plastic surgery results?  While this question sounds simple, leading Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smaili believes this is rather the trickiest.

“I find this question very complicated.  This is because a certain result can make a patient extremely happy, but may be considered a total failure by another.  Perhaps it is safe to surmise that plastic surgery is far from being an exact science,” Dr. Smaili said.

However, the world-renowned plastic surgeon, with his extensive experience, said that a patient’s goals and expectations can largely affect her satisfaction after surgery.

Anecdotal reports show that unrealistic expectation is the number one cause of patient dissatisfaction.  For this reason, board-certified plastic surgeons require lengthy consultation to determine the viability of their patients’ goals with a certain procedure.

“Many patients think that consultation is all about interviewing a doctor.  While this is true, it is also an opportunity for us to conduct our own interview and determine if you are a good candidate and how you view plastic surgery,” Dr. Smaili said.

Aside from goals and expectations, the plastic surgeon said the timing also determines the success of your surgery in terms of satisfaction.

As with any cosmetic surgeon can attest, patients who are experiencing a major change in their lives (e.g., death of loved ones, separation, and divorce) are generally not a good candidate for plastic surgery.

Dr. Smaili believes that a well-rounded individual who has done her research and fully understands both the benefits and potential risks of plastic surgery is a good candidate.

But even a well-rounded individual who achieved successful results may still feel dissatisfied and even regretful if her friend or a family member commented negatively on her new appearance.

“Not everyone is ideal to have plastic surgery—particularly if a person does not want it in the first place.  However, some people find it difficult to accept and understand that many patients seeking cosmetic surgery have valid reasons why they want to have the procedure.  Unfortunately, they tend to be overly critical that the patients start to feel dissatisfied with the result even if it is successful in all aspects,” Dr. Smaili said.

To put it succinctly, you and your doctor are the only people who can determine if the surgery is a success.

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