Medical Tourism Experts of Guanacaste offers a wide variety of cosmetic procedures for both men and women. Cosmetic surgery, including breast augmentation, implants, reductions and lifts are performed in a high quality hospital setting. Botox injections, facelifts and eyelid surgery are also common procedures performed by experienced Costa Rican doctors, as are rhinoplasty (‘nose jobs’), abdominoplasty (‘tummy tucks’), hair transplants and liposuction.
Breast augmentation and augmentation mammoplasty are plastic surgery terms for the breast-implant and the fat-graft mammoplasty approaches used to increase the size, change the shape, and alter the texture of the breasts of a woman Many women prefer to enhance their breast size or shape because they think that their breasts are too small, uneven in size and shape, not firm enough or just unattractive. In some cases the breasts may have not fully developed or have significantly changed in size or shape after pregnancy, weight loss or aging.
Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer. One of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures. It is the most common cosmetic surgery in the US, and there have been significant improvements in surgical methods and breast-implant design and technology. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that in 2013, breast augmentation was preformed on 313,327 women. This procedure may be combined with a breast lift to gain full satisfaction.
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A breast lift, also known as Mastopexy, is the plastic surgery mammoplasty procedure for raising sagging breasts upon the chest of the woman; by correcting and modifying the size, contour, and elevation of the breasts. Many women lose self confidence of their breast appearance due to pregnancy, breast feeding or aging, which makes their firm breasts sag and droop. In some cases, women find their nipples start to point down or fall below the breast crease. This may even make them feel uncomfortable in wearing certain types of clothes such as swimming suits or summer tops.
The breast-lift correction of a sagging bust is a surgical operation that cuts and removes excess tissues (glandular, adipose, skin), overstretched suspensory ligaments, excess skin from the skin-envelope, and transposes the nipple-areola complex higher upon the breast hemisphere. In surgical practice, mastopexy can be performed as a discrete breast-lift procedure, or as a subordinate surgery within a combined mastopexy–breast augmentation procedure. Depending upon the anatomical factors and needs of the patient, a breast lift can be performed with or without the insertion of breast implants. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that in 2013, breast lift surgery was preformed on 137,233 women. Here in Costa Rica, thousands of women undergo successful breast-lift surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Results are usually immediate and satisfying.
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Breast reduction (also reduction mammoplasty) is the plastic surgery procedure for reducing the size of large breasts in order to re-establish a functional bust that is proportionate to the woman’s body. The goal of breast reduction surgery is to reduce the size of the breasts and reshape them so that they are consistent with the rest of your body and are no longer a source of physical discomfort. Discomforts such as back pain, physical burden, uncomfortable bra-bands, sweating, heating and eczemas in the breast folds may be improved. This commonly requested, predictable procedure has the dual benefits of improving your appearance while relieving the physical and emotional burden of overly large breasts. Men also choose to undergo the surgery for the same reason as even they want to reduce physical symptoms and improve the way they look.
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Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is presently one of the most popular surgical cosmetic procedures. This surgery revitalizes one’s youthful appearance by removing excess skin, fat or muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyes are considered the most attractive feature of the face and so this procedure corrects wrinkles, sinking upper eyes, puffy bags and heaviness of the lids, giving patients more ‘open’eyes. It can also help treat the medical condition Ptosis (drooping eyelashes).
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A face lift (Rhytidectomy) is a procedure which can reduce visible signs of aging by reducing facial wrinkles. This procedure leaves a person with firmer, fresher and smoother skin, enhancing overall facial appearance with a younger look. It is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. The surgery varies in range from minimally invasive “lunchtime lifts” to more extensive, sophisticated surgery. A facelift removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscle and redrapes skin on the face and neck. It can correct mid-face sagging, marionette lines, jowls and a double chin, maintaining its reputation as the “gold standard” for facial rejuvenation. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful facelift surgery and are pleased with the results.
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A brachioplasty, commonly called an arm lift, is a surgical procedure to reshape and provide improved contour to the upper arms and connecting area of chest wall. While “brachioplasty” is commonly used to describe a specific procedure for the upper arms, the term can also be used to describe any surgical arm contouring. Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Brachioplasty is often used to address such issues when they do not respond well to diet and exercise. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. It is a common procedure for patients who have experienced significant weight loss.
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Many men experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime because of aging, family history, burns or trauma. Even women experience hair loss. In fact, one in five women will experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetime. Some may choose to wear a wig or hair extensions to cover their baldness. Others may use pills and formulas to improve their appearance. Advancements in cosmetic surgery have allowed men and women to regain the appearance of a full head of hair through a treatment called Hair Transplantation. Hair Transplantation is a procedure where hair follicles are transplanted from one site on the body, e.g., neckline or back of the head, to bald or balding areas on the head (scalp). Not only do these hair restoration procedures help individuals to regain a sense of youthfulness, it can also help boost their confidence. Hair transplant is among the more popular cosmetic hair restoration procedures that has been found to be an effective and permanent method of hair restoration.
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Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess fat deposits from certain areas of the body. It is an extremely popular surgery, in fact the most common surgical cosmetic procedure performed in the US. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that in 2013, liposuction was preformed on 312,176 women and 51,736 men. Liposuction surgery sculpts your body, eliminating unwanted pockets of diet-resistant fat from the buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck. Women are more apt to consider liposuction than men, as it helps to improve proportion, body contours, and most importantly, self-image and confidence. Many people, especially those heading toward middle-age, benefit from liposuction treatments that help to rid the body of excess pockets of fat that accumulate around the hips, abdomen, arms and buttocks. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to create a desired shape, and is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures in Costa Rica.
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Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting and reconstructing the form, restoring the functions, and aesthetically enhancing the size or the shape of the nose. In addition, there are often clinical reasons for the procedure, including the opportunity to reduce airway obstruction and improve breathing due to nasal trauma, congenital defect, respiratory impediment, or failed primary rhinoplasty. Besides just adjusting the size and/or correcting a health problem, the nose can be reshaped at the tip and narrowed at the span of the nostrils. A change of angle between the nose and upper lip is also possible. During this surgery, a plastic surgeon creates a functional, aesthetic, and facially proportionate nose by separating the nasal skin and the soft tissues from the osseo-cartilaginous nasal framework, correcting them as required for form and function, suturing the incisions, and applying either a package or a stent to immobilize the corrected nose to ensure the proper healing of the surgical incision. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to a year for the outcome of the surgery to fully refine after rhinoplasty surgery.
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Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia, creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss. It can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour. Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Also, tummy tuck operations cannot completely correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally the treated areas below the belly button. Most patients report improved self-esteem as a result of this procedure.
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