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Tummy Tuck or Mini-Tummy Tuck: Which is Better?

Tummy tuck, aka abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to tighten up the belly and remove extra skin and fat, sometimes called “muffin tops.” Commonly after pregnancy, age, or significant weight loss, the belly muscle stretches out and a large amount of thinned skin, stretch marks, and fat can develop.  Surgery can help to restore your contour and remove extra fat.  Now a mini-tummy tuck is a lesser version of the full tummy tuck, which usually means less scarring. Which one is better?

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Medical Tourism

With a stagnant economy and limited finances, the promise of cosmetic surgery at a steep discount abroad can be seductive. A quick search on the internet, and you can find numerous websites offering everything from breast surgery to hip replacement in places like Thailand, Mexico, and Slovania. However, before you jump on the next flight to Mexico, here are some issues to consider: 

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Liposuction Long Term Results

Liposuction is the second most common cosmetic procedure performed in the country, almost 300,000 in 2010. It involves a procedure where special suctioning rods, or cannulas, are used to remove extra fat deposits for improvement of body contour. A common question some people have is the long term outcome of the procedure if weight gain recurs.

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Implants for Breast Surgery

In 2010, almost 300,000 cosmetic breast augmentation surgeries were performed in the United States.  The popularity of this procedure is due to the overall high satisfaction of women who decide to proceed with surgery. However, it is important for you to be certain if this is what you really want, as implants may require additional future surgeries for maintenance of their optimal appearance.

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Breast Lift Surgery

When a breast lift is performed, a striking result is that as the extra skin is tightened, breasts that were widened and flattened become rounder and better positioned on the chest. This surgery can bring a lot of satisfaction for women who are already happy with the size of their chest, but the skin has started to sag over time due to pregnancy or age.

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