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REALITIES IN PLASTIC SURGERY

People have always been fascinated with Plastic Surgery. Consequently stories abound and some of these have led to misconceptions about this field. The purpose of this discussion is to dispel myths surrounding Plastic Surgery and to expose the realities. MYTHS AND REALITIES Myth: “Plastic surgery is very expensive!” Reality: False. As with any fee-for-service there is a cost involved however, the higher cost is going through life unhappily. Feeling that you could be better in…

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KELOIDS

Not all skin is the same. The different types of skin have been classified regarding their color and reaction to sunlight (click Skin Types for more information). In this section you will find answers to questions that people often have regarding hypertrophic scars and keloids. It is important to remember that all surgeries require wound closures and all wound closures create a scar. The quality, aspect and thickness of the scar, varies in individuals, and…

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SKIN TYPES FITZPATRICK´S CLASSIFICATION

All the skin is not created equal. There is a variety of skin tissue types including color, texture and thickness. For the most part, skin type is determined by heredity but is influenced by diet and exposure to the sun’s rays. Certain skin types respond well to surgical procedures and others respond more intensely with inflammation and more pronounced scarring at the surgical site. The fair-skinned patient tends to have thinner skin which heals more…

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RECOMMENDATIONS BEFORE AND AFTER YOUR SURGERY

Follow all the instructions that the Anesthesiologist and I have given to you. General anesthesia requires a minimum of 8 hours of fasting. This means that your stomach must be completely empty (no solids, no liquids-including water-for at least 8 hours before the surgery. We cannot overemphasize this, it is of vital importance. Think positive. Stay focused on the benefits of your surgery. Practice relaxation. Allow your muscles to go loose. Center your attention on…

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FINANCIAL AND MONEY ISSUES

“Rich is a person that enjoys good health, is in touch with his feelings, loves himself, makes the money he (she) wants in the work he (she) loves, saves a little for a future use, and has relations who contribute to him/her and to whom he/she contributes”  – Phil Laut PHIL LAUT´S MONEY IS MY FRIEND , AVAILABLE IN  18 LANGUAGES, IS AN EXCELLENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT RESOURCE There is no doubt that Plastic Surgery can…

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EMOTIONS AND PLASTIC SURGERY

Human Emotions derive from that part we cannot either touch or measure, which are not subject to scientific authentication. Body sensations, on the contrary, are more discernible, although they are subjective. They derive from our five senses. Human being experience many and different emotions: Sadness, doom, guilt, loneliness, frustration, fear, helplessness, jealousy, joy, love, bliss, trust, and many other. Plastic Surgeons acquire with time and experience, the ability to discriminate the motivations to get an…

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THE LARGEST BORDER-CROSSING IN THE WORLD

According to the experts, there is no other border in the world, which is as extensive and busy as Tijuana – San Diego. Every year, occur more than 65 million crossings through this border. This border divides two large metropolitan cities – Tijuana in Mexico and San Diego in the US. Combined together, they are considered a single conurbated area with about 5 million inhabitants. Separately, both cities are dynamic cultural centers in their own…

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TO MY PATIENTS WHO LIVE OUTSIDE TIJUANA

A TYPICAL DAY CROSSING THE TIJUANA-SAN DIEGO BORDER Not only is there physical distance between your city and Tijuana, there are very important cultural differences as well. Language, values, customs, and currency are very different in Mexico than they are in North America. (click: The Largest Border in the World) Plastic Surgery is not a beauty parlor procedure. Although it is an art form with a basis in aesthetics, it is still surgery. This art…

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MEDICATIONS TO AVOID BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY

SOME MEDICINES MIGHT BE DANGEROUS IN PLASTIC SURGERY If you are taking any medications on this list, they should be discontinued 10 days prior to surgery and only Tylenol should be taken for pain.  All other medications that you are currently taking must be specifically, cleared by your doctor prior to surgery.   It is absolutely necessary that all of your current medications be specifically informed to us and the nursing staff.   Aspirin Medications to…

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ANAESTHESIA AND YOU

Most patients ignore the great importance of anesthesia as part of their surgery. The person who puts patients to sleep during their operation is a medical specialist is called the Anesthesiologist. It is important that you understand the role of the Anesthesiologist as part of the surgical team. His/her role is as important as the Surgeon’s role itself, for your operation to be a success. The Anesthesiologist is a physician trained in anesthesia and other…

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