Most common plastic surgery procedures

Plastic surgery is increasingly popular all over the world. The number of procedures done increases every year and no signs of deceleration emerge.

There are two types of plastic surgery patients: the ones who always wanted it, and the ones who only realize the need for plastic surgery at a certain point in their lives.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of procedures in the United States in 2014 rose 3%, with a total of 16.5 million surgeries performed.

Although some surgeries see increased popularity from year to year, other procedures are always on trend. The most common procedures are: liposuction, breast augmentation, nose reshaping (also known as “nose job”), abdominoplasty (commonly known as “tummy tuck”), and facelift.

Weight-loss surgeries are also on the rise due to obesity, which is a global issue. After weight-loss surgeries, many patients want plastic surgery to correct the sagging and excess skin. Only after the complete weight-loss period the person should look for plastic surgery, as the weight must be stabilized. The reshaping surgeries are abdominoplasty, breast lift, upper arm lift, and tight lift. These surgeries are beneficial both for the psychological and physical wellness of the patient.

Recurring to plastic surgery is no longer only accessible to wealthy people, it is widely available all over the world. Some prefer to do it at a local hospital or clinic and others prefer to do plastic surgery abroad. Those who decide to have a surgery abroad do so because they are looking for the expertise of a well-known practitioner or hospital reputation, for money saving reasons, and even for privacy concerns. To decide where to have your plastic surgery done, three variables need to be taken into consideration: the expertise of the doctor – that needs to have a specialization in plastic surgery, the quality of the materials used in the surgery, namely the implants, and the safety of the environment where the surgery is going to be performed. The price of the surgery is conditioned by these three variables, so take care when the prices are very very low – some things might have been cut. In Portugal, plastic surgery is a common practice and the Portuguese plastic surgeons are known for their skill and experience.

Medical Port offers surgery options in hospital context in various procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction or facelift. If you like to know more about plastic surgery abroad, contact us.

Porto is becoming increasingly popular for river cruise lines

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is known for its day cruises up and down the Douro river. But for those wanting to experience the Douro river in its plenitude a cruise up the Douro Valley is the way to go. Cruises can take from two days up to two weeks depending on the experience you are looking for.

Canada.com news website features Porto river cruise lines in an article highlighting why the city is becoming more and more popular for tourists from all over the world. Such popularity is also bringing the interest of international cruise lines, with some already established in Porto and new ones planning to do come next year, as the article refers:

“There are historic churches and museums, of course, and beautifully tiled walkways but I was there to learn more about the Douro and find out why it has become so fast-growing and popular for river cruises. Viking, AMA Waterways, Uniworld and CroisiEurope are here and next year Scenic Cruises will bring its new ship to the Douro, the Scenic Azure, with its all-inclusiveness.”

Douro region is a UNESCO heritage site, with its old vineyards and wineries where the sweet Douro wine is produced.

But travelling across this river is much more than seeing grape vines:

“This cruise leisurely winds through the Douro Valley below spectacular socalcos, stone-walled, terraced vineyards carved into the steep slopes where they’ve been making wine and port for 2,000 years.”

Porto offers its visitors magnificent places like palaces, museums, churches and other historical places in narrow streets up and down the hills.

The city is also famous for its charming streets with plenty of stores and great food. No visit to Porto is complete without a Port Wine tasting in Gaia, across the river, where the most famous brands offer guided tours to the wineries. Viewing Porto from Gaia is an experience everyone visiting should have.

Read the full article here.

Mediterranean diet benefits

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well known and it is largely agreed that a balanced diet based on the Mediterranean style is the key to live a healthy life.

Extensive research on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet has been made throughout the years and medical associations of various fields support the diet. The American College of Cardiology has been releasing extensive research on the benefits of the diet, associating it with a healthier heart condition. One of its latest releases is the association between diet and stroke prevention where they highlight five points to remember, which are:

  1. “Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, costing an estimated 36.5 billion annually” and “A Mediterranean dietary pattern may reduce risk of stroke.”

  2. “Both olive oil, tree nuts, and peanuts are associated with risk reduction for stroke. Three or more servings of nuts per week are also associated with approximately a 10% reduction in risk.”

  3. “Regular consumption of fish is also associated with reduction of stroke risk.”

  4. “(…) low levels of alcohol consumption associated with the lowest stroke risk.”

  5. “(…) red meat consumption is associated with increased stroke risk.”

Because the Mediterranean diet doesn’t cut any food groups, you don’t have to give up on the food you like the most. The secret is to create the right balance between what you should eat more often and what you should keep for special occasions only. On the top of the pyramid there are sweets and red meat. It means you can have them, but not often. On the bottom of the pyramid, there are the vegetables and grains that should be present in every meal, every day of the week. For those not used to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, start with small amounts and increase the intake as you get used to and see the benefits in your body functions.

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. Source: oldways.org

Two points are in common with every diet: drink water and exercise. No matter how restrictive is the diet, water is essential to keep the body hydrated and to eliminate toxins. Exercise is key to keep the body’s metabolism going and to prevent diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Portugal is a perfect place to start the adoption of the Mediterranean diet. Medical Port offers you the possibility of having a complete health check-up done in Portugal as the starting point for the adoption of the Mediterranean diet.

Weight loss surgery abroad

For the past few years, weight loss surgeries have seen great evolution, allowing those who suffer from excess weight to find the most adequate solution to lose the unhealthy mass and start a new life.

Weight loss surgery is performed not only for weight loss itself (the visible aspect and the most immediate one), but also for disease prevention and overall health improvement. Those who suffer excess weight can develop several diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases, high blood pressure, and joint problems, among others. Lose weight is a struggle for those who suffer from excess weight and have a history of unsuccessful tries.

According to Stanford Health, “Obesity has a far-ranging negative effect on health. Each year obesity-related conditions cost over 150 billion dollars and cause an estimated 300,000 premature deaths in the US.”

Patients for weight loss surgery are subject to careful evaluation from several specialists, including nutritionists and psychologists.

The nutritionist will be interested in reviewing with the patient the bad eating habits and creating new ones. The psychologist will be reviewing the possible causes of the excess weight, and work with the patient to overcome and control them before the surgery. The psychologist will also help the patient deal with the uncertainty of the final outcome and the struggles associated to weight loss. Along with psychological support and nutritional advice, health professionals guide patients during several months before and after the surgery in order to guarantee the success of the procedure lasts for the long term. For those considering weight loss surgery it is important to keep in mind that a change in lifestyle is the first step to the successful outcome of the surgery. Individuals who undergo this kind of surgery must be prepared to eat well, exercise often and maintain healthy habits after the surgery so that there is an actual long-term change. These individuals will need to be always on track of their goals and stay motivated.

No long-term results can be achieved without a change in the individual mind-set.

Medical Port developed programs for those who would like to have weight loss surgery abroad, including the initial assessment and diagnosis of obesity, the surgery and the overall treatment. If you would like to learn more about these programs, click here. In order to contact us, please send an email or call us at +351 220 973 751.

31 reasons why everyone should move to Lisbon

The Global Post in a recent article emphasizes what the city has to offer to those who not only visit the city, but also to those who decide to move here.

From the 31 reasons and their explanations described in the article these are the 10 best reasons to move to Lisbon, in our opinion:

#1. It basks in Europe’s greatest climate

More sunshine than Madrid, Rome or Athens — yet while they all sweat through the Mediterranean summer, there’s usually a breeze blowing off the Atlantic to give Lisbon natural air-conditioning.

#3. The beach is 20 minutes from downtown

“The soft sandy beaches of Oeiras and Cascais are a short hop along a coast-hugging suburban rail line.”

#5. It’s got a river that feels like the sea

“The Tagus at its widest is over 10 miles across, forming western Europe’s largest estuary. It’s a haven for wildlife — including pink flamingos that flock to the far bank.”

#7. Rome can’t match the views from Lisbon’s seven hills

“Like the Italian capital, Lisbon is supposed to have been built on seven hills. Almost every one offers a fabulous view, from across the rooftops of the old city to the shimmering waters of the Tagus beyond.”

#12. There’s loads of culture

“You can overdose on the arts — from the gilded interior of the Sao Carlos opera house, to the fabulous art in the Gulbenkian Museum and Berardo Collection.”

#16. You can eat really, really well for practically nothing

“Food is taken very seriously here and even fancy restaurants are much cheaper than in most European capitals.”

#18. It has what might be the greatest aquarium in the world

“The Oceanario is Lisbon’s biggest attraction. An aquarium like no other, its 180,000 cubic feet main tank holds more than 100 species of big fish, including tuna, rays and sharks.”

#21. Johnny Depp speaks English here

“Unlike in most European countries, Portuguese theaters play movies in their original language, with subtitles.”

#27. There’s a fairy-tale fortress up in the hills

In less than 40 minutes by train, you can visit the village of Sintra, filled with castles and romantic places. Palacio da Pena is the most astonishing one, is a UNESCO heritage site.

#29. It’s full of leafy havens

“Lisbon is full of green getaways” like the 2500 acre Monsanto park or the Principe real garden, “a verdant oasis surrounded by chic shops and bars”

Read the full article here.

For all these reasons and many more, Lisbon is a great option for those considering retirement abroad. Moving to Portugal is now easier thanks to the Non Habitual Regime and Golden Visa status.

Read more about retirement in Portugal here.