TripAdvisor says the best aquarium in the World is in Portugal

Lisbon’s Aquarium (Oceanário de Lisboa) was recently voted the best in the world according to TripAdvisor users. The 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award winners by TripAdvisor were revealed recently.

The Lisbon Aquarium has 11579 reviews from which 10745 either classified it as “Excellent” or “Very good”. These reviews made Lisbon Aquarium to the first spot in the best aquariums list in the world. Last year, Lisbon Aquarium got the second place, and this year, changed places with Georgia Aquarium in the United States. The variety of marine species (animals and plants) and the education on nature and water conservation and preservation are the strong points of the Lisbon Aquarium. It is also considered the number 1 attraction to see while in Lisbon and should be visited at least half a day, according to the reviews of previous visitors.

Lisbon Aquarium, Portugal
Lisbon Aquarium, Portugal, photo courtesy Oceanario de Lisboa

Travel website “Travel Pulse” shared the news about the Lisbon Aquarium and describes it: “While the Oceanário de Lisboa opened fairly recently, in 1998, the building has built up quite a varied number of sea creature species, and the aquarium has a focus on teaching people about the animals and how to protect them.” 

ABC News, wrote “Put these on your bucket list: World’s top zoos, aquariums and more” after the winners were announced by TripAdvisor.

 

Breast augmentation surgery

The most common way to perform a breast augmentation is to insert silicone gel implants into the breast.

This technique has been used for over 40 years and is proven to be both safe and with low complication rates.

The surgery for breast augmentation is usually simple and can be performed under local or general anesthesia, sometimes performed as an outpatient procedure.

There are several ways to insert the silicone gel implants into the breast (as you can see in the picture below), the incision can be made along the lower edge of the areola, in the axilla, or in the inframammary fold. The implant is inserted either in the submammary, or in the submuscular area.

Breast augmentation surgery incisions

 

Silicon gel implants can be filled with silicon itself or with saline, both implants carry advantages and disadvantages. Both ways are a safe way to perform the surgery and both work for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction.

Saline breast implants contain a silicone outer shell filled with sterile saline before the surgery or filled when the implant is placed during the surgery. They are available in different sizes and have smooth or textured surfaces. They are less costly than silicone-filled products and implant ruptures are quickly detectable. Silicone gel-filled breast implants have a silicone outer shell filled with silicone gel of varying consistencies and features. Available in different sizes, they have smooth or textured surfaces and are more costly than saline-filled implants.

In order to ensure your breast augmentation surgery is done safely and by certified plastic surgeons, you should chose facilities not only for price, but most importantly chose doctors for their skill, training and the certification of the clinic or hospital.

With the increasing trend of travelling abroad for medical care and elective surgery, many decide based on overall price and not based on the doctors’, clinics’ or countries’ reputation.

Medical Port partnered with certified hospitals like Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa and Hospital Lusíadas Porto, which are certified by Joint Commission International to perform breast augmentation surgeries with top plastic surgeons using the latest techniques.

The Algarve region, in Portugal, named the best place to retire abroad

For the second year in a row, the Algarve is considered the best place in the world to retire abroad.

Last year, the publication Live and Invest Overseas awarded the Algarve with the first place to retire abroad, and this year the publication decided that the best place to retire continues to be in Portugal. In the Algarve, it is possible to live well with $1, 410 a month.

It’s not the cheapest destination, but it’s the destination that offers a better balance between cost and quality of living.

According to Live and Invest Overseas “This region on the coast of Portugal has held the top spot for two years in a row thanks to its low cost of living, affordable real estate and pleasant weather. The area was highlighted for having mild temperature year-round, with temperatures usually staying below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.”

The author of Live and Invest Overseas, Kathleen Peddicord, recently wrote an article on the Huffington Post on how to retire in Portugal, calling it a “sunny European paradise”. One of the strong points of retiring to the Algarve, according to the author is: “Unlike many sunny paradises, however, the Algarve is not a little island in the middle of no place in the sea. It is attached to the Old Continent and reachable by car from Lisbon and points farther north. You can also fly from the U.S. East Coast in short hops, as few as six hours to Lisbon from Boston, for example, where many flights originate thanks to the Portuguese diaspora. From there, a three-hour drive takes you to the south coast resorts.”

One of the advantages the author points is the quality of healthcare in Portugal: “One more driving advantage for this region is the standard of healthcare on offer, which is both modern and innovative and personalized and humane.”

Here is the list of the 10 best places to retire around the world:

  1. Algarve, Portugal
  2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  3. Cayo, Belize
  4. Languedoc, France
  5. Abruzzo, Italy
  6. Medellin, Colombia
  7. Hua Hin, Thailand
  8. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  9. Cuenca, Ecuador
  10. El Valle, Panama

Since the raking was published, many journalists around the world have been talking about it and highlighting what Portugal has to offer to retired people.

CBS News, the Huffington Post, Forbes, the Washington Post are some of the newspapers who wrote articles about the Algarve as the best region in the world to retire.

Common reasons to why Portugal is a great place to retire are the cost of living, natural beauty, safety, and mild temperatures all year-round.

Medical Port offers top quality medical solutions for foreigners who retire in Portugal and whish to access medical care. Our solutions include access to consultations, exams and surgeries at internationally certified private healthcare facilities throughout the country with experienced medical staff and top notch technology.

How can mindfulness mediation make you happier and improve your brain

Mindfulness is a technique that consists of being able to concentrate in one thing at a time, disconnect from the world around and be fully committed to meditate about a given subject. This can improve concentration levels, but can also make people less stressed, happy, and with improved memory.

The Huffington Post explains in a recent article the four different ways our lives can be improved by using mindfulness, and thus being able to live a happier life.

Mindfulness helps people to become more aware of their inner self and that is helpful for general wellbeing.

The first way that mindfulness can help is distracting our minds from negative thought loops: Mindfulness meditation is a form of rigorous training of the mind which helps us to become more familiar with the nature of the mind and more skillful in noticing when our minds are getting caught up in these unhelpful patterns of thought. When we learn to observe this, we can actually choose to disengage and move our attention in ways that support us rather than pull us down.”

The second aspect is making people feel more connected to others: “Mindfulness can deepen and enrich our relationships as we bring a quality of present moment attention to the people around us.”

The third aspect is helping people to reconnect with their inner contentment, which is the inner ability to be happy with oneself: “(…) help us cultivate a sense of inner wellbeing which allows us to feel content and well without needing to obtain anything from the outside world.”

The last way that mindfulness can improve people’s lives is enhancing gratitude: “mindfulness can infuse our lives with gratitude and enhance our appreciation of the ordinary things which can so often pass by unnoticed.”

These four different ways seem to leverage our overall ability to be happy and to feel happiness with the small things in life that many times are undervalued.

A recent study by Harvard University connected mindfulness practice with improving the brain and boost memory and empathy and reduce stress. The study concluded that practising mindfulness for 8 weeks can make a significant change in the grey matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

Read more about the study here.

If you would like to learn more about mindfulness techniques, read our previous blogpost here and read about our mindfulness program here.

2015 Global Peace Index puts Portugal in the 11th place

Climbing 7 places from last year, Portugal is now the 11th most peaceful country in the world, as stated by the Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Portugal is considered to be “very high” in terms of peace.

The Global Peace Index is “The world’s leading measure of national peacefulness, the GPI measures peace according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators”, according to the Institute.

The ranking evaluated 162 countries in the world for several indicators like perceptions of criminality, intensity of internal conflict, neighboring countries relations, among others. Portugal got minimum scores in almost of all of these indicators, meaning the country has low representativeness in those indicators.

In the 2014 ranking, Portugal was placed in the 18th place, the rise of 7 places from one year to another, shows how important it is for the country to maintain its peace and security standards.

The report explains why Portugal improved its score both in the Global and in the European ranking: “Portugal’s score was boosted by a reduction in political instability following its exit from the EU/IMF economic and financial adjustment program. Like neighboring Spain, Portugal also benefitted from a reduction in the likelihood of violent demonstrations at anti-austerity marches.”

From the 2014 study to this year’s, the researchers concluded that 81 countries became more peaceful while 78 became less peaceful, regarding geographical areas, “For 2015, four out of the nine geographical regions experienced an improvement in peace while five became less peaceful.”

 The 11 most peaceful countries in the world are:

  1. Iceland
  2. Denmark
  3. Austria
  4. New Zealand
  5. Switzerland
  6. Finland
  7. Canada
  8. Japan
  9. Australia
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Portugal

Read the full report here.

How to rejuvenate mature skin

As we age, different approaches should be taken in order to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.

While some treatments are directed at the first signs of aging, others are especially targeted for mature skin. As time passes by, skin loses it fill and becomes saggy and wrinkles appear. Hyaluronic acid is a natural ingredient present in the skin matrix that tends to get lost over time.

A less invasive option than plastic surgery is the treatment with Skinboosters. Instead of going through an operation, people can opt for treat the signs of aging with a less painful and costly treatment that tries to fill the skin from the inside, giving it the volume the skin used to have. Skinboosters is a brand of hyaluronic acid injections to restore the skin hydration, increasing its smoothness, elasticity and firmness.

Hyaluronic acid injections reduce effectively the visible signs of volume loss, giving the skin a natural look after the treatment.

Since Skinboosters are aimed at a more mature skin, the areas where they can be applied goes beyond the face. It can be used in the neck, décolletage, and hands since these areas are also very much affected by sun exposure which causes premature aging skin. Skinboosters help revitalize and hydrate the skin.

Treatment with Skinboosters is a well-known method of rejuvenating mature skin in need of additional hydration, aimed at its rejuvenation and at a dermal fill similar to the one displayed during youth. The initial treatment plan should start with 3 treatments, 4 weeks apart between them. The treatment should be repeated every 6 months to maintain results.

The application of Skinboosters with hyaluronic acid should be made in certified facilities, so that the patient is totally confident. That is why Medical Port partners exclusively with the top healthcare providers in Portugal. Hospital Lusiadas Lisboa and Hospital Lusiadas Porto are two of the best private hospitals in Portugal, with international accreditation from Joint Commission International. You can be totally confident that your dermatological treatment will be successful and performed by the best specialists in the field. The clinical body in these hospitals has extensive experience in dermo-cosmetics, guaranteeing the best results.

Summer vacations in Portugal, according to international press

Portugal was recently considered to be a great destination for summer vacations from several newspapers around the world.

The French edition of the Huffington Post voted Porto Covo beach in the south of Portugal to be the second most beautiful beach in the world. Only toped by Paradise Island beach in the Bahamas. Porto Covo is in the top 3 according to the Huffington Post because, “There are cliffs and great beaches but the village is also worth a visit. It is a fishing village of just 1500 inhabitants, far from the tourist places of the country.”

Read the full story on the most beautiful beaches in the world, here.

According to U.K.’s newspaper, Mirror, Portugal is the most popular European destination for Brits traveling abroad this summer. The data was taken from a TripAdvisor poll that ranks the 10 favorite destinations for British holidaymakers.

You can read the full top 10, here.

Condé Nast Traveller ask their readers to rank the best beach restaurants in the world, and the restaurant “Sal” in the famous beachtown of Comporta was named number 1. Readers highlighted the quality of fresh fish, Portuguese picanha and fruity sangria.

See the full gallery of the best beach restaurants in the world here.

 

British newspaper, The Guardian, has also recently mentioned two regions in Portugal as some of the best places for a family summer vacation in Europe. Portuguese region of the Algarve is known for its white sand beaches with turquoise waters, “It’s all about the beaches in this southern region of Portugal, close to the Alentejo border; long, wild and often empty, it has them in spades.” And Coimbra region in the center has innumerous options for those who like a nature vacation: “Go paddling in the Mondego river, visit hillside villages, explore historic Coimbra, spend a day at the coast (90 minutes’ drive away) if you’re craving the sea, and pack a picnic for hiking, biking or kayaking trips in the Serra da Estrela mountains.”

You can read the full article on The Guardian, here.

Portugal is definitely hitting the spotlight in the media around the world, highlighting different aspects that make the country a great place to visit, and a perfect destination for your medical travel.

How to look younger without plastic surgery

In order to feel and look young there are several procedures available nowadays, some of them are more effective and permanent than others. Not all of them include going under the knife and suffer from slow and painful recoveries.

Dermal fillers are an example of how to look younger in a quick and almost painless way.

As time passes by, skin loses it fill and becomes saggy and wrinkles appear. Hyaluronic acid is a natural ingredient present in the skin matrix that tends to get lost over time. Its production lowers as we age. One of the ways to convey a more young looking skin is to give hyaluronic acid back to the skin, in order to restore its hydration, elasticity and filing.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are an affordable and less invasive option than a facelift or other plastic surgery procedure. Through the injection of hyaluronic acid into the skin, the appearance of wrinkles is smooth and less visible, as the injection is made directly into the desired area. Hyaluronic acid injections reduce effectively the visible signs of volume loss, giving the skin a natural look after the treatment.

Restylane is one of the most reputable brands of hyaluronic acid injections trusted by people all over the world. Restylane is available in Europe since 1996, in Canada since 1998 and in the United States since 2003. It is available in 60 countries worldwide.

Restylane can be used in the following areas:

  • Frown lines (glabellar lines)
  • Crow’s feet (periorbital lines)
  • Tear troughs (tired eyes)
  • Nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds)
  • Sad mouth lines (oral commissures)
  • Small lines around the mouth (perioral area)
  • Mouth to chin lines (marionette lines)

Restylane is a crystalline gel injected into the skin with the purpose of increasing its volume and recovering the main traits of the face’s structure. Similar to the hyaluronic acid present in our body, because of its non-animal origin, it does not involve the risk of associated allergies and hyper-sensibility of the skin. Treatment with Restylane doesn’t affect the facial expression and its effects can be seen immediately. Free muscle movements are maintained while the treatment lasts.

Results last for a while but are not permanent, a new maintenance treatment maybe necessary 6 to 12 months after the previous application.

Any esthetic treatment should be supervised by a health professional and with the care of a physician, especially when the procedure is done abroad. Medical Port guarantees that during the treatment there is an ongoing care from Hospital Lusiadas that allows for the patient to be certain that will receive the best care and will have the best results.