Gastric band surgery

Gastric band surgery is one of the most common weight-loss surgeries performed today. It is also known as laparoscopic gastric band or lap band surgery and consists of constricting the stomach to give a fuller feeling after eating less food than the person would normally do.

Those who undergo this type of weight-loss surgery are obese people who want to achieve weight-loss goals while going under minimally invasive surgery. According to Medical News Today, “it is a minimally invasive, quick, reversible and adjustable surgical procedure that decreases the size of the stomach to reduce food intake”.

According to Medical News Today these are some of the advantages of gastric band:

  • Potential for long-term weight loss, which leads to, increased mobility and decreased risk for chronic diseases.
  • Reversibility: the band can be removed and adjusted. Depending on the results the band can be tightened or loosened and even removed if the patient isn’t loosing enough weight or didn’t adapt to the band.
  • Since the stomach isn’t cut, the normal digestive process isn’t affected.
  • Short hospital stay: usually the hospital stay required is less than 24 hours and even same-day discharge is often possible.
  • Lower complications when compared to other weight loss surgeries and less demands of dietary changes.
Gastric Band Surgery
Gastric Band Surgery

Gastric band surgery is appropriate for those who are diagnosed with obesity by medical standards and after several exams. Medical Port developed an exclusive obesity diagnosis program, which includes a thorough examination of the causes of excess weight, includes exams and analysis and consultations from several medical specialties before a final diagnosis is issued. After being diagnosed, the patient starts a diet so that when the gastric band is in place, besides from having lost some weight already, the patient as also gain new eating habits and is ready to stick to a new healthy lifestyle.

If you would like more information about Medical Port’s obesity diagnosis program, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Breast reduction and breast lift surgery

Breast size can affect women in various ways, whether they are too big or too small for comfort.

We have previously discussed about breast augmentation for women who feel their breasts are too small. Now we will discuss when women have such big breasts that interfere with a normal life. These women are often diagnosed with macromastia and opt for a breast reduction surgery. In many cases, big breasts means suffering from discomfort or back pain.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast hypertrophy or macromastia is the increase in volume and weight of breast tissue more than the normal in women.

The effects of big and heavy breasts include muscular pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Rashes and skin inflammation can occur in the submammary region or cleavage area. And it can impact daily activities like practice exercise or even find a comfortable position to sleep.

It is genetically common for women to have large breasts, often intensified with pregnancy or weight gain. Before a breast reduction surgery and for better results, doctors sometimes ask their patients to lose weight. Sometimes women also have asymmetric breasts – being one breast much bigger or smaller than the other – and the breast reduction surgery also entails the correction of the symmetry.

Associated with the breast reduction surgery in many cases there is the breast lift procedure. Both are done to alter the shape of the breast. Breast lift consists of raising the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It improves the appearance of sagging breasts. The goal is to improve the shape of the breast while minimizing visible scars. This surgery is also known as mastopexy. For some women, after a considerable weight loss, their breasts also appear too big for their bodies. In those cases, a breast reduction surgery might not be the solution, but a breast lift surgery might.

If you would like to know more about breast reduction or breast lift surgeries, feel free to contact us. We have partnered with the best plastic surgeons that will evaluate each particular case to provide the best course of action. You can also send us an email or call us at +351 220 973 751.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breast augmentation and breast lift surgery

Many women around the globe who feel uncomfortable in their bodies look for alternatives to boost their confidence and improve self-esteem. After careful consideration, thought and research plastic surgery is often the answer. One of the areas of major concern in a women’s body is the look and size of their breasts. Many wish for fuller breasts while others wished theirs were smaller.

For those who would like their breasts to appear bigger, the most common procedure is breast augmentation. Plastic surgeons concerns’ in all cases is to minimize the appearance of the scar and maximize the cosmetic benefits while introducing the breast implants. The dominant trend is to perform the surgery with a minimal incision to limit surgical consequences and facilitate a faster recovery.

Breast lift is another procedure that many times is chosen by women to improve their look. It’s not about to have bigger breasts but to have firmer ones. Breast lift consists of raising the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It improves the appearance of sagging breasts. The goal is to improve the shape of the breast while minimizing visible scars. This surgery is also known as mastopexy.

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that breast lift procedures have grown 70% since 2000, outperforming breast implants by 2 to 1.

These procedures have different purposes and different results too. A breast lift is a procedure that will tighten the tissue and give the breasts a younger look. Often times a women’s breast loses its youthful shape and firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity. Women who opt for breast lift may only want their breasts to appear younger and firmer and not bigger. While the ones who opt for breast augmentation are looking to increase their cup size and have fuller breasts.

Medical Port works with a team of highly trained and experienced plastic surgeons in Portugal who perform surgeries in facilities with international accreditation, using the latest techniques and equipment. In order to decide which is the best solution for each case, Medical Port provides access to remote consultations with the plastic surgeons to better assess your case and needs. Learn more about breast augmentation surgeries here.

 

 

 

 

Medical Port launches its services in Mozambique

With the goal to better serve the healthcare needs of Mozambicans, Medical Port partnered with a local representative to promote its healthcare services and help Mozambicans to have access to medical treatment in Portugal.

The launching event took place on February 25 at Hotel Southern Sun, in Maputo. Guests were Mozambicans and Portuguese living in Mozambique. Attendees had the chance to get to know Medical Port’s services and also learned innovative non-invasive assessment techniques with a presentation from a cardiovascular physician.

Due to lack of options of healthcare in their country, Mozambicans usually travel for medical care to nearby countries. For those who seek to travel to Portugal for business or leisure, they can also book medical treatments through Medical Port’s partner network of private hospitals and clinics. With a long history of friendship between Portugal and Mozambique, the common language makes Portugal an interesting option for Mozambicans.

All Medical Port services are customized to the specific needs of the clients. Some of the areas are diagnosis and check-up, exams and consultations, plastic surgery and physical rehabilitation. These offerings are designed to provide a complete, rigorous and effective solution for a health concern that may not be covered in the client’s home country. Besides medical care, Medical Port plans and organizes the trip and the stay. Leisure activities can be planned according to the medical treatment the client will receive. Before and after the trip, the client can have remote consultations with the selected physicians to clarify concerns and for follow-up.

Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant)

Augmentation of the breast, or breast implant, consists of insertion of a silicone bag (prosthesis) under the breast (submammary) or under the breast and chest muscle (subpectoral) and then filling the bag with saline (salt water).

This prosthesis expands the breast area to give a fuller breast (increased cup size), give a better contour, and give more cleavage.

The incision (cut) may be placed at various locations such as: under the breast at the breast fold; periareolar which is at the edge of the areola (brown area consisting of nipple and areola); within the areola; in the armpit (axillary); or in the umbilical area.

The thinnest scar is usually in the areola. The umbilical incision approach is used with an endoscope (tube with a light for visualization and placement of the breast implant).

If you’re considering having Breast Augmentation, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about this procedure, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good general health overall.

It should not be confused with a liposuction (the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits), although your surgeon may elect to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck.

Women who have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for men or women who were obese at one point in their lives and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.

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