Meet our client: Andrea James – Post weight loss surgery journey

My journey to post weight loss surgery

My name is Andrea, and I am 31 years old. A wife to an incredibly supportive husband, Vegas and mum to two kiddies. Elly is 4 and Joshua is 2.

My whole life, I have been active and participated in all types of sport and competed at representative levels, however my entire life I have always been overweight and obese. In school, I was always the fat kid and was horrendously teased as such. I was given nicknames like ‘fat pickle’ and would have cow and pig noises made at me as I walked past my classmates. Even as a young teenager, I tried all of the fad diets and tried everything that I could to be ‘normal’. My mental health suffered a lot because of my weight and the way I was treated. As I grew older I became an overachiever and always went above and beyond in other areas of my life to counteract how I looked and felt about myself. I always hid my shame behind a big personality.

I struggled with everything that came along with diminished mental health, especially not feeling good enough to be loved and therefore put myself in situations that I thought were good for me, only to find out later on that they were not.

2013

Fast forward to 2013 when I met my now-husband. He was different, he looked at me differently and even when I tried to make my weight an issue between us he never did. He always supported me to be the best that I can be and gave me so much more than just a relationship. He helped me to see my self-worth. He enabled me to be honest with myself and others’. Although I had so much support from him, I was still trying all the pills; diet shakes because I wanted not to look like I did anymore.

Then we fell pregnant with our beautiful daughter Elly. I lost an incredible amount of weight during my pregnancy and felt amazing to be a mum and maintained the weight loss after she was born. Then I fell pregnant (very quickly) with our son Joshua. Having a baby and a newborn was HARD. I never left the house and after Josh was born, my weight ballooned out too well over 140kg. 40+kg was put on in the 4-5 months after he was born. Josh was born in the September of 2016, and as my weight ballooned my mental health began to diminish substantially. I was suffering and consumed by depression even though I continued to put on a brave face to my friends and family. I was at breaking point.

I remember in about March 2017 I said to Vegas that it would be better for everyone if I were no longer here. I no longer wanted to be here.

It was at that moment we both knew something drastic had to change so we started to research options and I stumbled across weight loss surgery. I started looking at costing and we don’t have private health insurance it just didn’t seem like it was ever going to be able to happen. Then I saw that you could have early access to superannuation for life-saving surgery, I didn’t know if I was going to fit in to this category so off we went to the GP to see. About a week later I had a referral to a specialist that I had chosen and made the initial appointment to get the ball rolling. On consultation with the surgeon the decision was made to proceed with the Gastric Sleeve surgery and that would be scheduled for July 2017. I joined the Azurite Medical and Wellness forum and other plastic surgery forums about the same time in preparation for the skin removal surgery that I knew that I would eventually need.

After the intial weight loss surgery

I successfully had the surgery and the recovery was great, I lost 30kg in the first 6 months. Then … nothing. I was still over 100kg and I was still unhappy. I thought surely this isn’t it. This is not the perfect weight for my body. So back to the research we went. In September 2018 I went for a consultation with another surgeon who pointed out a few things to me about my circumstances and medical history and why the Gastric Sleeve was NOT the best choice for me, and that I should have had the Gastric Bypass. Surgery to convert my Gastric Sleeve to the Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass and also have my gallbladder removed at the same time was booked for October 2018. The surgeon who performed my second weight loss surgery was Dr V Kuzinkovas and anyone in NSW who wants the best surgeon needs to go to see him for weight loss surgery.

The surgery was a huge success and the weight started falling off straight away. I could see the physical and emotional changes to my body in what should have happened with my first weight loss surgery. I am over the moon with my weight loss after conversion. From October to now I have lost an additional 40kg bringing my total weight loss to 75kg.

Then comes the next lot of head games that go along with extreme weight loss. I was unhappy with my excess skin. It was causing me physical pain and emotional angst. I would be ashamed to take my clothes off in front of my husband because I looked like I was melting. This is when my research for plastic and reconstructive surgery went up a notch. I started searching for the BEST. I had spent all this money on surgery already, and I knew I was going to spend more I wasn’t going to just go with whoever. I had been a member of the Azurite forum for over a year, and I was so impressed with the quality of the work of their chief surgeon. That’s how I picked Azurite. I picked them because the surgeon I wanted only works for them. The bonus is that Trina and Ally are just amazing and the whole Azurite family are great!

I started my communication with Trina in January 2019 and started discussing surgical options. I gave a list of what I thought I needed, and she was honest with saying what I did and did not need. Here is what was agreed on for my surgery and what I had done:

Post Weight Loss Surgery package

  • Extended Tummy Tuck with Liposuction to the lower abdomen/flank area
  • Breast Augmentation with nipple lift
  • Thigh lift
  • Pubis Mons Lift with Liposuction
  • Labiaplasty (labia majora only)

I had scheduled this surgery for November 2019.

My loving husband supported every aspect of my weight loss journey but this is where his support kicked up a notch. Vegas agreed to access his superannuation to pay for my reconstructive surgery! So with the assistance of Trina and the team and the support of my GP we applied and were approved for early access of Vegas’ super for my surgery. Once I received approval, we moved up my surgery to June 2019.

It was not going to be a journey that I wanted to take by myself and having two small children it wasn’t going to be an option for Vegas to come with me. As a part of the Azurite package you can take a companion for free (just pay flights) so I asked my mum, Erika, if she would be my support person. There was absolutely no hesitation from her and I am SO lucky that she said yes. She was and is the best support/friend that I could ever ask for. So if you can, take someone with you.

The moment that I received approval I started religiously studying the Azurite surgery guide to ensure that I gave myself the BEST chance of recovery using their tried and true methods. Trina and Azurite are a very holistic company and that aligns with my heart so I knew I was in the right place.

On the 23rd June 2019 my mum and I boarded a plane bound for Bangkok Thailand to complete my transformation. The morning of the 24th we were picked up from the hotel by the amazing personal assistant Natt to commence the day in preparation for my surgery the evening of the 24th. You’re taken to the hospital to do your pre-op testing and get the all-clear for surgery. Then you’re off to the Clinic to meet the fantastic surgeon Dr Thee. You have your consultation, and you are drawn all over in permanent skin marker and have lots of photos taken. If having implants, you get to choose your size and try them on. It’s a big and busy day, but it’s all in perfect timing for what would be the most significant emotional shifter of my life – my surgery.

Andrea after her post weight loss surgery

I woke up in recovery, and it was all done. My post weight loss surgery was finally done. I felt surprisingly good, which shocked me as every other time I have had general anaesthetic I have had horrible nausea. Then I was taken back to my room and what a relief it was to see my mum! I think she was pretty relieved as well. The first day I was sleeping on and off but felt really good. I was surprised that I wasn’t in more pain. The next morning I was excited to be told that I would be able to try to get up out of bed and walk to the toilet. That means that I could get the catheter out! I was able to with little assistance to walk to the bathroom. I was then informed that I could go back to the hotel early – this was the best news I could have gotten. So about 30 mins later we were discharged and on our way back to the hotel. I was able to move around pretty quickly and pain-free for the most part. Five days post op I was taken to the surgeon for a post-op follow up, and as I had been healing so fast, they were able to take out all but six stitches. The final six came out on day nine post-op.

Nat - Azurite Assistant

Nat – Azurite Head Assistant

I am now two weeks post-op, and I am healing wonderfully. I have very minimal pain and what pain I do have is because my nerves are reconnecting, and that comes with some pain.

I am delighted with how my body has handled the surgery, and I do put it down to following the surgery guide religiously and doing as you’re told. Taking ownership of your healing and following the instructions of tried and true healing methods. Taking the supplements and medications as prescribed and keeping on top of your wounds. However, most of all, it is listening to your body. If you can, move! Often. It will help blood flow and promote healing. This is my biggest tip!

I have had the most significant experience using Azurite for my plastic, and reconstructive surgery and my results speak volumes, more than anything I could ever put into words.

“It’s impossible”, said pride
“It’s risky”, said experience
“It’s pointless”, said the reason
“Give it a try”, whispered the heart…

All it takes is just one day …

Thank you, Trina, Ally and Azurite for giving me the body on the outside that I have always dreamed of.

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Azurite Client Weekend Manifestation Retreat

Azurite Manifestation Retreat

Azurite Manifestation Retreat

Join Us at the Gaelforce on the 26th of July

Meet the Healers
Owner of Azurite: Trina Eliassen- McDonald 

Trina was the previous owner of Celestine Waters in Victoria, known nationally for her New Beginnings Cleanse. Trina will take clients through a weekend of empowerment, manifestation and guided intuitive energy healings combined with nutrition and the best of spa treatments.

Special Guest

Teresa Lewis (Owner of Light-Hearted Services): Teresa specialises in providing intuitive services, personal & spiritual development and mentoring. Her goal is to light-heartedly help guide you into solutions and suggestions from self-limiting patterns within your life.  http://www.lightheartedservices.com/

The Location

https://contemporaryhotels.com.au/accommodation/palm-beach/gaelforce/

What’s included?

  • Chef prepared gourmet meals & drinks
  • Water & earth sourced Ayurvedic Spa treatments from New England, Morroco & India
  • Intuitive Energy healings
  • Manifestation sessions based on your individual soul wishes

How to get involved?

This retreat is at capacity – but we will be holding more in the near future. Stay tuned.

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Depression after surgery? How to cope

Depression after surgery – now what?

 

Depression after surgery can feel like fatigue and feelings of despair.

Post-surgical depression after surgery can feel like fatigue and feelings of despair.

So you finally arrive in Thailand, you’ve had your video call, you’ve read the surgery guide, you’ve watched everyone’s stories on the forum and are feeling pretty confident in the surgeon’s ability. Even the day after surgery, the surgery has been a great success, you’re feeling good, pretty sore… yet still good? You’re thinking this surgery thing is easy. But then, a couple of day’s later, you’re feeling down – even regretting what you’re doing altogether. Why the heck am I in Thailand? No one understands what I’m going through – you mumble in your head and stare mindlessly into the forum.

Welcome to post-surgery blues – you’re not alone. About 70% of our clients experience this. I know, I know – you thought it wouldn’t happen to you, as you haven’t been anxious at all and you’ve been SO prepared.

So why does this happen?

You may be surprised to learn that having surgery to improve your looks can have emotional aftermath. Too many prospective plastic surgery patients fail to consider the psychological aspects of cosmetic surgery.

There are positive emotional effects, of course, but most people tend to forget about the possible psychological ramifications of undergoing major surgery to improve one’s looks. The phenomenon of post-op depression is real, but its effects can be minimised if patients are prepared and follow our advice.

Post-Surgical Depression
The incidence of post-surgical depression is much higher than most people realise and often gets glossed over in the “risks and complications of surgery”.

Let’s examine some of the significant contributors to post-surgical depression, most of which are common to any type of surgery:

Effects of General Anesthesia
Did you know that traces of the chemicals used to “put you under” in general anaesthesia can remain in your body tissues, affecting you both physically and emotionally, for up to three weeks? These residual effects can include lethargy and depression, and even bouts of unexplained weepiness or despair. Incidences of these effects seem to increase in proportion to the age of the patient.

Pain Medications
Post-surgical pain management usually requires at least a brief period of the patient being on prescription narcotic painkillers. Most narcotic painkillers are in a class of drugs considered depressants. This does not necessarily mean that they will make you depressed.

In layman’s terms, it just means that they tend to slow everything down, much like alcohol, but on a larger scale. Just as people have different emotional reactions to being intoxicated after a few drinks, they also have different responses to being on pain medication. Sometimes, these reactions are similar to (and compounded by) those related to the residual effects of general anaesthesia, as listed in the paragraph above.

Physical Restrictions Inherent to Recovery
Let’s face it: Almost nobody enjoys being stuck in bed, depending on others, particularly in Thailand where there is a language barrier* for help with basic tasks, being forced to abandon our usual routines and take time out for healing. Feelings of restlessness, boredom, helplessness, and even uselessness are quite common. Besides, the lack of physical activity usually means a short supply of endorphins, which is never a good thing, mood-wise.

Bruised and Battered
In a nutshell, when you look and feel terrible physically, you’re likely to feel terrible emotionally as well. Imagine lying in bed in pain, doped up on medication which makes you feel slightly nauseous… Then you go to the mirror to sneak a peek. Your face is bruised and swollen, sporting visible stitches reminiscent of Dr Frankenstein’s monster. It hardly sounds like a recipe for bliss, does it?

What are the symptoms?
Surgery makes you extremely vulnerable and can trigger an array of strong emotions. Surgery is an invasion of a person’s body, which can be quite traumatising, whether clients realise it or not.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • fatigue
  • distrusting Azurite or your companion
  • difficulty making decisions
  • eating much more or less than normal
  • sleeping much more or less than normal
  • feeling a loss of interest in regular activities
  • feelings of anxiety, stress, irritability, or aggression
  • fidgeting or restlessness
  • feelings of despair or hopelessness with no cause
  • thoughts of harming oneself or others

Why is it important to do something about it?

Studies show depression after surgery and anxiety can actually disrupt physical healing, making it slower and more difficult, according to a 2017 study published by the British Journal of Surgery.

Who’s at risk?

Although anyone can experience post-op depression, those who have a history of mental illness are at the highest risk for developing depression after surgery.

Steps to Combat Post-Op Depression

Although Azurite is always on call to talk things through with you, and we have onsite staff available. It’s still best to make sure you have a reliable support system in place. Azurite ensures our clients can easily bring a companion by including the costs of accommodation for your companion for free. Spouses, siblings, parents, adult children, and friends can be of invaluable help to you in your recovery. If a loved one has had any kind of plastic surgery before, that’s all the better. Talk out your anxieties and feelings with them or us if this isn’t an option.

  • Eat as well as possible. For the first day or two, you probably won’t have much of an appetite. When you do feel ready to eat, do yourself a favour and drink protein drinks and lots of fresh juice (ideally green juices) and eat the freshest, most nutritious food you can find to help your body heal. (Not only will this accelerate the healing process, but it will also do a world of good for your mental and emotional state as well.) Also, drink plenty of water and get lots of rest. It’s also best to the supplements recommended in our surgery guide like zinc, B complex and B6 to help with your nerves. Magnesium is also suitable for anxiety if you’re prone to it.
  • Have a plan. Set up your “recovery station” before you go in for the surgery. At the very least, you should have all these things within easy reach: a good book you can get lost in and magazines, healthy snack food, a pitcher of cool water, your phone and an adaptor to charge your laptop or phone.
  • Follow your surgeon’s and Azurite’s instructions. Be sure to take all medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor, and refrain from strenuous activity for as long as we advise.
  • Give yourself a break. Don’t try to be a super-hero. This is the time when your loved ones are supposed to be taking care of you, not the other way around. Don’t go back to work before you’re ready. If your surgeon says that you can go back in two days, take four days off.
  • Be patient with the healing process. Don’t make judgments on the outcome while you’re still swollen, bruised, and stitched up.
  • Avoid alcohol for at least three weeks. Check with your surgeon for specific recommendations.
  • Be mindful – everything worth it in life generally comes with some pain. Think about that time you saved for your home, gave birth, got your first big job, or worked out to lose weight. It’s all difficult in the beginning, but the outcome usually outweighs the negative emotions you experienced.
  • When in doubt, call or message us. This is our bread and butter, and we deal with it every day. We understand what you’re going through and can help talk you through it. Our surgeon may also decide to change your medication if he believes that your current prescription is contributing to any adverse emotional issues you are experiencing.
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The importance of lymphatic drainage after surgery

The lymphatic system

Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is a highly underrated system. The lymph system is the body’s natural cleansing mechanism, ridding our cells of toxic fluids. Without a functional lymphatic system, the body swells and aches, and we feel sluggish and even sick. Lymphatic drainage massage can help the lymphatic system flush these fluids, and jump-start the cleansing process when the body has built up too much swelling, which is particularly crucial during recovery of surgery. Besides compression garments, and taking B6, Azurite is a big fan of our clients undergoing a regular massage, during their recovery to assist with the dreaded swelling. Massage is easy and cost-effective to achieve in beautiful Thailand, where there is an abundance of masseuses.

Why Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage Important?

A working lymphatic system is essential to the body’s ability to regenerate tissues, drain fluids, filter out foreign substances and toxins, detoxify, and maintain a healthy immune system. The system is complex and made up mostly of nodes and lymph vessels working together to achieve these aims. The lymph itself carries fatty acids, hormone cells, immune cells, proteins, and toxins to be processed by the lymph nodes. When the body is under stress, fatigued, experiencing infections, fighting a disease process, or—in certain cases—recovering from surgery, the process may be slowed down.

Lymphatic draining massage benefits include enhanced quality of skin, particularly on the face. Skin looks more youthful and alive when its cells are bathed in fluid, as when the lymph is flowing. That puffiness you might experience beneath your eyes after a hard night or a long cry? Massage can greatly reduce this.

Signs of a congested lymphatic system

Some of the signs that lymph fluid is not moving effectively and that toxins may be building up in your body are:

  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands
  • Puffiness in eyes or face
  • Swelling in the fingers (tight rings) or ankles
  • Bloating or holding on to water
  • Headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • Skin issues, such as dry or itchy skin
  • Soreness or stiffness upon waking
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain and extra belly fat
  • Breast swelling or tenderness
  • A sense of fogginess in the brain
  • Worsened allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Increased colds or flu
Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgeries all produce swelling to some extent because it is part of the body’s normal healing process. Some cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction procedures and tummy tucks, disrupt the natural pathways taken by the lymphatic system because of the location of the operation. Other regions of the body, such as the nose after rhinoplasty, produce swelling that can last for a long time—even up to one year. Other cosmetic procedures that impact the face can also produce months of swelling. However, because of the extensive areas of disruption, tummy tucks and liposuction procedures are usually the cosmetic surgeries with the most significant amount of lymphatic swelling.

When the lymph drifts out into surrounding tissue after a surgical procedure disrupts the normal lymphatic pathways, swelling is the result, but there are ways to combat this problem.

Post-Surgery Garments to Assist Lymph Removal Massage

Compression garments also help the entire process. They prevent the buildup of too many toxin-carrying fluids in any one area of the body and help the body keep excess fluids from sticking around where they don’t belong. They also make lymphatic drainage massage more effective, keeping the body more receptive and ready for the process.

If you have questions about lymphatic drainage massage after our surgery packages, please write to trina@azurite.com.au. Overall, lymphatic drainage massage is helpful in the prevention of excessive swelling and pain, which will make your overall healing from surgery much faster and more comfortable.

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Intuitive healer and now surgery?

 

Intuitive healer?

 

Intuitive healer and doctor? Why Azurite? Why surgery in Thailand? Why trust us? How did it begin?

 

So how did an Intuitive healer suddenly start a medical tourism company with an unknown Doctor in Thailand? Okay let me tell you how I found Dr Thee and started Azurite. You will be shocked and think I am crazy. As you all know, or may not know I am an intuitive healer and have previously owned a 5-star health resort in Victoria. Twenty years ago, when I lived in Florida, I had one of the fastest growing ICT recruiting companies making tons of yummy money. I mean, lots!!!!! 20k a placement back then. I started my meditation back in 1997, reading The God books – great books. Started becoming insatiable for spiritual knowingness and started meditating several hours a week until one day I “heard things” I said hold up – this is getting scary now. Beautiful colours I would see and hear things, then one day I said okay show me – then I would see storylines, pictures and then my crazy adventure of becoming a healer over the next decade. Lost my ICT business house, and pretty much everything to learn and “save everybody” I heard back then I would be a healer.

I said Oh God, I am not a hippie and I don’t want to be poor. I like nice things.

Guess what I lost everything and became poor. Then I heard one day I would own the largest healing retreat with cosmetic surgery in the world. I said well that is better because I won’t be poor but had no idea how it would come about. Five years later I moved to Australia and started a health retreat with $90,000 AUD turned it into a few millions of stock as I went to China and designed everything and brought it over in 3 containers (ships). Within a year, we were rated one of the best health resorts in the country, and some said the world. Worked every day all night in my restaurant struggling with no money but we were getting bigger and bigger with some of the most iconic people from Australia coming to me for the week or 3 like Susan Renouf. However, asshole developers wanted my restaurant, and the fights started as they owned the property until I threw in the towel. Everybody is always trying to steal my talent and business (one of my soul lessons). So I closed it down and gave up. Which is unusual for me but just put all my time into my small children and rested, then rested, then self-healed, more self-healing and shut all others in my life off. No more friendships, no more healings. Just me 100% me and my immediate family so all that strength I had gone into me. Then I kept hearing to start the cosmetic surgery. I tried so hard in Melbourne but such crap work for so much money I had no idea. Over the next year meditated hours a day and heard to go to Thailand, then researched Dr Thee. Nothing on the internet, a shit office. Only me feeling like he was it.

Grab my mother, who was 84 and said,

Mom, do you want to go to Thailand and maybe Malaysia?

She said, “sure” and off we went. Never told anybody what I was doing. Was going to get some boobies maybe a mini facelift but nobody knew anything and especially my husband would kill me as he hated “fake boobs”. So off I went to this shit clinic never even knew anything about Thee and just did a consult and then he said do you want to proceed… I said, “sure”. Decided on the face to this day, my husband never knew, and nobody did as I had very little to do, but that is when you do it before anybody knows. So my God, a horrific Thai hospital where poor people were with missing legs etc. in the emergency room. My blood pressure kept climbing. Nobody with me, nobody spoke English and my mom I had checked into Bummrugrund to look at her lump in her breast. So I showed the nurses my children and me. They said “you so young” how you have four children. How you 50? You so sexy, so beautiful. I said,

Okay ladies sounds super, but remember I need to stay alive so no dying for me tonight,

Joking of course but they understood nothing and my blood pressure continued to spike. Normally I have nice low blood pressure, so I knew it was a lab coat. All by myself doctor comes in and says hi and then off to the surgery room in a shit hospital, no English and no reviews and nobody even knew where I was – not even my mother. Next morning when I awoke new boobies felt like my chest was ripped off and face sore. I screamed out. “I am alive” Give me a mirror. Make sure I wasn’t botched. Swollen and bandaged, just went back to sleep and tried to sleep the first day away. The doctor came to see me and said how wonderful I was doing and how he decided at 1 am to send out for new implants as he didn’t like the ones we had chosen, so Thee just waited 2 hours to complete my surgery as he wanted perfection. Over the next day, my mother came, and I kept complaining about my “Koo Koo” hurt. She said Trina you know they might have put a “pecker” on you. You know they do those things in this country. I said

Shut up, mom

“Knock it off I am serious”. It was a catheter. I never had one in my life, as all my babies were natural. Silly me. Then she giggled/ Mom was very caustic and sarcastic and certainly not mothering but a great mother nonetheless. However, when Dr Thee met her, he said it was better I stayed by myself. He said he never saw someone as strong as I was and very proud of me. Anyway, I fell in love with him and his honesty. Him I think with me as we are very similar. I healed twice as fast as normal clients, and we figured out the high doses of vitamin C were causing it. Had to dig my stitches out as they went half an inch into my body by seven days. So my little pretties, momma Trina did this all by trusting my meditation, healing and hearing the right things. That was eight years ago, and now we are one of the most sought after companies in the southern hemisphere. Always listen to the source and always love and trust, and nothing will go wrong.

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Post surgery supplements for an easy recovery

Many of our clients generally wonder how they can heal quickly with less downtime while ensuring exceptional results? Of course, you need to follow our surgeon’s instructions and stay in a positive mindset, but it’s always great to ensure your nutrition is up to scratch.

Post Surgery Supplements

We recommend you start taking the following post surgery supplements or vitamins at least two weeks prior to the surgery: additional vitamin C (1,000 mg to 2,500 mg), bi

Post surgery supplements

Biooflavonoids (1,000 mg), zinc (50 mg), vitamin E in the form of wheat germ oil capsules (50 mg), and a good B-complex (that contains at least 50 mg of pantothenic acid). Also remember that zinc can become toxic if not taken with vitamin A as well as vitamin C, so it would be best to include 20,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin A daily.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C infusion or having oral ascorbic acid days prior to surgical procedures promotes faster healing. Vitamin C  has also been found to decrease pain after surgery, improving outcome and reducing the need for pain medications. However, it is advised to stop vitamin C after surgery if you are having implants as it can cause your body to reject the implant resulting in painful swelling.

Zinc – Increase your zinc intake to 30–50 mg for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery, using zinc picolinate. Zinc is critical to wound healing, and surgery or trauma can decrease the level of zinc in your body. … A probiotic can help counteract these problems, promoting surgery recovery.

Lots of lean protein! – Protein is especially important for clients undergoing any lift, as we want to ensure the skin stays elastic. Clients that stick to strict vegan diets must ensure they up their intake around this time. Alternatively, we love adding collagen protein as its tasteless and has a few extra amino acids in it that traditional whey does not, as well as the bonus of being beneficial for your stomach lining.

Coenzyme Q10 – Coenzyme Q10, produced by the body, belongs to a family of compounds called quinones. Coenzyme Q10 is found in all living creatures and is concentrated in many foods, including nuts and oils. Coenzyme Q10 can be found in a wide range of foods, including olive oil.

It appears to aid healing and reduce pain and bleeding in those with gum disease and to speed recovery after surgery. And is found to play a role in preventing cancer, heart attacks and other conditions linked to free radical damage. It’s also great as a general energy enhancer and anti-ageing supplement. Because levels of the compound diminish with age (and with certain diseases), some doctors recommend daily supplementation beginning at about 40 years of age.

After surgery, a typical dose is 100 to 150 milligrams a day. Before surgery, higher doses may be used; however, consult your health care practitioner. Take this supplement in the morning and evening, preferably with fatty food, to enhance absorption.

Coenzyme Q10 should be continued long term; it may require eight weeks or longer to notice results. Concurrent vitamin B6 supplements may also help.

Arnica

Research using topical forms suggests they have anti-inflammatory properties. Topical arnica is popularly used to treat bruises and other minor traumatic injuries, and there is some research evidence to support this.

Orally – it’s recommended to follow typical dosage amounts or to consult with your GP before heading overseas.

Greens supplements – (or just lots of dark leafy greens and berries for antioxidants) excellent for keeping your liver and blood clean

Milk thistle (silymarin) – Starting three weeks before surgery, take right up to the day and as soon as possible thereafter. Surgery up to 2 hours: 3 tablets daily, continue four weeks after. Between 2 and 4 hours: 4 tablets daily, continue six weeks after. Longer than 4 hours: 4 tablets daily, continue 2-3 months after.

Bromelain
A couple of days before and after surgery, it would be wise to include at least 1,000 mg twice daily of bromelain (the pineapple extract). It should be taken between meals with a full glass of water. Bromelain is a powerful proteolytic enzyme (meaning it breaks down proteins). In addition to its uses as a digestive aid, its excellent anti-inflammatory effects reduce swelling and bruising, speeding healing and recovery time. Even pineapple in its raw form has been shown to be effective when applied topically to wounds. Bromelain tablets can be purchased at most health food stores.

Probiotics to keep your gut healthy during the antibiotics.

Although it’s essential to have adequate nutrition after surgery, with any Azurite client, we believe that it does have a lot to do with your belief system and mind. So we recommend clients to completely ‘trust the process’ and let go of as much anxiety or negative thoughts as possible. We find that clients that do this heal three xs faster on average.

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Plastic Surgery Thailand – Breast Augmentation Care

Women choose to have plastic surgery or breast augmentation in Thailand to satisfy their desires by enhancing their breast line. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to increase or modify a patient’s breast size or shape by use of breast implants.

Breast augmentation is a personal and private decision that can potentially have life-changing effects on a person. Breast augmentation can enhance natural body proportion and frequently correct the involutional changes of the breasts noted after pregnancy. Improved self-confidence and image are common after this procedure. Through a variety of incisions, a soft, natural-shaped breast implant is placed behind the breast tissue and frequently behind the chest muscles to achieve the desired size and shape.

Women who choose to have breast augmentation surgery do so to improve their self-image. Some breasts never developed to a size that meets their expectation. Often, women want the breast augmentation procedure to restore their natural breast volume, which may have decreased as a result of pregnancy, weight loss or ageing.

Any one of the following feelings or conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast implants:

You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
Weight loss has changed the size and shape of your breasts
After having children, your breasts have become smaller and have lost their firmness
Dresses that fit well around the hips are often too large at the bustline
You feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top
All breast implants utilize a silicone shell but contain different kinds of filler, gel or saline. The outer silicone shell may be smooth shiny and polished, or a slightly rough texture. Breasts augmented with the textured implants are less likely to develop contracting capsules than those with smooth implants.

Pre Operative

Initial Consultation
At the initial consultation, the doctor and the patient will have many decisions to make based on the patient’s health, expectations, and condition of breast tissue. The doctor will discuss the patient’s medical history and examine her breasts. The patient and the doctor will need to discuss the following :

Implant size/volume
Implant Shape
Implant texture
Implant placement
Incision site
Surgeons will outline for their patients what behaviours are appropriate and necessary before Surgery. Here are some preoperative tips for them to follow :

Stop taking any aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamins and herbs at least two weeks before surgery.
Pre Operative Assessment for Size and Placement of the Implant

Size and Placement. The size and placement of the implant we choose will depend on many factors, such as your original cup size, your desired cup size, and your physique including chest muscle
If you have only a small amount of breast tissue and want to enhance the tissue much as possible, it is recommended that a large implant is placed below the muscle in order to prevent the feeling or appearance of the implant. There is also less chance of capsular contracture.
If you have large chest muscles as a result of exercising, the implant should be placed above the muscles in order to allow for comfortable movement and a natural look.
For patients with mild to moderate breast sagging, larger implants placed over the muscle is recommended. The larger the implant, the greater and more favourable the augmentation.
The implant can be inserted into the body through four different incision sites. Two leave scars on the breast, while the other two leave scars away from the breast. Because the implant is inserted empty, all of the incisions are small, generally measuring 1-2 inches

Postoperative Breast Augmentation Instructions

Position: During the first-week post breast augmentation surgery, attempt to sleep on your back instead of on your side. We want your breast implants to stay in a perfect position during the initial healing process. This is not a “life and death” issue, however. If you cannot sleep on your back, sleep in another comfortable position.

Activity: Avoid heavy lifting and straining for two weeks minimum. You may however do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can do or not do.

Dressings: The bra acts as a “dressing,” holding the breasts and implants in perfect position. Try to keep the bra “even.” If the bra feels too tight or hurts, switch immediately to any bra that feels comfortable. A bra that is too tight can cause ulceration of the skin – YOU MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN! We want you to wear a bra at all times for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, you may sleep without the bra. You should not go braless during the day for 4-6 weeks after breast enlargement surgery. It is probably more comfortable not to wear an underwire bra.

Showering and bathing: You may shower the day after breast augmentation surgery. If you prefer to bathe, do not allow the incision lines to soak for more than a few minutes in the bath water. Leave the adhesive strips (steri-strips) on your skin. (Do take your bra off while you bathe.)

All dressings and bandages are removed on the third day following the operation. Afterwards, the patient is free to bathe as usual.
The patient is requested to gently move the implants upward, downward, and inward in order to decrease the chances of capsule contracture.
Only gentle massaging is recommended. Overly aggressive manipulation of the implant or strong squeezing can possibly cause inflammation, thus producing an adverse effect on the capsules.
During the first month following surgery, you should exercise your implants three to four times per for fifteen to twenty minutes. After that, if breast contour improves satisfactorily, you will need to exercise only once or twice daily.

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