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    "Boob jobs are here to stay. Itís a swelling industry"



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    Breasts are big in Phuket. Big business, that is. In recent years, both Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Phuket International Hospital have seen dramatic increases in cosmetic breast surgeries, fueled by rising numbers of medical tourists. The Phuket Gazetteís Orawin Narabal reports on one of the island's hottest tourist draws: The boob job.

    PHUKET: Together, Phuket International Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Phuket did upwards of 1,600 breast augmentation surgeries Ė also known as boob jobs, or implant surgeries Ė last year.

    "Weíve had a 50 per cent year-on-year increase in cosmetic breast surgeries," said Peter Davison, Manager of International Services at Phuket International Hospital (PIH).

    Considering that the hospitals also do breast lifts and reductions, and that prices for the three surgeries range from 115,000 baht to 300,000 baht, some pretty serious money is at stake.

    The vast majority of women getting the surgeries at Phuket hospitals are medical tourists; about 97 per cent at PIH according to Mr Davison, with most coming from Australia and New Zealand. And thereís no reason to think that their interest will wane anytime soon.


    Breast augmentation stats. Click here to enlarge image.

    First, because breast surgeries Ė augmentations, lifts, and reductions (for both men and women) Ė make up four of the 10 most popular plastic surgeries worldwide, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, with breast augmentations reaching number two on the list, outranked only by liposuction.

    Second, because Phuket prices are a great bargain. Australian prices are up to three times higher, even factoring in the cost of travel to Phuket and accommodations here.

    Last, because medical tourism has the support of the Tourism Association of Thailand (TAT), which has been promoting it since 2004 and runs yearly familiarization trips for foreign tourism and health tourism agencies.

    MEDICAL TOURISM

    On a TAT website dedicated exclusively to medical tourism, the featured Phuket hospitals are Phuket International, Bangkok Phuket (BHP) and Vachira, but only the first two have active links.

    PIH and BHP homepages both have prominent links to their cosmetic surgery centers, and both make it easy for medical tourists to arrange a visit, offering detailed information not only about surgeries but also how many days the patient should plan to stay in Phuket. PIH even provides an interactive calculator to help estimate total costs.

    HISTORY OF IMPLANTS

    Silicone breast implants have been around for just over 50 years Ė the first surgery was performed in the US in 1962. But women have endeavored to increase the size of their bosoms for a lot longer than that Ė as far back as the 1890s, they injected paraffin, but it didnít stay put. In the 20s and 30s women had fat from other parts of their bodies moved to their breasts. At other times, implants included polyurethane, cartilage, sponges, wood and glass balls.

    There have been health scares: silicone implants were banned in the US from 1991 to 2006 over concerns that ruptures could cause cancer and auto-immune diseases, and a scandal arose around Poly Implants Prothese, a French implant company, in 2010 when their implants, which used substandard silicone, were found to rupture at a higher rate than normal. French health authorities Ė though not those in other countries where the implants were used Ė urged 30,000 French women to have the defective implants removed.

    MOTIVATION

    Despite the cost, the pain and the hassle, women are willing to get this unnecessary surgery. Why? The Gazette talked to several women, and the comments of one 44-year-old represent the group.

    "After I had a child, my breasts were not firm. I was very slim, only 40kg at the time, and I felt like my breasts had disappeared.

    "Back then, I liked to go to parties and I wanted to look beautiful and fit when I wore a sexy or open dress. I would not be happy if I looked at myself in the mirror and saw that I didnít have beautiful breasts.

    "I am very happy with the results. They meet my expectations.

    "The only problem I have is that I lost some sensitivity around my nipples because the incision was there.

    "Most of my friends donít know that Iíve had surgery until I tell them.

    "My husband liked my body even before, but afterwards he told me I look more curvy and balanced. He sees how happy I am, and whatever makes me happy, makes him happy too."

    THE PROCEDURE

    Choosing a surgeon. Click here to enlarge image.Dr Chirayuth Toertmongkhol, a plastic surgeon at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, explained the steps to implant surgery.

    "We start with a physical checkup to make sure the patient can tolerate the surgery. Then we discuss the options," he explained.

    Patients need to make a number of choices: breast size, kind of implant, and location of the incision.

    "When women choose a size they need to keep in mind the size of their bodies. If the patient is small, they wonít be able to handle very big implants. The implant needs to be in balance with their body size.

    "Implants are either saline or silicone. Nowadays the silicone implants are more popular because they give a better shape and are easier to take care of," Dr Chirayuth said.

    "Implants can be rough or smooth, and come in two shapes, round and tear drop. The tear drop gives a more natural shape," he added.

    Another major consideration is the location of the incision, since this determines where the scar will be Ė in the armpit, below the breast, or around the nipple.

    While women used to prefer an armpit incision, nowadays they are wearing more sleeveless clothes and so opt for one of the other locations, Dr Chirayuth said.

    The implant surgery itself normally doesnít take longer than a long massage Ė about two hours.

    Surgeons first try out tester implants for size. Only when theyíre sure the size and shape are appropriate will they proceed.

    "It requires a week in the hospital after surgery, Dr Chirayuth said, "and we recommend regular checkups for three to six months after the surgery to monitor the formation of scar tissue around the implant. The scar tissue helps support the weight of the implant and also shapes it."

    Following the surgery, patients are advised not to perform any activities that might affect the shape of the breasts. This means some sports are out, as is sleeping face-down.

    RISKS

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that although implants are tested extensively, they still bring risks, including: Additional surgeries, capsular contracture (scar tissue that squeezes and misshapes the implant), breast pain, rupture with deflation of saline-filled implants, and silent rupture of silicone gel-filled implants.

    The FDA recommends that women with silicone implants get MRI screenings to detect silent ruptures three years after their surgery and every two years after that.

    One 35-year-old woman interviewed by the Gazette (who did not have her surgery in Phuket) wished she had not had the procedure.

    "It turned out to be the wrong decision," she said.

    "About 50 days after the surgery, I noticed that my right breast was deformed. I went back to the surgeon but he said that it was my own fault, and suggested that I hadnít followed his instructions, or had engaged in some prohibited activity.

    "But it wasnít true Ė I took very good care of my breasts from the first day I received the implants. Actually, a few days after the surgery I noticed that the shape of my right breast wasnít right, but I thought it was because the silicone had not shaped itself yet.

    "I couldnít do anything about it except have a second operation, and that meant more money and pain again, and I couldnít even be sure it would correct the problem.

    "So Iím living with it. There are still many other important things in life. Appearance is just on the outside, what is more important is your mind and your thoughts," she said.

    A survey by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2011 showed that the most common overseas surgery needing corrective treatment was breast surgery, at 68 per cent of all revisions.

    However, Mr Davison of PIH says "98 per cent of our patients have no issues. The rate of complications and post-operative infections is lower here than in Australia."

    He noted that in Australia there arenít many restrictions on which doctors can do the surgery, which can lead to problems, and said "we have fewer post-operative infections here because we donít have superbugs."

    LOOKING FORWARD

    The number of tourists coming to Thailand expressly to seek out medical services has risen from 365,000 in 2004 to 673,000 in 2012, according to Department of Health Service Support Chief Somchai Pinyopornpanich.

    Both Phuket International Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Phuket opened new plastic surgery departments this year, and Phuket International is in the final stages of planning a new hospital wing for medical tourists of all kinds.

    It looks like boob jobs are here to stay. Itís a swelling industry.
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    Right up there with the lesser known knob enlargement surgeries, which are also highly popular.
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    Yup, a gal can have it all...


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    ahhh gee..

    Let me fix that




    ahhhh, much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    ahhh gee..

    Let me fix that




    ahhhh, much better.
    am i the only one not impressed with those 55555...i much more prefer the natural look...but at my age i take what i can get 5555

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    Can you titty fuck a natural pair as well as those?
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    My TG wanted a nose job for her birthday, that or an iPhone . . . the nose job was cheaper! All her friends and cousins have done it, so kind of a face thing. Could have done it in Udon for 10,000 baht, but I felt better doing it in BKK for some reason. We went to Yanhee. There was about 30 TGs and two Farang there that day. (Farang pay double). They are really cranking them out!
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    The funny thing about boobs is they are the first thing to go when a gal starts to exercise and go on a diet. I have a girl friend who used to be flat chested and skinny. Then she moved away and started working at some food outlet place. When she came to see me last time she apologized for putting on 5 kilos and now has a bit of a tummy. But now, she also has a fine set of boobs. Sorry, I'm not going to post photos of her naked.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Forbes View Post
    The funny thing about boobs is they are the first thing to go when a gal starts to exercise and go on a diet. I have a girl friend who used to be flat chested and skinny. Then she moved away and started working at some food outlet place. When she came to see me last time she apologized for putting on 5 kilos and now has a bit of a tummy. But now, she also has a fine set of boobs. Sorry, I'm not going to post photos of her naked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cippy View Post
    My TG wanted a nose job for her birthday, that or an iPhone . . . the nose job was cheaper! All her friends and cousins have done it, so kind of a face thing. Could have done it in Udon for 10,000 baht, but I felt better doing it in BKK for some reason. We went to Yanhee. There was about 30 TGs and two Farang there that day. (Farang pay double). They are really cranking them out!
    Make me chuckle 5555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cippy View Post
    My TG wanted a nose job for her birthday, that or an iPhone . . . the nose job was cheaper! All her friends and cousins have done it, so kind of a face thing. Could have done it in Udon for 10,000 baht, but I felt better doing it in BKK for some reason. We went to Yanhee. There was about 30 TGs and two Farang there that day. (Farang pay double). They are really cranking them out!
    How did it end up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiksilva View Post
    How did it end up?
    Went quite well. She just got the silicone implant to give her the bridge that TGs covet and not Rhinoplasty (cutting and reshaping).

    As far as overall experience goes, they did a top quality job. The swelling was not very noticeable by day three, gone in a week. We were there by 9 am and having lunch by noon.

    Aesthetically, it looks good, but I would have been more than happy either way. She is happy with it which is what really mattered. I'll dig up some before and after and PM them if you are really interested.

    If you want to do this for your TG, have her make the appointment, Thais pay half, 15,000. The other big difference was American silicon vs. Japanese (or was it Korean?) The other kind was 20,000 and I really can't tell you why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    Can you titty fuck a natural pair as well as those?
    i dont know 55555...still sticking to natural..5555

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    Quote Originally Posted by meese View Post
    am i the only one not impressed with those 55555...i much more prefer the natural look...but at my age i take what i can get 5555
    I agree... first thing that comes into my mind is "tumour"... which is a real mood killer for me...
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    Can you titty fuck a natural pair as well as those?
    But can you wrap a silicone set around your knob and tie them in a knot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cippy View Post
    My TG wanted a nose job for her D airthday, that or an iPhone . . . the nose job was cafer! All her friends and cousins have done it, so kind of a face thing. Could have done it in Udon for 10,000 baht, but I felt better doing it in BKK for some reason. We went to Yanhee. There was about 30 TGs and two Farang there that day. (Farang pay double). They are really cranking them out!
    MW and I saw this girl one day eating brekky at the Davis.....Spitting image of the girl from Avatar...Be afraid very afraid.
    Nose job gone wrong...
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    ^^ 555, you will be happy to know that everything went fine. She was scared something would go wrong but not enough to stop her.

    So I guess she looked like I large blur cat?

    EDIT: BTW Neytiri was hot!
    Last edited by Cippy; 22nd September 2013 at 23:02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cippy View Post
    ^^ 555, you will be happy to know that everything went fine. She was scared something would go wrong but not enough to stop her.

    So I guess she looked like I large blur cat?

    EDIT: BTW Neytiri was hot!
    I agree... I loved that nose... 555
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    ^^ same, I'd fuck the blue out of her. And don't even get me started on how useful that tail would be.
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    Tell me more about the knob job
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