Plastic Surgery in Croatia (Guest Post)


Like other issues related to healthcare, access to plastic surgery in the United States continues to be for the wealthy few. However, over the years, many prospects considering plastic surgery consider looking outside of the U.S. border to fulfill their plastic surgery needs and desires. This term is known as medical tourism. Yet, it can also go by the terms medical travel, cosmetic tourism, plastic surgery abroad, health tourism or global healthcare. Medical tourism has emerged as a practical and favorable option because of the recent downturn in the United States economy, the startling record of unemployed Americans and the overwhelming number of the uninsured. You can check out to read about plastic surgery prices and see how much it costs, on average, in the United States.


Benefits of Medical Tourism




The price of medical tourism is difficult to resist. One reason that contributes to the low prices is the low cost of living in many developing nations. Many medical tourists flock to developing countries, especially countries in Asia, to meet their plastic surgery needs. Apart from a country’s reduced cost of living, most hospitals abroad do not have the high administrative and overhead costs needed to operate the facility. Finally, doctors who practice abroad usually do not have to pay ridiculously high malpractice fees or liability insurance.


Licensed and Certified Surgeons


Licenses, certifications and regulations vary country to country, but most reputable plastic surgeons will be affiliated with membership groups. Legitimate plastic surgeons all over the world are looking to set themselves apart from quack doctors that exist in every corner of the globe, including the United States. Also, many surgeons abroad have degrees from the United States or other European nations. It is not uncommon for plastic surgeons in other countries to be American citizens who have moved.


Drawbacks of Medical Tourism




The barriers of medical tourism go beyond physical borders. There are many types of barriers that exist in medical tourism. There are linguistic, cultural, political and even gender differences. Medical tourists from the United States should not expect to receive the same bedside manners that their family doctor gives them at home. Mentally preparing for this reality and learning as much about the country where the surgery will be performed can help mitigate the potential frustrations that can arise.



Other Risks


Unlike a doctor that a patient has seen for years, a plastic surgeon abroad will not have access to a patient’s complete medical history. Patients must disclose their complete medical history, any allergies and prescriptions to the surgeon abroad to avoid life-threatening complications. In light of a complication, many foreign countries do not offer the same legal protections for medical tourists. Other risks can occur after a surgery. Perhaps a patient’s healing takes longer than initially anticipated. Also, some post-surgery rehabilitation may not have the space or time available for a patient to make a full recovery. Even with a stable recovery, flying back home can pose a risk as blood clots can emerge from the lack of inactivity and can lead to life-threatening consequences.

Case Study – Croatia


Croatia is an interesting example to explore because despite being a newcomer on the medical tourism scene, it is already experiencing rapid success. Similar to the United States, Croatia has its own plastic surgery standards. The Croatian equivalent to American Society of Plastic Surgeons is called the Croatian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (CSPRAS) Being backed by International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS) and European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS), the CSPRAS is the “professional representative body for plastic surgeons in Croatia.” With close to one hundred members on its list, the CSPRAS is a valuable resource for medical tourists. A surgeon’s name, address, title, phone and address are available for public viewing.


According to Zoran Radosavljevic of Reuters, Croatia is making its mark in the medical tourism world by offering a combination of “cheap but high quality medical services with its spectacular Adriatic coast and the crystal clear sea.” For instance, plastic surgery procedures in Croatia can cost two to three times less compared to England; most of the procedures are performed in state-of-the-art facilities. Linda Briggs Ltd, an organization that offers independent cosmetic surgery advice in Croatia, claims that a face list in Zagreb, Croatia is £3,300 GBP. In the United States, face lifts can run as high as $9000 USD.


Radosavljevic from Reuters interviews Zoran Zgaljardic, the operator of Croatian cosmetic clinic. Zgaljardic projects that Croatia has all the advantages that Thailand does not. One of the main advantages that Zgaljardic cites is Croatia’s location because it is “6 hours away from New York and 2.5 hours from London.” Zgaljardic foresees the Croatian medical tourism market expanding even further with the industry already infiltrating Russia.


Many of the clinic practitioners and owners that Radosavljevic interviewed said that most of their new business was coming from word of mouth referrals. Clients have been so impressed by their results and quality of care that they tell everyone back home; medical facilities have to do little to no advertising on their own. Croatia is emerging as a leader organically and by being the best.

This post was written by Casey from Your Guide to Plastic Surgery


How to Get the Perfect Eyebrows

Your eyebrows make your face. When they look good, you look good. When they’re too thin, uneven or lopsided you can look like a like a Picasso masterpiece to say the least. Then there’s the issue of over plucking. You always have to think about whether or not the hairs will grow back if they’ve been accidentally removed one time too many and how will it affect your look. Here are some tips on tweezing your eyebrows that are sure to save you some time and frustration.

Start by throwing out those old rusty tweezers and invest in a good pair that are sturdy and are able to get a good grip. While it’s ok to save money on some things, there are other things that are worth the extra couple of bucks and will save you money down the road because of the quality you’ve invested in.

Now head over to a well-lit mirror and take a good look at yourself. Are you happy with your brows? Is there something that you want to change about them? Perhaps fill in the lighter areas or even them out. If there is something that you need to do to make them look better this is the time to take note of it.

Ready? Get some clear mascara or hair wax and apply it to the brow area. This will help to hold the hairs in place so that you can see which hairs are working and which ones have to go.

Using a slanted tweezers, start removing all of the stray hair that are above, below and to the sides of your brows. Be sure to take your time with this so that you don’t overdo it.

Using an eyebrow comb or an unused toothbrush, brush your brow hairs upwards and use a small; scissor to trim the hairs that are too long. Then brush your brows downwards and trim them again.

Go back and make sure that you got all of the strays.


Now look at your brow shape to make sure that they are both even. If one is longer than the other or your arches are uneven, slowly and carefully remove one hair at a time until they are symmetrical. Keep in mind that your inner brow should line up with your inner cornea. Don’t take off too many hairs or your brows will look unnatural.

Remove the clear mascara or the hair wax.

If you feel that you need to fill in your brows to make them appear fuller you can use a pencil to do the job. Make sure to match your hair color or use a shade lighter for a more natural look.

Give your brows a quick brush over and you’re all done.

Many women try to tweeze two or three hairs at a time in order to save time but this can be both painful and damaging to the look of your brows if done incorrectly. Finally, you may be tempted to change that shape of your brows but more often than not you’ll find that this is a bad idea. Not only is it difficult to maintain, it’s also a way to restructure of your face which you may end up disliking. Good luck and stay beautiful.

This post was written by Aleya who works in affiliation with Tweezerman who makes award winning slant tweezers as well as other eye brow shaping essentials such as tweezer scissors.

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How to Get Stronger Nails (guest post by Aleya)

As we grow older and have more responsibilities our nails tend to break more often and more easily. However, just because your nails are weak now it doesn’t mean that you can’t do a few simple things to strengthen them quickly. Here’s how you can get stronger healthier nails that you will love without much effort.

1.Take Your Vitamins

While multi vitamins are essential to your overall health, vitamins B, C, D and E are the ones that help to strengthen your nails, help your body to absorb more calcium and prevent chipping. Although you can eat foods that contain these vitamins you will never get the daily recommended amount so taking a daily multi vitamin is a good idea.

2.Stop Biting Your Nails

When you bite your nails you create jagged edges that will eventually break and tear. In addition to this you can also damage live tissue and harm your cuticles and skin- ouch!

3.Wear Gloves

Although you may be in a rush to wash just one cup or you may not feel the need to wear gloves to clean your home it’s always a good idea to wear gloves when doing any chore. The extra effort that it takes to pull on those rubber gloves will save your nails and your skin from the drying effects of the chemicals found in many cleaning products so that in the long run your nails will be less brittle an more healthy.

4.Don’t Peel, Scratch or Open Things With Your Nails

Your nails are not tools and should not be used to scratch off stickers, open knots, remove stains or dial phone numbers. We all do it and it’s totally normal but all of these things put pressure on our nails causing them to bend and eventually break. Instead, use a knife, scissor or pen to do the job.

5.Moisturize Daily

You remember to apply moisturizer to your skin every day but do you remember to moisturize your nails? It’s true, your nail bed needs a little extra nourishment so that it can be smooth and vibrant. Get extra brownie points for setting aside five minutes to massage your nails. The blood flow will increase from the gentle pressure and your nails will grow.

It’s not difficult to take proper care of your nails and in a short time all of your work and effort will pay off. Enjoy and good luck!

This post was written by Aleya who works in collaboration with Allu Skincare

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5 Surefire Ways To Damage Your Hair (Guest Post by Aleya)

Having head full of beautiful shiny hair can add greatly to your beauty. Knowing this you probably take time to care for it and style it so that it looks good and is more manageable. Unfortunately many of the things that we do to our hair can cause it to break, get dry and even fall out. Here are a few things that many women do that will cause damage to their hair.

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