Manual Lymphatic drainage theraphy

Manual Lymphatic drainage theraphy

The manual lymphatic drainage consists of a therapy that is performed on the skin. The therapy is a slow, rhythmic, harmonic and very soft massage with precise movements that, when performed in the correct direction, following the current of the lymphatic channels, stimulates the drainage of these ducts lymphatics, cleaning congested areas. This procedure requires a certain dose of intuition and a lot of accuracy, since pressure is a determining factor and in each case, as well as each patient, requires specific care and manipulation.

An effective session of manual lymphatic drainage should last at least an hour. It is advisable that your therapist have a harmonious and conducive atmosphere for relaxation in the room.

Why do I send manual lymphatic drainage sessions to my patients?

When the lymphatic system is congested, the lymph nodes cannot perform their work correctly and the fact that the lymph nodes are inflamed is a sign that something abnormal is happening inside of us. It is normal that after any type of surgery there is swelling and edema. Edema or retentions occur when the lymphatic system is not able to purify those areas, that is, when liquids and substances stagnate.
Lymphatic drainage massages prevent complications and stimulates the body's recovery by cleaning congested areas, preventing inflammation, helping the healing process, reducing the appearance of unwanted lines and folds and favoring the reduction of body fat.

Considering the benefits of performing a good lymphatic drainage therapy and the consequences of not doing it, I send my patients at least 10 sessions and I endorse in finding specialized and certified people to perform the massage, since any other type of massage is contraindicated and can cause greater problems to the patient.

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Brachioplasty or arm lift. Restore your arms: toned, smooth and healthy

Brachioplasty or arm lift. Restore your arms: toned, smooth and healthy

Brachioplasty is a procedure indicated for people who, because of fluctuations in weight, aging or genetic predisposition, have the upper part of the arms flaccid due to excess fat and skin that derives in an unsightly appearance and discomforts, such as friction, rashes or scarring.

Also called lifting or arm lifting, brachioplasty is a surgery in which:
* The excess of fat and skin that hangs on the upper part of the arms is reduced.
* The support fabric that defines the upper part of the arms is toned and softened
* The appearance of firmness and health in the arms is returned.

In general, exercise is not enough to make this part of the body regain the firmness it had in its youth. Deciding to have healthy and toned arms? E-mail us directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Abdominoplasty or Tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty or Tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to flatten and tone the abdomen. The procedure usually consists of:
* Removing excess skin and fatty tissues from the abdominal area.
* Reducing muscle flaccidity by joining the muscles of the abdomen.
* Relocation of the belly button, if necessary.

The result is a flat, smooth, toned and firm abdomen.

In addition, this procedure can be incorporated within other surgeries to enhance the results, such as mammoplasty, cruroplasty, brachioplasty, gluteoplasty and/or liposculpture.

Why Consider Tummy Tuck?

Excess skin and sagging caused by weight loss and after the pregnancy can be uncomfortable and causes problems in ones self-esteem. The abdominoplasty restores the firmness of the belly and eliminates excess skin, having the flat stomach you want.

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Cruroplasty: get your legs back, toned and smooth

Cruroplasty: get your legs back, toned and smooth

The laxity of the skin and the fat accumulated within the inner side of thigh happens to be one of the most annoying characteristics in the body, as it not only has aesthetic alterations, but also functional alterations such as walking discomfort, friction, sweating and irritation of the skin.

When exercise is not enough to tone your thighs, cruroplasty is a solution to regain smooth and firm legs. This procedure is also recognized as ‘Leg Lifting’ because it is a surgical technique that seeks to improve the appearance of the thighs by removing the fatty tissue and the excess skin on the inner side of the thighs.

So, who is a candidate for a thigh lift?
People who experience excessive sagging due to heavy weight loss and tissue deterioration overtime.
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Patient's question: Will I lose a cup size once swelling goes away after Breast Augmentation?

Patient's question: Will I lose a cup size once swelling goes away after Breast Augmentation?

Many of my patients are satisfied with the size of their breasts when their surgery has been recent and they wonder, with concern if when the swelling passes, will they lose the results that they have obtained.

However, because the recovery time after a breast augmentation varies from one patient to another, most of the swelling decreases between the third and sixth week. Once that time passes, it is very unlikely that if the surgery has been successful, you will lose such a volume in a cup size, which is a lot.

What is most expected is that the result is very close to what the patient can perceive once she has left her surgery. What does change is the position of the implants, since they tend to descend and locate correctly once the trauma has passed. I recommend a lot of patience and willingness to face the postoperative period to visualize the desired results.

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I invite you to get to know a little bit more about my professional career

I invite you to get to know a little bit more about my professional career

When I decided to specialize myself as a plastic surgeon, the most important thing for me was (and still is) the safety of my patients. This is the main reason my education has been based on being the vanguard, know the advances of the profession and master the latest techniques to provide the best results.

My academic training began at the Universidad Libre de Cali, where I graduated as a doctor and surgeon. Then, in 1993, I advanced to my specialization in General Surgery at the Post Graduation Carlos Chagas Institute in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and later I qualified as a reconstructive plastic surgeon and hand in the Fluminense Federal University in the same city in 2004.

I am currently an active member of the Colombian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a scientific medical entity that groups plastic surgeons duly trained and certified with academic programs endorsed by universities in Colombia or abroad.

I do what I am passionate about and wouldn’t change that for anything. I am properly trained to answer all your concerns and perform the procedures that you can inform yourself about on my website www.haroldvillalobos.co

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Top 5 plastic surgeries performed by men

Top 5 plastic surgeries performed by men

Plastic surgery are a trend becoming very common amongst men. Here I show which are the most common plastic surgery that men undergo:

 

1. Liposuction: This surgery consists of suctioning the subcutaneous fat, inserting a cannula connected to a vacuum pump.

 

2. Reduction of breasts to treat gynecomastia: with this treatment the abnormal growth of the mammary gland can be determined and corrected in men. This is cause due to hormonal changes during adolescence or side effects to some drugs that may remain and cause discomfort in the adult age.

 

3. Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery: is a procedure to remove the excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.

 

4. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery: a surgery to restore the nose, rhinoplasty is personalized and its design has an attractive and ideal shape, highlighting the other personal features of the patient’s face.

 

5. Otoplasty or ear surgery: otoplasty seeks to sculpt and artistically correct birth defects or trauma injuries.

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What are the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?

What are the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?

When we talk about having a well maintained skin, soft and without wrinkles we must think in the hyaluronic acid. This protein that is found naturally in the human tissues which can be used in a safe way, is mostly used for the growth of soft tissue, to recover volume and give volume to the areas which is most needed. It has a great demand worldwide due to the fact that when years go by we loose a great deal of our facial volume that we have.

 

Due to its inicial low cost and the short recovery time, this fillings have become a first go to place when it comes to maintaining a younger look. The substance improves the hidration of the skin, estimulates the production of collagen and its a potent antioxidant that posseses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

 

It is used in greater measure to treat static, deep or superficial wrinkles, correct any asymmetry in the soft parts like cheekbones or cheeks. Apart from certain background with allergies or taking some medication in most cases there is no need for previuos medical exams.

 

The aplication is gentle and the patient may resume his/her daily activities with minor to no restrictions. This procedure has no common negative effects and if they come up are very minor. For all this reasons it is a great option that can garantee your safety and satisfaction in a very short time.

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What is maxillofacial surgery?

What is maxillofacial surgery?

There are certain illnesses of our oral health that require drastic interventions. This is when we talk about maxillofacial surgery, people who have injuries or defects in the mouth area may require this type of treatment.

 

This surgery may involve some of the following procedures: complex extractions, implants placement, and in some cases the reconstruction of parts of the jawbone for multiple reasons such as (accidents, malformations, or atrophies). The maxillofacial surgeon, although treats the same zones as a dentist, he/she speciallizes, as the name indicates in the surgery that goes from bone grafts or complex dental extractions.

 

There are cases in which there are restrictions and surgery may not be the best option, for example during some of the trimester of pregnancy and patients with cardiopathy. This last one, can be done with local anesthesia without major complications, but the surgeon must endure a constant monitoriing avoiding any complications.

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Buttock Augmentation

Buttock Augmentation

Gluteoplasty is a recommended procedure to give firmness and / or enlarge the small or flattened glutes through the use of implants or silicone prostheses.

These cohesive silicone gel prostheses are specially designed to be more resilient and flattened compared to the breast and the ideal size to be chosen is according to the needs of my patients and their measurements, since by placing larger implants Of what is indicated, could put surgery results at risk.

Both men and women are candidates for this type of procedure but with different purposes, since men are given a different treatment to give a masculine appearance to the buttocks and, in women, it is a question of increasing the size and the silhouette.

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Objects that you must pack in your suitcase for your surgery in Cali

Objects that you must pack in your suitcase for your surgery in Cali

Cali is a city with a tropical climate, however, as is natural, sometimes it rains. As in all tropical countries there are mosquitoes, even in the urban area.

Considering the possibility that it is your first visit to Colombia, you must know what to keep in your suitcase, so you will keep only necessary things. Below I will mention a series of clothes and articles that you must bring in your suitcase:

- Light clothing such as cotton dresses and sweatshirts, so you'll feel cool and enjoy the warm weather.

- If your surgery is a rhinoplasty bring a wide-brimmed hat to protect you from the sun.

- If your surgery is corporal, bring a light cardigan to cover your postquirurgical sash or make sure your cotton dresses have sleeves.

- In any case you should bring warmcoats and socks because in the clinic there is air conditioning and the temperature is very low.

- Repellent against insects containing Dietil Toluamide. Avoid buy canned repellent, because contaminate the planet. It is very important that you read the ingredients to buy an effective product.

- Regardless of your surgery you must bring antithrombotic stockings to the knees, because if you are not careful to use them, thrombi will can form.

All your toiletries including hygienic towels and wet wipes.

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The day of your surgery in Cali is near. Have you bought your travel tickets?

The day of your surgery in Cali is near. Have you bought your travel tickets?

When you have the appointment for your surgery make sure you buy the travel tickets in advance. This will give you a better price and guarantee your arrival on the day indicated. You have to make sure that the arrival airport is the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón, because it's the place of access to my city if you travel by air.

Through this air terminal, more than 5,500,000 people are mobilized annually, because Cali is one of the main tourist destinations in Latin America. People from all over the world come to know this beautiful city, full of friendly and cheerful people. Cali is also known as the salsa capital of the world.

Thinking about the number of travelers, the international airport Alfonso Bonilla Aragón was remodeled and this work was inaugurated on March 8, 2017. If you have previously come to Cali you will find a completely renovated space, ready to satisfy travelers who are becoming more every day.

In addition to buying your travel tickets in advance and to the correct destination I recommend the following:

- If your surgery is corporal, avoid bringing backpacks. To take care at return with your surgery is better to carry a wheel case.

- Sleep well before or during the flight, so that when you arrive in Colombia you are very alert. If there is a rainy season it is normal the delay in the arrival of connecting flights and you should wait at another airport while connecting to Cali, in which case it is better to be awake.

- At the airport, you avoid talking to strangers and receiving food.

- Do not let anyone approach your luggage.

- Keep your personal documents and my handy information of the place where you will stay.

Finally, when you arrive at the airport, enjoy the wide commercial and gastronomic offer that you will find. Finally relax, if you have contracted hospedage trough us , we will be at airport wating for you .

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What is the meaning of projection or profile of the silicon implants?

What is the meaning of projection or profile of the silicon implants?

The size and shape of the breasts after mastopexy is the main concern of my patients, so I consider necessary to talk about this theme, because this characteristic is decisive in the final results.

The profile is more determinant than the amount of cc that has the prosthesis, therefore, two prostheses of the same amount of cc and different projection will give two different results.

The silicone prostheses have a base size and a projection size. The projection is the measure forward, if the person are standing. The base, instead it is related to the width, if we look the bust in front.

If your natural breast is small, more projection you will need, if you expect noticeable results.In this case, many patients choose the prothesis of high projection. Many women who have a medium breast, choose the protheses of low or medium projection. Of course, there are always patients who want to have a notorious change and opt for high projection prostheses.

If you have slender breast, I recommend to you the protheses with narrow root that will adjust to your anatomy and will seem more natural. If you have breasts with wide root I recommend to you the protheses of broad base.

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How to prepare your body for a plastic surgery?

How to prepare your body for a plastic surgery?

The preparation of your body for a plastic surgery must initiate with minimum a month of anticipation, in order that your body will be healthy and in ideal conditions to the moment of the surgical intervention.

It is important that you keep in mind these tips that I have prepared for you. They will help to have a safe and quiet surgical procedure:

With a month in advance or more if you can, start to consume iron and vitamin C. These vitamin supplements will keep your body strong and your immune system in top condition. It is important that you avoid contact with people who have respiratory infections during that period.

Suspend for a minimum of one month the use of any other nutritional supplement and your hormonal method of family planning, such as pills and contraceptive injections. You can protect yourself from pregnancy by using barrier methods such as the condom or the diaphragm.

Avoid drinking liquor for at least 72 hours (3 days) before your surgery. The day of the surgery appear with non polish nail.

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Positive attitude for a big change in your life

Positive attitude for a big change in your life

If you have never had surgery, you should understand that this is a process that requires your complete preparation. If you can prepare yourself mentally you will be able to take on the challenge of this experience, because you will face in a better way the changes that will come. Consider the following tips for your mental preparation:

- Understand that surgery is a process of transformation chosen by yourself. Think of the post-operative now as a time of healing, not as a disease. This will facilitate the recovery.

- Think that the results of your surgery will not be immediate, even when returning to your place of origin you will have to wait to see them. The body takes six months to complete its healing process. Only then will you see the final result.

- Have the clarity to understand that the experience of other patients goes to not necessarily your experience. Each body has its own characteristics to receive surgery in its own way and too every person lives their surgery abroad in their own way. Your experience will be unique. Just keep a good attitude and you will see that everything will turn out well.

Follow these tips to have a happy experience. Likewise, remember that you will always have at your disposal a group of professionals interested for ensuring your well-being and tranquility.

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The Best Position for Your Breast Implants

The Best Position for Your Breast Implants

A breast augmentation or mamoplasty has two options for implant placement, sub-glandular and sub-muscular. In our asessment appointment we will decide the location of the implants, because this varies from one patient to another. Without having studied your particular case, it is difficult to determine the best location for your breast implants, however, is a frequent question of my patients. I will explain what is the difference between both options:

Subglandular breast implant.

Subglandular breast augmentation, or also known as a submammary, is based on the collation of the implant between the pectoralis muscle and the mammary gland. This procedure requires less recovery time because only are cut skin and fat, rather than muscle, making the patient feel less pain and discomfort in port-surgical process. Submuscular breast implant.

Submuscular breast implant.

In the submuscular placement of the breast implant, also called subpectoral, the implant is placed behind the pectoral muscle, that is, the implant is placed between the muscle and the chest wall in the space below the muscle. This procedure is a little more painful and post-operative recovery takes longer. When you have your appointment with me, take the opportunity to ask all the questions you have so that you know the details in depth of your surgery.

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How should you choose the size of your breast implants?

How should you choose the size of your breast implants?

One of the decisions that must be made when performing an augmentation mammoplasty is the size of the implants, taking into account the proportion of the body and your tastes.

This process is not done by your self, you always have my advice, my opinion and my sincerity to obtain successful and safe results.

Here's what you should keep in mind when choosing your implants:
Your anatomy. You should think that prostheses should be proportional to your body, your weight, your height, the chest cavity, the shape of the chest and the natural volume of your breasts.
The knowledge of the surgeon. be as as honestly as possible about the expectations you have and your tastes. The most important thing is your health and your satisfaction.
This is a personal decision. The result of this process directly affect you, it is you who know and know what you want, relevant for you to feel happy with the results.

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Men and Plastic Surgery

Men and Plastic Surgery

Currently, plastic surgery is not a practice strictly for women. There are procedures designed exclusively for men. The general trend is personal care, the pursuit of personal and emotional satisfaction. It is proven that aesthetic procedures give security to patients who see in their physical aspect what reflects their interior.

Men can also care for and care about our appearance and it is a part of my work that is getting stronger.

Among the procedures indicated for men is:

1. Blepharoplasty: modification of the eye area, specifically the eyelids that, as time passes, lose firmness and accumulate fat under the eyes, what we call dark circles. The goal is to rejuvenate the look.
2. Gynecomastia: The abnormal growth of the mammary gland in men is a reality. With this procedure it is possible to make correction and avoid discomfort.
3. Pectoral Enlargement: Despite the routines for muscle growth, some men have genetic dispositions in which their pecs do not develop much muscularly. Through this intervention a silicone implant is inserted in the chest to simulate the volume that they want.
4. Liposculpture: This procedure is very common in women, however, it is also indicated for men, since it can extract the localized fat difficult to lower with diets and exercise routines.

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Characteristics of a Postoperative Bra

Characteristics of a Postoperative Bra

After breast surgery, it´s recommendable that the patient wear a suitable bra that allows comfortable recovery days.
The most advisable period of time for the use of this element is one month, even at bedtime. After that month the patient can sleep without a bra, obviously, depending on the indications according to each case.

The bra, in addition to its natural function of supporting the breasts, makes a slight pressure that helps to diminish the swelling of the chest.

Here I share a few general suggestions on what to take into account when buying a support bra for the postoperative breast surgery.

They should be comfortable to avoid discomfort in the intervened area, as this is very sensitive; That does not have hoops to avoid the pressure on the new furrow submamario, that is in the process of cicatrization. You should also protect your chest from excessive movement.

It's advisable that they have no seams and that, in addition, has adjustable adjustable straps and elastic cups so that the patient can adapt it better to their figure.

Remember that these suggestions are general and could vary depending on the process and the patient. Always follow the doctor's recommendations.

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Thigh Lift Or Cruroplasty

Thigh Lift Or Cruroplasty

Definition And Objectives

When skin of the inner thighs is loose, liposuction alone is not enough and restoring skin tension is necessary. The surgeon then performs a thigh lift.
Such a procedure is indicated in the presence of a net release of skin due to ageing or significant weight loss or for the correction of certain defects left after liposuction of the inner thighs.
Procedure And Scars

The procedure begins with liposuction that allows fat removal and the undermining of tissues without lymphatic damage. The excess of skin is then removed and the skin is deeply suspended (at the underlying subaponeurotic level).

The procedure leaves:
A horizontal scar, placed underneath the underwear: it is the concentric lifting of inner thigh indicated in cases of moderate skin excess, as it only acts on the upper thigh.
A T-shaped scar: a vertical scar is added to the horizontal scar along the entire inner thigh: this technique is effective over the entire thigh but the scar is visible. It is primarily indicated after a massive weight loss resulting in redundant skin excess.

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