My stats are;
25 years old, no kids, height 169cm (5'6) weight 61.5kg (135.58 pounds) - 62.5kg after breast Augmentation.
Breast size before: 32B (which typically tended to be slightly big for me but could never quite fit into a size A cup).
Currently 2 weeks post op so don't know bra size just yet.
High profile, textured round implants, under the muscle 300cc in right and 325cc in left, breast fold incisions.
The reason I decided to have surgery through PPSI was through extensive research and reviews of the Institute in addition to researching the surgeons working at the hospital.
Initially I was considering going through an agency; Cosmedi tour. There are multiple reasons I chose not to go through Cosmedi tour. Firstly I was considering getting the BA in Sydney with the Gold coast academy surgeons. I sent in an initial enquiry asking who the practicing surgeons were so that I could do my research. I made it specifically clear that I would only decide going ahead with surgery with them once I knew the exact person who would be doing the procedure. They told me I needed to send in an online assessment and send all the pictures and a surgeon would be allocated. So I went through the process- which was not easy as there were multiple glitches when uploading pictures. I stated I only wanted a subtle natural looking cup. I received a review of my assessment and pictures recommending 350cc to 500cc. I was shocked at this reccomendation as I know a few people who had less cc's and I did not want to go nearly as big as them- this of course bumped up the price to the maximum pricing. When writing back to cosmedi tour I was told that it was a typo writing 500cc (it was meant to be 400cc) and the higher costed price that was quoted was based on a "specific brand" that was selected for me yet they provided no additional information regarding what the brand was and why it was selected. This was well above the price stated on the website for teardrop implants up to 400cc's. I saw that two surgeons were named who reviewed my pictures and questioned as to which surgeon would be operating. After some research on the gold coast academy I realised that a trainee surgeon would be the one performing the procedure with one of the head surgeons overseeing it. When I questioned this with cosmedi tour (as none of this was mentiones on the cosmedi tour website or assessment) I asked how many years the trainer had and what the name of the surgeon was, as that was the specific information I was after prior to even completing the assessment. They then told me they could not tell me who it was as it would be selected about a week before surgery (after paying a non-refundable $1000.00 deposit) I also did additional research on the head surgeons and read multiple negative reviews and was not really impressed by their work. As I was not having them arrange travel or accomodation, I was advised that it is illegal to request a non-refundable deposit ( before even meeting with the surgeon) if only going for the surgery. The cost of the consultation was included yet they would not let you pay for the consultation first, you have to pay for the deposit for the surgery. There were also additional undisclosed costs associated with undergoing surgery with them.
I went onto the PPSI website and saw the listed prices were cheaper than cosmedi tours listed prices in Thailand. So I thought to contact them directly. I received a response within 20 minutes after sending my enquiry. I then submited an online assessment and pictures and received a response within 1 or 2 days. All my questions were responded to within at least 12 hours. I then decided to schedule in with Dr Rushapol after looking at his credebtials and before and after images on the PPSI website (which you need to create a log in account).
I decided to schedule the date, booked my accommodation and flights and advised PPSI of the details. They then provided a range of detailed information about free transfers to and from the airport and hospital, a comprehensive guide for post surgery preparation, the varying payment options and a reccomemdations for surgery from Dr Rushapol.
I was initially going to travel alone but my over protective step mom and dad insisted in coming and would not let me go alone. I would recommend not going alone as when I was left alone in the hospital it gets really boring in addition to the assistance while drugged up on all the medication for a few days.
I arrived in Phuket on a Sunday and was met by a foreign coordinator at PPSI (she waited about an hour as it took that long to get through customs) and they took us straight to our hotel.
The hospital advised me to wait in the lobby at 7:15am, as I was being picked up at 7:30am by the driver. The driver was an hour late- the hospital called the hotel lobby at about 8:00am to tell us that the driver was in an accident and they had to send another car.
When I arrived I was directed to the plastic surgery institute within the hospital. When I arrived I filled out some paper work and waited for about 10 minutes. I was then taken in a room to test my blood pressure and do blood tests. After, they did a mamogram and EPG (heart scan). I then waited about 20 minutes and had the consult with Dr Rushapol.
Dr Rushapol then told me that he had one surgery before me (an hour after our consult) which would take about 2-3 hours. He said that I would be set up on the drip and prepared for surgery during this time. After the consult I waited in the waiting area for about 10 mins and a staff member brought over some paperwork and I had to sign about 10 pages. I stupidly just signed everything without reading and wished that I had read it all and requested copies. Not sure why I didn't because I was actually surprused to find out that I got textured implants rather than smooth (as that is usually the norm with round implants under the muscle) about a week later! I would reccomend reading everything before signing!
The nurses lead me to my room and told me to get comfortable. The room was really nice (big and clean- see puctures), better than the hotel I was staying at! They gave me a hospital gown and told me to get completely undressed, undies and all. About an hour later that they tested my blood pressure again and set me up on the IV. I was set up and waiting for about 4-5 hours (it was probably a good idea being hooked up that long as I don't drink a lot if water usually and probably got my body nice and hydrated) I was really tired by this stage (and extremely hungry from not eating from 6:30pm the night before) and had a bit of a nap while waiting for the surgoen to be done. I only went into surgery at about 5:30pm after the consult being at 11:00am.
The nurses finally came in and said I was ready for surgery. When I was wheeled in to the operating section, I was asked to lie on the operating bed and the first thing I could smell was the iron (the smell of a butchery) in the air and on the towel they had covered me with. This part made the whole experience quite daunting.
They then wheeled me into an area just outside of the operating room where I met my anethetist. He was so friendly and extremely informative. After meeting him I felt completely at ease and felt I was in safe hands- as it's the anethetist job to basically keep you alive while under general anesthesia. They took me into the operating room and strapped my arms out to the side on the table. The Anethetist then told me that he would be administering the Anesthetic and that I should fall asleep soon- that was all I remember ! I didn't see Dr Rushapol before being put under and when I woke up they were in the process if wheeling me back to my room. I felt quite a lot if pain when I had to move onto the bed and pressed the morphine button immediately which eased it a bit. When I was in my room the nurses would come in every 30 minutes to an hour to check my blood pressure throughout the night. I dazed in and out of sleep all night and most the following day.
At one point early in the morning my IV started drawing blood from my arm and was spreading up the pipe- I called the nurse who came immediatly and fixed the part of the IV that was actually loose and leaking. It had leaked onto the bed which I didn't notice and she asked if I wanted to change the sheets, I said it was ok- because I didn't want to have to get up as it was quite painful and I hadn't even noticed the wetness in the first place. I had actually pressed the morphine button a few times while it was leaking and wondered why I was still in pain- so wasted a bit of the morphine when it had leaked. The nurse said that the morphine packet would be removed in the morning and I would be on pill medications following that.
Staff came in at some point early after the operation for me to select my breakfast lunch and dinner and all the relevant medications were brought in when needed- after my meals.
The foreign coordinator cam in at about 11:00am and asked how I was going and whether I had any issues. She then gave me some tips about limiting my activity, not raising my hands above my head, eating healthier foods (try to limit meats- but protein was ok) and not to drink any coffee (which I mistakenly already had a cup before she came in with my breakfast).
Dr Rushapol came in at about 1 or 2pm in the afternoon and removed the bandages. He told me that all the relevent medications would be provided. I got dressed and walked out as no one told me I had to wait for someone to get me to direct me to the pharmecuetical section of the hospital. So I had to go back in my room and waited for about 20 minutes. They brought my lunch in and was interuppted and told me they were ready for me. So I didn't get to finish the food (I hate waisting food!). I was then given my medication, advised of my follow up consultation and driven back to my hotel.
The second driver was late again due to an accident on the road (this seems to be quite a common occurance in Phuket). I arrived at the hospital for my 11:00am consult, however was only seen at about 2:30pm. The wait was really frustrating however is the only thing I could fault at PPSI. Although when are doctors ever on time ( or atleast they are never on time in Sydney!). After the consult I was then provided with scar cream and driven back to my hotel.
Overall my experience with PPSI was amazing. The staff made everything so easy and were extremely thorough and attentative. Some staff had limited English but it was good enough to understand and engage in basic communication. I'm definitely going to bo back and get Rhinoplasty with PPSI.
Please see below review on my consults with Dr Rushapol.