What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are blemishes on the stomach that are shaped like lines or stripes. They are caused when the skin has been stretched and is unable to get back to its original shape. This happens after pregnancy or after losing weight. Stretch marks are treated using topical medications, laser assisted procedures and surgical procedures. Sometimes stretch marks fade on their own over time.
How are Stretch Marks removed?
Stretch marks are usually treated by using retinoid creams containing Vitamin A. Other treatments include microdermabrasion, where crystals are blown to remove a layer of skin, laser assisted treatments to tighten the skin or by abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck; a surgical procedure.
Is Stretch Mark Removal painful?
Dermatologists will use local anaesthesia or numbing creams while performing laser assisted stretch mark removal or microdermabrasion. Abdominoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia.
How long does recovery take after Stretch Mark Removal treatments?
Patients will recover from microdermabrasion or laser assisted stretch mark treatments within a week. Recovery from abdominoplasty surgery will take between one to three months.
What after care is required after Stretch Mark Removal treatment?
Patients should take all prescribed medications and apply all prescribed topical medications correctly. They should sleep on their backs with their heads elevated after abdominoplasty. They should avoid direct sunlight. They should place ice packs on the treated area after laser stretch mark treatments or microdermabrasion.
Why visit Metro Manila?
Why is Metro Manila a popular tourist destination?
Metro Manila is the national capital area of the Philippines. It consists of the capital city Manila, 10 satellite cities and 5 towns. Most of the major historical sites, museums, leisure facilities and shopping centres in the Philippines are located here. The region also has a vibrant nightlife and eateries selling the best Filipino and western cuisine. Tourists have a wide choice of accommodation types with hotels and motels to fit every budget and houses, condominiums and apartments for rent.
Why is Metro Manila a popular international medical tourism destination?
Metro Manila has excellent, well-equipped hospitals and healthcare centres that are accredited by the Philippines Department of Health and internationally accredited by the JCI and the ISO. They are equipped on a par with hospitals in the west and offer high quality, yet low cost medical and dental services for overseas patients. Most healthcare facilities in Metro Manila have medical staff who speak English and who have trained in the west. They also offer attractive medical tourism packages for patients, combining treatment and a holiday.
How does a medical tourist get to Metro Manila from the airport?
There are two major international airports in Metro Manila, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Clark International Airport. Taxis, buses and the Filipino public transportation vehicles called Jeepneys are available at the airports to take visitors to their destinations in Metro Manila. Some hospitals and clinics arrange airport pickup and drop off services for patients.
What are the visa requirements for medical tourists to the Philippines?
There are no specific medical tourism visas required for patients. Patients with valid passports and return tickets from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and a few other countries do not require a Visa for staying in the Philippines for up to 21 days. Patients can get details of visa requirements by visiting the website: www.immigration.gov.ph
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