Archive Monthly Archives: April 2018

My experience with Grabr.


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While I would not be a good candidate for most of the cosmetic surgery options available, I did try Grabr and I wanted to share my experience with you especially since I am recommending it as a great way to subsidize the cost of your overseas Medical Tourism cost. 

In case you did not see my original post regarding Grabr, you can read it here.

I recently went to Europe and I arranged to deliver a VR helmet to a European buyer in Austria who wanted a product that was only available in South Korea and the US. I told him when I was going, and offered to bring the good for $50 and and that it retailed for 399 along with a little bit in cash for sales tax. I purchased the product via Amazon and had it delivered within two days without any issues. We communicated which hotel I was staying, when my flight arrived, and when he could come by to pick it up. When the time came, he showed up, inspected the item, and within the Grabr app marked the item as delivered. 

​What you will notice about this story is about how incredibly undramatic the whole event was and how easy it is to execute. I travel quite lightly, and bringing an extra item was really no problem at all and made it possible for me to go shopping later in my trip so that I don’t worry if I have the extra room in my luggage . Did it make me rich? well no. However, I did want to show you how easy the experience was and if you are going to an international destination, that it is an easy way for you to make some extra money and ensuring you have the room in your luggage to bring back some souvenirs.

I can highly recommend Grabr as a way to help subsidize your Medical Travel because it is so easy to manage. 

With this link, if you bring 10 items you can earn an extra $100 on top of your fees. 


Utilizing one of your best assets… cash

If you are choosing a surgeon , there is usually a large gulf of education between the provider and patient which can be very intimidating for some women. While it is true, that your doctor does understand much more about the process you have one advantage during the selection process, your money. You have it, they want it, and you should not give it up until you feel comfortable.

A trick perpetrated early in the sales process by many cosmetic surgeons is “Are you a candidate?” Ultimately, this question is meant to destabilize your decision making skills because you have to “prove” to them that you are worthy of paying them what they want. Could you imagine a contractor saying “Are you a candidate to have your windows installed? Are you a candidate to get a new washer dryer?” Even bankers don’t usually start with “are you a candidate for our loans?” When you see this question, prepare yourself.

Even though you may click on that link or make the phone call, understand that this is a process you may not be entirely familiar with and the first time you do anything you are unlikely to be very successful. However, for them this is a well choreographed dance to get you to spend money with them, so I urge you to be prepared. There may be specific medical risks that have to be addressed, such as high blood pressure or smoking, which could affect the likelihood of a successful procedure but go into your appointment with a clear idea of what you want to pay and that as long as you are the customer you have options and should be aware of them. While it is important to be more informed than combative,  do not allow yourself to become confused during the initial consultation process.  

Additionally, if you need to receive a medical loan, you are at an even psychologically weaker decision making space. It is much more important to go into your initial appointment with options that you can afford so you are not so dependent on even more third-party approval so you can take action with your own life.

If you are preparing to sit down for a consultation with a plastic surgeon, be sure to take into account exactly how much money you are willing to spend for your surgery, what questions you want to have answered about the procedure, and specific questions about why this cosmetic surgeon is the best surgeon for you and this procedure. I hope this helps makes you a better prepared healthy and conscientious patient. 

What I appreciate about Women Surgeons

The vast majority of cosmetic surgeons are men while the vast majority of patients are women, why is that? There are two main reasons that come to mind.

The first reason is that there are more surgeons in general who are men.  While there are many women in Medicine (Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, OB/GYN etc.) women are less well represented in the surgical field.  To become a surgeon you must undergo additional schooling and be accepted into a surgical department where the competition is especially fierce to be given access to practice. While there are women who are willing to become surgeons, it is an exhausting profession which offers less psychic satisfaction than other fields in medicine. 

Second reason, is that there are a lot of women who prefer men to be their cosmetic surgeons. Men are perceived as more confident and authoritative during cosmetic surgery interviews and makes the woman feel more comfortable and secure about her surgical provider. While women surgeons commonly claim on their websites that being a woman helps them understand their patients more, it is not clear that women particularly care about their feelings being understood rather than feel confident in their surgeon to produce the outcome they want. If you are a cosmetic surgery candidate, you are likely dealing with a certain amount of self-doubt and wanting a strong male presence to totally take you away from your dilemma can seem alluring.
 
According to A Billion Wicked Thoughts, a book written by Google engineers who have gone through our collective internet search history and uncovered our truest thoughts, Surgeon is one of the top 5 most common sexual fantasies for women within romance novels. While I am not a woman, I can imagine that part of their appeal is because their fantasy surgeon is authoritative, educated and competent. Many of these traits that may be considered attractive in men are perceived in women as being bitchy and cold even by other women . 

Now that we have established that, I have noticed female surgeons have tended to specialize in just one or a few areas within cosmetic surgery while men commonly claim to be excellent at everything(which is impossible). 

Unlike their male counterparts, women surgeons tend to be much more humble about their skills as a surgeon and specialize according to their niche.  (Just like their patients, women understand and experience self doubt.) During my time as a Medical Travel Facilitator, it has been annoying talking to male surgeons about what procedures they are most competent in (usually the most advanced and expensive) because they like to talk about how many great things they have accomplished. If your procedure is very specific (i.e. removing fat on your torso after child-birth) you can commonly find more guidance and assistance from a female surgeon who understands deeply their niche procedure and specializes in this niche. 

Second, to survive as a woman and getting through the additional steps to become a surgeon is a very difficult endeavour especially when you are one of the few women in your program, and even more true overseas which have more traditional stances with regard to gender roles. It would be a mistake to discount the experience she had to go through to become a recognized surgeon because her road has been tougher than a male in an equivalent position. Often our preconceived notions of what makes a great surgeon blind us to making the best possible decision for ourselves. 

If you are searching for an appropriate cosmetic surgeon for your needs, I think you are doing yourself a disservice my searching only for those cosmetic surgeons who appear to be confident and competent. Much of the false bravado that is ascribed to surgeons may better be placed in a female surgeon who is more humble and has a deep understanding of the procedure they are doing. 

Make more money…  Opening bank accounts

​Are you building up funds for your cosmetic surgery? Not everyone has great credit, but I want to share another way to achieve your dreams without accruing debt. If you are deciding to build up your surgery/medical vacation fund, I highly recommend looking into “churning”  bank accounts to build up your surgery fund.

Similar to utilizing the credit card bonus, banks want your business and are willing to give you money to open accounts with them, sometimes they will offer you more than the amount you deposit. Often, you will have to deposit $500 or more per account to receive the sign-up bonus, so you will need to have some money to start, but it is highly beneficial for the woman who is looking to generate extra income for their goals. 

My favorite site that helps you decide by state what is available is

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/best-bank-account-bonuses/

There they show you what is available nationally as well as what banks in your state are offering bonuses that you can take advantage of. 

Very often, at the end of Fiscal Quarters(3/31,6/31,9/31,12/31), banks will offer deadlines on their bonuses to improve their new account sign ups to show off to their investors their quarterly growth. So if you are looking for the best possible bonuses, taking a look during this time will be your peak opportunity for bonus hunting. 

Here is the catch, some banks will ask you to start a direct deposit agreement which can be tedious to unwind and set up with your employer. However, you can often ask a loved one to send you ACH payments in place of the direct deposit so that you receive your bonus, because there is no difference between an ACH from an employer and another person. However,  it is easier to avoid bank accounts that require you sign up for direct deposits to qualify for their offer. 

After you sign up, you want to make sure that you received the bonus and that if you close the account within a specified time that they do not cancel your bonus. Usually if you close your account and reap your bonus, you are safe after a period of six months to close your account and return your balance along with your surgery bonus to your main account. 

If you are looking to afford cosmetic surgery and avoid debt as much as possible this is just one extra avenue for you to help achieve your goals.