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30 Oct 2016 
Many job seekers are confused about how hiring works, and, specifically, about how to work with recruiters. It is important to understand their role and how the process works in order to be successful.

1. Recruiters are not career counselors.

Don't expect a recruiter to look at your resume and immediately understand where you would fit into their organization or to suggest which career path you should choose. They don't know you well enough, and they aren't mind readers (fortunately!).

It is your job to know what you want to do and to tell the recruiter where you fit into an organization -- which jobs you want and, hopefully, which part of the organization.

2. Recruiters are not for hire by job seekers.

They work for the employer who pays them. Many visit this website will go out of their way to help you, if they can, but do not expect them to guide you in your job search.

3. There are many different kinds of recruiters, but they all fall into one of two major categories:

Internal recruiters (also known as "in-house").

They are employees of the employer they represent, paid a salary by that employer.

External recruiters (also known as "agencies," "headhunters," "search consultants," or "sourcers" depending on how they work and how they are paid).

They are employees of recruiting or "staffing" firms or agencies usually helping many different employers find employees.

External recruiters may specialize in a location, a profession, an industry, a job level, a search technology/method, or a combination. Some firms focus on helping employers find employees for temporary assignments, often called "temping agencies" or "contracting agencies" which may specialize in a location, profession, etc.

4. Recruiters are seldom the decision-maker determining whether or not you get a job offer.

They often have input into the decision, depending on the organization, and they are often the person who delivers the good or bad news to the job seeker. But, someone else, often a committee in very large organizations or the hiring manager, makes the hiring decision.

5. Recruiters are seldom in control of the hiring process.

Their job is to find good job candidates, and they try to keep the process flowing smoothly. However, because the hiring process usually involves many different people and functions, particularly in large or widely distributed organizations, the process is seldom as smooth as anyone wants it to be. And that is not usually the recruiters fault.

How to Identify the Kind of Recruiter You Are Working With

Internal recruiters, also known as "corporate" recruiters, work inside the employer's organization and usually collect a paycheck (salary) from the employer who has the jobs open.

Their office will typically be on the employer's premises, and their email and phone will typically be part of the employer's email and phone system. So, their email will probably be [email protected][employer] or possibly [email protected][employer], [email protected][employer], or something similar. To reach them by phone, you may call the employer's main number and then ask for their extension, or you may call them directly.

External recruiters, also known as "independent" recruiters, do not receive a paycheck from the employer who has the open jobs. They work for someone else, a recruiting firm or agency, which issues their paychecks. Some, of course, work for themselves. None are on the payroll of the employer with the open jobs.

You usually know you are working with an external recruiter when you visit their office and it is not in the employer's premises. Email will often provide good indications, too. Notice the domain name in their email address, if you send or receive an email from them. If their address is not from the employer's domain, like [email protected][recruiting company] or [email protected], they are most likely an external recruiter.

How to Work with Internal Recruiters

Very carefully. They are not "on your side" in this process. No matter how friendly, they are not your friend (yet). Always present your "best" self to them. Do not confide in them, or ask them to do you any favors. Be professional and business-like in all your communications with them. Wear your interview outfit if you are invited in for a meeting with them.

Typically, they are your official contact for the process. So, when you have questions or concerns, you are usually advised to contact the recruiter. Be careful not to abuse this contact function because it can have a negative impact on your opportunity with that employer. Do you best to avoid the "difficult-to-work-with" label, because that will greatly reduce (if not eliminate) your opportunities inside that organization.

How to Work with External Recruiters

The best part about working with an external recruiter is that you both usually have the same goal -- getting you placed with the employer. Again, don't tell them your deepest secrets, but do be honest with them about your interests and experience. If you have gaps or other issues, they may be able to help you strategize a way to present yourself in the best light.

Don't expect them to help you figure out what you want to do, but do expect them to provide you with some insight into what is going on inside the employer's organization - what the "hot" issues are, who are apt to be your allies in the hiring process, and who the real decision makers are.

After you have been in for an interview, they may be your primary source of information on what is going on "behind the curtain" during the often extended hiring process. Try very hard not to drive them crazy with daily calls, but do stay in touch.

If you land a job through an external recruiter, be sure to send them a thank you. A good relationship with an external recruiter can be an asset to your career for many years. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Send cards during the holidays. Refer top performers you know to these external recruiters to strengthen your relationship with them and help them to remember you with positive feelings.

Most external recruiters, and many internal recruiters, are open to LinkedIn connection invitations. Being connected to as many people as possible in LinkedIn is an advantage to them because it enables them to do a substantial amount of research in LinkedIn without paying the extra fee LinkedIn likes to collect from recruiters.

Recruiters often use LinkedIn try these out Groups to find, connect with, and monitor good potential candidates, so join the professional and industry associations appropriate for your career. And don't forget to join both college and corporate alumni groups, too. Currently, LinkedIn Group members may message each other without being officially connected or having an upgraded membership.

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Susan P. Joyce is president of NETability, Inc. and the editor and chief technology writer for For more information, read Job-Hunt's Guide to Working with Recruiters, written by recruiters!

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27 Oct 2016 


Anthony Eskinazi, CEO and founder of wants to bring convenience to drivers and dollars to driveway owners across America.

More than 150,000 people in the U.K. have earned more than $5 million from the site, Eskinazi said. Its marketplace is supposed to allow anyone with an address or geographic point with a latitude and longitude to list their parking space, whether in Antarctica, Australia or Africa.

Eskinazi, 28, launched the website in 2006, focusing on his local area in the U.K. But Eskinazi conceived of the idea while he was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Eskinazi remembered one particular time when he had trouble finding parking to watch a San Francisco Giants baseball game.

"You don't want to go to an official parking lot because it's expensive and you have to leave a game early to avoid traffic," he said.

But he saw a business opportunity in the nearby parking spaces reserved for residents and businesses.

The website collects 15 percent of the parking fee driveway owners take in.

Before ParkatmyHouse launches a full-scale marketing campaign driveway repair in the U.S., the company is focusing on building a database of customers' driveway locations.

"When we have enough inventory, we're going to open up the site properly," he said.

Eskinazi said the company plans to release a mobile app in the first quarter. The company received a round of financing from BMW i, a venture fund based in New York City under the umbrella of the luxury car company.

Eskinazi hopes to hire more sales and marketing employees, most likely in New York, to add to the current team of five.

The company is beefing up its workforce to expand globally. It's not just homeowners who can list their available driveways. Garage and business owners can also list their available spaces. Eskinazi said a number of religious institutions, which usually have spaces available on weekdays and evenings, list their parking spots in the U.K.

One church near the busy Kings Cross Station in London has earned $180,000 from the website in the last three years, more than half of the church's annual income, Eskinazi said. That extra income has helped boost the church's services at its daycare and rehabilitation center.

"This has not just helped them but has helped drivers," Eskinazi said. "We see ParkatmyHouse as a win-win situation."

He said drivers and property owners have been using websites like Craigslist as a parking marketplace for years. But while Craiglist is a "great service," ParkatmyHouse offers more, such as marketing your spot on the website, a payment process, a secure booking and payment system, and extra insurance.

Users do not have to exchange personal information or even communicate. All transactions for a concrete driveway repair contractors pre-booked space can be accomplished through the website.

Eskinazi also hopes to decrease the emissions and time wasted when drivers circle around a block on the hunt for a parking space.

"It doesn't matter if you are driving electric vehicle or gas guzzler," he said. "Every journey begins with a parking spot. "
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27 Oct 2016 
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26 Oct 2016 
In an effort to become friendlier to the environment, many people are looking for alternatives to chemical drain cleaning, as chemicals found in drain cleaning products are often dangerous and hazardous to the environment. Poisonous and corrosives chemicals, like lye and sulfuric acid are the most commonly used products on the market. These chemical make their way out sewers and eventually back into our water supply.

There are natural methods available. Here are a few helpful and natural tips for drain cleaning.

Boil the kettle, or put a pot on the stove. Make sure it reaches the boiling point. Slowly pour the water at down the drain. Do this twice as that this keeps any grease, or debris such as hair, from building up. This is a great weekly maintenance for drain cleaning.

May be you just need for a good drain cleaning is to put a little muscle behind the plunger. The suction created by the plunging action will often release whatever is clogging the drain and solve the problem.

Another tried and true home remedy for drain cleaning is to try pouring a half a cup of baking soda into the drain, then add a cup of lemon juice and allow it to work for a few minutes then slowly pour down some boiling water. The lemon juice will make the baking soda fizz and become an active agent. If you do not have lemon juice, the boiling water makes the baking soda more alkaline and thus more powerful to cut through the clog. This will work as well.

One well known natural drain cleaners is a baking soda and vinegar. First, pour a half cup of baking soda in the sink drain. Then half cup of white vinegar. If you feel you may need a chemical drain cleaner. You should not try this combination. It is not wise to use a commercial cleaner in combination with the baking soda and vinegar as this could possibly cause a chemical reaction.

Baking soda and vinegar is a powerful enough combination on its own. It is capable of cutting through the grease and dissolve hairs that are clogging the drain. Be sure to give that extra boost by pouring a few cups of boiling water down the drain flush out any of the debris that was loosened. If the drain is really clog and is giving you a hard time, try heat up the vinegar before adding it to the drain.

So if you are having problems with a clogged drain, the best drain cleaners are available right in your kitchen. There are also other non-chemical methods such as the use of a plumbers snake. However if you have done your best and still have not corrected the problem, consult a licensed plumber

Drain cleaning is often something that the average person can handle on there own. However, there are times when you will need to call a plumber in to solve the problem.

Solving a drain-cleaning problem that is in need of more is not going to be enough to fix the problem. Is if your home has older galvanized pipes. This can be a huge problem. Galvanized pipes can clog solid and become impossible to clear.

Although you may be able to get the drain clear enough to start running, it will continue to be a problem until you have it changed. In such situations, the best and only remedy is to have the galvanized pipes removed and new pipes installed.

A trained professional is always the way to go in such situation. So know what is required. If you can fix the situation with a simple plunger, then perfect. However, if cleaning the drain is not going to fix the problem call a pro.
24 Oct 2016 
A few months ago, Christie, 42, walked into a plastic surgeon's office in Seattle with overflowing E-cup implants. After getting general anesthesia, she left about three hours later with Bs.

The information technology specialist had started to feel like the boob job she'd gotten four years ago at the urging of her then boyfriend had become an obstacle, in her career and otherwise.

"I've made a lot of transformations with my health in the last few years, eating well and exercising with a trainer, and the inflated boobs didn't fit in--I could barely run because they were so damn heavy," Christie, who would rather not share her surname, said.

Her last straw: "I was at the gym when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror in my tight workout clothes, and I saw how fake my breasts looked. Suddenly, I felt completely self-conscious."

After decades of steady growth, the breast implant trend appears to be deflating. What experts refer to as "explant" procedures like Christie's jumped by nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2014 as augmentations fell by about 3 percent, per data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Last year, nearly 24,000 women--most between 30 and 54--kissed their fake breasts good-bye.

Over on the popular cosmetic-surgery forum, women happily share before and after photos of their diminished busts. As one commenter announced, "I am proud of me for doing something healthy for me instead of worrying about how sexy I'll look."

Plastic surgeons around the country are removing or shrinking implants for the very same women they once augmented. Celebs leading the less-is-more charge include Sharon Osbourne, Melissa Gilbert and Victoria Beckham, who've been open about having their implants taken out, along with Heidi Montag, who downsized her famously huge F-cup implants to Cs.

RELATED: 7 Celebs Who've Said Goodbye to Breast Implants

Fueling the trend: our culture's focus on fitness. Many women are surprised by the maintenance implants require and are no longer willing to shoulder the resulting health issues, inconveniences and costs. Changing body ideals play a big part as well. "Surgeons are seeing a definite shift in the look many women are asking for, away from the very round, prominent 'stripper boob' toward something more in keeping with their natural shape," said Dr. Daniel Mills, president-elect of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). "It's early in the trend, and not every woman is on board--I had a 50-year-old patient just yesterday who wanted to be a G-cup!--but we seem to be moving away from the 'bigger is better' attitude."

The Boob Job Bubble Bursts

Between 2000 and 2006, a record number of women flocked to get implants; procedures rose by 55 percent. A good many were no doubt inspired by Baywatch's Pamela Anderson and her XXL implants, as well as Carmen "32DD" Electra, ranked by multiple men's magazines as one of the sexiest women in the world. Meanwhile, the proliferation of porn on cable television and the mainstreaming of surgically enhanced stars like Jenna Jameson heightened our national obsession with not-found-in-nature knockers. Once the FDA approved a new kind of silicone implant in 2006, juicing an already booming market, augmentation soon surpassed liposuction as the top cosmetic procedure in the country.

Fast-forward to 2015, with a whole lot of implants starting to degenerate, and more and more women in their 30s, 40s and 50s weary of the upkeep. "Implants are not lifetime devices--the longer a woman has them, the more likely it is that she will need additional surgery, which could include replacement or removal," explains Janette Alexander, MD, a plastic surgery medical officer in the FDA's division of surgical devices. That's not exactly a fact you'll find splashed on the plastic surgery billboards around the country. Adds Michele Manahan, MD, assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University, "I see a significant number of women who've gone through one or two surgeries and just get tired of having to deal with implants."

Disproportionately large fake breasts can cause neck, shoulder and back problems (challenges that naturally large-breasted women often have to contend with, too). "The bigger the breast implants are and the more they protrude from the body, the more they change the center of gravity, and the more force they exert on the spine," explains Theodore Shybut, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. That's an issue facing many augmented women in cities like Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and best saline breast implants Las Vegas, where epic implants still reign. Pendulous breasts can become even more problematic after menopause, as many women gain weight in their breasts (and elsewhere) on account of hormonal changes.

No matter what size a woman gets, rupture or deflation occurs in roughly 10 to 25 percent of silicone gel and saline implants over 10 years, manufacturer studies reveal. (Saline implants consist of a silicone shell filled with sterilized salt water; they're less commonly used these days than those containing silicone gel.) Capsular contracture--stiffening of scar tissue that can lead to pain and rock-hard, misshapen breasts--happens in 18 to 19 percent of both types of implants over 10 years. "Placing implants beneath the chest muscle, as most surgeons do today, versus on top--more common in past years--greatly lowers the risk of contracture," Mills said. That doesn't help women who got their breasts done years ago, many of whom are now suffering the consequences.

RELATED: 6 Questions Every Woman Has About Her Breasts

Some insurance policies pay for revision or reduction surgeries for women who develop serious complications that limit their ability to work or simply move around. But others deem cosmetic breast implants elective and won't cover fixes--or screenings for ruptures. (Insurance companies and HMOs that cover mastectomies for breast cancer must, by law, also pay for reconstruction.) That out-of-pocket cost is motivating many women to ditch their implants. As Aimee, a 32-year-old mom and accounts payable clerk in New Orleans (who also asked that her last name not be used), said of her recent removal, "I just couldn't see myself spending a few thousand dollars to update my implants each time. I didn't want to deny my son and any future children summer vacation because Mommy had to get her boobs done."

Size Really Does Matter

For many of us, fitness is everything. But excessively large implants can make jogging uncomfortable and upper body toning moves difficult, notes Dr. Manahan. Fed up with being weighed down by her falsies--and needing to replace them anyway--Dana McCoy, a 31-year-old fitness instructor in Newport Beach, Calif., went under the knife earlier this year to trade her D cups for As. "I was unable to do an unmodified push-up without feeling like my boobs were about to explode," she said.

Women may also be responding to a new cultural norm. Being super fit is now considered the epitome of beauty, just as being waifish or having a pear shape once was, notes sociologist Victoria Pitts-Taylor, PhD, chair of the feminist, gender and sexuality studies program at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. "Cultural preferences for body shapes move in and out of vogue," she said. "Renaissance painters showed women with the plump, round bodies and small breasts that were 'in' then. Pop art and fashion in the 1960s were all about thin, flat-chested Twiggy types." Then came the porn-influenced emphasis on big boobs and a tiny waist in the 1990s and early 2000s, "a tough look to achieve without plastic surgery," adds Pitts-Taylor.

While nobody is ready to declare victory in the body-acceptance battle, there's been a cultural shift toward celebrating a wider diversity of bodies, continues Pitts-Taylor, who is also the author of Surgery Junkies: "The idea of what 'beautiful' means has grown." Earlier this year, Us Weekly magazine included the relatively flat-chested Keri Russell and Zoë Kravitz in its "Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2015" list. Tellingly, Anderson and Jameson eventually had their implants removed.

Even more influential than pop culture trends are the forces within women themselves to redefine what's attractive--and appropriate--as they age. Nearly every woman Health spoke with expressed, in various words, that the overtly sexy, oversize implants they once prized in their younger years "no longer felt like me." Said Aimee, "When I went from a B to 30DD at 19, I actually wore padded push-up bras to make my boobs look even bigger. I was so wrapped up with physical beauty; I didn't have much else to put my self-worth in. Life experience has shown me that being yourself and confident in what is yours naturally can be very sexy, too."

The Health Issues with Implants

For the record: Neither silicone nor saline implants cause breast cancer, studies have shown. Women with both kinds appear to have a very small increased risk of developing a different, extremely rare kind of cancer--anaplastic large cell lymphoma--in scar tissue around the implant, according to the FDA. The FDA also says that studies to date do not show a link between silicone gel implants and connective tissue diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

RELATED: 15 Things That Happen After a Breast Reduction

However, there is a small but very real concern about implants and mammography: "Implants make it slightly more difficult to image 100 percent of a woman's breast tissue, especially if the implants were placed on top of the chest muscle," said Dr. Therese Bevers, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. As a result, women with implants will likely need additional films. If you have implants, Dr. Bevers recommends asking your ob-gyn for a referral to a high-volume breast center, with dedicated breast imaging specialists (rather than general radiologists) reading the films.

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Some women find that the mere chance of a compromised mammogram is a health risk they're not willing to take. Reports Dr. Stuart A. Linder, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, "I've had patients with the breast cancer gene mutation tell me, 'My mother had a bilateral mastectomy, my sister's been diagnosed with breast cancer, I don't want anything prohibiting a mammogram from finding even the tiniest change.' They choose to explant because they want to do everything possible to catch breast changes early."

Experts are now worried about the relatively new trend of women with implants skipping mammograms, and not because they fear the results. "It's kind of lunatic--some women with implants don't get mammograms because they're worried about rupture," said Dr. Lavinia Chong, a plastic surgeon in Orange County, Calif., echoing what Health heard from surgeons around the country. Imaging machines rarely ever press hard enough on breasts to damage implants, experts say, but the fear is there, despite the proven benefits of mammography.

A New Normal

Women who get their implants removed don't always look fabulous right away. Breasts can appear deflated and wrinkled for weeks--even if there's an accompanying breast lift, which 50 to 70 percent of women may require for optimal results. (Some breasts will eventually rebound on their own.) Not all women are good candidates for explantation procedures, said Las Vegas plastic surgeon Michael Edwards, immediate past president of the ASAPS: "A naturally small-breasted woman who's had a big boob job for years may have such thinning of her tissue that her nipples could appear to collapse in on themselves without the implant to give them structure."

Then there are the emotional side effects of downsizing. Though there's surprisingly little research on the psychological impact of implant removal, one study published in 1997 found that women had increased distress after the procedure. "I felt a little sad--even though implants the Akron plastic surgeon are foreign objects, they were a piece of my body for 10 years," recalls Dana. "I remember waking up the day after surgery, moving my arm and thinking, 'Where did my body go?!' It was bizarre. Not recognizing yourself in the mirror is an odd feeling."

RELATED: 12 Things That Probably Don't Increase Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Women also report having awkward conversations about where their chests went, and experiencing challenges simply shopping for clothes. "For 12 years, I tried to find loose tops that wouldn't bring attention to my huge boobs," Aimee said. "Now I have to find clothes that accent that area because I'm flat again."

Still, all women interviewed by Health noted a surge in self-confidence after the removal. "I feel more in shape without my implants and more confident in a bikini," Dana said. "Before, I felt like all that people saw was the girl with the big, fake boobs. Now they see me."

While many women get implants to please a partner, removal is something they're likely to do for themselves. An added incentive: serving as a role model for the next generation. That's in part what led Jennifer O'Callaghan, 41, a health care worker and mother of two in Port Jefferson, N.Y., to reverse her 36C boob job. "When my daughter hit 6 years old and was full of questions about her body, I started seriously thinking about getting rid of my implants," she said. "I would never want her to feel that she had to change her body with surgery to live up to some ideal, as I did."

Many women ultimately find comfort in their reduced chests; it's like meeting up with an old friend. "The first time I showered post-surgery, my natural breasts felt so soft, wonderful and so familiar," said Suzanne Magdalena Rolph-McFalls, 51, a writer and owner of a home renovation company in Hebron, Ky., who had her 38DDs removed a few months ago. "I took a picture of myself naked right afterward, and I'm smiling so big. I felt like myself for the first time in 20 years."

Reversing a boob job turned out to be the right decision for these women, but it's not for everyone. Plenty of women appreciate and adore their implants, and lots more continue to get them. It's simply important, going in, to understand the upkeep and not delay mammograms.

Ultimately, it's all about what makes you content. As Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh put it, "To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."

The True Cost of Augmentation

Health crunched numbers from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and patient surveys on Here's what you might end up shelling out, given that insurance typically covers only severe complications.

Silicone breast augmentation, age 22: $6,000

MRIs (at up to $2,000 a pop) to screen for rupture at ages 25, 27, 29 and 31, as recommended by the FDA: $8,000

Revision surgery to replace aging implants, age 32: $8,000

MRI screenings at ages 35, 37, 39, 41, 43 and 45: $12,000

Explant procedure at age 47: $4,000

Breast lift accompanying explant (optional): $8,000

GRAND TOTAL: $46,000

RELATED: The Perfect Breast Shape, According to Science  

4 Steps to Finding a Top Plastic Surgeon

Whether you're considering implants, an explant or anything in between, this is exactly what you need to know about selecting an excellent doctor.

1. See a doctor board-certified in plastic surgery

It's the only way to make sure a surgeon has extensive training, meets stringent continuing education requirements and specializes in his field. "When a revision patient of mine had gone for [her original] consultation, she asked a staffer if the doctor was board-certified," recounted Daniel Mills, MD. "The staffer said yes but didn't bother to add that the doctor was board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, not plastic surgery. When she came to see me, her implants had dropped like they were in tube socks, down to her belly button." If you had a good experience with your augmentation, though, consider that surgeon first if you want a removal, as she'll already have your records and be familiar with your body. Otherwise check a doc's credentials on the American Board of Plastic Surgery's site.

2. Don't try to get a good deal

"I'm seeing a lot more botched surgeries lately in women who wanted to save money," Mills said. "Do you really want to get the cheapest bid for your body?" Yes, price matters, but unusually low ones may be a sign of a desperate doctor. Be wary of billboard specials or Groupons offering steep discounts on augmentation surgery. To look up the average cost of procedures in your area as reported by users on, click on "treatments," pick your procedure, then hit "cost."

3. Watch out for the smooth talker

"If you're not at least a little nervous about going through with a procedure after a plastic surgeon lays out the complications and considerations in your preoperative visits, either he wasn't very thorough or you weren't listening!" warned Dr. Michael Edwards. "A consultation shouldn't be a sales pitch--it's a chance to educate." It helps to come prepared with a list of questions, and to take notes you can refer to.

4. Perform a background check

Many plastic surgeons have patient-referral lists for various procedures, so you can ask other women about their experiences. Be sure to contact your state's medical board to look for disciplinary actions against a physician you're considering; you can also check into medical malpractice claims on (and read doctor reviews).

How to Get the Right Size for Your Body

Some plastic surgeons are more likely to go for larger implants. "It often depends on where you live and what the majority of patients there are asking for," noted Edwards. You can assess a surgeon's style by flipping through the look book in his office or browsing his online gallery. A good consult should include trying on "sizers" in a sports bra to find the best size for your body type. Some doctors offer 3-D imaging, so patients can envision a new shape and size from all angles.

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