Grainne Farrell, Author at Lotus Medical International - Page 2 of 9

With the rising costs of health care and medical procedures, most patients are looking to get the exact same cosmetic medical procedure in the exact same quality to be done elsewhere outside of Australia. Around 15,000 Australians are heading to Thailand for cosmetic surgery every year to go under the knife in a different country or a different continent and it all adds up to over AUD$300 million on medical procedures alone.

In highly-developed nations, such as Australia, the large ageing population demands higher more medical attention when it comes to different elective surgeries. In turn, this heightened demand leads to a lengthy waiting list for the operating room as well as a quick-turnaround for patients admitted to the hospitals.

Due to the high price of health care services and expensive hospital bills, patients don’t get to stay as long as they want to recuperate right after surgery. Coupled with the high demand for hospital beds, postoperative patients are discharged earlier and are left to fully recover at home which several follow up visits right after.


The Medical Tourism Industry

With the increase in demand and the limited number of slots in surgery rooms, patients turn to medical tourism, it is defined as certain individuals opting to travel to a different country to avail of surgical, dental, and other medical needs that are of equal or greater value compared to their own native country.

One of the leading medical tourism destinations in the world is Thailand, which has always been the number one South-east Asian Nation when it comes to the said industry. With a whopping US$4.3 billion estimated earnings and a staggering 2.5 million foreign patients per year, Thailand has been a game-changer when it comes to high-quality medical tourism. The government has been strategically developing this industry since 2004 when the Tourism Authority of Thailand has started actively campaigning for foreigners to take advantage of Thailand’s world-class treatment and wellness centres for a fraction of the cost compared to Australia, US, Canada, and other European nations.


Why Thailand?

You might be wondering as to what makes Thailand special than any other country because other Asian nations such as Singapore and Malaysia offer the same cosmetic procedures. However, Thailand continues to be the top destination when it comes for medical tourism, specifically cosmetic surgery.

Here are the different reasons as to what makes Thailand one of the most popular destinations when it comes to cosmetic surgery, read on!



The most important reason is the huge difference when it comes to hospital costs. Compared to getting anything done in a private hospital back in Australia, Thai hospitals charge about 30 to 40% less while still providing the exact same service or procedure. Even if you add in the travel expenses, getting cosmetic surgery done in Thailand is simply more affordable and reasonably priced.


World-class quality health care facilities

As the government has imposed stricter guidelines for health care services and establishments, internationally-known accrediting bodies such as Joint Commission International and several ISO certifications are there to ensure that the standards worldwide are met. With bedroom suites inside hospitals, patients get to enjoy their recovery while staying in hospital rooms that are as comfy as their very own home.


Competent health care and hospital staff

Thai health care facilities have against hospitals of other Asian countries is that hospitals assign English-speaking staff to foreigners for ease of communication. Some hospitals have in-house interpreters that can speak around 30 languages while others opt in assigning at least one English-speaking staff in every hospital station. The competent health care team is led by doctors which are usually trained abroad and are familiar with the latest advancements in the field of cosmetology.


Up-to-date medical equipment and techniques

To keep up with the modern-day updates in the field of general health and surgery, Thailand is one of the leading places for modern medical equipment and treatment approaches. With digital imaging machines to surgical set ups, Thai hospitals are comparable to the advance hospitals back Australia or the United States.


Too many to choose from

With the sheer number of public and private hospitals offering cosmetic surgery, patients don’t have to wait too long just to enlist for the surgery room. Patients are also allowed to stay inside the hospital until they are fully healed or are able to move freely on their own. No need to rush for discharge as hospitals have ample rooms for other patients with different medical treatment needs.


Being treated like royalty

As the Kingdom of Thailand boasts of its hospitality, being a patient inside one of its world-class premier hospitals allows you to experience top-notch health care coupled with high-quality hospitality. From modern amenities inside hotel suites to the special care you get from dedicated hospital staff, patients are treated as guests and your rest and comfort is the top priority all the time.

With all of these and more, Thailand proves to be the number one destination when it comes to medical tourism in Southeast Asia. In the past years, the 2.5 million tourists have come to Thailand purely for medical reasons alone and they came spending over US$4.3 billion in different medical procedures. They are the number one when it comes to medical tourism in Asia, followed by Singapore and Malaysia.



Cosmetic surgery is simply affordable in Thailand

Basically, the price that Thailand medical centres offer really makes a huge difference compared to all other options. No need to wait in a long waiting list and no need to shell out thousands of dollars for a simple nip and tuck. In Thailand, you get the entire world-class cosmetic surgery experience without having to pay an arm and a leg.

With the help of the government, international accreditations have set the standards of health care in Thailand which has lead to efficient hospital staff, competent practitioners, and high-quality cosmetic surgeries with reduced risks and complications.

In choosing the right practitioner and the right hospital, make sure to do your own research and get to know the people and the facilities which are highly-rated and raved-about in online forums and websites. Get recommendations from trusted friends and family members to get a better grasp of what to expect and what to do. Lastly, plan everything ahead of time to ensure a safe trip, including airport transfers, hotel accommodations for after discharge, and any other possible expenses not included in the hospital bills.

So if you are looking for a more affordable alternative for cosmetic and plastic surgery and are looking into having a holiday in a vibrant and interesting city of Bangkok, opt for having your cosmetic surgery in Thailand and experiment world-class health care service at a fraction of a cost compared to hospitals back at home.


How much do these cosmetic surgeries cost?

In other countries, expensive health care prices are driven by higher salaries of health care professionals and an even higher demand for various services inside the hospital. In Thailand, however, procedures are worth up to 40% cheaper because professional fees aren’t as high and competition is always tight with the numerous institutions offering the same procedures and the same cosmetic surgery packages.

Cutting the price does not necessarily mean that the quality nor the service is cut into half as well, because Thailand prides itself as the “Beauty Center of Asia”. Experts in the field come with various accreditations and most have trained in Western countries and the hospitals are fully equipped with the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery.

With the top-notch quality of service, high-class hospital suites, and highly-trained specialists, you’d expect to pay an arm and a leg just to get one minor procedure done, right? Well, in comparison to Australia, Thailand’ fees are less expensive even if you add in the travel expenses. In comparison, breast implants can cost up to AU$12,000 when done in Australia but in Thailand, the bill could only reach up to AU$4,000. Getting a facelift in an Australian facility can cost up to AU$10,000 while a hospital in Bangkok can do that for only AU$5,500 or almost half of the price. As for the travel costs, airfares are fairly cheap especially if you book your trip during the off peak season, around March to September, where the streets aren’t as crowded and hotels aren’t as full.


Medical Facilities in Thailand

Fostering the medical tourism industry in Thailand, the government has set specific guidelines for health care professionals and facilities to follow to uplift the quality of services they provide. With the aid of the Joint Commission International, hospitals and health care professionals in Thailand strive to provide world-class services which adhere to standards set in the United States and in other Western nations.

As in any other country, there are thousands of hospitals all over Thailand and even in its smaller islands. The majority of which are public hospitals which are run under the government’s arm, the Ministry of Public Health. Because of the high availability of health care in Thailand, waiting lists for surgeries and other procedures aren’t as long as you would expect. With the tight competition as well from other top-calibre hospitals in Bangkok, it is clear as to why prices for cosmetic surgeries still remain highly competitive and affordable. Based on your budget and your elected cosmetic procedure, you can freely choose to a hotel-like hospital bedroom inside an international-standard health care facility right in the middle of Bangkok and still save hundreds of dollars when it comes to paying your medical bills.

Among the numerous health care facilities in the beautiful country of Thailand, Lotus Medical is the top rated cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery facility in Thailand.


To go or not to go?

Before you jump the gun and book a flight to Thailand, be sure to do your own part and research about the cosmetic surgery you want to have done and the possible hospitals you are considering. Get to know each and every step of the planning and the process so you don’t get lost in translation. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any information.

Always factor in the costs of your own travel to and from Bangkok, especially considering accommodation and transportation costs outside of the hospital. Have a translator service (we can provide this) in mind in case you do run into a problem, even if the hospitals do promise to have an in-house translator or a medical professional fluent in English it does pay to have your own in certain cases.

Any medical or health insurance plans that you have back at home might not cover any cosmetic surgeries, especially those done voluntarily or on an elective basis. However, if your insurance provider gives international medical coverage on a global scale, make sure to contact them first before making any bookings or reservations overseas.

With the world-class health care service offered at a fraction of a cost, Thailand definitely beats other countries when it comes to medical tourism. Do away with the long waiting list for operating room procedures and cut free from plastic surgeons charging prices that are considerably expensive for such a small operation. Thousands have done it in the past and more and more patients come each and every year just to go under the knife.

With the majority of the hospitals in Thailand being run by the Ministry of Health, thousands of hospitals specialising specifically in cosmetic surgery has grown all over the country. Everything from simple lip injections, facelifts, tummy tucks, and even rhinoplasty, health care facilities in Thailand welcome all patients looking for an affordable solution to their physical appearance woes and aesthetic problems.



Cosmetic Surgery is known to be a medical procedure of purely aesthetic benefits, but that is a common misconception. With more than millions of people benefitting from the countless advantages of cosmetic surgery in Thailand, the public’s understanding is getting better with each successful procedure and each patient’s success story.


What is cosmetic surgery?

It is an umbrella term for medical operation or procedure which focuses on enhancing the patient’s physical appearance, from the face to the entire body. With its rising popularity, cosmetic surgery has evolved into an entire branch of science which deals with both invasive or non-invasive procedures all aimed to enhance the physical appearance of the patient.


The five most common cosmetic surgery procedures in Thailand are:

Invasive procedures involve those that require the doctor or the surgeon to make an incision to access certain muscles or tissues in a specific region of the body. A non-invasive procedure, on the other hand, pertains to not having any kind of break in the skin when administering any procedures. With the current advancements in the field of medical technology, minimally invasive procedures are now available, which means other surgeries may be done with only a smaller cut made and lesser pain for the patient to endure.

In Australia, an estimate of about 500,000 cosmetic surgeries are carried out each year and the rate is growing rapidly per year as well. The industry has grown to a billion-dollar business that has simply outrun America’s own statistics when it comes to the number of procedures done per year.


The benefits of cosmetic surgery

Patients get more than just the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery in Phuket Thailand, they also maximize the other advantages in the different aspects of their wellbeing. Of course, the main motivation of most patients in deciding to go under the knife is usually to look better. However, successful cosmetic surgeries allow patients not only to look better to feel better and live better as well.

Aside from the primary aesthetic aspect, the benefits of cosmetic surgery include:

  • Improved self-esteem and improved self-confidence.

Imagine battling stubborn fat in the midsection of the body for years and having the option to instantly get leaner through liposuction. Because of the dramatic change in their physical appearance, patients feel empowered and emboldened by their new look, which translates into a more confident person with a more positive outlook in life.

  • Increased physical comfort and ease.

With breast reduction procedures, patients are relieved by the burdensome back problems that come from having large breasts. Patients can move freely and easily as well because their chests aren’t as large as it was before the operation.

  • Improved health and bodily functions.

Especially for nose reshaping or rhinoplasty, patients may experience improvement in their breathing because the procedure not only improves the appearance but it also widens the air passageway for the patient.

  • Increased motivation to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

As patients hear the compliments and the rave reviews of their new physical appearance, most of them are motivated to control their weight and to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Overweight patients can enjoy physical exercises, such as running, cycling, and swimming, without the extra pounds weighing them down.


What to expect after the procedure?

For non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, such as botox fillers or lip injections, the patient is allowed to go home right after and they are to be cautious about the injection site feeling painful to touch or the affected area to develop redness and swelling within the first 48 hours.

For invasive surgeries, on the other hand, patients are to stay inside the hospital postoperative for continuous monitoring of the surgery site and for any signs of complications, such as fever, severe swelling, pain, and other tell-tale signs of infection. Antibiotics and pain relievers are given, even until the patient is to be discharged from the facility. Continuous follow-up check-ups with the surgeon are required to closely monitor the operation site until it is fully healed.


Cosmetic Surgery Cost

It is best to thoroughly discuss with your trusted cosmetic surgeon the details of the procedure and how much exactly are you to spend to from the pre-operation stage up to the follow-up visits that you are to complete after the surgery. Also, see your insurance company and discuss the scope and limitations of cosmetic surgery included in your insurance plan. Please click here to see our cosmetic surgery costs 

March 29, 2018 Grainne FarrellBlog3

If you’re thinking about having cosmetic surgery in Thailand, your main thoughts are probably on making sure you get the best service and surgeon.

Undergoing any surgery is not an easy decision and, rightly, you want the best results and to be safe.

Choosing the right service provider and surgeon are one part of the puzzle. The other is preparing yourself for your operation.

What you’ll get from reading this post:

  • The top 3 areas you can control to make your surgery better
  • Why health and fitness helps recovery
  • An instantly actionable fitness and eating guide

Let’s get stuck in…

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Strong is the new skinny!

#1 – Stronger in, stronger out

When undergoing any kind of cosmetic surgery it adds a little stress to the body.

This is totally normal. If your body is weaker at the start, it will take you longer to recover afterwards.

Being strong in a physical sense means improving your muscular and cardiovascular (heart and lungs) systems. When they’re strong, they’re able to cope with stresses more easily along with many other benefits.

When you’re fit, your body is able to deliver oxygen, vitamins and minerals around the body very easily, as well as remove toxins and waste products which occur naturally in our bodies.

If your fitness is low, the body has a harder time carrying out these necessary chores and it takes it longer. That leads to a longer recovery time.

Doing physical activity such as cardio, HIIT and weight training can all help prepare you so you’re in the best possible shape.

More will be discussed on this in the fitness guide below.

#2 – Psychological strength

Being strong in a psychological sense means being relaxed, less stressed and having had

Meditation on a Beach
Meditate on a beach…

plenty of good sleep in the lead up to your procedure.

Chronic, low level stress such as that which many westerners face today from working long hours and living busy lives can raise levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

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That’s one reason why having cosmetic surgery in Thailand is so beneficial. You can de-stress before the procedure, relax on one of the beautiful beaches and get great sleep each night.

We all know that when we’re overworked, stressed and haven’t slept well how easy it is to get ill. Our bodies are overworked and the immune system becomes weak.

The same holds true for our minds. The mind and body are inextricably linked, so if you have a weak body or mind, one will impact the other and vice versa.

You can take control of your psychological stress by making time for good sleep, taking time to relax, organising everything and booking your procedure with a company that you feel 100% safe with.

We’ll cover some actionable ways to do this in the guide below.

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Tasty Thai Food

#3 – Food choices

After your successful procedure, your body will be in recovery mode. This is when rest, relaxation and good food choices will really help you recover faster.

During this time the body will need higher levels of natural vitamins and minerals to be used as resources for rebuilding and repairing. You definitely want to be eating fresh, whole and minimally processed foods.

Thailand has some amazingly fresh produce, so post operation you are in a great place to take advantage of that. Being so sunny in Thailand also means your Vitamin D levels will get topped up.

As if you needed an excuse to sit on the beach…

But, pre-operation is also very important. Stocking up on fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds before hand will give the body exactly what it needs to be in the best shape possible.

Stores of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E and K) will be available for use as and when required if you have topped up before hand.

However, all the other topic-areas/nutrition-food-safety-health/water-soluble-vitamins-b-complex-and-vitamin-c-9-312/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>water soluble vitamins need to be consumed regularly to keep levels topped up as they do not stay in the body. An easy way to do this is to try and eat a rainbow coloured selection of fresh fruit and veg each day.

In short, if you put in a solid 1-2 months preparation of no alcohol with lots of good fruits and veg, your body will have all the natural resources it needs to recovery faster and make you look better.

So, how do you maximise your health and fitness? Let’s take a look in these next sections.

A Fitness Guide for your Surgery

We could go into a lot of detail about the best kinds of exercise to do here, but we won’t because keeping things simple in the run up to your surgery is the best option.

The key to maintaining your fitness is regular exercise, which means you should aim to be active 4-5 times per week.

What kind of exercises should you do? It depends on your current level of fitness. Now is not the time to start a high intensity schedule if you’re not used to it.

Pick 4 of the below to do each week for the 12 weeks (or however long you have) leading up to your procedure.

  • 30 minute yoga session
  • 30 minute brisk walk
  • 15 minute HIIT workout
  • 45 minute weight training session
  • 60 minute spin class
  • 60 minute body pump/attack class
  • 30 minute swim session

A mix of 4 sessions per week from the list above will keep things varied and work your muscular and cardiovascular systems sufficiently to maximise your fitness gains.

Here are some HIIT home workout videos to try for yourself at home. If you’d prefer a weights based program, check out these full body weights workouts. Or you can find numerous yoga sessions on YouTube.

Sometimes we all need a helping hand keeping fit, so if you’re in London we can highly recommend Rob Jackson from Minimal FiT. He’s a personal trainer in London, Canary Wharf. We’ve personally worked with him and he comes highly recommended. Check him out on Facebook.

If you’re planing on coming out to Thailand earlier than your surgery, there are some great places to train. Unit-27 is one such place we would recommend trying out. We personally train there and love their classes.

For more information on places to train, please get in touch and we will be able to assist you.

Healthy Eating Guide

The first point to make here is this. Eating healthy has two key parts to it:

  1. Removing the processed, high sugar, high saturated fat, fast foods and drinks
  2. Increasing fresh, whole fruit and vegetables

It sounds simple in theory, and it is, but in practice it’s very hard to do because most food products available today are heavily processed.

Most of the isles in the supermarket contain packaged, processed foods. Yes, that includes cereal, bread and juices like orange juice in a container.

For more information on which foods to avoid, check out this post to boost your healthy eating results.

What does a clean eating day look like?

Good question. The example below has been taken from this 7-day meal plan. The basic idea is to eat a good balance of carbs, protein and healthy fats all from minimally processed, fresh foods.

7 Day Meal Plan
1 Day Meal Plan Example

The best way to do that is to keep things simple. Think porridge oats or eggs for breakfast, salad for lunch and oven cooked meat and veg for dinner.

Healthier snack alternatives

The biggest hurdle most people have to overcome is snacking. Even when you’re eating 3 good, healthy meals a day snacks can sometimes double the amount of calories consumed per day.

Healthy Slimming Snacks
Healthy Slimming Snack Ideas

Snacks like chocolate bars, crisps and those touted as “healthy low calorie” options usually contains lots of chemicals and they’re the ones to avoid.

If you need to snack, try finding some healthier alternatives. Here is an infographic to help you pick some healthy, filling and slimming snack options instead.

To wrap it up…

The takeaway from all this is that you’re in control of a large part of how your surgery and recovery goes. You can control your exercise and eating habits to make sure you’re as fit, healthy and strong as possible to aid the recovery process.

This work starts weeks or months before your procedure. Making some small, but consistent changes such as those outlined above will pay off massively.

And they don’t have to just be for the weeks leading up to your cosmetic procedure. These habits can be kept indefinitely to make your life better.