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Be prepared to be flexible

Be prepared for the specifics of your treatment plan to change after your face to face consultation with your surgeon. Although, our clients more than often are able to stick to their initial treatment plan, which was provided after a free online consultation. Our surgeons are very experienced in offering online consultations and give extremely accurate feedback. This said, the surgeon’s recommendation may not fit in with your preferences therefore a new treatment plan and quote could be drawn up on the day of your surgery. This is common for surgeries such as breast augmentation and liposuction. Often the size, shape and placement of your breast implants will be different to what you original thought you would want or need. Liposuction is sometimes not possible in the areas where you wish to have it as the surgeons may think that there is not enough fat to be removed. Our surgeons will always strive to achieve the client’s desired outcome. However, they will only perform surgeries that are suitable or safe for the client.

Follow the pre surgery advice and guidelines 

You will be asked not to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your surgery time. You should also cease smoking or consuming alcohol, as well as taking dietary supplements, Aspirin, Ibuprofen and vitamins at two weeks prior to your surgery. If you are taking any other medications you should notify us before travelling to Phuket. This applies to all surgeries for example surgeries such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery and liposuction.

Taking time off work

Your surgeon will recommend a length of stay in Phuket that is needed for you to have the surgery and recover before flying back home. You will need to request this time off from work and account for the days spent travelling to and from Phuket. You may also want to consider taking a few extra days off after returning home to continue to recover fully before returning to work. If your work involves strenuous activity, speak to your surgeon and seek advice on a recommended date to return to work.

Travelling solo?

Travelling to a foreign country alone to have surgery can seem daunting. This is why at Lotus Medical we provide you with your own English speaking medical host, who is on hand throughout your whole trip. Your medical host will meet you at the hospital for each of your appointments and check up on you the days following your surgery. You will be given a mobile phone to contact us with whilst you are staying in Phuket. We will fully support you throughout your surgical holiday so you will not feel alone. If you have any concerns after you leave the hospital and return to your hotel, we are just at the end of the phone. We will also arrange all of your transfers to and from the airport, hospital and hotel. Many clients will travel with a partner or friend but still benefit hugely from being fully supported by Lotus Medical.

Rest up

You will find you get tired easily in the days following your surgery so don’t expect to be out exploring, sightseeing and shopping. Rest is very important in recovery. Depending on which time of the year you visit Phuket the weather can be very hot and humid. Keeping your incision clean and dry is imperative to avoiding infection or a delay in the healing process. This is most important for surgeries such as liposuction of tummy tuck surgery where you may be required to wear full support garments.  It is advised to not be out in the sun for too long or to go swimming. If you would like time to explore Phuket, swim and sunbathe, do this in the days prior to your surgery.


If you are travelling solo a small carry-on suitcase with wheels is a good idea as you will not be able to lift any heavy bags after having surgeries such as liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Ask for help when stowing your bags on the plane.

Travel and medical insurance

When travelling abroad most people buy a travel insurance policy which insures them against things like theft, accidents and flight delays. If deciding to have medical or dental procedures overseas it can be a good idea to combine travel insurance with a type of medical insurance that insures you if having elective medical procedures overseas. Lotus Medical has looked at many of these insurance packages and can advise you on a very comprehensive package that can be tailored to your specific needs.


A Facelift can be a lower facelift, a neck lift, a brow lift, eye lid surgery or any combination of.

Most often a lower face and neck lifts are performed together in combination. Very rarely will our surgeons advise a neck of facelift alone.

These procedures are categorized the following way;

  • Facelift – a lower face and neck lift (with or without the eyelid surgery)
  • Full Facelift- a lower face, neck and brow lift (with or without eyelid surgery)

The recommended length of stay in Phuket for these procedures is 16 days. Clients are provided with a full treatment plan and accurate quote after the surgeon has reviewed images of their face and has understood their main concerns.


When having a facelift incisions are made around the ears to tighten the skin of the lower face. The incisions will be behind and in front of the ears and are barely visible after time.

When having a brow lift there are two types of incisions; endoscopic which is less invasive or a full incision which is more invasive. Upper eye lid surgery can also sometimes be referred to as a brow lift.

When having eyelid surgery incisions are made in the folds of the eyes and the excess skin is removed to give a more taught appearance. This procedure can be done under local or general anesthetic. The recommended length of stay in Phuket for this procedure is 9 days.


Recovery from facelift surgery can be expected to be uncomfortable as there is quite a bit of bruising and/or swelling after receiving these procedures. However, pain relief medication is much more affective in Thailand than it is compared to that used in countries such as England, Australia and New Zealand.  A full head garment is to be worn after having facelift surgery to prevent and help with residual swelling. Each client will be advised by their surgeon as to how long they should wear this garment for, depending on which combination of procedures they have had.

To find out more information on facelift surgery please email us directly at [email protected]


July 21, 2016 Grainne FarrellBlog0

Breast lift surgery will improve the position of the bust line it does not improve the size of the breasts. Often breast lift surgery is done at the same time as a breast augmentation surgery. The implants will fill the upper pole of the breasts and in most cases clients will get better results from having both procedures, compared to the results they may have got from having breast lift surgery alone.

Breast lift surgery would benefit women who have a low bust line and women who have experienced changes in their breast through pregnancy, breast feeding, weight-loss or aging.

Having breast augmentation alone will not usually improve the bust line and in some cases it may make it worse. If you are considering having breast augmentation surgery but you’re unsure if you would also benefit from a breast lift, you may be what surgeons call a borderline case. Our breast surgery specialist surgeons here in Phuket are actually sometimes able to improve the bust line for these borderline cases via breast augmentation only. This is great news for those clients who are borderline cases as they are able to improve the size and bust line in one procedure, reducing costs and scaring.

Depending on the severity of your case, there are three types of incisions that can be used for breast lift surgery. If your case is not very severe then the surgeon will make an incision around your nipple, this is sometimes called a ‘doughnut’ incision. The next level of severity would require an incision around your nipple and also a vertical incision from the bottom of the nipple to the breast fold, this is sometimes called a ‘lollipop’ incision. Lastly, for severe cases an ‘anchor’ incision would be used, this is the same as the lollipop incision but an incision is also made along the breast fold.

There are risks involved when undergoing breast lift surgery. Because an incision is made around the nipple there is a chance that your ability to breastfeed will be affected. This is something you need to consider if you are planning a pregnancy and would like to be able to breastfeed.

When having a breast lift you will be required to stay in the hospital for 2 nights as opposed to 1 night for breast augmentation surgery. The recovery time is slightly longer when having breast lift surgery; we recommend that you stay in Phuket for a total of 14 days. When having breast augmentation alone you are required to stay in Phuket for 7 days.

Our surgeons will provide you with a free online consultation to advise you on which procedures would give you your desired outcome. We provide this service free of charge and you are under no obligation to book with us for using this service. You will also have a face to face consultation with your surgeon to discuss further if you would benefit from a breast lift procedure. All the finer details of your surgery such as incisions would be decided in your face to face consultation.



January 20, 2016 Grainne FarrellBlog0



If you are current in the middle of exploring all about breast augmentation, you will have certainly come across the expression boob greed.

We read lots bout the boob greed trends, this is where post operation breast augmentation patients wish they had decided to have a bigger bust. Is it a situation that most women finds themselves in?

Boob Greed Survey

A popular cosmetic surgery forum, Plastic Surgery Forum Australia, asked their community if they could choose again would they choose a bigger implant, smaller implant or the same size. The results were surprising.

  • 52.63%said they would choose a bigger breast implant
  • 5.265%said they would have chosen a smaller breast implant
  • 42.11%said they would have chosen the same breast implant

It is obvious that the boob greed fiend is maybe real and if you have been contemplating the variation between the two sizes it would be sensible to keep this in mind.  Nevertheless, we are all unique and you should possibly ask yourself, would you rather be bigger than anticipated or smaller.



boob greed




November 11, 2015 Grainne FarrellBlog0

Face Lift Thailand

Through the advancement and modernization of today’s technology, several ways have been discovered in order to fight signs of aging and maintain a younger looking face and skin. One of the best ways is the Face lift.

What is Facelift? It is a cosmetic procedure, which involves the repositioning of the skin and tightening of the tissue and muscle of the face and neck in order to prevent the signs of aging produced by gravity and reduction in collagen. This is one of the growing trends in surgery in Thailand resulting in several medical centers which offer the this type of surgery.

Although the Face Lift Thailand could not stop your aging process, it can turn your face to look and appear younger than you actual age. The main aim of the surgery is to counter the looseness and sagging in your skin and muscle tissue that makes your face appear younger.

If having Facelift Surgery, surgery alone will not remove all of the wrinkles around the eyes and mouth; so therefore, if you want to achieve the most desirable results, it is better to avail of the additional procedures offered by your trusted medical care center in Thailand. Procedures might include the following: liposuction, eyelid surgery, neck lift, forehead lift, etc.

Before having a Face Lift surgery in Thailandthe surgeon will first assess the patients individually so that they can plan what type of facelift a particular patient needs.

Here are the techniques and approaches to Face Lift surgery that surgeon may apply to their patient:

  • Short scar facelift
  • Standard facelift
  • Foundation facelift or the deep-plane facelift

When planning to undergo Face Lift Thailand, you need to bear in mind some factors to consider for safe and successful results. Along with the assessment that the surgeon does they will also need to identify the factors that affect which technique of  facelift is best to use.

They will have to consider the patients age, degree of skin laxity, intensity of jowls, integrity of eye muscles, amount of the sub-mandibular/sub-mental fat or the bulges in the face, fat deposits, and degree of platys-ma bands on the animation and the herniated fat found in lower eyelids.

Patients should try to find the best medical center for Face Lift Thailand , providing the best outcome and service for the international patient having cosmetic surgery. It is important that you choose the center who will make you feel reassured, safe and informed about the proceedings of the Face-lift surgery in Thailand.


September 23, 2015 Grainne FarrellBlog0

Michael visits a Bangkok Dentist

Dental treatments in Western countries can work out to be very expensive and compared to dentists in Thailand they are certainly expensive. This means that many people decide to combine their holiday and visit a dentist in Thailand at the same time. Whether you want a simple procedures like teeth whitening or even for treatments as big as full mouth rehabilitation, choosing a dentist in Thailand is not only a good choice because of the costs but our dentists in Phuket and Bangkok are also very highly experienced and qualified. Lotus Medical has been providing dental procedures in Thailand for eight years now. We have dedicated a lot of time and effort to make sure that you go to one of the best dentists in Thailand.

We work the most highly specialised dentists in Thailand. So whether you are in search of a Bangkok dentist or a Phuket dentist we will be able to recommend you to one of the best dentists in Thailand. We have specialists in every field of dentistry so from having dental implants in Thailand; to veneers to something as simple as a filling we can help you to find the best specialist available.

As with all of our procedures we have only listed the procedures which we find are requested most often. If you are interested in a procedure which is not listed please just fill out our enquiry form and we will get back to you with more details including prices specific to dentists in Phuket or dentists in Bangkok

All prices are in Thai Baht, we have provided a currency converter that will give you a rough idea of the costs in your local currency, these are based on exchange rates at the time of viewing!


The photograph is taken of Michael, from Sydney, who went to one of our Bangkok Dentists last year for extensive treatments including; fillings, whitening, veneers and crowns.  He was quoted around $20,000 in Australia and had the work carried out by one of the world’s top surgeries for 6,500.


December 1, 2014 Grainne FarrellBlog0



When children think of the beach they think of freedom and fun. Adults, on the other hand have a different perspective. For most of us, there’s the dreaded search for the perfect swimming costume and summery clothing that will show off our best features whilst hiding our worst. Then there’s the actual moment of arriving at the beach and having to remove some of the summery clothing in order to blend in with other sun revelers. Even shorts and tank tops can present a problem, since they seem to be designed to accentuate every single bulge.  This is where plastic surgeons in Thailand can help.

But all is not lost and the battle of bulge finally has a decent opponent…

Lotus Medical’s team of plastic surgeons in Thailand offer a variety of body contouring procedures which in conjunction with a continuing commitment to a healthy lifestyle, that includes good nutrition and adequate exercise, can mean that you are finally able to enjoy the surf and sand.

Liposuction is a good example, for instance. This is a simple and non-evasive procedure and you can usually expect to resume regular daily activities within a week, returning to your normal exercise regimen in three weeks, when 80-85% percent of the swelling has decreased. By the fourth month, all swelling should be gone. Since liposuction uses only small incisions (just large enough to insert the fat-removing tube called a cannula) the scarring is minimal. Liposuction can remove fat reservoirs in hard-to-lose places such as the abdomen, hips and thighs. The firmer and more elastic your skin, the better your liposuction results will be.

Hanging skin will not reshape itself to your new contours after liposuction, so in these cases that skin might have to be surgically removed. A tummy tuck (the nickname for abdominoplasty) removes fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen. It also tightens the abdominal wall muscles. The results can be dramatic, especially in the case of a severely protruding abdomen. Scarring will occur, but due to the location of the surgery, bathing suits and underwear cover the scars. A tummy tuck is best suited for women and men who are in decent overall shape, but are frustrated by fat deposits or lose skin that just won’t decrease after regular diet or exercise.

Now, thanks to companies like Lotus Medical International and the best plastic surgeons in Thailand, we can offer these life changing procedures affordably and you get a much deserved holiday at the same time. Not only can more people now afford to look better, they can’t afford not to, especially in today’s society where the focus is on looking and acting young.

Lotus Medical is proud to provide customized care to all our clients. We acknowledges that the initial stages when choosing or not to proceed with surgery are daunting but we are there to take you through the whole experience step by step, from the first enquiry to after the surgery when you are back at home. For more information on a customized body contouring procedure or any other aesthetic procedure please contact [email protected] and one of our consultants would be happy to assist you.



Plastic surgeons in Thailand




November 25, 2014 Grainne FarrellBlog0



I have encountered a lot of girls who have had breast surgery in Thailand.  Of course all of them were so happy and excited  after their surgery. I will definitely feel the same way once I have mine! I just can’t wait to finally say goodbye to push up bras! After that, I can wear my bikini, low cut shirts, and tube dresses with confidence.  After all the struggling of pulling the muscle up, for me to have a nice, “Full” front once and for all, free from insecurities.  That will be me once I get my breast surgery in Thailand.

It’s so wonderful to see women having confidence after the surgery, and sometimes I have to stop them from being too excited. I am not being a buzz kill, but I am just a responsible Medical Host; trying to avoid any inconveniences that may occur if our client will not follow the post operative care advised by their surgeon and by Lotus Medical.

Ladies who were really prepared for the surgery and had the proper expectations were usually the ones recovering faster. So quickly that the next day they will ask me if they can have elephant trekking, go to the beach or have cocktails, or even go shopping and I am shaking my head, “No”.

Phuket, Thailand is undeniably a place that is so hard to resist. Beaches, elephants, mountains, paradise resorts, malls, night markets, and a crazy night life parties. These are really irresistible and sometimes patients need to be reminded on what the purpose of their travel was. We still would want you to enjoy your stay in Phuket, with proper planning for your health & safety in mind, remember that this place will always be here, and you can come back anytime you want for something… an adventure or party vacation. However, your new boobies will go somewhere called the, “The Operating Room” again, if you don’t comply with the Do’s and Don’ts during the first days after surgery.

I will only point out some important details and I will try not to sound like a professor explaining an algebraic equation!

  1. Follow the prescribed medications.  Anti-inflammatory is a MUST. Anti-biotic medication is also a MUST. Pain reliever should be AS NEEDED! The strong pain reliever will make you feel a bit sick and moody.
  2. Avoid lifting, pushing and pulling.   Let your body heal from the incision/stitches. Let your chest muscles adjust with the new implant and new weight. Avoid excessive use of your arms and chest area, as it may cause irritation, swelling and bleeding. Ouch!
  3. Wear a support surgical garment around the clock; always. I know, wearing the granny looking bra is not appealing but, a saggy breast (because you failed to support your chest muscles, because, “Oh, I don’t like wearing that bra, it’s uncomfortable!”)  is also not appealing.
  4. Do Not Drink Alcohol. Alcohol may diminish the effect of antibiotics in your body and that’s a FACT. Also, Alcohol can make, if not all, most women, the best cheerleader for the night. Now you’re smiling. I know that “I’ll only drink cocktails” will definitely lead to more mojitos, vodka, long island iced teas, and next thing you know you’re dancing unstoppably then you’ll drink more, because the party ain’t over, which will lead you to altered state of mind, altered balance and then KABOOM!  You fell off and forgot you just had a surgery.. “OUCH! OMG there’s a blood! Bring me to the ER!” That has happened.
  5. Sleep on your back. For those who got used to sleeping on their stomach: THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY and not forever. You should sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery to reduce your discomfort and swelling. After 3-4 weeks, you may try to sleep on your side as comfort allows. Progress sleeping on your abdomen as comfort allows as well. Be sure to discuss this with your surgeon as they may proceed at a different pace. Always remember that the first few weeks are very important to sleep on your back- to prevent deformation of the implant and the drooping appearance of the breast
  6. Avoid Sun bathing. I know that Phuket means Beach and I know that it is really enticing. But after the surgery, your chest region and breast skin are highly susceptible to sunburn or the formation of irregular, darkened pigmentation. Do you want your breast skin to be the darkest part of your body? Think twice.
  7. No to Bouncing, Moving  up and down (breast.) This includes elephant trekking, speed boat, parasailing etc. Again, do not engage in activities that cause your breasts to bounce or move up and down as this can cause excess stretching of the skin. Anyone want stretch marks?

And last but not the least..

  1. Rest, but not bed rest. We don’t want you to have a bed sore. Rest is important in the early stages of healing. Walking after surgery is one of the most important things you can do after having a procedure. It may seem like a simple thing, but a quick walk every hour or two can help prevent serious complications like deep vein thrombosis and pneumonia. It can also help prevent one very common and annoying side effect of anesthesia: CONSTIPATION. Walking is a gentle way to return to physical activity and can help promote a return to regular activities.

Having your breast surgery in Thailand is undoubtedly the best option. Aside from choosing the best hospital and the best surgeon to have a successful surgery, what is more important is your safe health compliance after you are out of the theater (Operating Room). That matters most.



Breast Surgery in Thailand




November 19, 2014 Grainne FarrellBlog0

Sex reassignment surgery

I love the movies Freaky Friday, 13 going 30, She’s the Man, Mrs. Doubtfire, etc. They’re all about gender or role or sex reassignment films with no surgery done. More of a magical or funny transformation. As a kid, I always fancied how it feels like to be in someone else’s body. That would be an adventure- to be someone else and hit the UNDO button once you’re tired with the role you’re playing or ask the fairy or the magician to bring you back to your old form- Abrakadabra! I am back!

But what if you have been trapped into someone’s body?  A body that you don’t like or wish you never had and there’s no UNDO button or no fairy that would help you end the spell given by a witch. That would be a struggle. Playing the role you never like is not an easy deal. What could be more frustrated than having the gender identity, expression or behavior which different from the assigned sex at birth? Gender identity is your internal sense of whether you are male or female. When you are transgender, this feeling doesn’t match your actual sex. Your body is male or female, but inside you feel you are really the opposite sex. You feel “trapped” in the wrong body. Since magic, fairies and witch are all fantasies, the only possible solution to end the “spell” is a sex reassignment surgery- to make the body match how he or she feels inside.

Public awareness is on the rise for sex reassignment surgery and I am extremely happy about it. For long years,  many transgender and gender-variant people experienced stigmatization and discrimination as a result of living in a gendered culture into which they often do not easily fit. They did not only experience an inner sense of not belonging but also discrimination, harassment, sometimes lethal violence and denial of basic human rights. Stress is a fact of life. Most of us have periods of stress at various times in our lives. But extra stress can have a serious effect on your health, especially if it lasts for a long time.  I never stopped hoping for  equality and acceptance for the transgender people. Gender freedom – isn’t that what we’re all fighting for with every breath we take? Well, how are we going to win it if we don’t support each other’s right to be different from us? Each person has the right to express their gender in any way that feels most comfortable.

November 4, 2014 Grainne FarrellBlog0

Phuket cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is an elective operation that alters or enhances a part of your face or body that you want to change.  It has only recently become acceptable and popular.  It has taken a while for people to become comfortable with this type of surgery.

When I first heard about Phuket Cosmetic Surgery all I knew about it was that TV personalities were trying to delay the effects of aging, or models who wanted to change the size of their stomach, breasts, or other body parts because they see it done so easily on TV. Women who wanted to have lips like Angelina Jolie or breasts like Pamela Anderson were what I came to associate with Cosmetic Surgery.  There is no physical or medical reason to have the procedure; it is a lifestyle choice for many people.  Vanity – excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements was the common image of Cosmetic Surgery.  That was my opinion 10 years ago.  I’m guilty.  I am sure there are still a lot of people out there who still share that same opinion that I did in the past.

But what about a 30-year old woman who has never been confident and always hiding what’s under her bra because her breasts were irregular?

One is B-cup, and the other is D-cup, and one is higher than the other. Take for example, a male athlete who has a broken nose and chin and needed it to be fixed, or people with abnormal structures of the body caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease.  Would they be considered vain if they have reconstructive cosmetic surgery to correct the defects on the face or body?  Would people still consider it vain when someone just wanted to feel normal and be accepted by everyone without being the laughing stock?

Phuket cosmetic surgery taught me a lot of things.  I have handled a lot of clients and listened to their stories.  Whether the purpose is vanity or reconstructive, it all boils down to an altered self-esteem, troubled by their appearance.  We know that if they can’t solve this problem, it can contribute to depression or low self-esteem.  Who am I to judge them based on their individual reasoning?  I was wrong for originally thinking that it was vanity which made them decide to have a surgery.  No one is born perfect; we all have that part of our body that we never like.  Everyone wants to be desirable, presentable, confident, and satisfied with our appearance.  Who wants to have an altered self-esteem when we all know that it is how we value ourselves; it is how we perceive our value to the world and how valuable we think we are to others.  Self-esteem affects our trust in others, our relationships, our work-nearly every part of our lives.  Positive self-esteem gives us the strength and flexibility to take charge of our lives and grow without the fear of rejection.

Regardless of the client’s reason for having the surgery, the surgeons here in Phuket will make sure that procedures are fully explained, and will give you a choice as to what they think is best for your situation. I appreciate the fact that surgeons are honest and would tell directly what they know is right, based on their extensive experience in the field. They are considered the best for a reason, and that reason, in my opinion, is their ability to determine what the best course of action is, based on the desires of the client, and coming up with great solutions for some of the most common problems associated with the complex cosmetic surgeries.