While some surgeries are done for reconstructive or medical reasons, many aim to enhance a patient’s aesthetic appearance. This includes several procedures like facelifts, liposuction, brow lift, mammoplasty and tummy tuck. Cosmetic surgery helps tighten and enhance the appearance of the skin, remove or add hair, adjust facial features, and much more.
In addition, plastic surgery can be used for medical reasons, for instance for people who’ve had accidents, to repairing scarring from surgery, or in restoring the function of different body parts.
While many procedures are available today, here’s a look at the most common types of plastic surgery:
Commonly referred to as ‘tummy tuck‘, Abdominoplasty is used in improving the shape of our abdomen. This procedure helps remove excess skin, fat and restore separated or weakened abdominal muscles thus improving the profile. Tummy tucks help enhance the appearance of sagging or loose skin, but it will not get rid of stretch marks.
Even then, a tummy tuck does not replace healthy eating for weight loss or exercise routine. While tummy tucks offer permanent results, it is critical that you maintain the proper weight in order to maintain these results.
These are procedures that change the shape or increase the size of the breasts. If the breast size is increased, the procedure is also known as ‘breast implant surgery’. Again, breast augmentation is different from breast reductions or breast lifts, which are in fact different kinds of procedures.
Facelift procedures repairs loose, sagging, wrinkled or drooping facial skin. During the procedure, tissues of your face are lifted, the excess skin removed, then skin replaced over the repositioned contours. Also, neck lifts are done alongside facelifts.
Other facial procedures commonly done in conjunction with facelifts include eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, or forehead lifts.
In our dermatology treatments, a specialized tool is used to gently ‘sand down’ the top skin layer. Once your top skin layer has been removed, this area heals with new skin replacing the old giving you smoother-looking skin.
Usually, dermabrasion is used for:
Lesions or growths on the skin
Any surgery that reshapes or repairs the nose is known as Rhinoplasty. While some people choose rhinoplasty for cosmetic purposes, others use it for medical reasons like correcting birth defects or difficulty breathing.
Rhinoplasty may be used to:
Correct birth defects
Reduce or increase the size of your nose
Correct problems from an injury
Improve or relieve breathing problems
Change the nose bridge shape
Narrowing the shape of your nostrils
Changing the angle of your nose
Also referred to as hair restoration, hair transplantation surgery is aimed at improving the appearance of baldness. During this procedure, a bald area receives hair from areas of thick hair growth.
In one session, over a thousand hairs can be moved. However, some people might require several sessions. Hairs that are transplanted are permanent, meaning no long-term care is needed. Most hair transplants will lead to successful hair growth following the procedure.
In order to have fuller-looking lips, lip augmentation may be performed. Normally, to help increase lip shape, volume or structure injectable dermal fillers can be used. This procedure is not permanent and its effects often last for about 6-months before necessitating a second procedure to restore volume and shape.
This cosmetic procedure improves body shape by getting rid of fat deposits. Liposuction is not meant for weight loss.
Usually, localised fat deposits under the skin are removed using a pen-shaped instrument, a vacuum-suction cannula. Also, ultrasound may be used for breaking up fat deposits before it’s removed with suction.
This procedure is performed on your thighs, arms, stomach, face, hips, back and buttocks. Additionally, liposuction can get rid of fat tumours (lipomas) and even reduce the breast size in men. The procedure may be done on multiple areas in one day.
Considering Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
When you are content with how you look, you often are more confident in yourself and feel happier. But before opting for any cosmetic surgery, be sure to work with authorised surgeons and dermatologists, such as the team at Lotus Medical, who prioritise your health and goals as they help you attain your ideal look.
For those who want to change their appearance and attain their beauty goals, learning more about the specific surgery is the best way to know what to expect from the procedure.
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.
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
After undergoing cosmetic surgery, most patients wish to speed up their healing process so that they can enjoy the changes as well as return to their daily habits and activities sooner.
But each cosmetic procedure for each patient is different, thus many variables could affect how long your recovery time will be after undergoing one or several surgical procedures. But on the bright side, it is possible for you to significantly impact your healing process.
Below is a look at tips that cosmetic surgery patients can follow after undergoing a surgical procedure to help speed up the recovery process.
Adhere to your surgeon’s recovery instructions
It’s possible you’ve heard and read different things about the healing process, but remember that only your doctor knows what’s right and best for you. Therefore, if you have any doubts, be sure to clarify things with him or her. Also, to help you with this process, you can speed up your recovery process by always following all the post-operative instructions given by your plastic surgeon.
Apply compression garments or ice packs when instructed to do so.
When you go through any facial surgery, including a nose job, eyelid lift or facelift, it’s important that you use an icepack to help minimize the swelling. Even when there are bandages covering the area operated on, you will need to ice it down every now and then. Some procedures, like liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift or breast augmentation, may require that you have on a compression garment for a few weeks. These garments can help your body control bruising and swelling. Additionally, they will prevent wrinkling of your skin hence helping with body contouring and enhancing skin retraction. Also, the pressure from these compression garments can make scars flatter, softer, and less visible.
Have realistic expectations.
Remember that your healing process takes time, hence it is a good idea to be patient. Nearly all kinds of cosmetic surgery procedures come with bruising and swelling. This means the full effect of the results will not be visible immediately. But don’t panic, since stress could impede your body’s natural recovery time. Depending on the procedure(s) you’ve chosen to get, the recovery time might vary from several days to several weeks. Be sure to plan for how the post-surgical downtime might affect your social schedule, family, and work responsibilities. Also, plan for a member of your family or even a friend to care for you during the initial 2 to 3 days after surgery. Although you might believe you will resume your daily routines straightaway, having someone to help you can allow you to focus on recovering and bring you peace of mind.
Skip the gym.
Although moving around is very crucial, doing strenuous exercises, like weightlifting or running, can be a blow to your recovery process. Most cosmetic patients get anxious to resume their regular workout routines. But, for you to speed up recovery times, it’s important that you avoid performing challenging exercises for a few weeks following your surgery. Exercise elevates blood pressure, and this could increase bleeding, bruising, and inflammation. For patients who take on vigorous workouts immediately after their surgery might suffer serious complications. And this might include re-opening of incisions. With this in mind, it is advisable that you discuss with your surgeon prior to resuming any pre-surgery gym activity.
Take it Easy and Relax
Your healing process might be affected by stress. Consider this recovery time as a period for stress relief, hence making it address two aspects of your medical healing experience. It is important that your mind and body is free from anxiety so that your anti inflammation medicine and healing process can go smoothly. Some patients may also use medical grade CBD oil in Australia, USA and Canada, as well as other countries that it is legal, to aid with the anti-inflammation, stress and speed up recovery. Medical CBD is not psychoactive – not to be confused with a recreational substance. Meditation, reading, yoga( not the vigorous moves), or listening to some relaxing music can help in lowering your stress levels. Also, some aromas like lavender can be soothing for you. In addition, scented candles or an aromatic bath might help you relax. You might also find it relaxing to take a walk in the park, but be sure to protect your wounds from harsh elements.
Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs
These will slow down your recovery process and lead to unnecessary complications. For instance, alcohol will suppress your immune system hence making the healing process more difficult. Since it causes a dehydrating effect, alcohol could lead to bleeding. Avoid smoking as well as exposure to second-hand smoke. This is because tobacco smoke tends to limit the amount of oxygen that your body’s cells get. The cells of your body need oxygen to help heal. Avoid prescription and recreational drugs. These include anabolic steroids that are used for muscle building as well as corticosteroids that help fight inflammation. The reason for this is because these could cause problems. In addition, some supplements and prescription drugs will increase the likelihood of bleeding. Steroids might affect how your incision heals and recreational drugs will increase how often you take pain medications.
Typically, you will need lots of rest during the first 48 hours after your surgery; however, do not confuse this directive of relaxing as an instruction that you have to stay in your bed all day. Keep in mind that moving helps the body heal, and might also help lower the pain levels. It is possible you might not feel like taking a five-mile walk but make sure that you get up from time to time to help keep the blood flowing. Something like walking around the house for some minutes, or taking a few minutes to do some gentle stretching movement can be helpful than doing nothing. And to help you remember, why not set a timer to prompt you every hour to move around.
Each Patient Needs Different Care
Remember that the healing process after undergoing plastic surgery will differ from one patient to the next. Equally important, the number and type of procedures you decide to undergo tends to differ from patient to patient. Keep in mind that each plastic surgery healing process has both emotional and physical components. And just like any surgeon will recommend, it’s crucial that you avoid rushing the recovery process. This is because allowing the body to heal properly can lead to more rewarding results.