Cosmetic Surgery Holidays
A recent article in The New Yorker highlighted the fact that the Bumrungrad International Hospital alone treats four hundred thousand foreign patients per year. The attraction of Thailand for those seeking medical care lies both in the relatively low cost of the services available and the relaxing nature of the nation. It allows tourists to get the treatment that they need and then chill out in a tropical paradise, which is far more appealing than visiting a hospital at home. It isn’t just essential treatment that is sought either; the country has seen a boom in the amount of people who travel over to get cosmetic surgery in recent years. There is even a company called Cosmetic Surgery Travel that specialised in organising trips to the nation for those who want to go under the knife or receive cheap cosmetic dental work. The company’s packages include the ‘Tummy Tuck Package’ and the ‘Eyelids Lift with Under Chin Liposuction Package’, the latter possessing a name that hardly makes you think of a relaxing holiday.
Thailand is also a popular destination for addicts seeking to overcome drug addiction. The rehabilitation tourism industry is currently growing and many former drug addicts cite a trip to a rehabilitation centre in Thailand as being a major factor in their recovery. The variety of treatments on offer ranges from expensive rehab programs that cost upwards of thirty thousand dollars per month to cheap, Buddhism-based methods of dealing with addictive behaviour. Perhaps the most famous person to check into a Thai rehabilitation centre was Pete Doherty of The Libertines, who was unable to get himself clean and eventually got thrown out, claiming that he had been emotionally blackmailed into seeking help by his desperate mother. Perhaps even receiving treatment in a relaxing, spiritually charged location like Thailand can’t help some people.
Weight Loss Tourism
Another reason that health conscious western tourists often visit Thailand is in order to get in shape. The nation offers a range of different weight loss holiday options including stays in luxury health spas, gruelling diet camps and Buddhist health centres. Those wishing to shed a few pounds could also benefit from adopting a Thai diet whilst they are over there, as Thai food is not normally fatty and includes a lot of fish that are rich in Omega-3, which is a key ingredient in weight loss products.
In addition to offering low cost ways of improving travellers’ physical health, Thailand is popular with tourists wishing to improve their mental well-being. It is reputed to be home to some of the world’s best yoga retreats and provides the perfect environment for people who want to get in touch with their spiritual side. This has made it the destination of choice for many people suffering from depression and anxiety, who wish to fight their inner demons in a beautiful, warm country with sandy beaches, sky-blue seas and a culture based around Buddhism, which is one of the most accepting religions there is. Hundreds of tourists flock to the nation each year in search of treatment for an aching soul.
There are however a number of risks involved in seeking medical care in Thailand. Perhaps the most significant is the danger of identity theft. Criminals often prey upon those travelling to the country for treatment so it is important to remain vigilant. It is also essential to only seek healthcare from trained professionals and to avoid any medical practitioners who raise alarm bells or seem as if they are fraudulent with regards to their credentials. Keep these points in mind and it is possible to have the holiday of a lifetime whilst gaining necessary treatment and coming home stronger, fitter and more capable of rising up to the challenges that life throws at you.
Value for money
Thailand is world famous for the quality of its traditional ("Chinese" homeopathy) and classic (Western) medecine. The government hospitals are associated with medical schools: usually employing excellent doctors and nurses; though, for many reasons (comfort, food, language, and of course very personalized medical treatments), most of the foreigners, Thai residents and tourists alike, should rather consider the private hospitals and clinics. More expensive, they still remain quite affordable compared with their European and US competitors. Dental treatments are amazingly good value for money. Cares are usually 100% covered by the major international insurance companies, or eventually through specific temporary medical insurance contracts with local companies (some "Expatriates-only contracts" actually also applies to long-term visitors): they may constitute a cheap medical insurance; just make sure that you have carefully checked the terms before applying and engaging in a treament. This is why more and more people from the higher cost Asian locations like Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore are traveling to Thailand to see a dentist, have plastic or cosmetic surgery. In the year 2011 Thailand welcomed more than 1.5 million medical tourists and the medical tourism industry keeps growing at 20 – 30% per year!
RECOMMENDED PRIVATE HOSPITALS, DENTAL CLINICS, PLASTIC SURGERY CLINICS
BANGKOK HOSPITAL: Since 1972, the Bangkok Hospital Group is Thailand's largest hospital operator with 13 locations with a proven track record in supporting International Patients. Each facility offers specialized medical treatments, staffed with multidisciplinary teams of highly trained specialists and the world’s renowned hospitality and graciousness of the Thai people.
This private hospital specializes in Cosmetic Procedures, Cardiac Surgery, Dental Procedures, ENT Surgery Eye Care/Surgery, Fertility/IVF Procedures, General Surgery/Internal Medicine, Hair Implants and Hair Laser New Removal Procedures, Health Checks and Scans, Oncology/Cancer Care, Orthopedics And Spinal Neural Surgery, Rehabilitation, Stem Cell therapies, Transplant Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Wellness and Spa/Alternative.
One of the main particularities of the Bangkok Hospital is the the multiplicity of idioms spoken by a worldwide trained multilingual staff. Featuring: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cebuano, Chaozhou, Danish, Dutch ,English, Flemish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Khmer, Laos, Mandarin, Nepalese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
The flagship of Thailand's largest hospital group, it has more than 650 full-time and consulting physicians, 700 nurses, and numerous teams of support technicians and specialists. Many of the Bangkok Hospital internationally trained and certified physicians have returned to their homeland committed to improving the quality of national health-care through advanced treatments and procedures. Specialists are highly trained. Most of the specialists have medical board certifications from the USA, Europe, UK or Australia. The specialists participate in Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs sponsored by Bangkok Hospital as well as annual training to maintain the highest standards. This is one of the most technologically sophisticated hospitals in the world today.
Two specialised hospitals are connected to the Bangkok Hospital. The Bangkok Heart Hospital and the Wattanosoth Cancer Hospital (one of the best in the world to cure skin cancers or improve prognosis with new mesothelioma treatment options) internationally recognized, and much attended by foreign patients.
The Bangkok Hospital
in close co-operation with the major insurance companies.
BANGKOK HOSPITAL: 2 Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchaburi Rd., Bangkok 10310
PHONE: +66 02 310-3000 FACSIMILE: +66 02 318-1546
The main facility, Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital located on Sukhumvit Soi 49, is recognized as one of the leading private hospitals in Southeast Asia. Since its inception the group has added 3 more hospitals namely, Samitivej Srinakarin on the east of Bangkok, Samitivej Sriracha on the southeast of Thailand and in July 2003, opened Samitivej Srinakarin Children's Hospital, the first of its kind in Thailand.
In 1999, Samitivej was awarded the prestigious recognition as a Mother and Baby Friendly Hospital by WHO and UNICEF. Other recognitions include the Prime Minister Award for the Most Recognized Service in 2004 and hospital accreditation from the Hospital Accreditation Board of Thailand. The group continues to innovate and strives towards the highest level of care and safety for our patients, visitors and guests.
Samitivej Sukhumvit, located at the heart of Bangkok is a 270 bed tertiary hospital, with over 400 specialists. With a comprehensive range of medical technology, complemented by a team of highly qualified specialists and experienced caregivers, this hospital has long been the hospital of choice for the population of Bangkok. With a multi-lingual workforce and international services such as interpreters and immigration services, Samitivej Sukhumvit is able to offer the highest level of care and convenience for the expatriates in Bangkok and in the region.
Samitivej Srinakarin, with over 300 bed is located in the fast growing east of Bangkok, close to the new Suvarnabhumi airport. This center also boasts the first and only dedicated Children's Hospital in Thailand.
Both hospitals have established a reputation for their excellent care in tertiary areas such as Bone Marrow Transplant and Neonatal Intensive Care.
has a very informative International Insurance Service Center, for a
and optimum insurance refund of any category of care (enquire to the
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org).
HOSPITAL: The BNH
formerly known as the Bangkok
Nursing Home Hospital, was established originally to provide nursing
for expatriates. The hospital, opened by the British Ambassador to
Mr. George Grenville, CMG in 1898, was one of the first
in the Kingdom of Siam. In 1901, King Rama VI granted the BNH
a non-profit making organization, a royal charter in honour of his
King Rama V, and provided funds for the hospital to extend its care to
Thais. In 1991, the BNH Medical Centre was formed to establish a new
standard hospital to meet the demands of the increasing domestic and
market for private health care. The new BNH Hospital complex became
in 1996. Occupying the same two-acre site in Convent Road, it is
by mature trees and tropical greenery, and is located between Silom
and Sathorn Road, close to the business, financial and entertainment
of Bangkok, It can be reached easily from all parts of the city by
or by BTS Sky Train, MRT Metro, from the Sala Daeng Station.
BNH HOSPITAL: 9/1, Convent Road, Silom, Bangkok 10500
PHONE: +66 02 686 2700 FACSIMILE: +66 02 632 0577
BUMRUNGRAD INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL: Considered by many as the prime international hospital in Thailand, this JCI Accredited World-class multi-specialty medical center is located in the heart of Bangkok. Founded in 1980, it is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia: with 554 beds and over 30 specialty centers. Bumrungrad offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. Serving up to one million patients annually. Over 400,000 are internationals. They include thousands of expatriates who live in Bangkok and nearby countries, plus visitors from 190 countries around the world who come here for treatment. English is widely spoken. The hospital has a medical coordination office staffed by doctors, nurses, and interpreters who serve the special needs of international patients. The renowned Plastic Surgery Center attracts patients from Thailand and abroad with its excellent reputation and world-class results. Setting up the standard for cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, hair transplantation and related procedures, it specializes in breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and face lift.
Featured by CBS's 60 Minutes, NBC’s Today Show, Time, Newsweek, and other international press as a leader in medical tourism, this five star hospital is one of the most luxurious downtown. It has agreements with many insurance companies: mostly from the USA and UK.
BUMRUNGRAD INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL: 33 Sukhumvit 3 (Soi Nana Nua), Wattana, Bangkok 10110
PHONE: +66 02667 1000 FACSIMILE: +66 02667 2525
EMERGENCY:+ 66 02667 2999
SILOM DENTAL CLINIC BANGKOK: We personally experienced the excellent services provided in this 6-floor, 11 treatment rooms immaculate clinic: one of the largest in Bangkok. Managed by the Dr. Puttipon Mongkonchat (DDS, generalist in dental surgery and cosmetology), it employs not less than 40 dentists, individually specialised in the most up-to-date treatments: including lingual braces, invisalign, orthodontics or braces, dental implants, one day implant, laser tooth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, dental veneer, dental crowns, teeth bleaching, dental bridges, periodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and oral maxillo-facial Surgery. All of them passed undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral degrees in Thai and international universities. The clinic employs, for example, the Dr Chalermpol Leevairoj: teaching the Art & Science of Esthetic Dentistry in the University of Bangkok, he is a recognized specialist of “Make Over” (facets) in and outside Thailand. Of course, all the doctors are fluent in English.
Very centrally located, near the leading hotels centralized in the Charoen Khrung-Silom-Sukhumvit “triangle of gold”, the elegant Silom Dental Clinic Bangkok has an executive structure similar to that of a “dental hospital”: with a holistic approach to tailored-made treatment standardization in all areas of dental work. Pre-travel consultations are organized by e-mail: exchanging medical files, X-rays, etc, in order to establish the agenda and price of the treatment. Rates are at least 50% cheaper than in Western Europe and USA: usually refunded by most of the insurance companies. Claim for authorization, prior to any treatment, is available at simple request.
The enthusiastic satisfied patients' testimonials are worth much more than any further literature describing this honest and reliable dental clinic.
SILOM DENTAL CLINIC BANGKOK: Silom Dental Building, 439/4 Naratiwatrajnakarin Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
PHONE: +66 02636 9025-5 FACSIMILE: +66 02636 9096
BUMRUNGRAD PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER: Featuring sophisticated techniques,advanced medical knowledge, technical and artistic mastery, the Plastic Surgery Center at Bumrungrad International attracts patients from Thailand and abroad with its excellent reputation and world-class results. Setting the standard for cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and related procedures, the Plastic Surgery Center specializes in cosmetic procedures for both men and women. Specialties include: Abdominoplasty, Blepharoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Chin Augmentation, Face Lift, Facial Implants, Forehead Lift, Gynecomastia, Liposuction, Liposuction (Abdomen), Liposuction (Arms), Liposuction (Both Thighs), Otoplasty, Rhinoplasty- Augmentation, Rhinoplasty- Reduction. Plus a variety of subspecialities including hair transplantation: Thai doctors are experts in this very safe surgical procedure to help people self-conscious about hair loss. Hair grafts are taken from denser growing areas, such as the sides of the head and back of the scalp, and meticulously placed into the bald or thinning area of the scalp. As live grafts are used, this procedure results in a more natural and lasting solution. This procedure is also targeting people who want to thicken or restore eyebrows, eyelashes and beards.
BUMRUNGRAD PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER:
BH Residence, 4rd floor
PHONE: +66 02667 1521 FACSIMILE: +66 02667 1522
PREECHA AESTHETIC INSTITUTE (PAI): FCosmetic surgery in Thailand is more popular than ever: cheaper than surgery in Western Europe and USA. Millions of medical tourists are travelling to Thailand to enjoy affordable cosmetic surgery, combined with preecha pai best plastic surgery bangkokone of the most amazing exotic holiday locations in the world. With a warm friendly ambience, Thailand can be an affordable, enjoyable, confidential, and safe alternative to cosmetic surgery done at home.
Located in the posh Thonglor district, with easy access from the BTS elevated metro line, the clinic is brand new, lavishly designed, and doesn't look like a hospital at all. The medical staff, managed Dr. Preecha Tiewtranon MD, is composed by specialists, graduated in the prestigious Chulalongkorn University, whom also highly qualified from internationally renowned institutions around the world. After operating in the Bumrungrad and BNH Hospitals -among the best private hospitals in Bangkok- the clinic moved to Thonglor in 2008. This is the largest, leading plastic surgery center in Thailand. Offering a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Well known for its Dermatology Skin & Laser Center, the PAI Clinic receives many patients for classic plastic surgery (lifting, rhinoplasty, mammoplasty, hair transplantation, etc). Light surgery -with local anesthesia- is done in the four, amazingly well equipped surgery rooms. Acts involving total anesthesia (including liposuction) are performed in the hospital, to insure the complete safety and the comfort of the patient.
Last but not least, the clinic can manage your entire holiday, taking care of everything, including booking your flights and arranging your hotel and insurance
Very approximately, a lifting would cost about THB 100,000. Classic rhinoplasty THB 90,000. A routine cosmetic process, like Botox injection, is charged about THB 8000.
Note that the PAI clinic is reputed for Penile Enlargement and Lengthening (4 cm maximum). Using the most up to date, reliable method, it would cost THB 200,000 approximately. Alternatively, if you are looking for Gender Reassignment, you might already know the place, as it is world famous in this particular specialty... A patient who had undergone the operation at PAI became... a top model!
PREECHA AESTHETIC INSTITUTE (PAI): 898/1 Sukhumvit 55, North Klongton, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
PHONE: +66 02 715 0111-2, 712 1111 FACSIMILE: +66 02 715 0113
CELLULAR: +66 81 813-6144
(Thailand Plastic Surgery): Dr.
MD is AO Fellow ( maxillofacial surgery ) Albert Ludwig Uniklinik
Freiburg, Germany 1993 and Interplast Fellow ( Plastic Surgery )
Medical Center Palo Alto , CA. , USA. ,1994. He works with
premium hospitals in
Bangkok metropolitan based on their credibility and
His cabinet specializes in the art and science of body contouring surgery: doing either fat suctioning, or fat filling. Working on contour sculpturing is a paramount of liposuction, called “ Liposculpture ”. Liposculpture removes the deposits of excess fat from specific area of the body which may sometime be inherited trait and typically do not respond to dieting or exercise.
many other aesthetic solutions are offered by the clinic: classics
augmentation, nose and eyelid surgery, face-lift...) and more
surgery (penile or neovaginal SRS reconstruction, penile augmentation)
are performed by a very efficient staff.
attractive (USD 1500 - 4500 for liposuction or face-lift, USD 600 -
for nose surgery, USD 3000 – 3500 for breast augmentation).
TPSC: Dr. Bhumsak, M&T 5th floor of Abdulrahim Building, Rama IV Rd., Bangkok
PHONE: +66 81 235 2801, 85 100 1399
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