Myths about Plastic Surgery in Thailand

Aug 25, 2015 | Education

Thailand is the world’s leading medical tourism destination, with over two million foreign medical tourists each year! However, there are some misconceptions about Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Thailand that need to be addressed.

Surgery is a risky process no matter the destination. If you are uneducated and don’t do your research prior to your travels, you can find yourself in an unregistered clinic with unqualified “surgeons”. Ignorance will lead you into these dangerous circumstances, not just in Thailand but anywhere in the world. It is absolutely vital that you do extensive research if you are uncertain, or better enquire with a trusted medical tourism agency like CosMediTour who can organise your medical holiday for you.   

Some misconceptions about surgery in Thailand – Debunked:

1.”You will get Botched Surgery in Bangkok”

Yes, you can get Botched Surgery in Bangkok – I bet you didn’t think we would say that!

Like anywhere, even here in Australia it is possible to get a surgical outcome that is aesthetically unsuccessful and even considered “botched”. So this is why it is critically important you do your research the hospital’s, accreditations and surgeons. Choosing a highly regarded cosmetic surgery agency that only uses the best will also help to reduce the risk of an unsuccessful surgery.

Thailand has world-class healthcare, technology and services, and in some cases much better than our own health systems and definitely better service of care. The current standards of hospitals such as Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute (PPSI) and Samitivej Chinatown Hospital are of the highest possible Joint Commission International accreditation (American Standard) met by the highest international standards.

Walking into any of the JCI hospitals today feels like you’ve stepped into a five-star hotel rather than a hospital ward. There is no “backyard botched surgery” occurring in these highly credible hospitals by these highly experience world-renowned surgeons. Just read our Client Testimonials!

2. “Thailand is a 3rd World Country”

A false cliché –3rd world is the assumption for those that have not travelled and read misinformed media/ forums etc. Sure there is poverty in some areas of Thailand, but poverty exists worldwide – even here in Australia. Thailand is home to a select group of world-class, Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals, with state of the art facilities, accompanied by internationally trained Plastic Surgeon. The standards are equivalent, if not better, than the hospitals here in Australia.

3.“There is no one to help you when you get back to Australia if you have issues”

The greatest advantage of travelling through a reliable Medical Tourism Agency like CosMediTour is that we care about our client’s well-being throughout their entire medical travel journey, and long after you return home. We are also the only agency that offers a Breast Surgery Travel Warranty which will cover you for post-surgery complications and even Capsular Contracture, and also covers return flights and luxury accommodation with any revision surgery provided by the hospital.

4. “They don’t speak English and there is no support once you’re over there.”

We have CosMediTour management and staff including medical personnel based in all of our surgery travel destinations, so you’re never left to fend for yourself in a foreign country. We also have Client Relations personnel in Bangkok based in the lobby of our primary patient hotel, and another who is just a phone call away in Phuket. All surgeons and hospital coordinators associated with us speak fluent English.

5. “Low prices mean low Quality”

Do not assume that low prices equal low quality when considering Plastic Surgery in Thailand. Western countries are tied up in immense administrative and insurance costs and surgeons in Australia charge much higher rates for their skills.

The main reasons for the discounted rates are:

  • Lower cost for Plastic Surgeons  
  • Exchange rates
  • Lower Government taxes
  • Lower Hospital costs
  • Lower salary demands by Nurses and Plastic Surgeons
  • Competitive pricing due to the vast amount of surgeons in Thailand 

6. “Plastic Surgery in Thailand is Unsafe”

Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, Plastic Surgery involves risk no matter the destination.  The key to a safe and successful treatment is finding an experienced and certified Plastic Surgeon who performs surgery in a JCI Accredited Hospital. The Joint Commission International (JCI) is the elite quality standard certification when it comes to inspecting medical sites around the world. If you would like to check a Hospital’s accreditation, go to the Joint Commission International Website, you can see if a facility you’re considering has passed inspection and meets standards.

When you meet with your surgeon make sure to ask plenty of questions and discuss any potential risks. CosMediTour only uses leading JCI-accredited Hospitals in Thailand, and Plastic and reconstructive surgeons who have collectively performed thousands of successful operations on our own CosMediTour patients.

So why should you choose Thailand for your treatment?

By opting to head to Thailand for your surgical procedure/s you will not only be in the hands of some of the world’s most renowned, highly experienced Plastic Surgeons, your procedure will take place in an Internationally Accredited Hospital and you also have the chance to travel and recover in some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels and still save money!

Top reasons for choosing Thailand:

  • Affordable Plastic Surgery
  • Same quality implants used in Australia (for Breast Augmentation surgeries)
  • Surgery in some of the world’s best JCI accredited Hospitals
  • Highly experienced and internationally trained Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Superb after-care by the compassionate Thai people
  • Recover in one of the most picturesque and relaxing destinations in the world

The team at CosMediTour place your safety and well being as our top priority, therefore we will provide you with ongoing support throughout your entire journey. Don’t let the media and online chatter hold you back from receiving an outstanding surgical outcome in beautiful Thailand!

Here’s what some of our past clients had to say about their surgery experience in Thailand  –

“Phuket International Hospital is the most amazing hospital I have been to. I’ve been to a fair few in Australia for different reasons, but Phuket International is the top one I have ever seen. The cleanest Hospital and nicest nurses and doctors.  They made me feel so welcome and calmed my nerves if I ever needed something I wasn’t waiting at all they were right there.”  – Erin

“The hospital was amazing! Better than the ones here in Australia in my opinion. Very clean and all the staff were extremely attentive and caring.” – Miss R

“The hospital was great, the transfers prompt and smooth and the rooms and nursing staff were lovely. Felt like I was in a truly professional, international-standard facility. The staff at PIAC were smart, good communicators and represented the surgeon well.” – Amelia

“I am petrified of Hospitals/Surgery and the whole experience at Phuket International Hospital was hands down the most enjoyable experience I have ever had. I would do it again in a heartbeat.” – Miss Roberts

“Everyone at the hospital was so friendly and spoke proper English. Whenever I needed anything someone was there for me straight away. The hospital is far more advanced than Australia. There was no waiting around for anything. I had a huge private room to recover in, with my own bathroom sofa and huge tv. I have never felt safer in a hospital than I did at Phuket international hospital.”

My surgeon was absolutely wonderful, he spoke very good English so there was no language barrier & he went out of his way to make me happy with cup sizes. Big thank you to him and my team of nurses at Bangpakok9. – Miss B

“From the moment we arrived the staff did everything they could to make sure all my questions were answered, some of the most caring and professional doctors and nurses I’ve ever come across, and that’s a lot having always worked in hospitals!”

CosMediTour is the number one Medical Tourism Agency in Australia. We have been associated with our Hospitals and Surgeons for years and take pride in selecting only the most experienced and accredited Surgeons and Hospitals to send our clients to.

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Disclaimer: Please note any information provided should be used only as an information guide and not CosMediTour giving advice. Please ensure you do your own valid surgery research and seek advice from a general practitioner to enable you to be fully informed about surgery.


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