Myths about Plastic Surgery in Thailand

Aug 25, 2015 | 2. Blog

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 we’re going to address in this Blog.

All Surgery carries risk, irrespective of the destination. If you don’t do your research prior to your travels, you can find yourself in an unregistered clinic with unqualified Plastic Surgeons. We recommend anyone considering Plastic Surgery conduct their own extensive research, and if you are uncertain about any element of your Plastic Surgery in Thailand, partnering with a trusted medical tourism agency, like CosMediTour may be a viable option. 


Common Misconceptions about surgery in Thailand.


Myth 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.


Myth 2: Thailand is a 3rd World Country.

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 Surgeons. The standards are equivalent, if not better, than the hospitals here in Australia.


Myth 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 wellbeing throughout their entire medical travel journey, and long after you return home.

We are also the only agency that offers a Breast Surgery Travel Back Warranty which will cover the cost of Revision Surgery, flights and accommodation if required. READ MORE.


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

You’re never left to fend for yourself in a foreign country.

We have CosMediTour Management and staff in both Bangkok and Phuket. Clients travelling to Bangkok are also able to have a CosMediTour Nurse visit them in their hotel room during their post-operative recovery. 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 at our partner Hospitals speak English.


Myth 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.

CosMediTour are able to offer lower cost Plastic Surgery packages for our Clients because of the lower Plastic Surgeon fees, lower Hospital fees, favourable exchange rates, lower Government taxes, lower cost accommodation options – even for our 5-Star luxury hotels.  


Myth 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.

Top reasons for choosing Thailand for Plastic Surgery

  • 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 wellbeing as our top priority. You will receive ongoing support throughout your entire journey. 


Client Testimonials

Here is what just 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.


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.


Further Information

To learn more about Plastic Surgery in Thailand or to discuss your options, please connect with our friendly Client Support Team.

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