FAQ

Is it Safe and Worthwhile?

Over three million people travel abroad every year for cosmetic surgery and dental treatments. But why travel when we have very good surgeons in Australia who can do the work? Why are an increasing number of us travelling to Thailand to improve looks and health?
Cost!

Lower labor costs and the good exchange rates help drive down the price.
This certainly does not mean a lesser quality providing you choose the right doctor.

If Medicare or your Health Insurance can cover your surgery then we suggest that you opt for surgery in Australia otherwise Thailand is a better option.You would have seen the disaster stories on the internet and TV. Don’t be fooled they are VERY REAL in Thailand but if you obtain an excellent surgeon and a hospital that has the same standards as we are use to in Australia then you can obtain exactly the same outcome at probably half the cost.

Risks and Complications

Cosmetic plastic surgery, like all surgery, has risks. Plastic surgeons perform thousands of successful operations each week, but as with any type of surgery, a patient can have an adverse reaction to the anesthetic or be affected by postoperative complications. These problems can occur even when the surgeon has performed the operation with the utmost skill and even if done in Australia.
Look to minimize the risk ie: Tier 1 hospitals only, Leading surgeons only, Nice hotel to recuperate.

What are QUALIFICATIONS like In Thailand?

Thailand is home to large private health hospitals that target international patients. A large hospital in Thailand may attract over 400,000 International patients every year. At such hospitals you will find very, very modern, high-technology, use of clinical methods developed in the USA and provision of individual care at the absolute highest standard – standards we expect and have in Australia.
The leading Surgeons are equally as well qualified and experienced as Australian surgeons.
WE WILL NOT RECOMMEND a ‘Tier 2 type Hospital ’ or a ‘corner milkbar’ Medical Clinic
The ‘corner milkbar’ Medical Clinic and the ‘Tier 2 type Hospitals will be slightly cheaper but Why would you risk your health with anything of lesser quality?
Do you think the best surgeons want to work in a ‘corner milkbar’ clinic or a lesser ‘Tier 2 Hospital’ or do you think they would want to work at a Tier 1 Hospital?

Are the doctors licensed and credentialed?

Yes.

All of the surgeons we arranged are fully licensed by the Thai Medical Council to practice their specialty in Thailand. In addition, many are Board Certified in their specialty in the US, Australia, or Europe.
We also ensure the hospitals credentialing process requires a formal review of each doctor’s qualifications and track record by the Credentials and Bylaws Committee and the Hospital’s Medical Executive Committee.
These reviews take place before a doctor is appointed to the medical staff.

A summary of each physician’s qualifications will be provided upon arranging a surgeon for you.

Are any of the doctors Internationally trained?

Yes.
Many of the surgeons we use are US-board certified, and many others were trained and certified in Europe, Japan, or Australia.

Can I get an Australian Surgeon?

We are aware of Australians in Thai Management positions.
Some doctors have studied in Australia but we are not aware of any Australian Dental or Plastic Surgeons are operating in Thailand.

What training and licensing do hospital nurses, pharmacists, imaging and lab technicians receive?

Nurses, pharmacists, imaging and lab technicians must undergo schooling and pass certification exams to obtain licenses to practice in Thailand. Nurses are re-certified at 5-year intervals. Those with special responsibilities (such as ICU nurses) must receive special training and be certified as competent in those areas. Thailand has programs where nurses also receive special English language training and ongoing continuing education covering a wide range of patient safety issues.

What about the quality /standards of the hospitals?

Your absolute first priority MUST be your Surgeon/Doctor!!!!

arranges your procedures in private hospitals. The hospitals are amazing. We ensure that we are only using hospitals that hold the highest International accreditation with facilities second to none.

We visit all hospitals many, many times and we also receive feedback from all returning clients hence we are confident of the high standards of the hospital.

English?Will I have trouble communicating?

Using an Australian operated Medical Tourismcompany (us) means you are organising your trip with someone that is a Native speaking Australian and a company that really understands exactly what you are after.

There are a number of hospitals in Thailand where you are left wondering if the surgeon/dentist really understands what you are asking. We only use hospitals where English is widely spoken.

Most importantly we ensure the Doctors we use have good English skills
(again the absolute importance of using a local company that meets and knows your Doctor).

So many websites – all stating they have ‘the best’ - The 5 steps you must know for a Successful Medical Trip

1.  Shouldn’t you know who you are using?

Silly as it may seem but many websites don’t tell you are who owns and runs the business. Avoid such companies.

2. Some websites put up Australian flags and the company is not Australian. If you discover such deception then you really must wonder about what is being offered.

Some companys even have ‘02’ telephone numbers listed which are ‘link numbers’ to other countries.

Choose an Australian company to Trust

3.It may seem obvious but your FIRST STEP should be to ensure you speak to your consultant before you proceeding with anything. If you don’t have confidence in the company that you are dealing with then details about hospital, costs, hotels etc are irrelevant.

Business owners are more passionate about ensuring you have a good experience.
Look for the details of the directors / owners and speak to them about their personal experience and background- Are they arm chair experts? Find out exactly what operations they have had in Thailand.

4. The best Thai hospitals have independent consultants.Consultants that have seen outcomes of thousands of operations and therefore know particular surgeon’s results.
Use a company where the consultant can ‘bother’ to ring you and discuss your personal needs before putting an individual plan together for you.

5. Local knowledge is critical. Local knowledge means that your local consultants often meets surgeons, often travel to hospitals and regularly meets with hospital management (not the consultant that has never been or only been a few times to Thailand)
They will also understand where there are safe hotels, time and distances to travel etc.

The end result, even before you leave, has to be that you know exactly each step of your trip and your procedure will follow. Confidence is mirrored in the experience you have.

What are the most common medical procedure that medical tourism patients obtain?

Because of public health cover in Australia we find that the majority of patients obtain dental and cosmetic procedures. The most common procedures are tummy tucks, face lifts , liposuction , breast operations and Hair operations. Dental operations are as equally popular.

What happens when I reach home and there is a plastic surgery complication?

We have been operating since the year 2000and we have not had such an issue !!!

We believe it is important that prior to travelling your local doctor is involved in your decision. In the unlikely event that there is a complication and where appropriate, your doctor should put you in contact with a local surgeon and action determined. (the same as if you were interstate and there was an emergency then you would seek help in the state you were visiting)

If it is determined that a complication is as a result of surgery then we will meet the Hospital’s Highest Management to assist with a review.

How can I overcome my embarrassment about seeking information and advice concerning cosmetic surgery?

Your concern about your physical appearance is a normal human trait. We understand that you may be sensitive and we ask that you have faith that we will respect your feelings in what for many is a very big step.


  We deal with patients on a daily basis. It is unlikely that you will be asking for a procedure that we have not arranged before.

We can help you acquire a healthy attitude toward cosmetic surgery and dental surgery by giving you information to help lessen your fears and anxiety.

An honest appraisal of the likely outcome that can be  achieved through surgery will assist in your understanding.

How much will the surgery cost and will I be able to afford it?

This is one the most frequently asked question. Patients often select their surgeon, based on the lowest price that they can get for a particular procedure. Surgery in Thailand is already very cheap compared to home, the costs of most cosmetic/aesthetic procedure by board-certified plastic surgeon is very affordable.
Many sites advertise save 60% or 70% of Australian costs . By the time you pay for flights, hotels etc you will find that a major operation costs about half of the Australian total cost.

The same is the case for dental surgery.

Is finance available for dental and cosmetic surgery?

Bank or Credit Union personal loans are often the cheapest option
or try your Royal Automotive Club
or a company specialising in Medical Personal Loans is http://www.maccredit.com.au/

What should I Know Before Choosing Surgery?

(i)Fees – cosmetic plastic surgery is generally paid prior to surgery, after your face to face consultation with your surgeon and once you reach Thailand.
You should not consider paying for Plastic Surgery or Dental Surgery before you travel.

(ii)CostsThai hospitals have ‘package costs so you should be aware of the cost before you leave home. Naturally the cost depends on the complexity of the operation and the anaesthetic administered.
Unfortunately some hospitals add on extra costs once you arrive. By using an experiencedMedicalTourism company you should not be charged ‘extra’s’ once you arrive.

As a rule, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most insurance plans. Some operations that have a significant functional aspect – such as breast reduction, if the weight of your breasts causes pain or interferes with normal activities – may be considered reconstructive rather than cosmetic. Check with your plastic surgeon, who may recommend that your insurance company be contacted before surgery to determine whether coverage is available.

(iii)Doctor Choice
Never choose a doctor solely on the basis of lowest cost.

Does having ‘ten degrees’ mean the doctor is a good surgeon?

eg:

JayantMukundray Patel (born 10 April 1950) is an American surgeon who is at the centre of a 2005 scandal in which he was accused of gross incompetence while working at Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland, Australia. In June 2010, Patel was convicted of 3 counts of manslaughter and one case of grievous bodily harm, and sentenced to seven years imprisonment – He was supposedly well qualified !

– again your trusted medical tour company can help.

 

(iv)Surgical Facilities –Cosmetic plastic surgery should only be performed in a leading Tier 1 hospital – speak to your Medical Tour company

(v)Recovering from Your Surgery –For most cosmetic plastic surgical procedures, you will need to restrict your normal activities for a time following surgery. You must stay in the same location as where your operation occurred and until the end of your required recuperation period. Plan your work and social activities to allow sufficient time for recovery.

How much time will I need to recover from my surgery?

Recovery time varies greatly depending on the specific surgery you have and individual expectations. Most patients are able to return to their usual social activities (school, work, etc.) within a week or two.

When can I work out after my plastic surgery procedure?

Aerobic activities should be avoided for at least three weeks following surgery. Any activity that leads to an elevation in your blood pressure will increase the amount of time it takes for postoperative swelling to resolve. You will also likely notice an increased aching or throbbing to your surgical site as well. After about 3 weeks of recovery you can start to ease back into exercising. It is recommended that you start off slowly at first and then build up. Your body will let you know if you’re over-doing it. Additionally, contact sports should be avoided for six weeks following nasal (rhinoplasty) surgery.

What can I do to ensure the smoothest recovery possible?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the weeks before and after surgery will help maximize your chances for an optimal recovery. This includes following a healthy, balanced diet, staying well-rested and keeping well-hydrated.

To prevent any effect on normal blood clotting it is recommended that before your procedure you avoid a variety of medications or herbal supplements that act as blood thinner. Examples include aspirin, ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng. You should alsorefrain from using these medications or supplements for 7 to 10 days after your procedure.

Surgeons will not operate on you if you are a smoker.

Are there a limited number of revision procedures I can have?

No, there is no absolute limit to the number of revision procedures you can undergo. However, often there are diminishing returns as scar tissue develops after each procedure. Only by examining you in person can a surgeon accurately assess your revision surgery options.

How painful is cosmetic surgery?

Pain is limited or entirely avoided during a cosmetic surgery procedure with local or general anesthesia. During your recovery however, you would typically experience a range of feelings from mild discomfort to some pain, which would be managed with pain medication. The extent of the cosmetic surgery will determine the potential for pain and the time it will take you to recover. A tummy tuck for example, is a cosmetic surgery that affects a larger portion of the body compared to a brow lift. You should also note that pain is typically controlled immediately after surgery with long lasting anesthetics at the surgery site. This process will ease you into recovery. Because of long-lasting local anesthetic commonly used during the procedure and pain medicines taken after the surgery, most people don’t complain much about pain.

What age should people be to get cosmetic surgery?

Although some procedures are only applicable to individuals approaching or experiencing middle age, such as a facelift, this does not mean that younger people never get cosmetic surgery. Younger people often get rhinoplasty, breast augmentation or other procedures to change a body feature as opposed to alleviating the effects of aging. As long as you are over age 18, you can freely pursue cosmetic surgery but it would be important for you to seriously consider your motivations and not change something about your body lightly.

( we just had a 78 year old Queensland lady who had a face lift and we previously had a gentlemen in his late seventies obtain a hair graft)

What anesthesia is used during cosmetic surgery?

The type of cosmetic surgery you have generally determines the type of anesthesia used but you can discuss your preferences with your cosmetic surgeon. For less-invasive procedures, a local anesthetic that blocks nerve impulses at the site of the surgery combined with a sedative to calm you would be used. General anesthesia, in which you are made completely unconscious and oblivious to pain, is necessary for more extensive surgeries.