Looking to regain your youthful figure with a breast augmentation in Phuket? If there’s one thing we can’t fight, it’s Father Time. Over our lifespan, breasts will droop, sag, flatten or sometimes disappear altogether. There can be numerous reasons for this: breastfeeding, weight loss, pregnancy, gravity or even macromastia; where breasts never developed in the first place.
If you’ve lost volume in your boobs, your shape has changed and clothes don’t hang on you the way they once did; breast augmentation could be the solution to your problem.
Plastic surgeons in Thailand are amongst the best in the world and breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in Thailand today. Already a popular holiday resort, Phuket is rapidly becoming world center for health and wellbeing, making it one of the top destinations for a medical vacation. With its friendly people, luxury boutique hotels, hot, sunny climate, magnificent beaches, exotic culture, great food and endless list of leisure pursuits, there’s something in Phuket for everybody.
In 2013, Thailand’s revenue from medical tourism reached a mind-blowing $4.31 billion from the 2.5 million health tourists; a figure which has been increasing by 15% per year for the last decade.
So how can it be so much more affordable in this idyllic location than at home? Well, that’s quite simple; because everything is so much cheaper in Thailand and that includes labor costs which can bring in the fee at around half of what you’d be expected to pay in the US.
The medical technology and drugs are exactly the same and the surgeons are often trained in Australia, Japan or even America so the expertise is the same too. The price difference lies in the price of the infrastructure (building, rent, power, amenities) staff salaries and cost of living, not the quality of the procedure.
Doctors and ancillary medical staff are generally well trained and qualified, but there is no formal requirement for cosmetic surgery qualifications once a doctor has obtained their licence. It is worth while checking national registrations in Thailand if you want to ensure your doctor is registered as an aesthetic or plastic surgeon.
The competition and demand for the international market also keeps the pricing competitive and the clinics are well established with tremendous reputations so the medical tourist traffic keeps the cogs in this multi-million-dollar industry, turning.
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Breast augmentation is performed to give make your breasts fuller and with more shape but there are several decisions you need to make before you go ahead. You have the option of saline, silicone gel or biocompatible materials like soybean oil for your implants - all of which are approved and safe to use.
Silicone implants are most commonly used, have a smooth or textured outer shell and come in different sizes. They are inserted while filled so need a larger incision than the saline option, usually in the fold beneath the breast. They are approved for augmentation or breast reconstruction in women aged 22 and over and are also used in revision surgeries to improve or correct previous procedures. The beauty of the silicone implant is that they are difficult to detect by touch making them the best option for the slender frame and have less risk of ripping. It should be noted that they are not designed to last a lifetime and will need to be removed or replaced over time.
Before silicone became an option, saline implants were used, they are quite easily detected by touch but are less expensive and are often the better option for women of heavier build as they give more coverage. The advantages are their adjustability and that they are inflated after insertion so leave a smaller scar. There are no ‘silent ruptures’ and if they rupture or deflate, the saline is absorbed back into the body. They can be used on younger patients (under 22) and there are more options in the sizes. Your surgeon will discuss the best options for your needs and expectations. The procedure takes between one and two hours to perform under general anesthetic.
Although you will experience immediate swelling, bruising and some pain after your surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or a support bra and you will be taken to a recovery room.
You might experience restricted breathing and your chest will almost certainly feel tight but this is quite normal. If all is well, you will probably be released after a few hours and allowed to go home with specific instructions on how to take care of yourself and with medication to apply or take to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection. It’s important to keep the incision sites clean and dry and apply the ointment as directed. It’s also recommended you wear a sports bra around the clock for the first two weeks.
You will also be given a date for a follow up appointment when you will be examined by your doctor to check you’re on the mend. It’s advisable to wait for around six weeks before you resume strenuous activity or in the direction of your surgeon.
The average cost of a breast augmentation in Phuket is around AUD $5,00 (GBP £2,400; US $3,400; €3,100) compared to $16,500 in Australia (UK £7,900; US $11,300, EUR €10,400)
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