Last fact-check: 21 February 2020
As one of the world's most common cosmetic surgeries, breast implants will give both your cup size and self-confidence a boost. Now, more women than ever are heading abroad for treatment in countries like Thailand, Mexico, and the Philippines in order to save thousands on the cost, as well as the chance to enjoy a mini-vacation at the same time.
Discover how you can do the same without putting your health at risk with the help of Medical Departures. We offer a Best Price Guarantee, so you'll never pay more than you have to.
Also known as breast augmentation, breast enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty, breast implants may be an option if you want to:
There are various ways the implants can be inserted. The areas where the incisions are made are chosen to be as inconspicuous as possible, leaving you with minimal scarring. Although you and your surgeon will discuss this beforehand, incisions can generally be made:
The breast implant procedure takes between one and two hours to complete. However, you will need a consultation and planning stage beforehand, and wait in the medical facility for some time following the procedure before you can leave.
Your chosen surgeon will give you full instructions about how best to prepare for your breast implant surgery and how to aid your recovery. It is likely that you will be asked to:
You may have gauze and drainage tubes in place immediately after surgery, which should be removed in a few days.
Compared to other cosmetic surgery, the recovery time is fairly quick for breast implants; most people are able to return to work after a week and carrying out most everyday activities after just two. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for around six weeks.
Do take it easy for a week or two, especially if you have time for a holiday. This can certainly aid the recovery process, which is why so many people choose to go abroad for their surgery. Remember to check with your surgeon about what activities should be avoided, for example, swimming and sunbathing are big no-nos.
In terms of how long you'll need to stay in your chosen destination before flying (or driving) home, we suggest talking to your chosen surgeon before booking your trip. You will be advised to rest in a comfortable environment (such as a well-equipped, air-conditioned hotel room or under the shade by the pool) for several days following a breast augmentation. One option here is to book tickets that allow you to alter the day on which you fly back at no extra cost.
Quality varies depending on where you go; in all of the top medical tourism destinations around the world, it's possible to find world-class clinics, hospitals and surgeons, as well as some not-so-good-ones. This is why arranging your treatment through a trusted online medical booking agency like Medical Departures is so important. We only partner with the very best after carrying out extensive background checks. These include:
If you go to a reliable facility and surgeon listed on our site, then your breast implants abroad should be just as good a quality as they would be if you’d had them at home.
Most people can save at least 50% on the cost of breast implants abroad compared to at home, and many save considerably more. This really depends on what country you are going to (and where you are coming from).
For instance, in the US, breast implant surgery costs an average of $11,500. See the prices below for comparison:
Click through to see our lists of breast implant clinics in the popular destinations above. Our full list of global breast augmentation facilities can be found here. You can also use our site's search function to look for verified clinics and surgeons in your preferred destination.
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