Last fact-checked: 4 November 2019
Revitalize your whole facial appearance with eye bag removal in Thailand. Removing the excess skin and fat from the upper and (more commonly) lower lids will brighten up your eyes, correct wrinkles and make you look significantly younger.
The muscle tone and elasticity around your eyes become looser as we age but this can also be made worse by other factors, such as smoking or too much sun exposure, but it could also be hereditary.
Blepharoplasty, the medical term for modifying the upper and lower eyelids, can dramatically improve the appearance of your eyes; booking with Medical Departures ensures that you'll be seen to by a fully background-checked surgeon in Thailand without paying over the odds.
Leading the world as a medical tourism destination, Thailand earns a staggering amount of revenue from it, and a large percentage of it is ploughed back into the industry. By constantly improving services and facilities, Thailand remains one of the most sought-after medical tourism locations, keeping the country ahead of the competition.
This is good for the country, the industry and for patients. If Thailand ever had an image of dirty, backstreet clinics and unqualified doctors, then you only need to take a look at one of the Joint Commission International-accredited facilities to turn this image on its head.
Some hospitals here look more like hotels, and if you are a medical tourist why shouldn’t they? Five-star facilities, including free drinks in the lounge areas, in-house travel agents, interpreter and translation services – and that’s before you’ve even stepped into a ward. But of course, medical tourists don't actually stay in wards here, rather top-of-the-range suites with living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens – all with contemporary décor and features, such as wi-fi – and room for your family, too.
It is not just the clinic and hospital facilities that are first-class, but the medical care too. Thailand’s medical education and training are just as rigorous as it is in the West and to become a plastic surgeon you must also do years of additional training – just as doctors do in the US, Australia and the UK.
The quality of the care may well be the most important reason for coming to Thailand for eye bag removal, but so too is the cost – and with prices around 60% less here, it’s an extraordinary saving to make and for most patients more than worth the trip.
This all depends on whether you are having the upper lids, the lower lids or both done, but the procedure generally takes between one and three hours.
After a consultation and planning stages are over, you will first be given a local anesthetic or light sedation. In the upper lids, incisions are made following the natural lines of the lid, in the creases. In the lower lid, the incision is made inside the lid, leaving no visible scar.
Excess fat and skin are removed through the incision which is then stitched over when the procedure is complete.
Your eyes may have steristrips places over the stitches, as well as bandages. You will need to take things slowly for at least five days, and try not to do anything too strenuous, or that will raise your blood pressure. You should be able to fly back after a few days' recovering in Thailand (making sure you stay out of the sun) and return to work after a week if you feel alright, but sports, heavy lifting and anything strenuous should be avoided for at least three weeks.
The cost will vary depending on whether you have surgery to lower, upper or both eyelids. As a rough gauge, eye bag removal in Thailand will cost in the region of AUD $3,000 - AUD $5,000, compared to AUD $6,500 - AUD $10,500 in Australia.
Please note that these are approximate, averages prices collated at the time of writing. For exact prices, as well as clinic photos, surgeon profiles, patient reviews and other useful information, check out these three leading healthcare facilities in Thailand for eye bag removal surgery.
[Please Note: All of the hospitals listed above are based in Bangkok.]
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