Last fact-checked: 1 November 2019
Thousands of satisfied patients have had rhinoplasty in Thailand, but apart from the cost being considerably less expensive, what are the other benefits of traveling all the way to this exotic Southeast Asian country for surgery?
In this Medical Departures Guide, we run you through some of the reasons to go, as well as provide tips, advice and directions on how to book with a reputable clinic or hospital in the Land of Smiles (and new noses!)
Rhinoplasty is the medical term for nose surgery – in other words, a nose job. There are many reasons why you may want to consider nose surgery, from being unhappy with any aspect of its size, shape or angle; corrective surgery if you have damaged your nose or if you have breathing problems.
Things you should consider before you have elective surgery is that the procedure is irreversible once it is done. Also, the surgery could radically alter the way you look, and it may take some time to get used to.
Thailand is one of the centers of medical excellence on the planet – especially when it comes to health tourism. Although medical tourism has been in existence for centuries (people have always traveled across borders to neighboring countries for better or cheaper medical care), Thailand can probably be credited with starting the current trend of traveling much further overseas for medical care.
And that was no fluke. The government has invested heavily in modern, brand new hospitals and clinics that have been built specifically for medical tourism, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and operated by staff who are highly skilled and with the appropriate qualifications.
There are many centers of excellence around the country, including Joint Commission International-accredited facilities, which is one of the ultimate indicators of high standards in quality and patient care.
Medical training in Thailand is demanding and entrance standards are high to get into medical school. It takes at least 14 years of training and successful completion of exams before a Thai doctor can become a board certificated plastic surgeon.
Although standards are generally high, it always pays to do a little research into your procedure, as well as into the surgeons or clinics you have in mind. It is your body, and you should look after it as far as you can, which means finding a trustworthy doctor.
Medical Departures pre-screens doctors, checking criminal and legal records, verifying qualifications, professional memberships and experience and putting together virtual tours, high definition clinic photos and real patient reviews. This gives you an overview of a clinic or doctor’s suitability and allows you to make a decision with confidence.
Finally, it is well known that Thailand has some of the best holiday resorts in the world – at a variety of budgets to suit all pockets. Isn’t relaxing before or after your surgery in an idyllic holiday spot infinitely more preferable than the daily grind at home?
Rhinoplasty doesn’t have a series of steps as each procedure is as unique to each individual as their nose is, and therefore what’s involved and how long it takes will also vary. Your surgeon will discuss the best options for your particular circumstances.
Rhinoplasty in Thailand costs on average AUD $3,300 compared to $8,000 in Australia.
For more exact figures, as well as clinic and hospital photos and profiles, check out three of our most popular partner facilities in Thailand for rhinoplasty (nose job):
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Cosmetic Surgery for the Nose. WebMD. Website accessed: 1 November 2019.
Thailand, third biggest medical tourism destination in the world. The Thaiger. 1 November 2018.
Lertrattananon, Dumrongrat; Limsawart, Wirun; Dellow Allen; and Pugsley, Hellen. Does medical training in Thailand prepare doctors for work in community hospitals? An analysis of critical incidents. Human Resources for Health Volume 17. 2019.
Tobi. 7 popular holiday destinations in Thailand. Home is Where Your bag is. 2019.