Dentists in Penang

The Ultimate Guide to Doctors in Penang

Have you considered undergoing plastic surgery in Penang? If not, then read on to discover why Penang is the ideal destination if you’re looking to combine first class, low cost cosmetic surgery with an exotic vacation in one of the world’s most popular tourist hotspots.

Penang – In Brief…

Penang is widely regarded as one of the the most economically important and highly developed states in Malaysia. It has long been a popular tourist destination and the capital city, George Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors come to Penang’s famous beach resorts to enjoy a variety of watersports during the day, such as jet skiing, parasailing and snorkeling. Whilst at night, couples can take a romantic sunset walk along the waterfront or enjoy a few drinks in one of the local bars.

Penang is highly diverse in its culture and ethnicity with obvious European, Indian, Chinese and Malay influences evident wherever you look. This multicultural background has manifested itself most deeply in the local cuisine, which has earned Penang the reputation of the “food paradise” of Malaysia.

George Town is situated in the northeastern plains. This densely populated city is the cultural, commercial and administrative hub of Penang. The northwest contains sandy coastal beaches fringed by hotel resorts and beach properties. The southeast area has been redeveloped into an urban and industrial region, whilst the southwest remains largely scenic with mangroves, orchards and fishing village punctuating the landscape. The central hill range is dominated by a forested catchment area and is home to Penang Hill, the highest point in Penang that offers a spectacular night-time view of George Town..

Where is Penang?

Penang is a Malaysian state that is situated on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Located close to the Strait of Malacca, Penang consists of two parts – Seberang Perai on the Malay Peninsula, and Penang Island where the capital city of George Town can be found. Penang shares borders with Perak to the south and Kedah in the north and east.

Why choose Penang for Plastic Surgery?


Many people are put off undergoing plastic surgery due to the high costs being charged for treatment. By choosing to travel to Penang, you can save as much as 70% on the cost of your surgery compared to domestic prices.

Some examples of the savings that can be made by undergoing your treatment abroad are:

Rhinoplasty: approximately AUD $12,600 in Australia compared to AUD $3,700 in Penang
Face Lift: approximately AUD $26,000 in Australia compared to AUD $5,700 in Penang
Breast Augmentation: approximately AUD $16,500 in Australia compared to AUD $6,000 in Penang

Medical Facilities:

In the late nineties, the Malaysian economy was in crisis and the government identified the medical tourism industry as a potentially valuable market in boosting the country’s flagging economy. The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) was formed and the investment tax allowance was introduced to enable private hospitals to invest in the latest cutting-edge equipment and technologies. This, in turn, has led to clinics in Penang being able to offer the highest levels of service that have earned international recognition from medical associations including the Malaysian Society for Quality in Healthcare and the Joint Commission International.

Doctor Training and Qualifications:

Thanks to government funding, trainee doctors have been able to travel abroad to complete their studies, with many graduating from foreign institutions with internationally recognised qualifications that ensure that the level of service they provide is every bit as good as you would expect back home.

Tourist Locations for pre and post-op recovery:

Penang is renowned for its rich artistic culture that has both traditional and contemporary influences. From Western orchestras such as the Penang Philharmonic, to the traditional Bangsawan Malay theatre and the Chinese opera, all taste are catered for. There is also a booming street art culture that has been inspired by a series of six commissioned wall paintings that are now considered to be a cultural landmark in George Town.

There are museums and galleries that unearth the culture and history of Penang, as well as many traditional festivals that run throughout the year. And, of course, there is the renowned Penang cuisine to discover and enjoy. Recognised around the world as the food capital of Malaysia, there are endless opportunities for you to experience the different culinary influences that exist here, such as Malay, Chinese, Thai, Nyonya and Indian.

Where to stay in Penang?

Many of the more luxurious accommodations in Penang are in the beach resorts situated along the tourist beach of Batu Feringghi, although there are some luxury hotels based in George Town such as the four-star Royale Bintang Penang. If you’re looking to be pampered then The Royale is the place for you with it’s extensive choice of rooms that come with internet connections, satellite TV, telephone, safe, mini-bar, tea and coffee maker, bottled water and more. You can also take advantage of the on-site restaurant and spa/gym/swimming pool complex.

There are also a whole host of backpacker-friendly options to be found in George Town, as well as a good selection of budget and mid-range hotels, so there is something to suit every pocket.

Is it safe?

Like anywhere else in the world, Penang is a predominantly safe place to visit but does have it’s a share of petty crime. By applying the same common sense that you would back home, you should be able to avoid falling victim to scam artists, pickpockets and snatch-thieves.

For instance, avoid walking alone and be extra vigilant after dark. Store any valuables in the safe in your hotel room, and don’t openly display jewellery, valuables or large sums of cash in public. Be especially aware of thieves on motorcycles that may attempt to snatch your bag or valuables as they drive past.

How can I be sure the quality of care is the same as back home?

Due to the investments made by the Malaysian government to develop the medical tourism trade throughout the country, the majority of clinics are staffed by internationally qualified doctors and are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology.

If you book your treatment through Medical Departures, you have the peace of mind of knowing that all of our doctors and clinics have been quality-checked to ensure that all qualifications, experience and professional associations are legitimate. We carry out site visits to ensure that safety and hygiene standards are maintained and that the facilities and equipment are up to scratch. All of this information is available free-of-charge on our website for you review, along with patient feedback and site photographs.

What happens if something goes wrong? 

It is highly unlikely that you will encounter any complications before, during or after your surgery. However, at Medical Departures, we understand that no medical procedure is 100% risk-free which is we provide a number of medical complications insurance packages. For a small fee these will provide you with peace of mind for any additional travel or accommodation charges you may incur if you need to stay longer, or travel back if you've already gone home. 

Do plastic surgeons in Penang speak English?

Yes, most doctors in Penang can speak English fluently. In fact, you will encounter several languages during your stay in Penang, the most common ones being English, Malay, Mandarin, Penang Hokkien and Tamil.

Being a former colony of the British Empire, English is still a working language that is used in education, commerce and the arts. Officially, the national language is Malay, but Mandarin Chinese is still the preferred means of communication within the Chinese community. It is highly unlikely that you will experience any language difficulties at all during your stay in Penang.

What payment methods are accepted in Penang?

You can use travellers cheques just about anywhere, and most establishments have facilities for taking credit or debit card payments. Be warned, however, that there may well be a 3-4% handling fee applied to any electronic transactions that are carried out. There are also plenty of ATM machines for making cash withdrawals but, again, there may be fees involved so check with your bank before you travel as to what charges may be incurred.

The Malaysian Ringgit is the official currency of Penang and there are numerous FOREX booths at which you can exchange your currency. There is no ID required for these transactions and you will receive a more favourable exchange rate than you would back home. Also, try to avoid using old or damaged notes as some exchangers may not accept them.

When is the best time to visit a plastic surgeon in Penang?

Treatments are available all year round in Penang but, due to the tropical climate, you may want to consider local weather conditions when booking your surgery. Thunderstorms can be quite frequent between September and November, and also in August, with the driest conditions being experienced from December to February.

Generally speaking, temperatures average around 30°C/86°F during the day and 22°C/72°F at night. Humidity tends to be between 70-90% with a total annual rainfall somewhere in the region of 2400mm.

Is Penang handicapped accessible?

Many of the sidewalks in Penang can be difficult to navigate in a wheelchair due to potholes, cracks and drain covers. However, in 2008 The Persons with Disabilities Act (PWDA) was introduced, the purpose of which is to make the transport network and recreational facilities easier to access for disabled people. The Malaysian government has also amended some building by-laws that now make it compulsory for all businesses to disabled access and facilities.

What is the downside? What should I know about visiting?

There are a lot of water sport activities in the waters off Batu Feringhi beach, so be vigilant when in the sea and be aware of nearby jet skiers that could stray your way. There is also a jellyfish hazard at certain times of the year, including the dangerous box jellyfish, especially off Kerachut Beach. You should also be wary of strong currents in this region, particularly during the monsoon season between June and October.

Malaysia is notorious for its Scratch and Win Scams, and Penang is no different. If you are declared a winner, do not be tempted to make an advanced payment to reserve your “prize” as you may well discover that you have paid more than the actual value of your win!

What else is there in Penang?

Armenian Street sits at the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Zone in downtown George Town. The area is dominated by late 19th century colonial architecture and a variety of temples, mosques and structures including Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Kapitan Keling Mosque and the Khoo Kongsi clan temple.

The Penang Botanic Gardens, or Waterfall Gardens as they are known locally, were originally established 1884. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with many coming to enjoy the serenity of the waterfall or partake in some daily exercise in the form of jogging, walking, aerobic dance or Tai Chi. The gardens also host an annual world music festival and an international floral fest.

The Pulau Jerejak Resort is located on the southeastern coast of Penang Island and has been transformed into a recreational resort offering various outdoor activities such as archery, mountain biking and nature trekking. The resort also provide a range of personal care services including body scrubs, foot treatments, massage and aromatherapy.

There are also several attractions for nature lovers that include the Penang Butterfly Farm, the first ever tropical butterfly farm established in the tropical world that has over 7000 butterflies that fly freely in their natural setting. The Penang Bird Park gives you the chance to see dozens of different birds such as grey parrots, macaws, hornbills, peafowls, sea eagles, ostriches, sea eagles, peafowls, hornbills and flamingos. And the Amazing Nibong Tebal Firefly Watching is becoming increasingly popular with tourists wanting to catch a glimpse of these nocturnal fireflies as they hover around the mangrove trees that line the river bank.

Traveling to Penang

The Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport is one of Malaysia's larger airports and has been recently refurbished. Situated on the southeastern coast of the island, it is about half an hour from George Town. The airport runs domestic flights to Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Miri and Langkawi, as well international flights to Phuket, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong amongst others.

Penang is connected to the mainland by the Penang Bridge. There is no toll if travelling to the mainland, but if you are driving from the mainland onto the island there will be a toll exacted. There are good bus and rail networks to and from the island, and there are regular ferry services into Penang Port.

Tourist Visas

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australian nationals can stay in Penang for up to ninety days without a visa.

Distances and Flying times from other countries

Sydney, 4090 miles, 8.25 hours
Auckland, 5425 miles, 11 hours
Montreal, 9100 miles, 28.75 hours
London, 6590 miles, 13.75 hours
New York, 9433 miles, 20 hours
Los Angeles, 8800 miles, 17.5 hours

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