Thousands of women are having breast lifts in Thailand, and turning back the ravages of time that pregnancy, weight loss or just plain ageing have caused.
Why be unhappy with your shape when it’s so easy to change these days? The breast lift procedure (also called mastopexy) is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures to have in Thailand, but you should note that this will not increase or reduce the size of your breasts – it will just reposition them higher up to give you a more youthful shape. If you would like to change the size of your breasts you should also consider a breast augmentation (enlargement) or breast reduction, both of which are often combined with this procedure.
Thailand is a fantastic place to spend a holiday, but it is also one of the world’s leading destinations for medical tourism. It has modern, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as excellently trained medical staff and a commitment to customer service that most of us can only dream about in comparison to the services we have at home.
As one of the leaders in medical tourism, Thailand strives to provide the best care and treatments available, remaining competitive but without skimping on quality. Medical tourism has been a boon for the Thai economy, and so the country is keen to preserve its status as a number one destination, careful to ensure that the quality is high, so that patients will choose to come to Thailand over another destination. The relationship between medical providers and patients in Thailand is a self-perpetuating one – patients come because of the good services as well as the low prices, and it that wasn't the case they would soon stop!
There is no need to worry about whether the medical staff here have appropriate training. It is a competitive profession, with only the best candidates getting a place at medical school. There are then 6 years at medical school, followied by another 2-3 as an intern, usually working in rural areas. Only after completion of these 8 or 9 years can a residency be obtained to work towards becoming a specialist, and depending on what specialty is undertaken it takes further years of training before Board Certification. Many doctors do train internationally and will often have international professional affiliations with organizations such as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
While the services in Thailand are generally good, we should stress that it is easy to get carried away with the low prices, thoughts of an exotic holiday and the fact that cosmetic surgery is so accessible now. Don’t ignore your common sense and do a little research on the breast lift procedure, as well as possible surgeons and clinics who you feel may be suitable. Do the basics to make sure you know you have chosen wisely.
At Medical Departures we look into our doctors’ pasts, checking criminal and legal records, and verifying qualifications, experience and professional memberships – all good indicators of trustworthiness.
The procedure usually takes between 1 and 3 hours. There are a different methods for doing the procedure which vary depending on your surgeon’s preferences, and your medical condition.
After the procedure you will be encouraged to get up and move around as early as possible, and should be able to take part in most everyday activities after 2 weeks. You will need to avoid heavy lifting or anything strenuous for at least 6 weeks.
Breast lifts, on average, cost AUD $6,800 (US $4,700, CAD $6,200, £3,100 GBP, €4,200) in Australia, but around AUD $3,800 (US $2,600, CAD $3,500, £1,700 GBP, €2,300) in Thailand.
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