Rejuvenate your face with a forehead lift in Thailand. Also known as an eyebrow or forehead lift, this part of the face is one of the first to show signs of aging with lines and wrinkles appearing across the forehead and brows losing their arch.
This procedure can make a huge difference to your face, lifting the area to give you that youthful wide-eyed look, removing expression lines such as the ‘11s’ – the frown lines between the eyes, and smoothing away wrinkles on the forehead.
Thailand is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – its culture, beaches and vibrant Bangkok enthralling visitors year after year. It is little wonder that it became such a hit with medical tourists when Thailand first welcomed international patients in the 1990s.
However, as much as Thailand is delightful as a holiday destination, as a destination for surgery, it would not have remained so popular if the services and facilities it offered were not of such high standards. When medical tourists first started arriving in Thailand, the bar was set high – and the Thai government and the people involved in international patient care have ensured that standards have not slipped. Reinvestment and facility upgrades, excellent medical training and a commitment to customer service is part of a continuous process enabling Thailand to remain at the top of the medical tourism tree.
Many Westerners are astounded at the facilities here – which put many first-world facilities in the shade. In Thailand’s hospitals, every last detail is taken into consideration – from the minute you walk through the doors to the moment you leave – a lesson in efficiency and customer care that patients have no qualms about experiencing again when they think about their next procedure. It goes without saying that many of these modern clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and adhere to international standards on hygiene and safety.
Expertise in surgery and medicine is a given. Medical training in Thailand is long and rigorous, and doctors governed by a Medical Board, just as it is in English-speaking countries. Most doctors who treat international patients have usually trained overseas and have a good command of the English language.
However, just like anywhere else in the world, you should do you due diligence before you go. This means finding out about your procedure, what it entails and what to expect – and also, most importantly, find a reliable surgeon who you can trust. We can’t emphasize this enough as achieving a good, expected outcome is mostly down choosing wisely.
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As with many cosmetic surgery procedures, there are different techniques used, depending on what is required for your particular case, or your surgeon’s preference. There are two methods for a forehead lift – the endoscopic lift and the classic lift.
The classic lift uses one continuous incision going right across the forehead around the hairline, and the endoscopic lift is where a thin, long tube with a camera is inserted through one of several small incisions in the scalp, and another device inserted into the others to enable the surgeon to make cuts underneath the skin. The endoscopic lift is less invasive, with smaller scarring and a shorter recovery period.
The procedure takes from 1 – 3 hours, depending on what technique is used, and the extent of the surgery required.
After surgery you will be bandaged. You may experience numbness and tightness after the operation, as well as some swelling and bruising, but you will be given pain medication to help alleviate your symptoms. You should be able to bathe, shower and wash your hair a day later, but be careful to use the cool setting on the hairdryer.
Many people return to work after a week, so you should be able to resume light activities by then, and be back to your everyday routine in around 3 weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month.
A forehead lift in Thailand costs on average, AUD $3,000 (US $2,000; CAD $2,700; GBP £1,400; Euros 1,800) in comparison to Australia where it is around AUD $6,500 (US $4,500; CAD $6,000; GBP £3,000; Euros 4,000).
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