Thailand has long been one of Asia’s premier destinations for cosmetic surgery. In fact, even the country's nickname 'Land of Smiles' causes an immediate facelift. A private rental villa in Thailand also offers the perfect place to recuperate following a procedure.
A peaceful, picture-perfect tropical destination to recover following a cosmetic procedure, Thailand is hard to beat. To add to the appeal for medical tourists, the country's many luxurious fully-serviced villas offer the ideal place to recover from a stay in hospital before facing the flight back to your home country.
Thailand has established a strong reputation for cosmetic procedure and medical tourism, and the country is home to several world class hospitals, some of which have satellite facilities in tranquil island destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui.
With hospitals and clinics on the islands, as well as many in Bangkok offering international standard procedures, an increasing number of patients are travelling to Thailand to undergo cosmetic procedures. The cost can be up to two thirds cheaper than Western equivalents, and with the money saved on procedures, patients can even enjoy a period of convalescence relaxing in a private villa as they recuperate.
Below is a run-down of the most popular procedures performed in Thailand.
Something to Smile About
Collagen injections (more commonly known as ‘Botox’) involve the injection of collagen into the face to help erase frown and smile lines. Collagen is the main protein in connective tissue, and it is the breakdown in collagen production that can lead to the appearance of ageing. The procedure takes less than an hour, and because it does not involve surgery the recovery time is a lot less, with any swelling in the area of the injections generally going down after approximately 48 hours.
Here’s Looking at You
Upper eyelid surgery is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in Thailand and help patients eradicate signs of ageing around the eyes. Following the procedure, it is standard for patients to remain in hospital for a few nights in case of any complications. Generally, most of the bruising appears within one week of the operation and patients that want to ensure their comfort and privacy often elect to stay in a private rental villa while the signs of the procedure disappear. Sensitivity to light can occur following eyelid surgery, so it is sensible for patients to remain indoors if this is the case, which means a villa’s extra living space is ideal.
This surgical procedure usually involves repositioning or tightening the skin on the face and neck to counter signs of ageing. While a facelift can’t stop the influence of gravity on your face, it can turn back the clock and give you a big confidence boost. Considering the results of this type of surgery last for approximately 10 years, the recovery time is surprisingly short, usually only a week – which means you have seven days to enjoy the luxury of your private villa before heading home.
Some ladies wanting to don a bikini with confidence opt to undergo breast augmentation, and this procedure is one of the most popular performed in Thailand’s world class hospitals. Whether you are merely seeking to enhance the size of your breasts, to boost volume after pregnancy or to reconstruct your breasts following surgery, all these options are available. Following the procedure, doctors generally advised that you stay close to the hospital for approximately eight days in case any complications arise. More importantly, your hospital will also arrange several follow-up appointments and final consultations with your surgeon before your flight home.
A Slender Silhouette
Liposuction is another popular procedure performed in Thailand’s cosmetic surgery clinics. The surgeon removes fat in specific areas in order to sculpt your body’s natural shape. Once the procedure has been completed, the patient must wear a pressure dressing for several days in order to keep the new contouring in shape, so it is essential that the patient is staying somewhere they can enjoy the comfort of absolute privacy. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks following the operation, so there will be no chance for scuba diving or jungle quad biking, but the comfortable surroundings of a private villa will make doing nothing easy.