Most people know that the cost of cosmetic surgery, and even conventional surgery, is sky-high in the US and other western countries. But do they know that this kind of surgery can be done just as safely in many Asian countries, but at a fraction of the price?
Which countries? Well, for the cheapest prices it must be India, with Thailand somewhat more expensive, and Hong Kong and Singapore at the highest level. But even including the cost of travel and accommodation prices are still a lot cheaper than at home, there is no waiting, and the would-be patient has the opportunity of taking a vacation at the same time.
For example, Thailand now has a string of world-class hospitals, where there are no language problems as interpreters of most languages are always on call. Just a visit to any of these hospitals will demonstrate how highly they are regarded with visitors and patients to be seen from all over the world.
The demand for conventional treatment is usually for such things as knee and hip replacement, cancer, and transplants. But for cosmetic surgery, face and breast augmentation for women, and face and lipo-suction for men, are the top choices. The split between women and men patients is about 60/40.
But one of the most popular treatments is the sex-change operation.
People travel from nations near and far to be able to walk into the hospital as men and come out women!
Actually, most Thailand hospitals don’t look or feel like hospitals at all – they appear more like 5-star hotels. There are plush lounge-like reception areas, restaurants, fast-food branches such as Au-Bon-Pain and Starbucks, convenience stores, banks and so on.
However, people intending to travel oversea for treatment should always undergo full medical screening at home before they set out. This will ensure that they are aware of any health risks, and that they are fit and able to receive surgery or other treatment.