Cosmetic surgery in Phuket

Boob jobs are popular in Phukets clinics

Phuket is second only to Bangkok as a destination for tourists combining holidays with cosmetic surgery. Facelifts and liposuction are common procedures, along with breast enlargement and nose surgery. Prices for cosmetic surgery in Phuket by experienced plastic surgeons using the latest technology are as little as a quarter of those in the West.

Thai culture places great value on good looks and many Thais get plastic surgery to make themselves prettier. So surgeons in Thailand, including Phuket, get plenty of practise and are noted for their cosmetic surgery skills. Many trained abroad and offer their skills in first-rate hospitals, along with professional support staff. Instances of complaint or litigation are few. As a result, many people choose to come to Thailand for affordable, essential and non-critical surgery, enjoying good hospitality and the natural charm of Phuket during their recovery.

Liposuction in Phuket

Liposuction removes excess fat on those areas of the body that tend to store it the easiest - usually the upper thighs, buttocks, and stomach. It is a relatively fast and effective procedure, costing from US$2,000. A full tummy tuck is about US$3,000 and should be completed in a week. Liposuction is offered at Phuket’s private hospitals.

Breast surgery in Phuket

Breast augmentation in Phuket can be performed at most of the private hospitals on the island, as well as in many dedicated cosmetic surgery clinics. It is a straightforward procedure to reduce or increase breast-size, or create new breasts for those who have lost theirs to breast cancer. Breast enlargement surgery in Phuket typically costs from US$2,000 to US$7,000, which includes mentor/ES implants. Breast reduction is cheaper. These are modern techniques undertaken responsibly, are low-risk procedures with quick recovery time.

Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) in Phuket

Technically known as rhinoplasty, nose surgery is a popular treatment for medical tourists in Phuket. The nose is generally reshaped for aesthetic appearances, while those with breathing problems due to defects inside the nose can also see benefits through nose surgery. Popular among Thais seeking a less flat nose, this procedure is common, risk-free and undertaken in a single, short operation from US$1,500. With a little bruising for a few days, you could retreat to one of the quieter beaches or exclusive resorts.

Facelifts in Phuket

A face lift is known as a rhytidectomy in the trade, and an increasing number of medical tourists choose to have a facelift in Phuket. This is owing to the choice of hospitals and clinics that perform this more complicated procedure, as well as the lower prices.

Careful consultation is required here, necessitating a week or more and several operations. As the skin is lifted and then tightened across the face from the hairline to iron out wrinkles, there is a substantial recovery period involved. You probably won’t want to be seen in public, although Phuket is a more popular and relaxing place to hide away than Bangkok, for example. Here, you can afford your own private villa or room in a small, exclusive hotel. Prices for a facelift start from US$3,000.

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In addition to people wanting to look better, all plastic surgeons in Phuket also provide a less frivolous service: reconstructive surgery for victims of fires and accidents. Again, this kind of treatment is much cheaper than in the West.

Cosmetic surgeons in Phuket

Phuket International Hospital
This major, private hospital in Phuket has a cosmetic surgery department, where experienced surgeons can perform breast augmentation, facelifts and liposuction at very reasonable prices. 44 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Road, tel: (076) 249 400, 361 818, fax: (076) 210 936, email:, website:

Bangkok Hospital
The Aesthetics Centre at Bangkok Hospital is one of the top plastic surgery centres in Phuket. They do facelifts, liposuction, breast enlargement, aesthetic dental procedures, LASIK eye surgery and skin treatments, along with keyhole surgery. Bangkok Hospital has the most expensive cosmetic surgery in Phuket, yet prices are still cheaper than in Bangkok. 2/1 Hongyok-Utis Road, Phuket Town, tel: (076) 254 425, fax: (076) 254 430, email:, website:

Phuket Plastic Surgery Clinic
This fine clinic has been around since the early 1990s, performing all sorts of cosmetic procedures for medical tourists and Thais. They do breast enlargement, liposuction, facelifts, and nose jobs in a relaxing setting with English-speaking staff. Prices are cheaper than at Bangkok Hospital’s Aesthetics Centre. 371/81 Yaowaraj Road, tel: (076) 221 631, 254 764, fax: (076) 254 765, email:, website:

Update and correct: January 2013

About the Author

Andrew Bond is a travel writer who has been living in Thailand and writing about the region for more than 10 years, contributing to numerous local magazines and major web travel brands. He travels around South East Asia by tuk-tuk, bicycle, cyclo, jeepney, taxi, moto, elephant or foot in search of new smells, sounds, sights, and atmosphere. Share your travel bits with him on Google +

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