Below you will find listed some of the most common reasons why people choose to have their plastic surgery performed overseas:
1) Reduced Cost
As shown in the tables below, the cost of plastic surgery abroad is usually at least half the price of surgery in the United States or the United Kingdom. And in some countries, mainly those in Asia, the cost is about a third of the price.
Importantly, costs for surgery abroad usually also include a stay in a hotel or apartment, visits to a clinic and a personal assistant. In comparison, the cost of plastic surgery in western countries generally only covers the procedure that you are having done.
Note. The above prices should only be used as a guideline to judge the relative cost difference between different countries.
If you don’t want people to know that you are having surgery, then why not tell them that you’re going on vacation instead?
Not everyone feels comfortable having plastic surgery in their home country because they don’t want others to know about it. By having surgery abroad, you can therefore tell people that you’re going on vacation while you have your procedure and recover from it.
This is a great way to be discrete about your surgery and is something that celebrities often do.
For example, when Britney Spears was reported to have been released from hospital after supposedly breaking her leg, many people suspected that she had actually undergone breast augmentation surgery.
3) Greater Range of Procedures
You may find that the nip n tuck surgery you want to have done isn’t performed in your country, or, if it is, you feel that you would receive better results if you went abroad.
One of the most common cosmetic procedures that people prefer to go abroad for is gender reassignment surgery, also known as a sex change operation, as countries such as Thailand, where such surgeries are performed quite frequently, can have better skilled surgeons than those found in western countries where sex change operations are relatively rare in comparison.
Many people undergo sex change operations in Thailand due to the specialist surgeons found in that country.
Some people also choose to have plastic surgery abroad in order to receive a medical device that has not yet been approved in their own country.
For example, women wanting “gummy bear” silicone breast implants were required to travel outside the United States, as this type of implant had not yet received approval by the FDA.
So in some cases, you may be forced to go abroad due to restrictions in your home country which prevent you from getting what you want.
4) Reduced Waiting Times
Another benefit of having plastic surgery abroad is that you will usually experience much shorter waiting times. For example, in the UK, you can expect to wait 3-6 months for rhinoplasty surgery with a well-known large national firm.
If you are thinking of having cosmetic surgery in your home country, you may have to wait a very long time to get your procedure done.
If you want to go with a private surgeon because you feel that they would give you better results, you could be looking at a waiting time of 6-12 months for your surgery!
So if you are in a rush to get your surgery done, then going overseas may be your best option for getting a speedy result.
In Thailand, for example, the well-known Bumrungrad International Hospital can offer you surgery pretty much instantly, usually within days or weeks of your desired date. This in turn makes fitting surgery into your schedule that much easier to do.
Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.
International medical facilities have shorter waiting times because they largely operate on patients from abroad, as most local residents are unable to afford plastic surgery.
As a result, not only do you get your surgery done at low-cost, but you will also be operated on in a first class establishment that is designed to meet western standards.
This means that the treatment and care you receive will be of a very high standard, sometimes, even better than in western medical centers!
5) Specialist Surgeons
Some of the best surgeons can only be found abroad.
Choosing the right surgeon is perhaps the most important step when it comes to getting the results you desire. In some cases, this may mean having to travel abroad in order to visit an internationally known specialist surgeon.
This, however, generally only applies to rare or complicated procedures, such as gender reassignment surgery, which are not commonly performed in your host country.