Turkey is one of the top destinations for medical tourism. Home to ancient and scenic natural wonders and famous for its healthcare infrastructure. Being close to Western Europe, Turkey has been medical tourism hotspot for many Europeans seeking affordable cosmetic surgery. Hair transplaint’s have continuously gaining popularity.
There are many reasons why Turkey has become the rising star of medical tourism. The travelling distances to Turkey from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa, makes it possible for people to cut costs. But it isn’t just about that. Despite the lower costs, the quality of procedures offered is world-class.
Affordable Treatment Packages
The medical tourism industry recieved $1.5 billion from medical tourism in 2018, Turkey received around 700,000 medical tourists, according to the Turkish Health Minister. And it has been growing every year since, with the huge influx of medical tourists is that many people in their home countries are unable to afford the treatment. That is why they consider going to other countries to get the same procedure done.
The quality of the procedure offered isn’t sacrificed because of the lower cost. The cost is low because of the Turkish economy itself. The exchange rate and low cost of living make many things seem very cheap to foreigners.
Moreover, the minimum wage is lower in Turkey, which results in cheaper labour costs. This means that surgery in Turkey will cost less than it will, say, in Western Europe. Moreover, having cosmetic surgery or a hair transplant is not available on National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.
No Long Wait Lists
Once you book a treatment package in Turkey, you can get the procedure done in a matter of a day(s). However, in the UK, waitlists can be so long that you might have to wait for almost 2 years to get some procedures done. So, if you want to get treatment without further delays, you can get it in Turkey.
Many people also find the aspect of including the procedure in their vacation time quite appealing. Turkey is a popular tourist destination, which is why many people can relax after or before getting their treatment. If you’re also avoiding unnecessary questions about the surgery by your colleagues, it’s a good idea to get the treatment and recover for a while in Turkey.
Our famous Group Tours are now on in Turkey- the world’s newest medical tourism and hotspot undisputed medical tourism capital departing on March 30, 2022!
NipTuck Holidays Australia is offering our clients in Australia stunning results in the safest way at very affordable by extending our services as we re-open post-covid! Our famous Group Tours are now at the world’s newest medical tourism hotspot and Turkey’s undisputed tourism capital, beachside Antalya Turkey known as the Turkish Riviera!
Our Group Tours are the trip away and the perfect opportunity for people like yourself indulge in their cosmetic surgery procedure of choice, away from prying eyes. Could the location be any more perfect to offer our famous Group Tours?This is world’s hottest location that is attracting medical tourists from all over the world! This city boasts pristine beaches and natural beauty, rich history with high quality medical infrastructure, top surgeons and medical teams and state-of-the-art facilities.
All while saving money and having the support, company of other women in the same position AND NipTuck representative as a host! In fact ALL of your post-op accommodation and your speciality designed meals to aid in your individual optimal post-op recovery are inclusive in your medical package. Both here in Antalya or in our partnered hospitals in Instanbul!
It is NipTuck’s our role to create the best experience for you as our client whilst in Turkey offering our client’s a huge amount of support for your procedure. This is offered of course by our professional medical team in who are empathetic and friendly, who also take the time the time to identify the best ways of improving your beautiful assets with you.
Together with our team, a NipTuck representative will be with you and by your side for additional emotional support on this experience-of-a-lifetime. We understand for a lot of our clients its the first time they have had surgery and for a lot of our clients it’s the first time they have travelled, and travelling especially really post-covid if a really big deal and we are there with you at every step!
Our team know the surgeons and medical staff and speak their language, and can explain to you in simple terms. We have also cosmetic surgery ourselves as well as hosted hundreds of group tours before and been there for clients after surgery.
We will have an active presence at the hospital at most of your appointments to offer you further support. This is in addition to our already high level of customer service and knows the surgeons, dentists and our systems in place together with our partnered hospital partners and management.
We will also be there in your recovery for support as you heal! Antalya also Turkey’s most famous Mediterranean resort city’ for medical tourism, with phenomenal views over the sea and the mountains down the coastline! Famous for its charming nature and glamorous atmosphere , with its pristine beaches with turquoise water, natural beauty, rich history, and modern facilities it is one of the most beautiful places in the world to recover from surgery!
Stunning Results – The Safe Way- And Affordable Prices!
Nip Tuck Holidays is a niche agency medical tourism agency and as one of the pioneers having begun in the Australian market in 2007. We continue to be leaders in the industry with very strong relationships with the top plastic surgeons and medical tourism industry experts across the globe and have earned a reputation as working with only the best.
And we know there are plenty of plastic surgery, plastic surgery clinics and medical tourism and travel company’s on the market, but none in the world can offer what we do! We are proud to have partnered with Klinik Europe the most convenient plastic surgery ever delivered. Klinik offers a new generation plastic surgery clinic with the safest, best results and most affordable plastic surgery in the world!
A No-Risk System
Together with our partners at Klinik, NipTuck Holidays offer a ‘No-Risk-System’ to avoid any type of major or minor complications at all costs. A unique’ Body Reference File’ is created to document every step and decision you or your physicians make. Before your surgery, a committee formed by the appointed internal MD, anaesthesiologist, and plastic surgeon of your choice will gather and identify a detailed road map for your surgery.
This roadmap will document every detail, such as the goal you want to achieve, blood consultation reports, tailored anaesthesia and waking up, and many more details.This c the day you check in until you are two months post-op. You will have regular touch-base meetings with your medical team and have priority access to our support lines during this time. We never leave anything to chance. Never. Ever.
In 15 years of working in the medical tourism industry and top plastic surgeons and hospitals overseas, I have never had one serious complication or problem. Sadly, we have all heard nightmare stories. And they are scary! I have heard more disaster stories of cosmetic surgery actually in Australia than overseas as shocking practices was exposed on Four Corners recently!!!!!
However……..because we are travelling abroad and it’s standard procedure for clients not to meet their plastic surgeons until the morning of surgery. There are many stories where busy surgeons forget to inject fat or place a wrongly sized implant or suction out less fat than you have agreed before.
PLEASE DON”T FREAK OUT!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT YOU WE PROMISE!!!!!
We are just being honest and transparent with our clients from the beginning, and we encourage you to do your own research as well so you are totally informed and happy with your decision.
Klinik Europe prepares a body reference form that we provide to you in your NipTuck Holidays final documents and via email where you can access all of your reports and meeting notes.
It is part of our process that everything is documented during your online discussion with us and meeting minutes, including your expectations of your surgery and the recommendations of the Plastic Surgeon. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes before present your surgery plan to you for approval for your surgery. This includes a committee of an Internal MD, Anesthesiologist, and your plastic surgeon gathers to discuss your surgery and healing plan.
After the surgery, you will have a signed and sealed surgery report together with your customized post-operation recovery steps. Soooooo if Klikil Europe does not give you what you agreed, there is a money back guarantee! It doesn’t get better than that!
We also provide Global Protective Solutions , a specialized medical travel benefits coverage you can trust! We have been long-term with GPS and we recommend you get a quote for your cosmetic surgery procedure because standard travel insurance does not cover it!
While the risks of medical complications from our highly qualified providers are very low, all surgical procedures carry certain risks and complications can and do occur. We are proud to partner with Custom Assurance Placements Ltd., who administer the Global Protective Solutions (GPS) program.
GPS is the worldwide leader in providing risk mitigation solutions and protection benefits specifically for international medical travelers. The Global Protective Solutions programs have been protecting international medical and dental travelers and their travel companions since 2008. You can get a quote or more information here: https://niptuckholidays.com/medical-tourism-coverage/
We have had a huge amount of valuable experience coordinating thousands of safe and affordable procedures with extraordinary results for our clients and we continue to offer first-class luxury healthcare to class at affordable prices. Now a money back guarantee…..
Money back guarantee and fly back insurance! What more do you want?
“I received a mommy makeover that included a tummy tuck, breast lift with augmentation, 360 liposuction and buttock augmentation. I was initially nervous about having any type of body reconstruction, but after meeting with Klinik Europe and Dr. Bora, I felt they would do an excellent job, and I was correct.
The clinic’s and the doctor’s bedside manner are just superb, and they performed such an outstanding job with my mommy makeover. I’m still recovering, but it appears to be healing nicely. If you’re unsure, go to Klinik Europe; I’m confident you’ll be completely happy. I did a lot of research before deciding on Klinik Europe, and I’m pleased I did. Thank you for making me feel secure and protected.“
Day of Departure: We have inquires from men and women from all over Australia! We will be arranging the domestic travel to join us to depart Sydney airport to together travel to Turkey for this incredible cosmetic surgery experience-of-a-lifetime!
Landing in Antalya: Our Klinik Europe driver will pick us up from the airport. Our drivers are English speakers and there is no language barrier. She or he will be taking you to your hotel and our hospital staff will meet us at reception where we can refresh and rest for the night.
Surgery Day – Blood Tests and meeting with your surgeon/s in the morning, I will be taking you from the hotel to the hospital for your surgery. I will be on your side in the recovery room when you are out of the surgery.
After you wake up, you will be transferred to your room and I will be be checking on all of you. with you. A Klinik Europe nurse will join you for your night stay. You are expected to stay for 6 nights.Your surgeon or our head of surgery Dr. Eren Sahin will come and check on you daily.
Surgery post-op Your surgeon will come and check on you today. If he clears you for discharge, then you will be discharged and taken to hotel recovery. There, your nurse will be waiting for you and available for your medical needs 24/7. If you need an additional day in hospital that is included at no extra price.
Hotel day 2 A nurse will visit daily to check up , change any dressings and address medical needs. If there is a need for the surgeon he is available 24/7 and NipTuck is available to you 24/7 right next door!
Recovery Day 3 After the nurse visit as we are starting to feel a little better after everyone recovers, Antalya has many options that won’t dissapoint so we are heading out firstly to have a look a around at the beautiful beaches and Old town (Kaleici) in Antalya, Turkey.
Recovery Day 4. After the daily nurse visit and check up we can go into town to Lara Street Market. Antalya’s biggest street bazaar (known as pazar in Turkish). There are stalls selling clothing, jewellery, accessories, bags, and souvenirs, as well as fresh produce, herbs, and ready-made foods. This is definitely the place to go if you’re a passionate bargain hunter or just want to mingle with the locals who are doing their bulk buying on a sunny afternoon.
Recovery 5 After the nurse visit for a historic experience, we are heading over to this old, beautiful and covered bazaar from the late 15th century that is just north of Antalya’s old town, Kaleiçi. It’s a great place to find handmade souvenirs, and make sure you visit the jewelers, copper workshops, and metalwork craftsmen, as well as the merchants selling beautiful textiles, Iznik style tiles, and spices.
Recovery 6 Normally you can leave on Day 9 to go back home, after you are cleared for travel after your plastic surgeon. You will be given postop instructions for when you are back home and a medical priority line will be given to you in case you have some questions when you return. You will be handed your complete medical file including the list, details and results of every medical procedure that was performed.
As this magical experience in Turkey is coming to an end, we are saying goodbye to Turkey with our hearts full of new experience , our suitcases full of new treasures and new friendship make through shared experiences that will last a lifetime!
For so many of our clients choosing to have cosmetic surgery abroad is such a big decision and we understand that at NipTuck! That is why we have partnered with Klinik Europe and together offered Group Tours ex Australia for the extra support. You now how the cosmetic surgery of your dreams as well as the holiday of a lifetime, we look forward to you joining us for April and August dates in 2022. Here what some of Klinik Europe client’s have said!
This was something I have wanted for a long time. I did extensive research to find the best doctor and clinic in Turkey. My doctor at Klinik Europe was amazing from start to finish. I had 100’s of questions before and aftersurgery and never once did I feel like I was being a ‘bother’. I am almost 1 year post op now. I still can’t believe this is MY body. I haven’t had a flat tummy and perky boobs since high school. Many thanks to Dr.Bora, Jennifer, Clara, Beker and my lovely nurses from the bottom of my heart for making me feel at ease and comforting me during my recovery.
I had arhinoplasty with Klinik Europe on 8/21 and had an amazing experience. Wonderfully hosted by the team. Food, recovery hotel and aftercare were far beyond my expectations. Medical attention and aftercare made me feel that I am unique and privileged. It is the best thing I ever did! I was so self-conscious of my nose and would never take photos from the side. I literally could not be happier with the outcome and it made such a great difference on my face. I would say of all the surgeries people of had rhinoplasty state that it’s definitely the best thing I’ve ever done for themselves. Go with Klinik Europe and ask for Dr. Enez.
Our exclusive tours are the ultimate holiday surgery experience where you escape and leave behind the the everyday hassles of life, family and work to recover with the extra support and friendship that will make this the experience-of-a-lifetime. All while making friends for life!
Interested in more information? We would love to have you join us! Inquire now as spots are limited, inquire here for an online quote: https://niptuckholidays.com/inquiry-for-free-consultation/
Medical tourism in Turkey is one of the driving forces behind its economy as thousands of patients flood the international clinics and hospitals in Turkey every year all year round to undergo different treatments.
The various treatments that foreign patients look for in Turkey include simple non-surgical treatments to the most invasive surgical and medical treatments.
Why is Medical Tourism in Turkey Popular?
Turkey has a unique geographical location, especially its most famous city Istanbul, which is only a three hours flight from most of the capitals in the world.
Istanbul has gained an irrefutable reputation in the field of medical tourism because of many factors including:
Advanced medical techniques and the newest technologies are used in different medical fields.
Well-trained and experienced doctors, nurses, physicians, and others working in the medical field.
Price may be one of the most effective factors when it comes to the increasing number of foreign patients who choose medical tourism in Turkey.
The cost of treatments, as well as the cost of living in Turkey, is low when compared to different European countries, the USA, or Canada (incl. Australia and the UK)
Hospitals and clinics that are built and operated according to the best European standards.
It is easy to acquire a visa to visit Turkey for most nationalities.
What are the Fields of Medical Tourism in Turkey?
As we mentioned earlier foreign patients come to Turkey seeking many treatments, the most popular of which are:
Istanbul is the first destination when it comes to hair transplantation. There are hundreds of hair transplantation clinics that provide their patients with natural results and perform this procedure using different techniques and the latest discoveries in the field.
Turkey became among the most famous medical tourism destinations in the field of dental treatments because of the high quality of the materials used in the treatments on the one hand, and the affordable cost of these treatments on the other.
International dental clinics, welcomes thousands of patients every year to have dental implants, dentures, or Hollywood smile treatments among many other dental treatments that are less costly than most of the European countries.
Plastic surgery is one of the beams that hold medical tourism in Turkey. Turkey is among the top ten countries in the world in this field. Patients choose Turkey to have their plastic surgery due to the affordable pieces, high-quality services, accredited hospitals, and clinics.
Prices of treatments, hotels, and other expenses in Turkey are cheaper by 60% to 80% when compared with other different countries especially North America, Canada the UK and Australia.
Dental medical tourism in Turkey witnessed a leap in the number of foreign patients who choose Turkey as the destination for receiving dental treatments. Clinics like Dentakay welcomed thousands of dental patients during the past months who came to Turkey to have dental treatments and spend their vacations in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Istanbul.
It is worth mentioning that the number of medical tourism patients in Turkey in 2019 was 551,748 patients with 2 billion US dollars in revenues. The expected revenue of medical tourism in Turkey by 2023 is 20 billion US dollars according to some Turkish officials who anticipate an increase in the number of patients who choose Turkey as a destination for leisure, business, and medical tourism.
These changes mean there will be no travel restrictions if you are a vaccinated Australian entering or leaving the nation’s shores.
Morrison also said the government is working towards completely quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand when it is safe to do so.
It will also become easier to enter Australia with the plan abolishing international arrival caps on returning vaccinated Australians.
Citizens and permanent residents fully immunised with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be required to undergo seven days’ home quarantine.
Others will be required to enter 14 days of managed isolation.
After more than 18 months of being shuttered, PM Scott Morrison has confirmed today that Australia’s border will officially reopen to inbound and outbound international travel from mid-November in states that have hit vaccination targets.
You heard it here. It’s finally happening.
Australia’s tough outbound border restrictions will be scrapped when states and territories are expected to hit 80 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday revealed the path back to international travel with the new system expected to start in November.
“There are no surprises here, this is what we set out to do,” said Morrison.
“Australia will be ready for take-off very soon.”
Restrictions on people leaving the country will be scrapped at 80 per cent coverage – expected in early November in some jurisdictions.
Current overseas travel restrictions will be removed and Australians will be able to travel subject to any other travel advice and limits, as long as they are fully vaccinated and those countries’ border settings allow.
These changes mean there will be no travel restrictions if you are a vaccinated Australian entering or leaving the nation’s shores.
Morrison also said the government is working towards completely quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand when it is safe to do so.
It will also become easier to enter Australia with the plan abolishing international arrival caps on returning vaccinated Australians.
Citizens and permanent residents fully immunised with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be required to undergo seven days’ home quarantine.
Others will be required to enter 14 days of managed isolation.
People who cannot be vaccinated including those under 12 or with a medical condition will be treated as vaccinated for the purposes of their travel.
States and territories will begin this program at different times given varying vaccination rates.
Australian travellers will be able to access an internationally recognised proof of vaccination document (Vaccine passport) in the coming weeks to prove their status.
The TGA will also recognise China’s Sinovac and Covishield produced in India as authorised vaccines to enter Australia, meaning Chinese and Indian students, tourists and business travellers can return.
More than 45,000 people are stuck overseas waiting to come home with the NSW government indicating it wants to welcome thousands into the country when borders reopen.
“It’s time to give Australians their lives back,” Mr Morrison said.
On any given day during high season, this popular Thai beach town would be filled with tourists from all around the world. Jet skis, longtails and speed boats roared through its bright blue waters. Some pulled parasails, their colourful puffs of nylon kites moving through the skies, keeping harnessed bodies afloat. Massive cruise ships could sometimes be seen anchored offshore.
The party lights, for the first time in a decade, had been turned off.
In the evenings, the streets adjacent to Patong’s beach were packed with travellers till long after the sun slipped into the Andaman Sea horizon admiring the famous Phuket sunset. The air typically filled with the shouts of taxi drivers, massage staff and restaurant workers, all in pursuit of the next customer.
Now, it’s a Phuket that is hard to recognise. The majority of businesses are shut, some with “For Rent” signs. Door handles are wrapped in chains and padlocks, while closed hotels have put up rope fences blocking the driveways to their entrances.Even American chain outlets like McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks are shut.
The pandemic continues to impact all over the world, and Phuket is no different. But on the bright side, we’re now seeing another beautiful side of this wonderful island – not its attractions or natural wonders, nor entertainment and nightlife, but its kind-hearted people and frontline medical professionals that continue helping others in need during these unprecedented times.
Patong Beach, Phuket is getting ready for reopening on July 1st in Patong Phuket and with a facelift! No more electric cables on the beach front and road resurfacing in progress! Patong Beach is almost unrecognisable!!!!!
Earlier this year for the first time in decades, a large leatherback turtle came ashore at Kata Beach in Phuket to lay eggs yesterday in January. A total of 29 baby leatherback turtles broke through the sand and made their way into the sea at our favourite Kata Beach.The nest site has been sealed off for protection and a thermometer installed to monitor the temperature in the nest.
Karon Deputy Mayor Itthiporn Sangkaew, himself a native of Kata-Karon area, was overly happy about the turtle as were the locals! “As far as I can remember the last time turtles laid eggs at a beach in Kata-Karon was decades ago. Certainly not in the past 20 years,” he said.
Marine life experts from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) reported that the first turtles surfaced at about 10pm last evening and began making their way to the water’s edge with 80 eggs in total in the nest.In addition to the 29 that made it into the sea last night, five were taken into care as they were too weak to make the life-starting journey across the sand.
During the lockdown and in anticipation of Phuket’s reopening on July 1, there have been beach cleanups all over the island . Hotels have continually joined the local community and municipality to keep kata Beach clean with regular beach cleansing during closures.
Director SIS, Mat Christie Hindmarch said his team joining many hotels for our regular beach clean.The SIS Kata – A Dynamic Young and Trendy Resort Situated about 300 Metres up On the Hillside A Few Moments Away Of The Award-Winning Gold Sands Of Kata Beach.
“Hotels have continually joined the local community and municipality to keep kata Beach clean with regular beach cleansing during closures.”
The once popular beaches of Kata and Karon have been hit the hardest are most definitely Patong, Karon and Kata beaches, according to Anthony Lark, president of the Phuket Hotels Association.
“These three enclaves were 95% reliant on international tourism. And it dried up.”For the few who decided to stick it out, life has been incredibly difficult.” It’s very bad for us, he said.
Not many people come. We have only Thai people but not so many. In one day, only one or two tables. Normally we are full downstairs and upstairs.”He says staff are only getting paid half of their regular salaries until international tourists return.
For the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, founded in 2016, closing shop till the tourists return isn’t an option. Whether visitors come or not, the facility’s 12 retired working elephants, which live in the sanctuary’s 30 acres of jungle, need to be fed.”It costs approximately between 20,000 and 30,000 Thai baht a month to feed one elephant,” says general manager Vincent Gerards.
With a dozen animals on hand, that’s about $7,500-8,000 each month. Prior to the pandemic, most of that money came from the many visitors that would pay to experience the sanctuary and observe the elephants for a full day.”Around 85% of the population of Phuket relies on tourism in some form or another, whether they’re working in hotels or taxi drivers, fisherman — it’s all connected and we’re very dependent on international tourists,” says Gerards.”
So Covid obviously had a huge impact when we talk about elephant tourism in particular. More than 150 elephants living in Phuket have left the island since the beginning of Covid-19 because the camps had to temporarily or permanently close, and those elephants were then moved back to their owners who often live in other provinces.”
Phuket SandBox Reopening July 1
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the approved plan will take effect on July 1.”Phuket will be the first destination to lift quarantine requirements for vaccinated foreign tourists under the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ program,” says a TAT statement. “However, they will be restricted to travel activities within designated areas in Phuket for seven days and will then be allowed to visit other Thai destinations.”The plan is reliant on efforts to vaccinate 70% of the island’s residents, with officials requesting more than 930,000 doses. According to a report in Phuket News, more than 70,000 Phuket residents have received their first dose of the vaccine.
There is much optimism that international tourists will begin returning with measures for entering Phuket officially released today June 25, 2021. This is the glimmer of hope and a shining light at the end of our very dark, long tunnel.
For now, Phuket relies on domestic tourists
In the meantime, domestic tourism is keeping some businesses afloat — but just barely. “It has literally been the oxygen that has enabled almost all of the tourism-related businesses on Phuket to continue to breathe and survive.” says Lark, who points to the Bangkok residents that have been flying down on the weekends and government holidays.”But it’s unsustainable. Phuket’s tourism can’t survive at 6% to 8% occupancy. These hotels were designed to run at 30% to 40% occupancy to break even. So it’s helped stem the tide of outgoing grief, but it’s by no means sustainable, sadly.”
It has been a tough time, as Phuket does need international tourists. Everyone has been doing their bit and very creative to try to make the most of the situation that we are in at the moment and somehow managed to find a way. But we need to open up now we are supporting the local community, and we were working closely with local government and central government to get ready, in order to re-open Phuket, and to re-open Thailand, and to be ready to welcome international visitors.
Ekkapan, a street food vendor at Patong Beach, specializes in dishes from Thailand’s northeast Isaan region. He says the demographics of his customer base have shifted but — in spite of being in an area so reliant on international tourists — profits haven’t dipped. “Before Covid my customers were 80% foreign tourists,” he tells CNN. “But now we are serving mostly Thai people. Same money but we have to work harder. Foreigners liked to order grilled dishes, which were easy to make. Thais prefer things like som tom (papaya salad) and larb (a spicy minced meat dish) which take longer.”
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary has also had to adapt its programs to cater to the domestic market — shortening the time length of its programs and lowering prices while also creating remote online opportunities to connect with their many followers from abroad. It’s helping to put food in the elephants’ mouths, but what they really need is for international tourists to come back as soon as possible.
With the pandemic tossing out an endless supply of curveballs over the last year, a lot can happen between now and July, it’s great to finally see that light at the end of the tunnel and to have a pretty clear plan of what’s going to happen. We’re ready to welcome tourists again!
So holiday-starved Aussies could enjoy lavish trips to the Thai island by July 1 with no quarantine – but there’s a catch!
Although currently experiencing its highest rate of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic, Thailand is still going ahead with its plans to reopen on July 1. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed that from next month, the country will allow quarantine-free entry to vaccinated tourists from “low-risk” countries who enter Thailand via the island of Phuket.
While more details still need to be confirmed, including what countries are deemed “low risk”, for now the TAT says arrivals must be fully vaccinated or have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and must have tested negative not more than 72 hours before arrival.
Upon arriving in Phuket, visitors must stay in a hotel approved by the country’s Safety & Health Administration for the first 14 nights. While on Phuket, visitors are not required to quarantine and are free to leave their accommodation and travel around the island with few, if any, restrictions, visiting beaches, restaurants and entertainment venues as per normal. Visitors will be required to register at a government website and use an app that tracks their movements. After 14 nights on Phuket, visitors are free to leave the island to travel to other points in Thailand.
This news was first announced on the first travel industry event by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Sydney #AmazingThailand called the ‘Product Update’ Event May 20, 2021 #Restore #Refresh #Renew . It was hosted by the Ambassador of Thailand to Australia , Consulate General, TAT Director. It gave industry professionals the Roadmaps to Recovery, The Latest Developments in this Recovery and It’s when we first heard the term “Sandbox” or Phuketsandbox .
There have been many changes since then but basically a set of stringent set of health and safety guidelines have been established to enhance tourism health and hygiene standards. These are known as the ‘Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration’, with the purpose is to restore, refresh and renew tourism in its recovery post-covid when international travel resumes.
It’s good news for international travellers hoping to resume their Thailand holiday plans. The Tourism Authority of Thailand confirms that Phuket will be the first destination to welcome visitors back. Visa rules and test required to board flights to Phuket remain the same, but for the first time vaccinated travellers can visit the island without a 14-day quarantine.
If you have been following the Thai news and travel it’s been in the news every day since with regular updates and some confusion about what this means and if indeed it’s going to still open. We have been sharing on our social media please follow to keep updated! Also TAT provides lots of information on their Facebook . For diehard Thailand lovers a private a I recommend a private Facebook group Phuket Sandbox – “Better Phuket” By I Asia Thailand
As I mentioned there have been changes and updates and some confusion, with speculation that Phuket will delay this reopening. The latest information however is a press release yesterday by Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha that has confirmed that Phuket will indeed reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine requirements from 1 July, 2021, under the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ project.
Whats the G-O for Aussies?
But unfortunately for Australians, special exemptions are still needed to fly overseas since the international borders closed and will be until probably mid 2020 . Australians must apply for special exemptions to be allowed to leave the country.! But the rest of the world has reopened so if you are vaccinated, Phuket welcomes you!
NipTuck Holidays enjoy strong partnerships a selection of international hotels and resorts that are absolutely dying to welcome back Aussies! So much so they have offered us unbeatable discounts for travellers From July 1 to the October period! Doubletree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort is a luxury resort inn the heart of Patong Beach. Step into tranquillity when you check in to DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort. Set in the heart of Patong, directly opposite the white sandy beach and turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
Our other partner is Phuket’s newest hotel the FourPoints by Sheraton Phuket This brand new beachfront, luxury resort two outdoor pools, five fantastic restaurants & bars and the latest facilities for the ultimate.
We are offering special discount promotional rates at the moment wanting cheap holidays in Phuket at luxury standards with special privileges and bonus inclusions! While we can’t travel from Australia just yet we are doing our bit encourage travel to Phuket for those can from the UK, US and Europe and other parts of Asia.
Upon vaccination and depending on where you live hopefully this initiative will revive travel to the resort island in Thailand, which is hoping to revive its dire tourist economy. In preparation for tourists, many of Phuket’s pandemic restrictions have been lifted, and the island’s tourist-oriented businesses have been allowed to operate more or less normally.
Phuket is planning to open their borders from July 1st, 2021 and cancel all quarantine measures for vaccinated international travelers.
We are happy to announce that we are open for bookings from July 1 onwards….📝
Travellers will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 virus to travel overseas💉
Testing in Thailand for Covid-19maybe required💉
Thailand hopes the relaxed travel requirement will revive its tourism industry
Brand new Nip Tuck hotel partners
US clients can confirm
Australians must apply for special exemptions to be allowed to leave the country at this stage…..waiting to hear from June 17*
Travel to Thailand at this stage looks possible with the Thai Government warming to a plan proposed by struggling local tourism operators. It seems the online campaign has successful put enough pressure on appropriate Government bodies to re-open to international tourists on the basis that vaccination programs will be well underway by then.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said on Facebook that a review of their vaccinations are important first are the first step so they are prepared, as it’s important that Thailand proceed in line with other countries.
‘Those in the tourism business would like to get certified soon. But there is still a lot to be uncertain about. “The main thing is we have to go along with other countries as well”
And this really is the main issue at the moment globally facing us all! We are seeing hopeful signs of the end to the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic and this is a HUGE FIRST STEP!
Tourism is one of Thailand’s biggest industries and major employers, accounting for an estimated 13 per cent of GDP. For our part, together with our hospital teams we are happy to announce that we are open for bookings from October 1 onwards.
AND….. We have a huge announcement to make!!! Nip Tuck Holidays we would like to introduce you to our selection of brand new hotel partners partnerships with a selection of international hotels and resorts for the ultimate recovery post-surgery!
Four Points Sheraton, Patong Phuket
This brand new beachfront, luxury resort two outdoor pools, five fantastic restaurants & bars and the latest facilities for the ultimate holiday in Phuket and recovery post-op. You will come home feeling rested, renewed , looking and feeling like a new person!
In Phuket we have the brand new Four Points Sheraton, Patong Phuket to provide our trademark hands-on approach to our business and clients as you recover in these luxurious surroundings with beachfront views, special privileges and bonus inclusions.
The Doubletree by Hilton Banthai Patong, Phuket is a luxury resort in the heart of Patong Beach.While you rest your body in these luxurious surroundings and ease of access to attractions in Phuket such as shopping centres and beauty clinics which are a favourite post-op for clients recovering from cosmetic surgery.
As our clients recover in these luxurious surroundings with beachfront views, we offer special privileges and bonus inclusions we provide options for companions and even suites to bring along the whole family. As NipTuck clients you will be treated like extra-special guests while you recover from surgery!
In Bangkok, our partnered resort Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is the best choice for new hotels in Bangkok and so central just a few steps to BTS Asoke Station!
That means less stress and worry about getting around the city in the heat, especially in bandages and when you have stitches. Here you have all that Bangkok has to offer at your fingertips ensuring your best post-surgery recovery possible whilst recovering in Thailand and having an enjoyable holiday!
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15 Relax and refresh- sleeping on the signature Four Comfort bed is like sleeping on a cloud, and doctor’s orders upon discharge from hospital.
Recover in style at this luxury oasis while you sample the best that Bangkok has to offer on this vibrant city.
We will be rolling out new surgery holiday packages and prices shortly so make sure you are on your newsletter so you have the latest news! Here are our contact details to get in touch! https://niptuckholidays.com/contact-us/
“The entire trip blew all my expectations I had out of the water. I was amazed at the quality of the hospital and it’s staff. Everyone made me feel so comfortable, in fact, I felt like a princess.
The Dr was so warm and friendly, but also professional it took all my hesitation I may have had.
I would recommend it to anyone if they were considering any cosmetic or dental procedures. I would do it again for sure…”
Donna Pope, Upper eyelid lift by Dr Pathom
“I am greatly amazed at the wonderful services provided by all staff. The hospital, doctors, hotel and not to forget the lovely drivers who transferred us from the hospital back to the hotel.
The beautiful manners and cleanness of the Thai people amazed me.
Claire, you are a truly lovely compassionate lady, I was not once at all nervous or worried because are very calm and a professional at your job.
The upper blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) was pain free, with only slight bruising and swellness but is healing fast.”
Annie had an extended tummy tuck, liposuction to the hips, abdomen, back and waist, and a breast lift/ reduction and implant with Dr Witoon“This was excellent!”
Claire was outstanding, caring, lovely, truly a beautiful person who put herself out of the way to ensure everyone had a good time and their fears were alleviated before they arose.
The customer service is 1000% outstanding!”
Our Group Tour from Brisbane
The day had finally arrived and dreams were coming true for eight exited ladies all over Queensland and one from Tasmania. Together, we were embarking on a journey-of-a-lifetime as part of the exclusive packages offered by Nip Tuck Cosmetic Surgery Holidays exclusive Medical Tourism Group Tour Package ex Brisbane.
There was an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation about the journey ahead, knowing this journey was going to change their lives!
Wow, what an awesome bunch of ladies having breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reductions, liposuction, tummy tucks, eyelid lifts, Botox, Laser teeth whitening and dental procedures teeth cleaning, crowns and veneers.
The strength of the Medical Tourism Group Tours is having the support of other ladies in the same position, as well as me, which proved very valuable to clients in terms support and her for advice on hand for any issue that may arise.
For Carole and Donna, who were part of the tour and both partially deaf, obviously the language barrier at times proved challenging, so this support was invaluable with all communication with the hospital and hotel.
Prior to the departure, all the ladies had received their final documents with very thorough information including the medical component of the details of their procedure of choice, pre-operative advice, risks of surgery.
I was in touch daily with the ladies and available 24-7 to answer any questions or clarify any concerns including reassuring clients, husbands, mother and family members about the impeccably high medical standards of both the hospital and the surgeons in the global network, as well as the genuineness of their care and concern for all their clients.
The eastern philosophy and culture in Thailand ensures that you, as a client, are the primary concern of our surgeon and hospital. You will be made to feel like the most important person in the world, because, as a client of Nip Tuck and Bangkok Hospital, you are!
Our surgeons, hospital and we at Nip Tuck genuinely care about you, your physical and emotional needs and understand and empathize with the full emotions you are gone through, and take very seriously the trust you are placing in us. We will not let you down!!!
Day 1: Friday July 3
I was eagerly awaiting there arrival at the VIP area of Phuket airport with Maam and New, our very special hospital ground-care staff.
After an emotional greeting, our hospital staff loaded everyone’s suitcases into a mini bus, and together we went directly to the hospital for our consultations with the surgeons.
Seeing is believing- and everyone is impressed!
I love this moment, when the trust my clients placed in me was re-confirmed and my clients finally have the opportunity to see the hospital, meet their surgeons and experience the incredibly high standards of the medical and personal care we offer.
For every one of the clients, this surreal feeling combined with an overwhelming sense of relief and reassurance that this was the best decision they had ever made.
For everyone that has experienced a package hosted by Nip Tuck Holidays, all those negative thoughts and comments about the standards of medical care offered by our company were now laughable.
This view is supported by hundreds of testimonials from happy clients and the exceptional standard of results. We arrived at the hospital to the grandness of the hospital, and were warmly greeted by the hospital staff with cold towels, drinks and refreshments.
Consultation began with the surgeons at 11am. This gave our clients the opportunity to meet their surgeon and have a private and confidential chat about their procedures of choice and to have any questions answered and concerns addressed with an overwhelming sense of calmness and confidence.
We spent a long day at the hospital and were all becoming increasing tired. The medial testing at the hospital is very thorough.
A couple of ladies were having their surgeries the next morning early so had checked into the hospital, so now everyone else was ready to venture down to Patong Beach and check into our hotel.
Everyone quickly dispersed after checking in, some dashing for a Thai massage, others mesmerized by the buzz of the town while Claire accompanied some clients and made a quick dash to the Sea Smiles Dental Clinic around the corner for a dental consultation.
Exhausted and starving and in desperate need of a cocktail by this stage, we had one more job to do before we could relax. So….we went next to get a Thai number and some credit on our phones so we could all be in touch with our families.
We arranged to meet everyone in the hotel lobby at around 6.30- 7pm. So now, everyone had the option of joining us for dinner and a drink, or doing their own thing as we headed to a glorious spot on the beach and ordered a cocktail.
It was an incredible moment as the sun set across the beach and we ordered some dinner. Finally, after a long day, we relaxed. This is the moment were all waiting for, however by this stage we were all so exhausted that the conversation wasn’t as interesting as it possibly could have been……. But already, we all sensed that were had developed a very strong bond of having this experience together and a moment we will look back on with fond memories….
I confirmed with the hospital that all Neshamah and Maggie will be ready for their multiple procedures in the morning including liposuction, tummy tucks breast lift/ augmentation/ revision and reductions and face lifts all to be performed on the ladies the next morning.
I was adamant that the ladies go down to the beach for a massage and some dinner prior to their procedures arranged for them to be back at the hospital ready for surgery bright and early the next morning, while everyone else relaxed in their hotel after dinner.
Day 2: Saturday 3rd July.
An early morning, I accompanied Shelley, with pick-up at the hospital at 6.30am. Shelley from the Gold Coast was scheduled for a lower eyelid lift, neck lift and breast revision surgery with Dr Pongsakorn.
As we arrived at the hospital, Shelley was whisked into her room and into surgery, as I went to be with Neshamah and Maggie prior to their surgery.
For both ladies, the reality hit, making this “very surreal” experience very real. I was there for them, holding their hands and wiping away any tears reassuring them that everything was okay.
It was a great honour and a privilege to have the chance to be there for my clients in their time of need. I understand the emotional and physical process of this incredible journey, and understand it from having the surgery myself. And I think its important to also have the perspective and empathy of witnessing it through the eyes of many other clients as well as the perspective of the hospital and surgeons.
“It is a pleasure for me to support someone else.”
The clients tell me the support is invaluable as they were whisked into surgery…. Mostly lol.
With everyone doing well and confirmed schedule and appointments for the next day, it was now time to enjoy Phuket with some ladies.
Together we ventured out for a little shopping and exploring in spectacular Patong, had a cuddle with a monkey on the street, then stopped for some wonderfully delicious and cheap Thai food and some cocktails and Thai massages.
Day 3: Sunday 4th July
Donna is having her upper eyelid lift today, Patricia is having a face-lift, Carole is having a breast lift and implant and Lauren is having her some liposuction to her abdominal area along with brand new boobs involving a reduction/ lift and implant.
I am very excited another lady is arriving from the Gold Coast today and joining our tour. So, I accompanying the hospital staff and met Lani at Phuket airport.
Very excited to have Lani here!!! I knew Lani from my gym on the Gold Coast! Together with Maam and New-our wonderful hospital ground-care staff, we went to pick her up at Phuket Airport and straight back to the hospital for her consult with Dr Pongsakorn and have her pre-operative tests.
Neshamah – WOW!!!! After an extended tummy tuck, liposuction to the thighs, stomach and hips, as well as breast reduction, lift and augmentation Annie looked amazing and complained a little about a headache.
Her breasts were a little tender she said she was feeling a little uncomfortable and restricted about her position and its awkwardness. That’s it!
Mentally and physically she was fine. I was amazed and so was she both physically and mentally. In fact, she complained about having a headache.
She did not look like she had just come through very major surgery thats for sure. This is a credit to her own strength and the incredible skill of Dr Witoon, coupled with the incredible post-operative care she received in the hospital.
Patricia had her pre-op tests and scheduled for surgery in the afternoon. She was scheduled for surgery at 3pm and could barely contain her excitement and patience as she tried to wait patiently in her room, watch some television and read her book, as her focus drifted….
Within a couple of days Lani was up and about and wanting to explore what Phuket had to offer. She had some friends here we caught up with and we went out to enjoy some Thai food and beer then we went for a Thai massgae, as you do.
Then had some wondered through the shops looking for the ‘secret rooms’ for some gorgeous Louis Vuitton handbags and Channel earrings and Calvin Klein knickers we simply could not resist, then back to the same little spot for more yummy food and beer with some friends from home we saw.
Day 5- Monday 5th July
The next morning I had the opportunity of meeting some clients of mine from Cairns that were there having their surgery. I had only spoken to them on the phone so it was great we had the opportunity to finally meet!
As she was whisked away, I hugged her and reassured her it would be over as soon as she knew it and I will call and check on her tomorrow.
Together with Dr Piyapas, I went to see Maggie post-op and was incredibly moved by Dr Piyapas’s very sincere compassion and empathy in his care of his patients.
He took the time to explain in detail and reassure her, as he held her had, and wiped her tears, and offered support and understanding and humanness rarely demonstrated.
I was there with Maggie as she awaited transportation back to her suite, reassuring her and mostly talking a lot to get to know her and distract her from her physical body to take her mind elsewhere……
Then Lauren, who was off the morphine after her breast lift, reduction and implant- feeling no pain and looking perfectly well.
No problems at all- she just breezed through it!
Next was Pat, who had a face lift. Again- major complaint as a headache. Probably due to the tight compression bandages from her face lift. She had the physiotherapist with her so I left her to it and would check on her later…..
Then Carole – breast lift and implant. Off the morphine, no pain, bounced back incredible with her bright smile and gorgeous sparkle in her eye…… No pain, no problem at all.
Shelley back to the hotel for her discharge at 1pm back to the hotel. She looked and felt amazing, if a little tired, so I advised her to rest and take it easy for the rest of the day. I on the other hand, had to make a mad dash to the Sea Smiles Dental Clinic to accompany some clients and also have some procedures for myself including crowns and teeth cleaning.
I grabbed a yummy coconut Gelato on the way home and had another Thai massage and checking on all clients at the hospital and hotel just to see how everyone was doing.
Lani was happy with the size of the implant and Maggie and Annie who were both doing pretty well. Maggie was sounding exhausted but good.
I called Pat who sounded a hundred percent better, and Lauren who was feeling great. I told all the ladies I would see them tomorrow and get plenty of rest and take advantage of the incredible round-the-clock care they were receiving!
By this stage, everyone had lost track of days completely. It was a blur and I have to say I was completely exhausted! A combination of the flurry of procedures, doctor’s appointments and keeping track of everyone’s process, this feeling of loss of reality was compounded.
Day 6- Tuesday July
I was up again at 5.30am, and again, the first for my big breakfast of eggs and fruit and coffee after coffeeJ I arranged myself and Donna to be picked up from the lobby at 11am so the ladies could visit their sisters. Donna surprised me by showing up with a fabulous tattoo on her left shoulder.
As we waited in the lobby, Lauren made a surprise entrance looking amazing!
I was in awe at the brilliance of these surgeons, and continually amazed at the phenomenal recovery process of each and every one of these ladies.
Donna and I went to see Pat, who after a facelift yesterday came out of surgery with a headache due to the tight compression bandages. I spoke to her last night and I was relived to hear her sounding much better. And today different lady today, as the bandages were off, and she sprawled out on the lounge with her feet up looking fabulous!!
Bruising around to her eye area and face was to be expected, but mentally and physically-WOW!!! She was really for discharge and feeling very pleased. She said there were heaps of people she planned to keep in touch with, but at this moment was feeling like escaping to her own private bubble and listening to her body and just detaching from the world. I completely agreed with her. After her procedures- I advised her is the perfect time to be entirely selfish and let her mind and her body rest, recover and rejuvenate!
Next, Donna and I went to see her sister Carole. So sick of her large breasts, she had a lift and implant to a smaller size which resulted in high, perfect results. She kept peaking at them, just dying to see the results. But Carole’s smile said it all- her face was beautifully lit.
So many success stories!
Next I went upstairs to see Maggie. Her flowers had arrived as a gesture of love and support from her husband Tim, and filled the room with a wonderful smell and warm glow.
Maggie was gradually feeling better- but after her extensive procedures, her recovery was to be expected. The biggest complaint for Maggie was being uncomfortable. In general, I think people don’t appreciate the freedom in their own body until this is taken away……
Her movement was severely restricted, the position uncomfortable, her appetite not completely restored. But she was looking, and sounding, and feeling better by the day. People’s rate of recovery, the pain and discomfort they experience and the rate of healing is so different for the individual. Like everyone else that had breast work, she was dying to rip of the bandages and see the final result!
With any cosmetic/ medical procedure, there is a high degree of swelling post-operative, and the immediate results are very drastic compared with the final results after the standard 6 weeks post op. But day by day, as your body recovers from the trauma, heals naturally and rests and recovers, in the fullness of time, the results are extraordinary- no exceptions.
I went to see Annie, who was dressed in her very glamorous yet comfortable night gown looking fresh and totally amazing, with a gleam in her eye and the due satisfaction.
Everyone was very pleased with her incredibly quick recovery both mentally and physically. Her energy was bright, with an aura of peaceful and surrounded by a healthy, orange glow.
All in all, very positive!!! Together, Pat, Donna, Carole, Lani and I all discharged from the hospital and we taken back to the hotel.
Everyone was very keen to check into their rooms and have the space to do their own things, whether it is just relax, talk amongst themselves in private or explore the streets of Patong.
The shops were a dream, with an abundance of everything you could wish for including handbags, wallets, t-shirt. It was endless…….
The heavy rain of the morning had stopped, and the humidity and heat was moderate. After we ate, we wondered around he shops and explored the markets, shops, and bought some Ed Harvey t-shirts and soaked in the atmosphere.
Day 6: Wednesday July 8
All procedures completely successfully- all done and checked out, apart from Maggie and Neshamah. Maggie was my primary concern at this stage, as he client who had the most intensive surgery and the one most need of my support and attention.
I spent the morning confirming schedules, appointments at the hospital for follow-ups and flexibility around all client needs.
Breakfast again at 6am and feeling very refreshed and rested after a good night sleep. So after breakfast I will call New and arrange a more suitable time.
Walked past the pool which looked way too tempting, so I grabbed my bikini and headed down for a swim and some sun for an hour .
I spent the day at the hospital with Neshamah and Maggie, catching up on emails and attending to client needs and back at the hotel by 4pm, and as I arrived back at the hotel I saw some of the ladies wandering about so I quickly dropped my things at the hotel and went out for a beer and some food and wondered around shopping…… As you do……
Checked on everyone before I fell asleep that night and fell asleep hoping the weather would be spectacular for tomorrow, as it had rained pretty much every dayJ
Day 7: Thursday July 9
The first day I have had an opportunity for a breather!!!! Because everyone had an individual process to their recovery and it is a good idea to pay it by ear according how you are feeling with any tours after surgery. Today, everyone wanted to take it easy so I went to Phi Phi Island for the first time.
It was a long and exhausting day, but WOW!!!! What a day. Pure magic!
Maggie & Neshamah were being discharged from hospital today, so all in all, everyone’s procedures and discharges have been completed successfully, starting on follow-ups- I could try to relax today.
We were picked up and crammed into a mini bus then to a meeting point where I grabbed some flippers and snorkeling gear and some bread to feed the fish and a diet coke to try and pick me up.
The boat ride took about an hour and the first stop was Phi Phi Island. I swum in the gloriously warm and crystal clear beach for about 20 minutes and then together with them quickly explored the island.
Next stop, Monkey Island. The tide was high so we didn’t get to stop, but stopped only inches away from these incredible monkeys in their natural environment where we could hand feed them bananas. I snapped and snapped away, getting myself labeled the “Paparazzi” by the very funny and lovely host of our tour. Oh well, I got some amazing shots!
Next we sailed to another island where I sat outside the front of the boat, snapping away and soaking in the natural beauty of the islands. Next stop, we stopped the boat and had half an hour to snorkel. I grabbed my flippers and put on my mask and jumped into the water.
As people fed the fish, I swum around and with them as they engaged in a feeding frenzy. It was surreal and magical and truly out of this world. I felt like a mermaid surrounded and a part of this beauty of nature.
I touched the fish as they swum around me, swum wish them and in the other direction, so they swum right to me. There were thousands upon thousands of the most beautiful fish I had ever seen. It was intensely beautiful, peaceful and magical.
Back on the boat they kept passing around delicious Thai cookies, and with a free flow of coke, 7-up, water and beer, and we were all starting to get very hungry.
Next we went to another Phi Phi Island for lunch for an hour and a half. The food was a buffet with Thai soup, and what seemed like high fat Asian cuisine. Next stop we had another bat ride to another island where we all sort of dozed a little after full bellies and the humidity.
As I awoke and we pulled into shore, my phone rung (on the island!) and I was delighted to hear from Maggie and Neshamah after their discharge from hospital and confirming plans for dinner tonight at 7.30pm.
What a day!
The wonderful host host kept us all very entertained and happy with his upbeat and genuinely lovely disposition, and we watched in awe as her made some beautifully crafted flowers out of straw. He made me one, and I offered him a tip for another one for both my beautiful girls.
Arrived back at around 5pm, where had a bath, and got ready for dinner at 7.30pm. I was a bit early, so I went for a quick walk down to Bangla Road for a cuddle and photograph with an Iguana.
I arrived at dinner with Maggie & Neshamah and had the most glorious feast and spectacular drag show I had ever seen. Very, very impressive.
I was in bed by around 10pm I think!!!
Final check-ups , finals and recovery and indulging in decadent Thai food and my favourite Mango, ice-cream and sticky rice desserts. I found DVDs for my kids and a couple of things before falling asleep early as usual.
Up at 5am packing, with check-out and pick-up from hotel foyer at 8am.
Due their multiple procedures, both ladies were required to stay a little bit longer. I had a tear in my eye as I left Annie. She was an absolute pleasure!
I learnt about Pat this morning. As we traveled to the airport she told me about her wonderful adventures doing volunteer work with Mother Theresa in India. Wow!! What an amazing woman.
It was wonderful and truly a pleasure to get to know all these amazing ladies individually, and sharing an experience that would have profoundly positive effect on heir lives.
We arrived in Singapore around lunchtime. I was so exhausted I spent the day sleeping, then went down to Chinatown to taste the local food. Shelley and Pat also relaxed and took in the sights of Singapore.
The group of Gold Coast ladies on Queensland’s “medical tourism group tour” all met with me at Brisbane International Airport to board the flight to Phuket for their exciting, life-changing adventure!
The flights were busy, as it seemed a lot of people in Queensland were desperate to escape our winter in the paradise of Phuket. At check-in, we received a lovely surprise that one of the ladies that myself on our group was upgraded to business class! Wow.
What a surprise! The other ladies were happy to have each other to sit together share their expectations, dreams and get to know one the ladies that were sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We arrived in Phuket at 9.35am and went straight to the hospital for our consultations with our surgeons before checking into our hotel in Patong.
The ladies freshened up and the ladies relaxed for a while, while I went back to the airport with our amazing hospital staff to greet the second part of my group who arrived at 4.30pm- with a few more lucky ones on the group also being upgraded to business class. Nice……
The ladies, and one boyfriend who was coming along for the ride, were all really excited about finally arriving in Phuket after months of anticipation. Sue said:
“Going overseas for surgery is daunting in itself, but the quality and care of the surgeons and staff were fantastic that I would not hesitate to recommend the to everyone.”
After they checked into their rooms we all went out together for dinner and drinks and a walk along the streets of Patong before falling into bed exhausted for an early pick-up from the hospital for consultations and surgery.
Day 2: Monday 28th June
We enjoyed a buffet breakfast together this morning, and were picked up by the hospital for our appointments with our surgeons. For some ladies- today was the day and had their consultations and surgeries this morning.
When the ladies were checked into their room, their very last minute anxiety was replaced with excitement and reassurance and trust in the high calibre of surgeons at this impressive international award-winning Bangkok Hospital Phuket. This hospital is internationally recognized as the providing the “Gold Stamp” for medical and health care providers globally. In addition to the high standard of gentle and genuine care they received from our formal international accreditation that officially recognizes the hospital’s high standards in medical and patient care meet or exceed the standards of medical facilities in the US.
“I was very impressed with the hospital and the hospital staff. They were very helpful and my doctor, Dr Jib was excellent! He thoroughly explained the procedure to me and answered all of my questions promptly. I highly recommend him and will be recommending Nip Tuck Holidays to my friends and family.”
The first lady on our group surgery was already completed and ready to check out of hospital. Thrilled, and glowing with happiness at her results by which she described as “having the perfect breasts” she had always wanted. She just looked so beautiful, and so happy!
It was a lazy, rainy day and the ladies checking out of hospital and the ladies waiting not having surgery today went back to the hotel to relax for the afternoon to relax with alcohol, massages, room service & DVDs while the other ladies did some retail therapy. Tonight the girls and I headed out to watch the Muay Thai!
Day 3: Tuesday 29th June
Another surgery this morning, and everyone was recovering well and soaking up the 24/7 care they were receiving from the nurses and our hospital team.
Day 4: Wednesday 30 June
Some of the ladies were blazing the tourist track in Phuket and went to the Zoo while the others recovered well from their surgery and checked out at lunchtime spent the rest of the day relaxing.
Day 5: Thursday 1 July
As the weather drizzled, it was a lazy day of shopping, massages, room service and drinks at the bar……. Just what the doctor ordered!
The last lady in the group was scheduled for surgery this afternoon, and one more lady checking out after spending the last 2 days recovering in luxury at our hospital, the magnificent Bangkok Hospital, Phuket. Most all of the ladies were booked for Brite Smile teeth whitening and were going to come with gleaming smiles!
Day 6 – Day 8 ( 2 July -8th July)
The days all melted into each other in this magical land, and the ladies spent their days relaxing, shopping and soaking up the beauty of the islands, unspoilt caves and villages and islands.
Surgeries done……- check
Elephant riding .. – check
Holidaying in paradise….check
Half of the group were departing Phuket today, returning home with a suitcase full of treasures, friendships, experiences and brand new assets.
The rest of us left this morning with some of the ladies suitcases almost bursting and we all boarded the flight filling out the back seat just like the cool kids on the school bus as we laughed, talked and shared stories and adventures. It was so much fun!
At our stop-over in Singapore we did some last-minute duty-free shopping on make-up and perfume and shoes, and boarded our flight home with a new vitality, confidence and memories that will last a life-time!!!!
The day had finally arrived with a mixture of excitement, nerves and butterflies. The April Gold Coast group tour is being held over this year’s Easter time in Buddhist Thailand to symbolize the original pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. We are leaving the chocolate bunnies behind on this cosmetic surgery/holiday experience-of-a-lifetime to the experience of renewal and transformation.
We are off to Phuket, the land where dreams come true….
We boarded the flight, shared stories and got to know each other before a special birthday surprise from Singapore Airlines. It was Nick’s birthday tomorrow and
Nick and I were given a free upgrade to business class! Upon arrival into Phuket, we were greeted by our wonderful hospital staff Maam and Nok to the hospital.
Robyn said: “Everything Claire said about the quality of the hospital, the nursing staff and in particular the doctors were spot on. In fact, they exceeded my hopes and expectations.”
After our registration at the airport and medical tests, we then checked into our hotel the Burasari with a special night to celebrate. “Getting together at the perfect venue for dinner on the first night was very much appreciated,” said Robyn.
As the full moon lit the luminous sky, we watched the sunset over glorious Patong Beach and dined on Thai cuisine. It was a magical night.
Day 2: Surgeries begin
We had an early start to the day, with more consultations with our surgeons. Nick had his consultation with Dr Piyapas, then an appointment with a specialist. His tummy tuck and liposuction was scheduled for today, but unfortunately he had arrived in Phuket with a sinus infection. With a box full of antibiotics, his surgery would need to be delayed until he was fit and healthy for surgery.
Rachael and Kate had their consultations and surgery while Tee and Robyn had further medical testing. Tee said: “I am so happy with the overall trip from the consultation to the travel to the arrival at the hospital to the nurses, surgeon and hotel staff and of course Claire!
It was an amazing experience.The group was wonderful and everyone was so supportive. I would recommend this company to anyone!”
The rest of the day was spent discovering the shopping in Patong Beach, Thai massages and hot oil foot massages and dinner at our hotel.
Day 3: Surgery
Tee and Robyn have surgeries today, both ladies so nervous but also so very excited! Kate had already bounced back from her breast lift and implant yesterday, off the pain killers and enjoying her book and some rest in the opulence of The Presidential Suite.
Katherine had her consultation with Dr Piyapas, and then we went back to our hotel. We shared an utterly delightful afternoon browsing the shops, indulging in some retail therapy with handbags and DVDs and then a few hours at the pool bar.
Day 3: Surgery
Robyn from the Gold Coast was recovering very well from her breast revision surgery. “Talk about confidence in your surgeon. My surgeon Dr Jib was so wonderful! He was charming, polite, and gentle and explained in detail the procedure in language that I could understand. Both serious and professional, he had a wonderful sense of humour and a lovely bedside manner. Apart from that, he is dishy.” she said. “The world is blessed for having surgeons of this caliber.”
Tee had her surgery and how did she feel? “I feel I need to get up and run-I am not used to having to do nothing!” she said.” No pain at all!”
Kate is feeling great. “I am looking forward to getting out of hospital and hitting the shops and look a round” she said. Together Nick, Rachael, Kate and I enjoyed dinner together at our hotel, dining on seafood, enjoyed the Thai music and dancers. Kate, Nick and Rachael kicked on exploring the shops in Patong.
Day 4: Thursday
Dental appointments, teeth whitening, follow-up appointments with the surgeons, shopping, lunch by the pool and more shopping and I went to visit Tee, Kate and Robyn in the hospital.
7.Claire and Dr Witoon
Day 5: Good Friday
We enjoyed breakfast together before the morning, and we had a lazy day recovering, watching DVDs in the ladies rooms and exploring the shops.
Kate had her follow-up with her surgeon Dr Jib and the results? “They are just so perfect and everything that I dreamed about. I was nervous about doing it but I absolutely loved it. I had a great time!”
We dined together in our hotel restaurant, had a few cocktails, Tiger beers and fresh juice and enjoyed the freshly cooked seafood that has make Thailand a food lovers paradise.
Day 6: Easter Saturday
Lazy sleep-ins, long breakfasts and chill out time were just what the doctor ordered for this Easter weekend. Katherine was recovering well after her breast augmentation and lift, tummy tuck and liposuction and as feeling better each day.
The rest of our group spent the day relaxing by the pool, exploring Patong Beach and this afternoon went on an adventure to the Big Buddha and explored Phuket Town markets. We had the best afternoon visiting the Big Buddha, riding the elephants and exploring the markets.
Day 7: Easter Sunday
Our hotel of choice, the boutique Burasari resort in the heart of Patong has an exclusive tour one of the secrets of Phuket- Paradise Beach. It was a very relaxing day, as everyone did as they pleased lying by the pool, resting and getting some sun.
Then in the evening, Tee and I had a girly sleepover, ordered room service and watched DVDs…
Day 8: Easter Monday – Anzac Day
Katherine was discharged from hospital, Tee, Kate and Robyn had their follow ups and Nick had his Brite Smile teeth whitening. Robyn and Kate did Thai cooking classes at our hotel, and Tee and I helped the ladies finish the never-ending courses of the delicious Thai recipes that the ladies learnt to cook.
Katherine and I spent the afternoon being pampered in the beauty salon, as we put the finishing touches to our “Yummy mummy make-over’s” with manicures, pedicures, eyelash and hair extensions, eyebrow waxing and tints. It is beauty central in Phuket where you can have everything you want very cheap. It’s amazing what can be done in just over ten days and is definitely a must-do list after surgery so you can come home feeling like a million dollars.
Robyn said: “The concept of a ‘medical holiday’ may seem like an oxymoron, but RBG certainly pulled it off. Claire was always ready to answer all my questions and deal with problems promptly and I especially appreciated Claire’s calm reassuring manner.”
Day 9: Easter Tuesday
We all had the buffet breakfast together this morning, then it was off to the hospital for more follow-ups with our surgeons and dental appointments.
Wow, how quick this trip went!
We are leaving tomorrow, but we all could easily stay another week in this bubble of paradise.
Our resort The Burasari was devine!
The rest of the day was spent last minute shopping before a special dinner tonight to celebrate our last night in Phuket. We dined on seafood, cocktails and beer, had a laugh and organized to catch up in a few months at one of the Gold Coast’s best Thai restaurants when everyone has fully recovered.
Day 10: Wednesday 27 April
It was time to go, as our flight departed Phuket airport, with a stop-over in Singapore then home. Katherine is so happy with her results. “Thanks Claire for a great trip. I have had lots of positive comments from everyone when I arrived home.. I am happy, my local doctor is happy, my husband is happy. So all up, very happy!”
Ever considered going on holiday – and getting a little nip, tuck while you’re at it? You are definitely not alone. From boob job breaks in Eastern Europe right through to luxury getaways offering five star treatment in some of the world’s most sought after destinations, medical tourism is increasingly popular. And if you’ve got cash to burn and an appetite for self-inflicted pain, there are worse ways you could go to enhance your aesthetics.
Take one of Bali’s world-renowned medical spas for example. A typical day might involve waking up, riding an elephant, hiking through a forest and having botox injections – all before lunch.
But perhaps you’d rather go to South Korea for facial surgery. The East Asian country now has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita rate in the world, thanks to the hugely popular “aeygo” aesthetic; that is, a wide-eyed baby face and cute, SnapChat filter-esque features. Surgery there is cheap and efficient and people traveling from overseas make a significant contributor to the country’s GDP.
Meanwhile in Thailand, companies like ours offers the whole package. For tens of thousands of dollars you can check in for as long as you want, enjoy first class hospitality, and get a whole new look while you’re sunning it up in total privacy at one of our partnered resorts on Group Tours in Phuket.
All over the world, from Asia to Africa,, where Capetown increasingly putting itself on the map as a medical tourism destination. You can now book yourself in for a “scalpel safari.” Travel itinerary: week one, face lift. Week two, see the big five. Or maybe you’d want to do that the other way round, so as not to frighten off the wildlife.
Of course if it is a better bum you’re after, you must go to Brazil or Mexico! 2012 the government made plastic surgery tax-deductable and experienced surgeons are both accessible and affordable. If it’s something further north you want to work on – your nose, perhaps – Iran is your best bet, where rhinoplasty is the specialty.
A tragic spate of international headlines have brought this booming industry to light – deaths in Turkey and Rio de Janeiro have both made the news in the last few weeks. Both of these involved bum improvements.
Around the world women—and it is almost exclusively women—are putting their lives at risk in the hands of doctors to “improve” their bodies. Or in many cases, to come closer to an increasingly homogenized idea of what a woman should look like. Let’s not all blame Kim Kardashian at once. Or should we? As Jameela Jamil recently pointed out; they’re starting to look a lot like double agents of the patriarchy.
This is no exaggeration – as a quick look at the maths reveals. According to research from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2016 alone women accounted for 86.2 percent – or 20,362,655 – cosmetic procedures worldwide.
The five most popular procedures are Breast Augmentation (Silicone Implants), Liposuction, Eyelid Surgery, Abdominoplasty and Breast Lifts. In the same year men accounted for just 13.8 percent of cosmetic patients with 3,264,254 procedures performed worldwide.
Labiaplasty or designer vaginas , showed the largest increase in number of procedures from 2015, with a 45 percent rise. And guess what the least popular cosmetic surgery was in that very same year? Penile enlargement. The number of procedures also dropped by 28 percent.
“There are very few healthy messages out there” says Dr. Gerard Lambe, a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon based in Manchester. “Designer vaginas are on the rise and I’ve seen that and I do that. It’s definitely a trend, and there are quite a few young woman who are wanting them.”
Going abroad for health reasons – or to engage in surgical or non-surgical personal improvement – is nothing new. In Switzerland’s clinics, which promise to reset your gut and your life after a grueling week of existing on little but soda bread, water and colonic irrigation (let’s face it, you’re not really interested in gut health, you just want to lose weight and get better skin).
But the huge and very important difference between dodgy clinics and top notch international hospitals with US Board Accredited Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons that are JCI accredited.
However, if you’ve just splashed out a fortune to travel halfway across the world, you’re probably not going to do that. So what if you’re confronted with some dodgy facilities and get cold feet? You’ve gone too far to back out now.
“It’s horrendous, if you go to Korea, you don’t understand the language, not everyone is going to speak first class English to you,” says Lambe, who during his 20 year career has become increasingly concerned with the global medical tourism industry’s lack of regulation. “That makes you feel isolated, that makes you feel vulnerable. If you go all the way to South Korea, you’re going to do it. They’re not going to talk you out of it, even if you are a bad prospect.”
Frame is another industry heavyweight who’s noticed the rise of social media and its influence on young women and medical tourism. However, he’s not sure it deserves the negative press it gets.
“Rhinoplasty in young women has exploded in my practice and this shows the power of the media.” he explains. “I operated on a TOWIE lady and she went on National TV only a few weeks later clearly showing huge emotional benefit from the surgery which related to many listeners.”
Anyone wielding influence over young women has a level or responsibility, and there is a lot that goes on in the murky world of Insta-marketing which is far from responsible. “I’ve seen girls on Instagram and they are almost certainly body dysmorphic, they’re having procedure after procedure, their body shape is well outside what I’d call normal” says Dr Lambe. “They’re going for further tweaks – but never mentioning the risks that they’re taking. It’s completely the wrong way to promote it, and it is preying on people who are vulnerable.”
It’s not all doom and gloom. Occasionally, there are also some good stories which emerge from this hugely amoral world. Take Ivo Pitanguy, who died in 2016. The godfather of plastic surgery in Brazil was renowned for his celebrity patients – and for turning his home country into a global leader in plastic surgery. The list of clientele who are rumored to have visited his private island Angra dos Reis for his magic touch include Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. But as well as treating the 0.01 percent, he also operated on thousands of women – who had major burns and deformities – for free.
Turns out something good can come out of our obsession with looking perfect.
Prepping for Procedures After the Covid-19 Pandemic
Located south of California on the Baja Peninsula, Tijuana, Mexico boasts a Mediterranean climate that attracts millions of visitors each year. In fact, the city’s border between the United States and Mexico is one of the most heavily crossed borders one in the world.
Some travel to Tijuana for the stunning two miles of beaches that comprise its westernmost borough, Playas de Tijuana. What you might not know, though, its that the city is a prime destination for medical tourism as the most famous places in the world at a fraction of the cost in the US and Australia starting around $4,350 US or $5,850 AUD!
It is just one of our many destinations in Mexico including Lake Chapala in Jalisco and when our clients to ask “where is the best plastic surgery for gastric sleeve in Mexico?” and we are able to personally know the surgeon and best safe option available and inform the customer and provide options, both the physician is board certified in a specialty and the hospital is nationally certified.
We are proud to have strong professional relationships and a Strategic Alliance with the Medical Tourism Congress of Mexico and the Mexican Council of the Medical Tourism Industry in the Mexico Congress for International Medical Tourism.
Mexico is among the most trusted countries for plastic surgery and has been ranked 4th most popular in the world thanks to its excellence and experience in this field of medicine Mexico is one of the world’s top destinations for travellers looking to have medical and dental work done with Americans’, Canadians and more and more Australian’s traveling to Mexico for a high standard of medical care at affordable prices for procedures such as surgical weight loss, bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, medical and dental care.
As one of the pioneer medical tourism agencies in Australia- we have been there was there from the start of the boom and have forged very strong relationships with the top Plastic Surgeons in Plastics in Thailand, as have earned a good a reputation as working with only the best.
This reputation continues with our world-class hospital and surgical team in Mexico, and our strategic partnership with Mexican Tourism and partnering with only the best Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Bariatric Surgeons, and hotels delivering both Individual Packages and Group Tour Packages for cosmetic and surgical weight loss with the number 1 spot in the world is Tijuana, Mexico and a trusted source of information with our team of hospitals and Plastic Surgeons be sure to exceed your expectations.
As the industry changes globally, as one of the founding agencies in Australia, we are building on the world-class relationships and medical services we offer our clients with brand new destinations in 2020. We are different from what is already on the market as we are a niche agency and the only Australian agency with strong relationships with our hospital partners in Mexico and we excited about 2021!
Curtailed Costs in a Growing Market
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development defined medical tourism as consumers travelling across international borders with the intention of receiving some form of medical treatment.
Consumers choose medical tourism for a variety of reasons, the primary of which is cost savings. Some people may also be surprised to know that also one of the most important factors include being able to able to access the services of internationally recognised Plastic Surgeons renowned as best in their field, the best in their field, who perform thousands of surgeries per year.
All are Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the pinnacle of professionalism, able to provide clients with outstanding surgical experience and results who aim to exceed their client expectations . This is in addition to often US Board Certified as well as Certified in their own country at a very high level as well as certification from ISAPS (the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).
Most of the hospitals we work with also have achieved JCI accreditation. This officially recognise the hospital as being a centre for medical excellence and the hospitals high standards in medical, health and patience care meet or exceed the standards of medical facilities set in the US.
According to Patients Beyond Borders (PBB), medical travelers save from 20-80 percent on treatments when compared to the U.S. Those getting procedures done in Mexico save approximately 40-65 percent. This cost difference often is substantial, especially for cosmetic surgery, which is typically not covered by insurance.
An estimated 14 million people travel each year internationally for medical treatment, or did pre-covid in 2020, making the medical tourism industry worth approximately $45-$72 billion dollars.
The global market is expected to rebound and exceed $135 billion by 2024 with the cosmetic surgery segment projected to generate a revenue of around $31 million by 2026.
Those who plan on travelling to Mexico or another country this year for a medical procedure, though, will most likely benefit from reduced costs, including cheaper airfare and promotions by hotels and our agency with hotels to offer deal in 2021 after the pandemic. In an effort to boost the medical tourism industry, some insurance companies have even started covering costs of procedures outside the U.S. – not sure if insurance companies in Australia also offer this you could check with your insurance company to see if they offer this service.
Why Book with Us?
We are different from what is already on the market as we are a niche agency and the only Australian agency with strong relationships with our hospital partners in Mexico.
We are proud to have strong professional relationships and a Strategic Alliance with the Medical Tourism Congress of Mexico and the Mexican Council of the Medical Tourism Industry in the Mexico Congress for International Medical Tourism. Mexico is among the most trusted countries for plastic surgery and has been ranked 4th most popular in the world thanks to its excellence and experience in this field of medicine Mexico is one of the world’s top destinations for travelers looking to have medical and dental work done with Americans’, Canadians and more and more Australian’s traveling to Mexico for a high standard of medical care at affordable prices for procedures such as surgical weight loss, bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, medical and dental care.
It is essential to deal with a medical tourism agency post-covid to you understand the new rules going forward insure you have covid benefits included in your medical tourism coverage when booking your medical tourism as certain countries will require it. More information here or get a quote: https://niptuckholidays.com/medical-tourism-coverage/
Planning for Procedures
If you’re planning on being part of the burgeoning medical tourism market next year of the year after, there are some steps you can take to help mitigate your risk of contracting the novel coronavirus while traveling.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following tips for protecting yourself and others during your trip: clean your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; void close contact with others; wear a cloth face covering in public; cover coughs and sneezes; and pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service or stores.
When international travel and medical tourism become more frequent once again, there are some additional measures you should take to ensure you receive a high quality of care from a reputable healthcare provider. Most of all, do your research, and put your safety first.
Pick the correct procedure. Know what the treatment you want entails, the benefits it offers and any corresponding risks. Be aware of any possible complications.
Choose a trained specialist. Find a medical tourism or other healthcare provider who is board-certified and trained in the specialty in which you’re planning to receive care. If you’re planning to visit a clinic or hospital, has employees who speak your language. If possible, as to talk with one of our other patients who have undergone the same procedure.
Provide your correct medical historyon the medical forms we provide. Include all of medical conditions you have and what medication(s) you take. Be sure you’re up-to-date on any necessary vaccinations and other immunizations.
Know what to expect. Ask about how you expect the procedure to affect you and what side effects you might experience. Be informed about your estimated recovery time and any corresponding travel restrictions after the treatment.
Make contingency plans. Develop a strategy for dealing with unplanned changes in your trip, including those due to bad weather, accommodation problems and travel documentation issues.
Find a healthcare provider for follow-up. Before you travel to another country for a medical procedure, arrange for follow-up care with your primary care physician or another provider who has knowledge of the specific treatment you’re planning to receive.
July 15 is World Plastic Surgery Day. This branch of medical science is often looked down upon for its frivolous nature, as a means of enhancing what one does not possess naturally and many consider it to be going against nature. But plastic surgery is not just restricted to making you beautiful, it has other purposes too.
What is plastic surgery and how does it benefits the human race?
Plastic surgery is not just cosmetic surgery, and cosmetic surgery is not just a frivolous, narcissistic unnecessary selfish choice to change a part of your body or improve your body image.
It originated in ancient India (600 BC) when master surgeon Shusruta started making noses out of forehead skin using an amazingly ingenious technique. This technique is still used in modern plastic surgery to reconstruct noses.
Plastic surgery has two broad divisions reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery. These are not mutually exclusive and very often a patient will end up needing both to achieve the best results.
Reconstructive surgery as the name suggests is designed to take a damaged area and repair it to bring it closer to normal form and function. It is needed in cases of birth defects, trauma, infections or cancers which have destroyed the skin and tissues, and uses techniques like skin grafts (where skin is taken from one area of the body and transplanted to another) or skin and tissue flaps (where a piece of skin with soft tissue, muscle, nerves or bone is transplanted from one area of the body to the other).
Common examples of reconstructive plastic surgery are management and repair of cleft lips, burns, accidental wounds or tissue defects left after cutting out cancerous tissue.
Cosmetic surgery is designed to take you from the normal to the beautiful. Beauty is a very deep-seated concept in the human mind. The need to wear ornaments, make-up, nice clothes and other accessories has been present right from the caveman days, and is a reflection of ‘the need to be seen’ that is so critical to humans.
Common examples of cosmetic surgery are reshaping or enhancement of the nose, breast, tummy and buttocks. While in most instances cosmetic surgery will create a better form, it can also improve function like improved breathing after nose jobs, reduced neck pain after breast reduction or improved hygiene after the loose hanging skin is taken away in a tummy tuck.
Plastic surgery therefore is a very important service that caters to human needs at all levels, improving form and function and bringing normality and joy to the patients and improving their self-esteem and quality of life.