Frequently Asked Questions

Thailand Plastic Surgery FAQ

Thailand Plastic Surgery FAQ

Having cosmetic surgery or dental work can be daunting, especially in a foreign country. On this page you will find answers to some frequently asked questions, that we hope will help put your mind at ease. Don’t see your question below? No question is a silly question, so contact us today!

General Questions
Identification
You must always carry your passport with you to any hospital or dental appointment as this will be the only form of identification they accept.
Compression wear
This should be purchased before you go to Thailand, as the size range in Thailand is limited. Zip front bras for all breast surgeries can be purchased from our online shop and we are affiliated with New Zealand’s number one manufacturer of compression wear for all other surgical procedures. More information will be sent to you after we have confirmed your procedure/s.
Travel Visa
You don’t normally need a visa in Thailand for the first 30 days. After this time, you’ll be seen as an over-stayer and charged 500 THB per day. You must have a return ticket and at least six months left on your passport at the time of travel. Countries that meet this criteria are New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. If you don’t see your country of residence click here
Vaccinations
Vaccinations are not necessary for MediCationers as they usually stay in the city near the hospital. Vaccines are only necessary for travellers that venture to parts of rural Thailand.
Checking out of the hotel for your hospital stay
The hospital stay is usually from 1 – 5 nights. After surgery you will be discharged from hospital and return to your hotel accommodation. If you do not want to take all your luggage with you to the hospital, ask the hotel concierge to store your suitcase/s until you return and pack a smaller bag for your hospital stay.
MediCation Tours Nurses
The preferred form of contact with the nurses is WhatsApp– please download this to your phone before you leave for Thailand. If for some reason you cannot download it, they can contact you on your mobile number.
Phone calls overseas
Most telecommunication providers have a roaming service for clients travelling overseas. Contact your provider to arrange this before you leave. The service starts for as little as $5 dollars a day for texts, calls and data.
Surgery Payment
You can pay in your currency by credit card, or you can make a payment to MediCation at least six weeks out from surgery and we will prepay this for you. Before you leave for your surgery abroad, it is important that you let your bank know if you are paying by credit card and that you are travelling overseas. This should protect you from having your credit card declined or any unforeseen hassles with money transfer. Procedures are priced in Thai baht (THB) and currency will be dependent on the rate of the day. Check out www.xe.com for your country’s exchange rate.
Visa Debit Card
Debit cards used in Thailand have a limit of up to 20,000 THB per day, so it’s not a good idea unless you are sure you can pay your whole surgery with it in one transaction. The best solution is to prepay MediCation and we will pay the hospital direct, or load your credit card with payment and pay that way. Remember to let your bank know in plenty of time, before you leave for Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is needed by everyone who travels overseas. Some things that travel insurance may cover are missed flights and lost luggage. 1Cover has been recognised as the insurance provider that offers the most outstanding value travel insurance for international travel in an independent review from CANSTAR. Results showed that 1Cover offered better value cover than its competitors in categories such as cancellation fees, loss of deposit and emergency travel arrangements. Apply for a quote
Fly Back Cover
Fly Back Cover is a cover for flights, hotel, and transfers in the unlikely event you need to return to Thailand for revision surgery. It should not be confused with medical insurance. All of our plastic surgeons follow hospital policy or give a patient guarantee, which means in the event revision surgery is required, the surgeon would usually operate free of charge or at a reduced cost. It is also often more affordable than medical insurance Apply on-line for a free quote
Finance Options
We have finance for both New Zealand and Australian clients. For New Zealanders we are affiliated with CWA Finance, and for Australians Mac Credit …find out more
Pre Operation
How do I take photos for the complimentary surgeon’s assessment?
Taking photos couldn’t be easier – in the first section of the complimentary assessment form, you will see photo instructions. Click the link to the procedure type you would like a recommendation for. There you will see examples of how to pose for the photos. If you have no one to take the photos follow the instructions “how to take the photos yourself” this can be successfully done using the timer on your phone.
Can my partner/friend travel with me?
Absolutely and at MediCation, we can make all the necessary arrangements. For those travelling on an individual package we encourage you to take a friend or partner. It is always nice to have company and moral support. All of our hotel accommodation is twin share.
How long before surgery must I stop eating and drinking?
Don’t eat or drink anything at least 8 hours before surgery. This is because when you’re under anaesthetic, your body’s reflexes are temporarily stopped. If your stomach has food and drink in it, there’s a risk of vomiting or regurgitation. Best not to risk it!
Do I have to stop drinking alcohol?
This is actually a controversial topic. Some surgeons say to completely quit the drink two weeks leading up to surgery, whilst others say 1–2 drinks per night is fine. According to Marie Eliasen (National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark), people who have more than two drinks per day leading up to surgery are twice as likely to suffer complications post op.
What if I'm taking medication or vitamins?
Be careful – certain medications such as Aspirin or anti-inflammatories can thin your blood, increasing your chances of bleeding and slowing the healing process. If you are taking any medication or vitamins leading up to your surgery it is advised you speak with your doctor or surgeon about the risks. We will send you a pre surgery check list which will tell you which vitamins and medicines to avoid once surgery is confirmed.
Can I have surgery if I have my period?
Can I have surgery if I have my period? Some of our surgeons will not operate if you have your period. You can make sure this is not a problem by seeing your GP and going on the contraceptive pill. Start on the pill approximately two months before surgery. For those that cannot take the pill ask your GP about another pill called primolut. This can be used to stop the bleeding.
Post Operation
Is it common to get the post-op blues?
It is quite normal to get the post op blues after a cosmetic procedure and this especially applies to clients who have had multiple procedures. You’re bruised, swollen and sore. It is important to remember the results are not usually immediate and can take weeks sometimes months to heal completely. Try not to dwell on it. This will pass. Stay in touch with family and friends, sometimes it is just nice to hear the familiar voice of home. Tell your nurse how you are feeling but try to remember this will pass and in no time at all you will be embracing the NEW YOU. Stay positive.
What advice can you give for the best recovery?
  • Eat well. Your body needs nutrition to repair itself. Plenty of fruits & vegetables, protein and lean meats.
  • Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated increases your blood volume and makes it so much easier for your heart to pump blood, giving your body that much needed oxygen to the cells.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. If you need extra pillows to get comfortable, then get some. A good night’s sleep can do wonders for the mind as well as the body.
  • Avoid smoking for at least 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid alcohol for at least 1 week after surgery.
  • Put your feet up. If you are feeling tired, rest. You may be swollen and bruised and the body will be repairing itself while you rest.
  • Try not to lift anything too heavy, including luggage. If you are in the Hotel ask your concierge to lift suitcases for you and on the plane ask flight attendants to place things in the overhead compartment.
  • Avoid exercise. Your surgeon will advise you of when you can get back to the gym. Usually it is 4 to 6 weeks. More if you have had multiple procedures.
  • Wear sunblock and try to avoid the sun at the harshest time of the day. Wear a big hat and sun glasses. Too much sun can make scars appear darker and, in some cases, thicker. Keep your incisions and wounds dry and covered.
Is recovery painful?
As with any major surgery, the recovery can be a little painful but all of our past clients say it is absolutely worth it when they see the results.
What if I get an infection in Thailand?
Our hospitals are first class and provide either a Surgical Guarantee or a Hospital Policy which means that they stand by their workmanship and care to clients. You will be given a course of antibiotics when you are discharged from hospital, as a preventative measure. If you do feel like you have developed an infection, contact the hospital Immediately. Contact numbers will be given at discharge also.
How likely is the risk of infection?
Statistics show that depending on what procedure you have the risk of infection is quite small but as with any surgery you must be extremely careful after leaving the hospital to keep up with the medicines and follow hospital instructions regarding bathing, diet, etc. to reduce risk of an infection occurring.
How do I lessen the appearance of my scars?
There are many different scar creams on the market. One of our personally selected plastic surgeons (who is also a Bio chemist) recommends Dermatix silicone gel 15g

Your surgeon will also advise you of which scar cream would be suitable for your skin type. As a rule, fairer people usually scar less than darker skinned individuals. If you are prone to bad scars, make sure you tell your surgeon. This way he can use techniques to minimize the scarring or place the incisions in inconspicuous areas that won’t be visible. In some cases, a couple of stitches may surface. This is normal visit your GP and he/she will remove them for you.

Hospitals
Do the doctors and nurses speak English?
Yes, the doctors and nurses speak English. The hospitals also have international translators for all languages so there will always be someone available to translate or make communication easier for you.
Can I have more than one procedure at a time?
Yes, this is possible in some cases but it depends on your state of health and also on the surgeon. When two or three procedures are done at the same time this can be excessive and exhausting not only for the patient but the surgeon too. This is case by case.
Can my partner/friend stay in the hospital with me?
Yes, there is usually a sofa in the room that your friend or family member may sleep on, or on occasion an extra bed can be brought into the room.
Packing for hospital
The most important thing is that you are comfortable. Wear loose-fitting cool clothing. Bring a jumper or dressing gown with you to, as the hospitals are all air-conditioned and it’s normal to feel a little cold when you have had surgery (including dental).

  • Night wear
  • Toiletries
  • Some loose change
  • Meds you may still be taking (with clearance from the surgeon)
  • Reading material.
Breast procedures
I'm having a breast surgery, where do I get a support bra?
We supply front zip support bras for all breast procedures. They are exceptionally comfortable and the zip front makes for easy on and off. Go to our online shop then go to the size chart and select the size. Note: Measure your chest. Our bras are a small fit, so it is important to have the correct measurement. Match the measurement to the bra size. Bras are in T-shirt sizes from small to 3XL. Order the size you are now as the bra’s fabric has enough stretch in it to give the required support after breast surgery.
If I have breast augmentation, what will my recovery time be?
This is different for everyone as it depends on placement of the implant and your own body’s time to heal. Most clients say they feel back to normal within 4 to 6 weeks.
Why can't I have bigger implants with my breast lift?
The implants used for a breast lift with implants procedure, are usually less than 400cc. Large implants can cause tension on the surgical wound which can result in wound separation and/ or infection. The size of the implants recommended varies case by case. Factors such as chest dimensions, skin quality and tissue laxity are considered.
Can I get rid of my man boobs?
A frequently requested procedure. This is possible with liposuction in most cases, but if liposuction is not enough a procedure called Gynecomastia is performed.
Face and body procedures
What is VASER lipo?
VASER is an ultrasound process used to breakdown the fat as opposed to traditional lipo where it is sucked out. VASER stimulates collagen – tightens the skin. You can have multiple areas in a single visit with less bruising and far less down time.
Can I have fat transfer to my breasts?
Yes. Surgeons have varying opinions on fat transfer. Some believe 30% of the fat will not take. It is dependent on the vascular supply of the fat cell. Best results for fat transfer are fat transfer to the face and can be combined with a face lift. Fat transfer can be used in lips, cheek, malar area, hollow temporal and upper eyelids.
Will I need compression gear after lipofilling?
Yes, and we can advise you of where to purchase it wear from.
What do I need for gender reassignment?
For all information regarding this procedure, please visit the Gender Reassignment procedure page
Can I get a mini tummy tuck?
Yes, but the surgeon will advise whether you are a mini or a full tummy tuck.
What's the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is for women who do not have a lot of lose skin or fat. In this situation a mini tummy tuck is performed. The tummy muscles are not usually tightened during a mini tummy tuck, whereas with a full tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles will usually be stitched back together, before the fat and loose skin is pulled down and removed.
How long am I in hospital with a tummy tuck?
This can range from 2 – 5 nights, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation.
What is under chin correction or neck muscle tightening?
This procedure is used on clients who have very loose skin under the chin. In some instances, a neck lift will not be enough to give them good under chin/jaw definition. In these cases, this procedure will be combined with the neck lift. A small incision will be made under the chin, where the surgeon will go in and tighten the muscles. This can be combined with liposuction also.
Dental work
How do I get an idea of cost, from the Thailand dentists?
Visit your dentist and get an OPG x-ray. If you are wanting dental veneers we will need photographs and you can find photo Instructions of how to take the photos, in the first section of the complimentary assessment form.
I don’t have a dentist and I’m too nervous to tell them I’m going to Thailand, what should I do?
We work with some dental clinics here in NZ, so if this is the case please contact us and we’ll try to assist you.
Can I have implants immediately?
Individual implants require two trips to Thailand. All on 4s, 5s and 6s can usually be done in one trip, however It Is advised that you return to Thailand within 6 – 24 months to have the acrylic bridge replaced for a more durable one.
How long do I need to be in Thailand for all on 4s?
You need two weeks to complete your new smile.
What about when I return to New Zealand, will a dentist treat me?
We work very closely with several dentists and in some cases, they treat our clients before they leave for Thailand as well as when they return.
Would I need teeth removed before I go?
Possibly. This usually applies to clients with periodontal gum disease. The tooth or teeth are removed so that the gum can heal before you leave for Thailand. Once healing Is complete, dental work can start immediately. This Is case by case.
I want all on 4 dental implants - do I have to have gum disease treated at home first before I go to Thailand?
There are several types of gum disease and it’s fine if there is no infection included in the gum disease and you still have enough bone support and no major bone loss. Your dentist should advise you whether or not your gums require treatment.
I want my wisdom teeth removed in Thailand - how long before I can fly?
You will need 5 to 7 days.
Can I have my silver fillings replaced with white ones – how much will it cost?
Yes, this can be done in a day usually and fillings start at approximately NZD40 AUD 37.
How much are dental crowns?
Crowns depend on what type of material you select. Crowns start at approximately NZD400 – NZD680, or AUD370 – AUD625.