Thailand Plastic Surgery FAQ

Getting 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.

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General Questions

How much will my procedure cost?
Generally, the prices are nearly 1/3 of the price of New Zealand surgeries. An approximate price for the procedure or procedures required can be obtained but an exact price cannot be given until you have had the pre surgery consultation with your surgeon.

What is your service fee for arranging everything?

We charge $300 per client. We’ve done all the research so you don’t have to! We’ve searched the market high and low to find unbeatable healthcare, quality accommodation and the lowest air fares for your life-changing experience.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes but there are a few ways to pay the hospital. You can pay them in your currency, by credit card or you can make a payment to MediCation at least 6 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 important you tell them 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.

You can look at for your country exchange rate.

Can I use a visa debit card to pay for surgery?

Debit cards used in Thailand have a limit of up to 20,000 THB per day, so no it’s not a good idea unless you are sure you can pay your whole surgery with it in one go. 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.

What is travel insurance?

Travel insurance is needed by everyone who travels overseas. Some things that travel insurance may cover are missed flights and lost luggage.

What is global insurance?

Global is a insurance used by medical travellers all around the world. It is a cover for patients in the event they should need to return to Thailand for more surgery.

Can my partner/friend travel with me?

Absolutely and at Medi-Cation, we can make all the necessary arrangements. For those travelling on an individual package we encourage you to take a friend or partner, not only for moral support but for affordability.

What form of identification is accepted?

You must always carry your passport with you to any hospital or dental appointment as this will be the only thing they accept as identification.

Will I need a travel visa?

You will not need a visa in Thailand up to 30 days after which time you will be seen as a over stayer and charged 500 thb a day. You must have a return ticket and at least six months on your passport at the time of travel.

Countries that meet this criteria are NZ, Aus, USA, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. Click here if you don’t see your country of residence.

How do I take photos for the assessment?

Taking photos couldn’t be easier – click here to view our instructions.

Pre & Post Operation

How long before surgery must I stop eating and drinking?

Don’t eat or drink anything at least 12 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 2 weeks leading up to surgery, whilst others say 1–2 drinks per night is fine.

According to Marie Eliasen of the National Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark in Copenhagen, people who have more than 2 drinks per day leading up to surgery are twice as likely to suffer complications post.

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.

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. Your 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. I liken it to the baby blues, the blues you get a week or so after you’ve delivered. Hormones are all over the show. Your emotional. It can be the same sort of feeling with cosmetic surgery. 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 and 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 sleep. If you need extra pillows to get comfortable then get some. A good night 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 to 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 over head 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. To 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 either have a Surgical Guarantee or a Hospital Policy which means they stand by their workmanship and care to clients. You are normally given a course of antibiotics when you leave the hospital after surgery as a preventative method. If you do feel like you have developed a infection, it is as simple as informing MediCation as well as the hospital and we’ll be able to assist in treating you.

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.

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 2 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.

How do I lessen the appearance of my scars?

While there are many different scar creams on the market one of our hand picked 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 wont be visible .

In some cases a couple of stitches may surface. This is normal visit your GP and they will remove them for you.


How safe are the hospitals?

Our hospitals are extremely safe! Our hospitals are all JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited. The Joint Commission’s mission is to improve the quality of patient care by assisting International health care organisations, public health agencies and others. International hospitals may seek accreditation to demonstrate quality, and JCI accreditation is considered a seal of approval by medical travellers from the U.S.

Learn more about our Hospitals & Clinics here.

Do the doctors and nurses speak English?

Yes, the majority of doctors and nurses all speak english. 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?

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. The hotels are twin share so as well as having moral support, the extra cost for you or your travel buddy is only a return flight.

What do I need to pack for the 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 boob job, where do I get a support bra?

We supply front zip support bras for all breast procedures.

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?

Yes. This is possible with liposuction in most cases, but if liposuction is not enough a procedure called Gynecomastia is performed.

Face & Body

What is VASER lipo?

VASER is a 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 buttocks?

Yes. Surgeons have varying opinions on fat transfer. Some believe 50 % of the fat will not take and some feel it is about 30 %. It is dependant 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.
In some cases fat transfer can be used for the butt, but this will be dependant on whether there is enough fat supply from the abdomen or selected area.

Will I need compression gear after lipofilling?

Usually and the surgeon will advise you of this beforehand.

What do I need for gender reassignment?

All the information you need can be found on the Gender Reassignment procedure page. Click here.

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, where as with a full tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles will usually be stitched back together, before the fat and lose 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 Surgeons 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 Treatment

What do I need to get a quote from the Thailand dentists?

It is a good idea to visit your dentist and get a OPG x-ray. If you are wanting dental veneers we will need photographs also and you can find them on our dental photo instruction page.

Can I have implants immediately?

This is dependant on the state of your gums bone and oral condition. All on 4’s, 5’s and 6’s can be done in one trip. Other implants are case by case.

How long do I need to be in Thailand for all on 4’s?

You need 2 weeks to complete your new smile.

What about when I return to NZ 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?

Some clients need to get their gum disease controlled, before they travel and on the odd occasion a tooth removed. The tooth is removed so that the gum can heal before you leave for Thailand. If it is removed at home and healed by the time you arrive in Thailand, dental work can be started immediately.

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.

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 NZD $40.00

How much are dental crowns?

Crowns depend on what type of material you select. Crowns start at approximately NZD $400 – $680.