Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?

To most, the face is the most essential part of their identity. But when it doesn’t reflect your personality the way you wish it would, it has the ability to take a toll on your confidence and social life. If you are not happy the worn out, “droopy” look your face has acquired over the years, the face lift procedure can be highly beneficial.

The goal of a facelift is to help the face appear younger and smoother. However, this procedure may not be right for everyone. The best way to find out is by visiting a board certified plastic surgeon. But there are a few factors that can help you determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift. A few of these include:

  • Skin elasticity – The elasticity of the skin is extremely important when determining if a patient is eligible for a facelift. The ideal candidate has skin with a significant amount of flexibility. During the facelift procedure, the skin is stretched and pulled up so that it is no longer sagging.
  • Loose skin – If you have extra skin on your neck and face, you are the ideal candidate for this procedure. Extra skin will be removed and the face will be tightened to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Bone structure – A defined bone structure helps to support the alterations the plastic surgeon makes during surgery. Having a good structure helps to produce better results.
  • Overall health – This is the most important aspect of this procedure and other cosmetic procedures. It is essential that you are in good overall health before undergoing this procedure. The healthier you are, the faster and smoother the recovery will be.

Although there are many physical factors that are necessary for a facelift, it is also important that you have realistic expectations and a good mindset. Although a facelift has the ability to immensely improve your appearance, it is not meant to make you look like a different person. If you are not yet a good candidate, there may be other options.

While some may think age determines your eligibility, this is not true. Patients anywhere between the ages of 40 and 70 undergo the facelift procedure. This all depends on the factors mentioned above along with your health at the time. Speaking to a board certified plastic surgeon will help you get all the information you need on this procedure.

We offer a free assessment by a Plastic Surgeon who can determine if having a facelift can benefit you.

Surgeon Assessment



There is plenty of talk and rumors about different cosmetic procedures, including the Facelift Surgery. But the following are some of the most surprising facts about this procedure:

Fact 1: A facelift has the ability to improve your overall facial appearance in the most natural looking way possible. You no longer have to worry about have the “wind tunnel” look. Specialists today have perfected the art of repositioning the deep structures of the face creating great long-lasting result making patients look 10-15 years younger. A successful facelift tightens and lifts the jaw line, tightens and lifts the loose skin on the neck, and lifts the structures of the face that have fallen or appear “droopy”.

Fact 2: Do not expect all your wrinkles and aging spots to be removed during a facelift procedure. This surgery is meant to improve wrinkles and folds but is not meant to remove them all. There are other types of treatments to improve age spots or wrinkles. Some individuals combine the facelift with other surface repair treatments. Treatments such as botox and fillers can help improve those wrinkles that did not disappear after your facelift surgery.

Fact 3: The facelift is aimed at correcting the lower portion of the face. During this procedure, doctors improve the appearance of the neck, jowls, and jawline. If you also wish to have work done on your eyes, it may be a good idea to combine the facelift with an eyelid or brow lift. Although this may sound a little intimidating, having both surgeries at once is a good way to combine both recoveries into one.

Fact 4: You may have heard advertisements on TV about non surgical facelifts. Don’t be fooled! There is no such thing as a non surgical facelift. A surgical facelift tightens the neck, jawline and smooths the jowls, while the so-called liquid facelift just uses fillers and botox to add volume to the face and reduce wrinkles. These “liquid non-surgical facelifts” do not have the ability to produce the same results as a surgical facelift.

Fact 5: If you are interesting in undergoing a surgical facelift, it is essential that you see an expert who specializes in BOTH the surgical and non-surgical approach of improving and rejuvenating the appearance of the face. While a facelift may be the perfect procedure for one individual, another individual may not need something as intense as a facelift. Sometimes botox and fillers are all you really need. It is important to see a doctor who is experienced in performing both

Neck Lift or Neck Liposuction?


Neck Liposuction or Neck Lift,
Which One Should You Have?

Neck Liposuction has gained in popularity as a less invasive alternative to a Neck Lift  for those seeking a more contoured neck. One of the reasons for this increase in popularity may be due to advances in technology such as Facetime, Skype, and social media, in addition to the popularity of posting “selfies” online. Our faces and necks are more visible than ever before, and, unfortunately, some of these don’t always show us in the best light. Every wrinkle, line, and area of loose skin suddenly becomes visible, and the neck is one of the first areas to show signs of ageing.

Neck liposuction can improve the contour of your neck, jaw and chin areas.  If the fat has accumulated below your chin, you might see the youthful angles of your lower face virtually disappear.  With Neck liposuction, the surgeons at Phuket International Aesthetic Centre (PIAC) can sculpt the neck area to restore that attractive, youthful angularity. Neck Liposuction of the neck is a procedure that selectively removes fat and has no visible scars.

Neck contouring isn’t defined by a surgical technique, but rather the patient’s aesthetic goals in knowing, if Neck Liposuction would achieve your desired result or a Neck Lift. A Thailand Plastic Surgeon will use an entirely different surgical approach for a patient who wants to reshape a full chin versus a patient who wishes to eliminate a sagging “turkey neck.” Neck contouring can be performed as a single procedure, or be combined with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures for more comprehensive improvements.

The question now is which one  do you think will be right for you! A Neck Lift or Neck Liposuction

Neck Liposuction


Neck Liposuction creates a smooth contoured neckline

In order to be considered for Neck Liposuction, your skin needs to exhibit a sufficient degree of elasticity.  Liposuction can remove fat, but achieving a smooth contour depends on the elastic qualities of your skin to shrink after surgery.  If you have reached an age or condition where your skin is lacking elasticity, a neck lift (possibly combined with liposuction) may be a more appropriate procedure. The typical neck liposuction patient will be younger, in his or her 20’s through early 50’s, as younger patients typically have good skin elasticity.

Candidates for neck liposuction often report the following conditions:

  • Double chin
  • Lack of jaw definition
  • Fat deposits in the neck
  • Sagging neck tissue
  • Patients with good skin tone will typically see the best results

Recovery time is relatively short with neck liposuction.  For the first 24 hours, you’ll be wrapped in tape and gauze, followed by an elastic chin strap for about three days.  As skin contraction and healing occur, and swelling subsides, you’ll see an improved neck contour emerge.  A well-defined transition from your face to your neck will show, and your appearance will greatly improve, as a result.

Neck Lift

The goals of a Neck Liposuction patient and Neck lift patient will be slightly different in that a Neck Lift patient;s primary concern will be the sagging and aging of the neck area. If you are bothered by sagging, loose skin on your neck, then a neck lift surgery procedure, may provide a solution. You may hear neck lift surgery referred to as cervicoplasty (to remove excess skin) or platysmaplasty (to tighten loose neck muscles). Your Thailand surgeons can perform one or both of these procedures to tighten loose neck muscles and remove excess, sagging skin, restoring a smoother, firmer, and better-defined appearance to the neck.

Here is a brief list of things to look for to know if you are a good candidate for the neck lift surgery in Thailand.

  • Lax neck skin.
  • Turkey neck
  • Banding within the neck.
  • Loss of sharp neck (cervico-mental) angle.
  • Loss of jaw definition.
  • Double or triple chin.
  • Your neck looks shorter and older than it used to.

Recovery time after a neck lift will depend on the individual, as well as the extent of surgery. Typically, patients return to daily activities, within two weeks after surgery. Expect your neck to feel tight for a few weeks, and know that bruising and swelling are normal. These effects should subside gradually, with visible bruising usually gone after the first week, and that “tight” feeling remaining for up to several months.

Still Not Sure If You Need Neck Liposuction or Neck Left ?

After reading the information above on Neck lift candidates and Neck liposuction, you still find that you are still confused then your next step would be to have a free photographic assessment with either one of our Australia Plastic Surgeons or one of our Thailand Surgeons. It easy enough to do, you need to take photos per the example below and complete the Patient Registration Form

. The photos are uploaded into the form after completing your personal and medical information, then sent off to the surgeon. You will then receive via email your personalised recommendations from Destiny Meditravel Staff. Then once you know what would be the most suitable surgery for your situation you can make an informed decision if you wish to proceed, without any financial commitment.


Low Australian Dollar Effects Surgery Prices

Weak Australian Dollar Increases Surgery Cost

The Australian dollar hit to a six-year low of US73.72¢ last week, global investors are betting the dollar will fall further towards US70¢ and possibly below in coming months.

A lower dollar makes Australia more attractive to international tourists and encourages Aussies to travel at home rather than abroad.aussie dollar exchange THB

When you are considering travelling to Thailand for surgery you need to take into account the currency exchange rate as all surgery prices are charged in Thai Baht and converted to Australian Dollar for your convenience.

When Looking at an exchange rate of only 25.25 this can change the cost of surgery in Thailand dramatically.

Take for example the cost of having Breast Implants in Phuket is 115,000 THB this equivalates to $4554.45 AUD a long way from the $4000 Australians were paying at the beginning of 2015. If as predicted the Australian Dollar drops to .70 cent against the USD the cost could reach up to $4800 AUD for the same surgery.

Australian Plastic Surgery Option Better or Not?

It has become abundantly clear to Meditravel Clients that they need to weigh in all the factors now before considering travelling to Thailand for surgery. As can be seen in the below table when factoring in the cost of surgery, flights and hotel the cost becomes $6104. This cost does not include the costs for meals or spending money for 8  nights. Breakfast is included in most hotel cost however you still need to account for lunch and dinner + drinks and snacks at approx $50 per day x 8 = $400 additional needed for meals.

Factor Cost
ISurgery- Breast Augmentation $4554
Flights $750 Return
Hotel 8 nights $800

When factoring in all the cost and the fact that you get a holiday it can still be a affordable option for some! However, for others who don’t want to be away 8 nights from family and children we have another option available to have surgery here in Australia in Sydney.

Benefits of Surgery In Australia

4 Days away from home

Domestic Travel Only

Breast Implants $5900

Post Op care Australia

When considering travelling for surgery you also need to acknowledge if the only reason you are travelling is for cost savings, if so is travelling the best way to save money on surgery with the current exchange rate changing?

Let’s look at the full picture and compare the cost of Breast Implants as our example if we compare all the factors head to head if in fact there are any substantial cost savings.

Australia Phuket
Surgery- Breast Implants $5900 $4554
Flights Ex Melbourne – International and Domestic $160 $750
Hotel 4 nights & 8 Nights $400 $800
Anesthesia Twighlight General
Overnight Hospital Stay No Yes
Away from Home 4 nights 8 nights
Additional Meals @$50 per day $200 $400
Totals $6660 $6504
Price Difference  +$156 Save $156

Cost of Plastic Surgery Australia

If you wanting to know the cost either for Plastic Surgery in Australia or Plastic Surgery in Thailand view our price list pages and current deals and packages to see which option suits your needs.

If you need us to put together a price comparison on your chosen surgery use our contact page to request your surgery package price specific to your needs.

Twilight Anesthesia vs. General Anesthesia

Should I use IV sedation or General Anesthesia for my cosmetic surgery procedure?

General Anesthesia is different from IV sedation and the differences have a major impact in the recovery from surgery, as well as the risk level of surgery. I will explain some of the differences between the two and why you should think about it seriously before making your choice of anesthesia. The principal difference is that under General Anesthesia the anesthesia provider controls your breathing with an endotracheal tube (inside your windpipe) , whereas under IV sedation you are breathing on your own. Each type of anesthesia has its uses, and a lot depends on how the anesthesia provider and surgeon work together.

Conscious Sedation

Often referred to as “I.V. Sedation, or Conscious Sedation,” twilight anesthesia allows patients to be sedated without completely losing consciousness. Patients under Conscious Sedation are carefully maintained in a state of drowsy relaxation during their surgical procedure. It is common for patients to fall into a light sleep during this type of anesthesia. The medication for sedation is delivered intravenously, while the surgeon or anesthesiologist injects the area to be operated on with a local anesthetic (ie, numbing medicine) for pain.

It is completely normal for people to remember being in the operating room while under Conscious Sedation, or to remember people talking to them while the procedure is occurring. It is also possible to have vivid dreams, and to recall them after the procedure. These are all normal with Conscious Sedation, yet many people remember nothing at all. You should not feel pain, however, during this anesthetic, because the area to be operated on will always be numbed by the surgeon. These numbing medications last anywhere from 1-6 hours.

As with any anesthetic, all of the patient’s vital signs are continuously monitored throughout the procedure, but a breathing tube is not required Conscious Sedation because the patient is responsive enough to continue breathing. The recovery period for Conscious Sedation is usually very brief, and many patients feel better after this type of sedation than with general anesthesia.

IV anesthesia allows a patient to have a surgery where she is awake enough to be breathing on her own, will not experience pain, and will not remember the event. With IV anesthesia there is no risk of malignant hyperthermia or blot clot to the legs or lungs, as those risks are only associated with general anesthesia. Thus, properly monitored IV anesthesia is a safer choice than general anesthesia

General Anesthesia

Normally delivered through a combination of inhaled gasses and intravenous medications, general anesthesia causes patients to lose consciousness, and remain unable to feel any pain during the surgical procedure. Patients under general anesthesia do not respond to pain signals or surgical manipulations, and should not have any memories of their surgical procedures.

When general anesthesia is used, patients are continuously monitored, and the vital signs are kept within normal ranges. Anesthesiologists will track heart rate and rhythm, blood oxygen levels, temperature, and other critical vital functions. They may also monitor the patient’s depth of anesthesia, to ensure that the appropriate level of anesthetic agent is maintained. Because the muscles that control breathing and movement often are relaxed under general anesthesia, a breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is often inserted once the patient is unconscious. Once the endotracheal tube is in place, the patient is connected to an anesthesia ventilator where breathing functions carefully controlled.

Recovery from general anesthesia is generally longer than after twilight anesthesia. The time of the recovery depends on many factors, but usually patients spend between 1 and 3 hours in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Common side effects include shivering, nausea and vomiting, sore throat, and drowsiness. These should be discussed with your anesthesiologist.

Before any surgical procedure, patients will undergo a history and physical examination by their anesthesiologist (usually done just prior to the operation). This provides the opportunity for the patient and their family to ask any questions related to their anesthetic; and to discuss any anesthetic problems in the past.

Which type of anesthesia is safer?

If the procedure is less than 4 hours, it really depends on which technique the anesthesia provider and surgeon are most comfortable with. Most anesthesia providers feel more comfortable with General Anesthesia because they have total control of the airway. An anesthesia provider experienced with IV sedation can routinely keep the airway secure, but it takes constant attention. IV sedation is technically harder. You need a surgeon proficient with local anesthetic techniques.

Cases longer than 4 hours are a different story. The risk of complications of General Anesthesia increase proportionately with time. After 4 hours the risk of anesthesia itself becomes a factor independent of the surgeon. Complications to the lungs and blood clots increase to a point both the surgeon and patient must weigh risks and benefits carefully. In contrast, the record of safety for IV sedation in long cases is well documented. Once the tumescent anesthesia has set, the patient can be at a more superficial level of sedation for the duration of the case.

What is the difference in recovery Twilight Anesthesia vs. General Anesthesia ?

IV sedation has less side effects such as nausea, less risk of blood clots and lung complications, and patients recover much quicker.

After a long period of IV sedation , patients are able to come out of anesthesia rapidly. With General Anesthesia, patients emerge slowly from General anesthesia after a long period of anesthesia. This has implications. patients stay in the recovery room for 1-2 hours before their vital signs are stable enough, and often have to be admitted  overnight because of nausea.

Summary of Twilight Anesthesia vs. General Anesthesia

Above all, both surgeon and anesthesia provider should feel comfortable with the anesthesia plan. If the surgery is going to be long, you, as a patient, should weigh carefully the risks and benefits of prolonged general anesthesia. If you choose IV sedation, it is crucial both surgeon and anesthesia providers are very familiar with the technique.

Our surgeons agree given experience with both General Anesthesia at a state-of-the-art hospital and IV sedation in an out-patient surgical clinic environment, They have drawn several conclusions. IV sedation has less side effects such as nausea, less risk of blood clots and lung complications, and patients recover much quicker.

Vectra 3D Imaging Plastic Surgery

Sydney Plastic Surgeons Offer Vectra 3D Imaging Plastic Surgery

Have you ever wondered what you would look like after cosmetic or breast surgery?

If you are one of many people each year considering body surgery such as breast enlargement or breast reduction, we have some good news for you. Until now prospective surgery patients would often bring photographs of other people to show the doctor how they would like to look after surgery. However, exciting new three-dimensional (3D) colour photography and software technology enables you to see how you will look after surgery – before your procedure!

Breast surgery is highly individualised. It is often difficult to explain your specific desired look, and many patients feel anxious about how they will look after their procedure. The VECTRA 3D Imaging and Simulation system provides an amazing 3D visual image of your body that can be used to simulate and compare a range of outcomes following surgery, dramatically helping with the implant selection process as well as important decisions regarding your treatment plan.

Your consultation will begin by capturing a 180-degree image of your body. Multiple cameras take a number of pictures simultaneously from several different points of view. Within just a few minutes the software records precise measurements and details of your individual anatomy, and a very accurate three-dimensional virtual model of the area of your body you want to enhance through plastic surgery is developed.

Your 3D image can be viewed from all angles, including side-by-side and translucent overlays. Special software allows our Australian Surgeons to simulate different size implants, shapes and positions so you can visualise how you may look after your breast enhancement or breast reconstruction procedure. Once you have decided on the appearance you want, this simulation will provide a foundation for your surgical plan.

While simulations are based on the actual implants used for your surgery, it is important to note that the VECTRA 3D produces a simulation of the expected surgical result only. Actual results can and do vary

The VECTRA® 3-D imaging system is used to help you make the right choices regarding your cosmetic procedure. VECTRA’s three-dimensional computer models show you side-by-side, simulated before-and-after images. The VECTRA 3D software allows you to preview a variety of procedures offered by our Australian Surgeons;

  • Breast augmentation / implants
  • Breast lift
  • Breast lift with implants
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facial enhancement


How it works

3D ImagingThe VECTRA 3D machine uses a number of cameras to take multiple simultaneous pictures of you from different viewpoints. This is used to build a 3D virtual image of your body to assist planning of your aesthetic procedure. Patients say that being able to see an image of the actual changes they are considering greatly increase their confidence and reassurance. It is important to note that actual results can vary due to factors such as your tissue quality and healing ability.

What to Expect

  1. Your VECTRA 3D imaging plastic surgery simulation experience begins with a picture session in the doctor’s office. This creates the starting point for your aesthetic consultation.
  2. Using special simulation software on your 3D picture, your doctor will show you the possible results of the aesthetic procedures you may choose to have. You will be able to experiment with different looks until you find the one you want.
  3. The entire process takes only a few minutes, and you will have the opportunity to review the results during your initial consultation. At that time you can request alternative simulations to be sure you are comfortable with the recommended surgical plan.
  4. Once you have decided on the appearance you want, this simulation will provide a basis for your surgical plan. Because you have already seen the result, you can be confident in the choice that you make.

Our Australian Platic Surgeons in Sydney are  proud to introduce the latest in 3D imaging technology and is only one of a very few cosmetic plastic surgery clinics in Australia to offer this technology.

Sea Pearl Resort Promotion

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The on-site day spa is a 5-star facility in an Asian modern contemporary décor with an undersea concept. 8 individual luxurious treatment rooms with its bathroom shower and wardrobe. For those special occasions try the Grand couples Suite with an oversized Jacuzzi. All rooms are equipped with an iPod docking station adding a personal touch to the overall experience from your very own audio library.

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