Breast Implants and Tummy Tuck Overseas Popularity

Thailand Breast Implant package

In a report released on 9th Janurary 2015, it was reported in their story “It is estimated that around 15,000 Australians are heading overseas for breast enhancements and tummy tucks costing $300 million every year”. This was part of a Health Check Survey on Australians, conducted by Medibank. The survey revealed that half of all Young Adults worried more about their body shape than a healthy life style. This poor self image it would appear has young adults looking for quick solutions, thus where Cometic Surgery come in.

Due to the high cost of Cosmetic Surgery prices in Australia, Australians have for many years travelled overseas for Cosmetic Surgery in Thailand. Breast Implant surgery in Australia costs range from $8000 up to $15,000 with many Queensland and Sydney surgeons. These cost are just the Plastic Surgeon fees and do not include Hospital and theatre fees. It also does not include the anesthetist fee, medication, post surgery garments or check up appointments. It is when Australian realise all the associated cost in having Cosmetic surgery in Australia that the average person financial is unable to proceed. Although they still want the surgery financial they are unable to commit to having the surgery in Australia.

This is when they start shopping around and researching other options. When typing into google “Breast Implant Cost” many of the paid advertisements at the top of search results are for agencies like Destiny Meditravel who offer to coordinate having surgery in Thailand. When someones sees the cost of Breast Implant Surgery in Thailand for as little as $4000 or the offer of $5550 packages that include flights, hotel and surgery it then goes back to being affordable.

The $4000 for Breast Implant Surgery at Phuket International Hospital is all inclusive of everything surgery related including a compression garment for post surgery recovery. All hospital fees, meals, checkups and take home medications are included in the one cost, preventing any hidden cost occurring. Knowing this information it is little wonder that Australian are heading to Thailand for surgery instead of opting to pay the excessive high fees in Australia.

Medical Tourism #cosmetictourism #Meditravel

There is much to consider before committing to having Surgery or Dental in Thailand. One of the first things to investigate would be the quality and safety of healthcare in Thailand specifically Phuket.  When you choose to travel with Meditravel you know we care about you as the client all the way through the process, this means you will also have access post-surgery to partner GP’s around Australia. You can perform a quick search on the internet for “Surgery Thailand” and find a host of foreign hospitals, doctors, even other agencies marketing directly to the worldwide consumer with hopes of attracting them to their country.

Many May have watched the segment on Today Tonight Adelaide but did you know that Meditravel is South Australian Based and one of the pioneers in the Medical Tourism Industry?

Our personal advice – don’t go through the process alone. Utilise the experience of a company like Destiny Meditravel who has performed their due-diligence on your behalf. Traveling to Phuket for surgery, without the necessary knowledge, is much too important to take the chance of making any mistakes.

Researching and planning your post surgery recovery period can be an exciting and adventurous process. It helps to relieve your thoughts about your surgical procedure and focus on the enjoyment segment of your medical retreat. Please be advised, depending on your surgery, you may not be able to enjoy certain activities, so, our best advice would be to look into physically inactive forms of enjoyment.
Here are just some of the services we  will offer to guarantee  our clients  comfort and enjoyment when in Phuket:

  • Meet and greet arriving clients at the airport .
  • Private transportation to your hotel
  • Private transportation to-and-from doctor consultations
  • Private transportation to-and-from medical procedures
  • Interpretation assistance at hospital or clinic if needed
  • Provide communication assistance, such as mobile phone and contact number
  • Check ups on recuperating patient once procedure is performed
  • Provide information about local dining, shopping, and pampering facilities
  • Provide information about local culture and customs of Thailand
  • Return client to airport for departure
  • Arrange for Airport medical assistance upon departure if necessary
  • Upon return to Australia access post-surgery to partner GP’s around Australia
  • Copy of your Medical Records and your Before and After Surgery images


Top 5 Questions About Surgery in Thailand

surgery thailand

Destiny Meditravel has been sending clients to Thailand for Plastic Surgery in Phuket and in Bangkok for over 9 years.

During this time as you can image we have spoken will thousand of client who all have had initial thoughts, fears, concerns and questions. We don’t try and convince you that you need to have surgery in Thailand as that decision is personal and something you need to feel comfortable making. What we do though is provide you with the information to make an informed and educated decision if travelling for surgery is right for your situation.

Top 5 Questions

1.    Is it Safe?

The hospitals and surgeons we recommend are leading healthcare providers in Thailand, and all follow international quality standards. All surgeries are carried out in International Standard hospitals with English speaking International patient centers and attended by full medical teams, not clinics. The hospitals and medical teams are all of the highest standards, with many having international qualifications and experience. The hospital that we have had chosen based on our research and client satisfaction having similar if not better standards of private healthcare, as you will find at home, with the same high quality technical and health care equipment without the high price


2.   Why is Plastic Surgery so Cheap in Thailand?

The main cost advantage comes in with the low cost of living and wages compared to Australia, coupled with the fact that there is NO TAX paid on treatments. Also, the great exchange rate means that Cosmetic Surgery in Phuket is naturally less expensive than home.

The service is excellent – with low wages, the hospital is able to employ more staff which means you are guaranteed attention immediately. Also, there is no waiting list for private hospitals, as it is relatively expensive for locals, and therefore you can be guaranteed your service when you want it.

3.   How Much Does Surgery in Thailand Cost?

This primarily depend on what surgery you are looking to have and example is Breast Augmentation is $3800, Liposuction (first Area )$1900, Face Lift $4200, Eyelid Lift (upper or lower) $920 each, Nose Correction (Rhinoplasty) $4900 or Tummy Tuck $5400

Included in surgery pricing:

included in phuket surgery costAll standard Private Hospital Fees (Anaesthetist, Surgeon, Theatre and, Pathology,)

included in phuket surgery cost1 night in a single, private room or up to 4 as set by surgeon specific to surgery.

included in phuket surgery costAll inclusive treatments e.g.Gel breast implants, bandages, dressings, hospital meals and medications

included in phuket surgery costPre and Post-surgery consultation/s by consultant Plastic Surgeon

4.   How long do I stay in Thailand after Surgery?

The length of time you need to stay in Thailand after surgery depend on what surgery you are planning. As a guide the time can vary from 8 day for Eye Lift, 9 Days for Breast Implants and Liposuction or up to 17 days for Breast Lifts, Tummy Tucks and Face Lifts. This allows for your recovery check up 7-10 days post op and to ensure that you are covered under the surgery Guarantee.

5.   Do you offer any guarantee on surgery in Thailand?

At Destiny Meditravel we stand by the service that we offer believing that we have a responsibility to our clients long after they have returned home. We provide our clients with the assurances that they are not putting themselves at unnecessary risk by traveling overseas for surgery and that the Doctors and Hospital are of an acceptable standard to westerners. We have researched thoroughly our doctors and hospitals and can confidently provide these assurances to our clients.

However, we do realise as will clients who research their procedures prior , risks will inherently be associated with any surgery – which we try to minimise by selecting the best hospitals and surgeons. If you are healthy without prior medical conditions and have realistic expectations, followed your doctors advice and recovery instructions then you should be pleased with your results.

If, in the,case that a problem does arise as a direct result of the surgery or hospital admission that requires corrective surgery, Phuket International Hospital has a guarantee policy and review process provided to our clients. View online here or Download

Top 3 Breast Implant Warranties

Breast Implant Warranty

One of the things anyone contemplating having Breast Implants should include as part of their initial research is “What Warranties and Guarantee does the Breast Implant company offer”. With the recent issues with the PIP implants you need to know that you are well covered. By asking your surgeon what implants they will use enables you to also question the guarantees and do your own research. You need to know if they are limited or lifetime warranties and what conditions may apply.

Each company will have standard conditions that surgery is preformed by appropriately qualified, licensed surgeons and that they were inserted in accordance with company insert instructions. There will also be situations where they will not be covered such as capsular contracture, wrinkling or rippling.

To save you some time we have done a bit of research on your behalf on Breast Implant warranties from the top 3 most used suppliers of implants who are FDA Approved.



Offer limited warranties dependant on the date of the surgery and type of implant use. You can use the Warranty Selector on their site to confirm. The main implants currently used are Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants that have a “Patient Safe Limited Warranty” This includes a lifetime product replacement policy,automatically applied to all recipients of Mentor Breast Implants. Provides that regardless of age of implant, when confirmed rupture occurs you are still eligible for a no fee replacement breast implant products of any size in similar style. Mentor also offers  additional benefits with the Patient Safe coverage the automatic enrolment, lifetime replacement policy and 10yrs limited to approx $1200 AUD financial assistance for operating room, anaesthesia and surgery charges not covered by insurance.



Natrelle by Allegen

If you are a recipient of Natrelle®style breast implants, you will be automatically enrolled in the ConfidencePlus® Standard Warranty. Additionally, you will be offer the ConfidencePlus® Premier Warranty, which represents the next tier of their comprehensive product warranties for out of pocket expenses. Natrelle implants have a lifetime that automatically applies to all recipients of certain Natrelle® style saline and silicone filled breast implant products. Regardless of the age of the implant, Allergan provides product replacement in the event of a deflation or rupture due to loss of shell integrity




Your Sientra Limited Warranty and Product Replacement Breast Implant Programs include, Up to $3600 toward surgery, if needed due to a rupture within 10 years after your breast implant surgery. Feel safe in the knowledge that you will have Lifetime product replacement if your implant ruptures as wells as free contralateral (opposite side) implant if needed. You should also be aware as with any Breast Implant what is not covered. The common things not covered are  any adverse events other than rupture or if rupture caused by surgical procedure or physical trauma. If the implant has been compromised or removed in anyway to change the size or style of the implant


The information we have gathered is all subject to individual conditions and we advise that prior to making a decision on which implants you would like to have that you read and understand the Breast Implant Warranties for you all Breast  Implants.

How Big A Breast Implant Can I Have?

Choosing Biggest Beast Implant

We all know by now that the size of breast implants is measured in cubic centimetres (ccs), and they increase the size of a woman’s breasts on average one cup size every 175 to 200 ccs. It all well an good saying that you would like to go from an A Cup to a DD, but physically can you? This is all determined by your Thailand Plastic Surgeon  based on a number of this one being, your anatomy and chest measurements that he will take during your consultation

Measure chest to get bigger breastimplants

Your key dimension for determining your breast size is the width of your breast. The breast width is measured (in cm) from the cleavage area to the outer part of your breast, next to your arm. This is measured in a straight line and is not curved around the arc of your breast. Most women’s breasts are about 11-14 cm wide.

Once your Surgeon has done your measurement and knows the width of your breasts you can now discuss with them the dimensions of breast implants that would be best for you. An implant slightly narrower or about the same width as the width of your breast is usually a good choice and should fit you well. So, if your breasts are 12 cm wide, you should choose a breast implant with a diameter of about 12 cm. If your implant choice is within 1/2 to one centimeter of your breast width, you should do well. But, it is best to select an implant that is slightly narrower, rather than wider than your breast. So, in the case of a 12 cm wide breast, an implant with a diameter from 11-12 cm should be satisfactory.

Your Plastic Surgeon will refer to a Matrix Sizing Chart for Breast Implants. These are distributed by the Breast Implant Manufactures, all of the available implants are listed in a logical format that allows an easy comparison between the different profiles of implants.

Example Only – May differ from each Manufacture and type of Breast Implant


Volume (cc)

A Diameter (cm) The Base B Projection (cm) Outward off Chest
120 cc 9.4 2.5
150 cc 10.1 2.7
180 cc 10.7 2.9
210 cc 11.2 3.0
240 cc 11.7 3.2
270 cc 12.2 3.3
300 cc 12.6 3.5
330 cc 13.0 3.6
360 cc 13.4 3.7
390 cc 13.6 3.8
420 cc 14.0 3.8
450 cc 14.4 3.9
480 cc 14.8 3.9
510 cc 15.1 4.0
550 cc 15.4 4.0
600 cc 15.8 4.3
650 cc 16.0 4.5
700 cc 16.4 4.6
750 cc 16.8 4.8
800 cc 17.2 4.9

What limits how big a Breast Implant you should go?

  1. Your current breast size. This matters a lot because you’ve got to have enough existing breast tissue to cover the implant. If you haven’t got a lot to spare, some implants may just be too big to fit.
  2. Your chest and shoulder width. Fortunately, implants come in different base widths so you can get a size that works well with your frame.

Knowing and understanding the dimensional characteristics of breast implants by your surgeon is very important in determining which implant is best for you. In majority of Breast Implant surgery in Thailand, moderate profile implants are used and usually fit the average size patient best. Moderate profile implants tend to create nicely proportioned, natural appearing breasts.

Why is plastic surgery in Thailand so attractive?

Medical tourism has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years as more people begin to embrace the idea of combining a holiday with a medical procedure.

More and more countries are beginning to offer services to foreigners, but plastic surgery in Thailand continues to stand out as a great option to consider, and here’s why.

Price Surgery in Thailand

At a fraction of the cost of having the same surgery in Australia, you can see an internationally recognised surgeon and enjoy the hospitality Thailand is known for. You can choose to have all kinds of surgery here, from breast augmentation to liposuction and face lifts.

In fact, the cost of surgery in Australia has continued to increase, making Thailand even more attractive.

Top quality professional service

Despite offering a lower rate, there is no more risk than if you had the same surgery  in Australia. In fact, people have been making the journey from Down Under to Thailand for plastic surgery for years – a sure sign this is comparable to the services offered in Australia’s services.

Top of the line equipment

Rather than fear you will be treated with outdated tools, choosing a Thai hospital will mean you can benefit from the latest in medical instruments and innovation for the best possible outcome.

Comfortable amenities

You may not feel your best immediately after surgery and plastic surgery is the same. However, being ensconced in comfort will go a long way to improve your comfort levels and Thailand can offer this service – and with a view, too.

A holiday

Thailand can also offer much in the way of surgery, but another boon is that you can enjoy a holiday while you are recovering or even as you are preparing for surgery. Soak up the sun, experience the culture and revel in the opportunities here. The food isn’t bad, either.

No Service Fees Meditravel

Our agency has been offering Surgery in Thailand for over 9 Years now and we want to give back to our client who many of have become our friends or referred their friends to us over the years. When we started the agency in 2005 we had no idea how big Medical Tourism in Thailand would become growing yearly. We  have seen many agencies come and go over the years, all thinking that it is such a great job and not that hard. They all found out the hard way and often their in-experience and mistakes was at the expense of clients safety and results.

Yes! we all know surgery in Thailand is Cheap but it does not mean comprising on client safety. Having the knowledge of the right surgeons,  as well have the right support service in place both her in Australia on your return as well as in Phuket after your surgery.

Did you know that Meditravel can arrange for you to see a doctor for a check up when you return should you require it? Well we can more times than not it is not necesary but it is nice to know it is another service we are able to offer our client.

Booking frees and Agency fees has been what has allowed us to grow our business and get all these things in place. It has even allowed us to be able to send a client manager with our groups to ensure that single travelers and those with little experience or no international travel knowledge are well looked after.

As we believe in giving back  for the next 6 months we are not charging any admin, booking, registration fees but still offering all the same services and that include those joining our Group Surgery Package for Thailand. Our Thailand Breast Surgery Packages have just got so much more attractive knowing that you have an extra $395 to spend on new bras after your Breast Augmentation surgery in Phuket. Why Wait book now

Pregnancy After Breast Implants

breast feed with implants

Do you wonder what would happen if you became pregnant after travelling to Thailand for a breast augmentation? Will your breasts change again? Can you breast feed?

Here are the answers to your questions.

Will your breasts still get bigger if you are pregnant?

When your body is preparing to nurture a child, your breasts grow larger so the milk can come in. After having breast implant surgery in Thailand it is likely that your breasts will grow even larger than if you didn’t have the implants.

Can you breastfeed after a breast augmentation?

After having breast surgery, you should still be able to breast feed normally and there should be no problems with your milk coming in. However, a visit to a lactation specialist may be able to help as he or she may have some recommendations to make feeding easier. You won’t know how your milk supply has been affected until you try.

If you are concerned about your ability to breastfeed you should talk to your surgeon as different approaches and the placement of your incisions can impact your chances. For instance, incisions made through the armpit will be less likely to cause problems than those made through the areola.

When the nipple is moved to a new location after surgery, it may also disrupt the nerve supply to the nipple and areola and the milk glands and ducts. However, nerves can often regrow – it is best to talk to your surgeon about any concerns you may have.

However, there may be an increased risk of mastitis, when breast tissue becomes inflamed. This means your breast may become red, sore and hard to the touch. However, this condition can affect any mum, whether or not you have had surgery.

Will my breast implants look the same after breastfeeding?

Every woman is different and there is no way to predict whether your breasts will look the same after breastfeeding. Some women find there is no great difference and they do not develop stretch marks, while others notice some sagging.

PIAC Best Hospital in Phuket for Plastic Surgery

PIAC Hospital

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand attracting thousands of visitors each year, Phuket has some superior quality hospitals that are used to dealing with foreigners that have all manner of holiday related health problems. The medical tourism industry in Thailand is burgeoning, and tourists are increasingly coming to Phuket for elective surgery combined with a holiday in the sun, since the private hospitals have low waiting times and it’s normally cheaper than in Australia, Europe and elsewhere for those looking for affordable Plastic Surgery Packages. Thai private hospitals are rather like decent quality hotels, with good inpatient facilities and comfortable rooms. Many Thai doctors are educated abroad, highly trained and speak excellent English and other European languages. You can have an exceptional surgeon and cheap surgery without compremise.

Phuket’s two main private hospitalsPhuket International Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Phuket, are both staffed with doctors and coordinators who speak English and other foreign languages making them the #1 Choice for Australian wishing to travel for surgery. Both hospitals have emergency care and Destiny Meditravel uses them both as our recommended hospital for our Phuket Plastic Surgery Clients medical tourism services including cosmetic surgery, Lasik eye surgery and dental procedures, even sex-change highly trained internationally accredited surgeons.

These hospital are not just all about Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgeries for Westerners. No one likes to think about getting sick or having an accident while on holiday, but if you do fall ill when travelling in Phuket Phuket has by far the best health care facilities in the north Andaman coast region, so tourists in neighbouring Krabi or Phang Nga in need of health or emergency care may end up in Phuket for treatment.

You should always be aware that you can easily become sick or have an accident whilst on holiday, and it’s essential to have adequate health insurance to cover even the most unlikely scenarios. If you’re in an accident or have a serious health problem in Phuket, medical treatment costs can easily spiral into thousands, even millions of baht so ensure that you buy adequate travel insurance before you arrive. This can be done through your Travel Agent or through many online sitesThere have been reports of non-insured accident victims stuck in a Phuket hospital while their relatives back home make desperate efforts to raise the cash to pay their hospital bills – don’t be one of these people.

Phuket International Hospital has staff that are well trained to deal with foreigners and the facilities are excellent. It’s widely regarded as one of the best hospitals on the island. All the usual medical specialisms are covered such as cardiology, dentistry, cosmetic surgery, eye operations, and many more.such as a hyperbaric chambers affiliated with the hospital to treat decompression sickness, or “the bends”, a common ailment suffered by divers.


Reduce Scaring after Breast Surgery

If you are looking at having breast augmentation surgery in Thailand, you might have a few concerns about scarring.

Here are some of the ways you can minimise this so you will be bikini ready in no time.

Choose a good surgeon

An internationally accredited surgeon will be able to perform surgery in such a way that he or she leaves behind a very minimal scar.

The doctors in Thailand use the very latest in equipment and technique in order to reduce the chances of scarring.

Are there products that can be used to minimise scarring?

Your surgeon will offer you advice about how to look after your skin to prevent scarring.

While no product can completely remove a scar, they can help to minimise the effect on your body and protect it from irritation that can lead to scarring.

Often silicone-based sheeting can be used to reduce the thickness of scars, but it is essential to ask your doctor about this before attempting it.

Another great product is Hyper Heal Scar Cream that can be used Post Surgery after any stitches are removed to accelerate healing and improve scar appearance significantly.

Stay out of the sun

The sun’s harmful rays can cause scars to become thicker and darker, so where possible avoid the sun on the affected areas.

For the six months following surgery, you should keep the area covered and use an SPF 30 sunscreen to ensure the area is protected.

Use a pressure bandage

Following your surgery, you will be advised about what kind of bandages you need to wear, but keep in mind that pressure bandages may be able to flatten scars.

Consider vitamin E supplements

This vitamin has been known to assist with scar tissue management, so might be able to improve the appearance of your skin.

Before you take anything though, it is essential to run it by your surgeon to make sure it won’t interfere with any of the medications you have been prescribed.