Tourists flock to Phuket for plastic surgery

Many want cosmetic surgery or anti-aging treatments
Medical tourism in Thailand’s popular resort of Phuket is on the rise with an overwhelming majority of visitors arriving for aesthetic treatments, according to research by consultancy C9 Hotelworks.
Close to half of all medical offerings were cosmetic surgeries such as breast implants, liposuction and face contouring, while more than a third of all medical tourists sought anti-aging treatments.
More than 15,000 foreigners have arrived for breast augmentation procedures over the past five years alone.
The average amount spent at hospitals or clinics for cosmetic surgery is nearly twice that of anti-aging patients, with average costs of 150,000 baht (€3,850) and 80,000 baht, respectively. Length of stay for cosmetic patients averages around 12 days, about twice that of those who come for anti-aging treatments.
“Aesthetic procedures have increasingly grown to dominate the market, with cosmetic surgery being the most popular product led mostly by Australians, and anti-aging treatments being driven by travellers from mainland China,” said Bill Barnett, C9 Hotelworks’ managing director.
“Existing medical demand reveals high investment potential, which is drawing more domestic and international groups into commercial projects such as large-scale expansions and acquisitions. We expect the Phuket healthcare tourism sector to be a positive long-term proposition.”
TTG Asia

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