09 Jun Cosmetic Surgery Tourism Singapore Style
Aesthetics or cosmetic surgery is going through an unprecedented boom period. It’s like this because people have more access to better procedures, and at reduced costs when compared to how things used to be. Whether it’s non-invasive, minimally-invasive or invasive surgery, it’s all there on the table. There’s also a new phenomenon happening, and that is cosmetic surgery tourism. Singapore is fast turning out to be one of the most favoured destinations in South East Asia for these procedures.
It’s true that there are cheaper options for cosmetic and plastic surgeries in Asia. Even so, Singapore is still much less expensive than most western countries, and by quite a bit. Best of all is that the plastic surgeons here are all experienced. In fact, many have done their training in the US. They also have plenty of hands-on experience in all areas of cosmetic and plastic surgery. Here are a few other reasons why cosmetic tourism is booming in this tiny island state:
- WHO ranked Singapore’s as having the best health care in all of Asia
- Singapore only uses state-of-the-art surgical and medical services
- The country has impeccable ongoing training
- Is known for its pristine cleanliness
- Plastic surgeons have excellent English language skills
- Cosmetic tourists enjoy peace of mind because of the above
- Stress-free recovery
- Wonderful take-home memories and an enhanced new look
Having western-trained plastic surgeons that have an excellent grasp of the English language is a real selling point. This is one of the major reasons why Singapore’s plastic surgery industry stands out from the competition. The last thing any cosmetic tourist wants is a breakdown in communication. It happens in some countries where there’s been a misunderstanding of the patient’s desires and expectations. It doesn’t happen here. Some tourists are still attracted to the lower prices in neighbouring countries. There is always a risk that comes with bargain hunting for aesthetic surgical procedures. Regulations in some other Asian countries are often non-existent or totally ignored. This is not the case in Singapore.
Types of Surgery Available
There’s not much, if anything, that you won’t find in Singapore with regards to plastic and cosmetic surgery. The clinics here stay on top of all the industry news and invest in the latest technologies. There is also some confusion at times with the terms “cosmetic surgery” and “plastic surgery”. They are closely related, but there are also some differences. The end goal for both procedures is to improve the patient’s physical characteristics of course.
The differences between cosmetic and plastic-surgery are:
- Cosmetic Surgery: to enhance the patient’s appearance
- Plastic Surgery: to repairing imperfections/defects or to reconstruct appearance
In general, most of the procedures that fit under the umbrella of “plastic surgery” involve invasive treatments. A lot of cosmetic surgical procedures are non-invasive or minimally invasive therapies. Let’s look at the most common of these.
Popular “cosmetic” surgery procedures include the following:
- Breast Enhancement (augmentation, reduction and Lift)
- Facial Contouring (chin, cheeks (including dimples) rhinoplasty (nose job))
- Facial Rejuvenation (facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, neck Lift)
- Body Contouring: Liposuction, tummy-tuck, gynecomastia (moobs) treatment
- Skin Rejuvenation: BOTOX®, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing
Popular “plastic” surgery procedures include the following:
- Breast reconstruction after mastectomy
- Reconstructive burn repair surgery
- Congenital defects (e.g. to repair a cleft palate)
- Lower extremity reconstruction (any part of the body between hips and toes)
- Hand Surgery
- Surgical scar revision surgery
A good plastic surgeon is able to perform many different surgeries. However, there are those who become specialists in certain areas. It’s important for you to look not only for a qualified surgeon, but also one with experience in the procedure you want doing.
Other Perks of Plastic/Cosmetic Tourism
A lot of people choose to travel for their plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures to save money and to get a holiday in one go. Many cosmetic treatments are same-day procedures. This means there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the vacation.
Other perks of plastic/cosmetic tourism include:
- No waiting lists or queues to join
- Get a procedure that’s unavailable in their home country
- Seek the treatment from a surgeon renowned for their excellent work
Anyone who travels to Singapore for treatment should have an international patient coordinator. They can facilitate the entire process in the following ways:
- Help with seamless planning
- Surgery (doctor, nursing staff, accommodation, etc)
- Recovery (post-op care)
- VIP treatments
- Ongoing care management when necessary
Other Issues for Consideration
There is always a risk potential for any kind of surgery, even minor cosmetic procedures. Although complications are extremely rare in the hands of an experienced team, you still need to know what they are. Even if you plan to travel for your treatments, you still want to run your plans by your own doctor first. Make a list of any concerns and/or questions you might have too. Remember, there’s no such thing as a stupid question, so be sure to ask about anything that you’d like an answer to.
Travel with a Companion
Depending on the type of treatment, you might want a familiar face to support you before and after your surgery. A friend or family member can assist you as you recuperate too. It’s also good to have someone close by if there are any sudden, unexpected complications. Even if they have nothing to do other than to keep you company, a good companion can help to make your entire procedure less daunting. Even though you will have all your bases covered, try not to over plan when it comes to the tourism part of your trip. It’s often easier and cheaper to organise sightseeing trips and book events once you arrive in the host country anyway.
Quality of Care
Finally, never let low costs attract you more so than quality of care. There is nothing more important to you than your health and wellbeing. Every clinic and all surgeons are going to praise and promote themselves and their services in a favourable light. Sadly, there are some places in the world that perform treatments illegally in the underground economy. Internet promotions, magazine ads and aggressive discounts draw in a lot of unsuspecting customers. For these reasons, make sure you look to countries like Singapore, South Korea or Japan if you hope to travel to the Asia region. All these countries have impeccable records and follow the highest standards.
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