Is Thailand a Safe Place to Have a Complete Facelift?

I have read positive reviews about this, however, unknowing if these reviews are really written by friends and or family of the doctors themselves. The cost is about $2,200.00 for a complete face lift including the hospital, doctor, surgery and anesthesia. It is advertised that they use the latest and best technology, materials, etc;. Does anyone know anything more about this?

Doctor Answers 5

Safe facelift outside the United States

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There are good surgeons who do very good facelifts (and other procedures) outside the US. They are generally not the ones that advertise in the US, however, since they are usually busy enough already. There are several things to consider before you do this. The most important thing is your safety. Start with what you are getting for the price. There is an old ploy in marketing called “bait and switch.” This price may be for the “average” and you may require more to achieve your desires. I never give a single price for a “facelift,” since I rarely do the exact thing every time. Everyone is different. Instead, I quote a range if asked before an appointment. You also need to know the certifications of the facility and the type of anesthesia as well as the qualifications of the person giving the anesthesia. There are surgeons in this country doing less expensive facelifts in back rooms with no safety equipment. Is your life worth the risk? You also have to add air travel and several weeks stay at a minimum. This could be extended if complications arise. There is also the chance that the surgeon doing the procedure will not care for any complications. If you are home when complications arise, care for these could be more expensive than doing the procedure here in the first place. If you are seriously considering this, make sure you get several references first.

Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Facelit overseas

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Caveat Emptor.  Buyer beware. If it sounds too good to be treu it often is.  What if you have a problem overseas?  How are you going to get treated?

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Facelift complications may extend your stay in Tailand

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Complications from facelift surgery may occur with the best technology and in the best surgeon's hands.  If this does occur, your stay abroad will be much longer than anticipated and more costly.  If you are treated in the USA for your complications, this will also add significantly to your cost.  Although most surgeons have seen complete disasters from abroad, other patients do obtain excellent results.  The choice is yours, but you have little recourse if complications do occur or you are not satisfied with your results.

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon

Thailand a safe place to have a complete facelift

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The cheap become expensive as the saying goes. Be careful for the $'s are not always equal nor is the surgery. From MIAMI DR> B

Only safe if you can guarantee that if you have problems they will come home with you!!!

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We as many Florida Plastic Surgeons will not see a patient who has had off-shore surgery and has a complication.

There is good reason for this:

      Treatment is often delayed due to travel time home and patient hesitation

       Records are not available and if so are not in English

        The patients insurance company usually will not cover complications of plastic surgery and the expenses of hospitalization can be huge.

         Patients have developed andger at medicine in general and plastic surgeons in particular.  After a bad outcome they  are likely to hold the USA surgeon accountable for the result because he is available rather than the offshore M.D.


In addition the results even in the hands of well trained foreign plastic surgeons tend to be underdone. They are smart and realize that they need to have the patient on the plane on their way home so the surgery is an intervention rather that a "process".  Our facelift patients are never discharged and become educated as to how to maintain and maximize their surgery.


Dr. Mayl

Fort Lauderdale


Nathan Mayl, MD (retired)
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

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