We got picked up from the hotel at 9:30am, driver only. Took close to an hour to get to the hospital. The traffic is completely hectic but its fun to watch.
Got dropped at the front door of the Phuket International Hospital. Wandered in, gave me name at the front desk and after a little while they understood me. I had some forms to fill out about getting admitted to the hospital "Sign to say that all your rights have been explained to you.." Well no, they haven't... but sign anyway.
Someone came down and led us up to PIAC, which I didn't realise is pretty much just a series of offices inside the big hospital.
After waiting a little while on a couch in the waiting area, a nurse with fairly poor English took me into a corner. Their way of introducing themselves is by pointing at your name on a form and waiting for acknowledgement that is you. This nurse went over my disclosed medical history, diabetes, heart disease etc. She took my weight, asked my height, and took my blood pressure, before putting me back on the couch. It does not look like the photos on the site.
After waiting a little while one of the nurses said the doctor would see me. I was lead down a corridor and into the doctors office. Dr Thanakom was friendly, shaking my hand and introducing himself before sitting down. He asked me why I wanted the surgery, before leading into a powerpoint which covered all the basic details of breast augmentation- placement, incision, shape, texture etc. He explained the risks and complications, long and short term, including stating that the risk of capsular contracture is now believed to be as high as 10%. While I was aware of all these things, it was good that he went over it all and and made sure I understood.
He led me into an adjoining office, which had an adjustable examination table. I was asked to take my top off and sit on the table. The nurse who took my blood pressure came in. Dr got out callipers, a texta and a ruler, and the measuring and drawing began. We spoke again about size. I said I still wanted round, textured, under the muscle, and between 450-550ccs. Much as I didnt want to go on the higher end, if it was going to take that much then I would have done it. Dr said my body was suited to all those choices, and gave me 400 and 450cc implants, and a bra. The nurse helped me put the bra on, and put the sizers in, with a white fitted tshirt over the top. He said the 450s would look like the 400s when they were in, and that 500s would look like the 450s when in. The 450s looked huge, but I knew from research I didnt want any smaller. So I took a breath and locked in 450ccs.
The DR left and the nurse took a range of photos of me, topless and with the bra on and implants in.
The dr came back in to discuss the second half of the operation, the labiaplasty. I had to take my pants off, and lie back in frog position lol... He had previously said he performs the wedge method, rather than trim. I told him that respectfully, I didnt think it would be possible due to the amount and placement of the extra tissue. It was fairly easy to say what I wanted- one side is fine, so i just wanted it to match as best as possible. My biggest concern was that the extra skin went all the way up to the hood, and I was worried he'd take too much and sensitivity would be impacted. All he really did was um and ah and say he's do what he could, but not in a way that concerned me.
Then he left properly, I got dressed and went back out to the waiting room. Oh, after more photos of my hoohaa.... Not awkward at all lol.
A nurse directed me to a young guy who took me to go get bloods and xrays done. Went to pathology, a lady pointed at a seat, asked my name, I stated it and she pointed to a piece of paper eith my name on it. I confirmed it was me, got swabbed, a single syringe was taken, and got waved on. The guy then led me to xray. An old man gestured at a locker, where i took m top off and put an xray top on. The man gestured to the machine but i didnt know what he wanted, so he put his hands on me, stood me how he wanted, gestured "stay", said "deep breath" and took the xray. I was waved on my way once more and escorted back to PIAC. So efficient, bloods and xrays literally done in a matter of minutes. Quite impressive.
Another PIAC staff member came over to speak to me. She was from the Philippines, not Thailand, and spoke great english. She confirmed all the nitty gritty details of my surgery again, which was reassiring. She asked if there was any other questions I had, or if I wanted to change size, etc etc. I had to sign that I agreed.