Whether it is a facelift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery or breast implant, the cost of plastic surgery doesn’t come cheap. Depending on the countries you choose to have your respective plastic surgery done, some might cost you an arm and a leg. Suffice to say, this type of surgery can cost you a fortune.
Fortunately, you do not have to fly all the way to USA or South Korea to get the best plastic surgery in the world. These two aforementioned countries may provide you with the best care and world-class plastic surgeries, but not everybody has the financial privilege to spend so much of their hard-earned savings. This is why Asian countries like Malaysia and Thailand quickly come to mind. The costs there may be lower but the quality is nowhere inferior. Here are the reasons to strengthen your beliefs that Malaysia or Thailand should be your go-to destination for plastic surgery:
Malaysia takes medical tourism — which also includes plastic surgery — seriously as the Malaysian government actively promotes medical tourism to ensure local and international patients receive the best care they deserved. This also means the hospitals and private clinics in Malaysia are all assured with governing laws, safety standards as well as internationally-recognised accreditations such as ISO9001, Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) and International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).
Malaysia and Thailand are the places to go to for Australian, British and American-standard medicine. Why? Many Malaysian and Thai plastic surgeons obtained their qualifications from medical schools in the USA or UK, hence both countries are the go-to places for quality medical treatment at a fraction of what it would cost in the USA or UK.
Although the official language in Malaysia is Malay, medical and their supporting staff speak fluent English. In fact, being generally a multiracial country, Malaysia also has the higher advantages of communicating with different languages. Apart from the aforementioned Malay and the widely-spoken English languages, some of them can speak other languages like Mandarin, Cantonese and/or Tamil. With the benefits of easy-to-approach direct communications between you as a patient and the medical professional, you do not have to worry about issue about getting lost in translation.
However, in Thailand, with the exception of a number of hospitals that focuses on medical tourism, English is not as widely spoken in Thailand than in Malaysia.
In Malaysia, you can expect high-quality plastic surgery service at both affordable and competitive prices. Besides, in comparison with higher-end countries like USA, UK, South Korea and even Singapore, the overall exchange rate of currency in Malaysia is considerably low.
The procedures for plastic surgery also cost lesser in Thailand, thanks largely to its low expenditures such as labour cost, government tax and exchange rate of currency.
Most plastic surgery hospitals and clinics in Malaysia accept different type of payment methods. This includes cash (the official local currency is Malaysian Ringgit or RM), credit/debit cards and travellers cheques. The payment methods in Thailand are also similar like Malaysia, with the exception of Thai baht being widely used as Thailand’s official local currency.
Whether you are under pre or post-operation recovery from your respective plastic surgery operation, Malaysia offers you the ideal places for rest-and-relax activities. The amount saved from undergoing the procedure in your home country can be spent on the beautiful beaches like Pulau Langkawi or Pulau Tioman. Alternatively, the country also provides a wide array of hotels and resorts where you can recuperate in peace for your post-operation recovery.
Similar to Malaysia, Thailand is equally known as a tourist-friendly country. They have equally beautiful islands and beaches – you can go beach-hopping on the popular island of Phuket or immerse with various local street foods and shopping malls in the lively city of Bangkok.
Getting around or travelling to Malaysia is generally easy and convenient. The country is mainly equipped with two world-class international airports, which includes the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the budget-travel Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2). If you are in Kuala Lumpur or Klang Valley, public transports ranging from trains (KTM, ERL, LRT and the recently-launched MRT) to buses RapidKL, as well as taxis and Grab, Uber e-hailing services, are all easily accessible.
Likewise in Thailand, there are domestic flights along with trains, buses and e-hailing services too, with an additional service being the popular tuk-tuks when you are feeling a little more adventurous post-surgery.
In conclusion, Malaysia and Thailand are both great choices when it comes to selecting a place to go for a plastic surgery procedure. Malaysia holds a slight advantage in being more communication-friendly due to English being more widely used as well as a choice of other dialects and languages.