American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has reported that the
number one top surgical procedure in the United States for the year 2005
was liposuction. In that year alone, 455,489 liposuction treatments were
done in America, 402,946 were women and the rest was men. The majority
of the patients fall under the ages between 35 to 50 years old.
Second on the list was breast augmentation, totaling 364,610 cases in that
year. The report revealed that 83.4 per cent of the patients used the
saline device and 16.6 percent the silicone implant. The results of recent
research demonstrate that women with saline implants are significantly
more likely to express satisfaction with augmentation than women with
silicone gel-filled implants.
There are no actual statistics on the numbers of transvestites since it
involves some legal issues in many countries, but it has been reported
that thousands of cases were done. Bangkok is known to be the premier place
to go for sex change surgery. In fact, that is one of the top 10 procedures
for which patients visit Thailand. A growing number of Americans are
taking that path, traveling to countries like Thailand for cosmetic,
orthopedic and heart surgeries and other medical and dental treatments
that cost 20 to 80 percent less than at home.
For example, American surgeon's fee for a full face-lift averaged $4822
in 2004, not including hospital costs, according to the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons. At Bangkok, it costs only 3,500 USD for a Face lift
surgery (cheek bone area lift, cheek area lift, chin lift and neck lift).
This cost is included hospital expenses.
The growth is in accordance with Thailand’s aim to establish Thailand
as the "Center of Excellent Health of Asia" and this plan focuses on
medical services, healthcare services and Thai herbal products. In 2004,
as many as 20 billion Baht was generated by foreign patients seeking
treatment in Thailand.
Many people want to take "cosmetics surgery holidays" in destinations that
offer both tourist attractions and state-of-the-art plastic surgery
technologies. Although when including the air fares and accommodation,
the price is not lower than treatments in their home country, medical
tourists get more than a better look from this type of vacation - they
get better, revitalized feelings from the destination's refreshing
atmosphere too. "My partner and I had originally planned to fly in and
have the surgery done straight away. As luck would have it, we got to fly
to Thailand 5 days earlier than planned and decided to spend them in
Pattaya, holidaying. I would definitely recommend this. The time to relax
is a bonus, not to mention the additional shopping time...." said Bangkok
Plastic Surgery Clinic’s Australian patient Rebecca who underwent breast
augmentation surgery in 2006.
The statistics for the year 2006 is yet to come, but it is expected that
the rankings will not change much, but the number of procedures might
change due a greater variety of options.