Patients considering seeking medical treatment abroad are frequently concerned about travel logistics, with the thought of negotiating a foreign country after surgery often making it seem an unattractive proposition.
For this very reason, many foreign hospitals are offering medical tourism packages that include travel arrangements, such as that offered by the Bangkok Plastic Surgery Centre.
The centre offers transportation from the airport to the hotel, clinic or hospital free of charge, as well as free trips to local shopping areas if the patient is well enough.
In addition, patients who travel to Thailand alone are given an assistant to stay with them in the hospital or hotel so that surgery in a foreign country becomes less daunting, and the clinic offers free interpretation services in English, Japanese, French, Korean and Chinese during consultations.
Many people travel to Thailand for plastic surgery, as the nation is well-known for its experience surgeons and cutting-edge technologies.
In addition, procedures cost far less in Thailand, with breast augmentation costing up to a fifth less than elsewhere.