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General FAQ

Frequently asked questions covering the surgical procedures, travel & visas and other general questions.

1

Will I have follow-up appointments after my surgery?

Patient will have at least 1 follow-up appointment before they leave Bangkok. This is to allow nurses and doctors to remove the staples or stitches, change the wound dressings, monitor healing and provide post-op instructions.


2

Do I have to remove my polish or acrylic nails before surgery?

Dr Boonchai recommends removal of acrylic or polish nails prior to surgery. The primary reason for this is to measure oxygen levels through your natural nail beds with the use of pulse oximetry.


3

When can I confirm my final surgical cost?

The final surgical plan and quotation will be confirmed after the face to face consultation. Please note that all prices given are in Thai Baht, are indicative only and can change without notice.


4

What is included in the surgical package?

Prices include all hospital, operating room, anaesthetists’ and doctors’ fees, a single private room, standard meals, medications and medical supplies. Prices do not include compression garments. Generally patients will only pay an additional amount for telephone calls, and additional meals extra to the standard hospital supplied meals.


5

What are the extra charges that I need to be aware of?

Some clients who are having multiple procedure or extensive surgery, have a pre‐existing medical condition or have been assessed as being at risk from anaesthesia maybe required to complete additional pre-surgery tests such as laboratory tests, chest X‐rays, cardiac studies etc. These extra tests are not included in the surgical package.


6

Is there a fee for consultation?

Clients who decide not to proceed with surgery are charged a consultation and registration fee.


7

Will menstruation affect my surgery?

The surgery will be postponed if you have menstruation on the day of your appointment.


8

What time is my surgery?

Surgery time will be confirmed after your consultation.


9

What time do I need to fast prior to my surgery?

Do not eat or drink for at least 8 hours before your scheduled surgery, unless advised by Dr. Boonchai.


10

What medications do I need to stop prior to surgery?

Patient must stop taking Aspirin and all other anti‐inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Brufen, Nurofen, Advil, Arcoxia, Celebrex, Feldene, Ponstan, Voltaren, Naproxen. Mobic and other over the counter pain relievers. You should also stop taking supplements like Multivitamins, Vit.E., Fish oil tablets, Omega 3, Ginseng‐Ginko and Evening Primrose oil. Clients should be aware that surgery may be delayed or even cancelled if these medications have been taken within two weeks of your surgery date.


11

Is there an age requirement for plastic surgery?

Thailand law requires clients to be 20 years of age at time of surgery. Exceptions are allowed for clients who are 18 years of age provided that consent is received from parents/guardians.


12

What if I get sick and can’t keep my medicine down?

Taking your medication with food and water can help you keep it down during breast augmentation recovery. If you simply cannot keep your medications down, tell Dr. Boonchai. You may need to have your prescription changed.


13

Am I getting take home medications after surgery?

Yes. Patient will be supplied with set of medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, anti-swelling and pain killers.


14

Do I need to apply for visa to Thailand?

Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General before they arrive in Thailand. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements as follows:

  1. They are nationals of countries which are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes. Such nationals will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days. For more information, please see www.mfa.go.th.
  2. They are nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements. For more information, please see www.mfa.go.th.

Nationals of certain countries may apply for visa upon arrival in Thailand. Travelers with this type of visa are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 15 days. For more information, please see www.mfa.go.th.

It is the responsibility of clients to arrange for their visa.


15

Do you offer pre-appointment consultation?

Dr. Boonchai recommends client to obtain an opinion first to determine the suitability for surgery and to reduce the possibility of not being accepted for surgery. These Pre Appointment Consultations require that clients forward photographs and other evidence in order that Dr Boonchai can provide an opinion.


16

What do I need to bring to hospital?

Generally you should bring:

  • All of your medication and/or pharmacy receipts, so medication and their doses can be verified.
  • Passport or a valid ID for registration.
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, soap etc). You may want to bring your own personal favourites.
  • Reading material or your iPod.
  • Laptop computer. Internet access (Wi-Fi) is available.
  • An adapter that can convert your electrical plug to fit into the Thai electrical outlets.
  • Loose fitting and light clothing. The hospital will provide you with lightweight hospital garments to wear as nightwear.
  • Compression garments if you have been supplied them.

Unless essential, leave your jewellery at your hotel or at home as you will not be allowed to wear jewellery during your surgical procedure. Safe deposit boxes are available in your private hospital room. However the hospital will not be responsible for any loss or damage.


17

My BMI or Body Mass Index is high, am I suitable for surgery?

Dr Boonchai established that the safest BMI to proceed with surgery is 30. A high BMI will predispose you to:

  • High risk from post anesthesia effects
  • Post-operative complications
  • Poor wound healing
  • Infections

Dr. Boonchai recommends client to reduce BMI to 30 before proceeding with the surgery.


18

Can I still take my contraceptive pills before surgery?

For procedures not more than 4 hours such as eyelid and breast augmentation, you can continue your contraceptive pill as long as you will not be having your menstruation at the time of surgery. For longer surgeries more than 4 hours such as breast lift with implants, tummy tuck etc. we would request you to stop your contraceptive pill as the anesthetic risk is increased as well as a higher risk of DVT.


19

Do you provide complimentary transfers?

We offer complimentary transport from the airport to hotel (within the central Bangkok area), from the hotel to hospital and return hospital to hotel for all scheduled appointments and follow-up consultations (as scheduled by Dr Boonchai), and from the hotel to the airport.


20

Is Dr. Boonchai qualified?

Dr. Boonchai is well experienced in the field, he is board certified and member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).


21

Why do I have to pay before my surgery?

We need the payment in full before surgery in order to get a clearance to go ahead with the procedure.


22

How do I book for an appointment with Dr. Boonchai?

Kindly inform us of your preferred date by email and we will check Dr. Boonchai’s availability. If the Dr. Boonchai is available, we can book your surgery right away.


23

How long in advance do I need to book?

We strongly recommend to book at least a month in advance. However Dr. Boonchai can take bookings a day or two in advance, depending on his availability.


24

Are compression garments provided?

For liposuction, face and body contouring procedures, clients are advised to secure their own compression garments. Compression garments are not included in the package price. Phyathai 2 Hospital has a limited supply of compression garments for purchase.


25

What are my payment options?

Payment is required in full before surgery. Clients can only pay in cash. The hospital accept cash in THB, USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, NZD currencies.


26

Do I get to choose the size of my breast implants?

Dr. Boonchai will let you try different implant sizes placed under your brassiere during your face to face consultation with him. The final breast size is decided between you and your surgeon during your appointment.


27

Where will my procedure be performed?

The surgery will be performed in Phyathai 2 Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.


28

How long will the benefits last following plastic surgery?

Generally most of the plastic surgery procedures are long lasting if a healthy weight and overall healthy lifestyle is maintained.


29

How soon can I return to work?

The length of time it takes to recover after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the type of work. Patients can usually return to work after a week unless their occupation requires any particularly strenuous movements and lifting. In such cases, 3-4 weeks should be allowed.


30

How is a patient’s physical condition evaluated prior to plastic surgery?

A complete pretesting series of appointments is done prior to any surgery.


31

Will insurance cover my plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is considered as an elective surgery meaning that insurance companies will not cover it. In the case where plastic surgery can be shown to have a medical benefit, for instance, getting a breast reduction to minimize chronic back pain, then insurance may cover it. If you feel that you can get coverage, it is always a good idea to get clarification from your insurance companies. If eligible, they will require you to get the appropriate letters documenting medical need from your doctor and the plastic surgeon.


32

Can I see some before-and-after photos?

You will be able to view Dr. Boonchai’s photographic evidence under the images section of this website www.dr-boonchai.com.


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