Jul 21 2013

Medical tourism on Samui

Published by at 12:41 am under Ko Samui


As if beaches are not enough, Samui is proving an attractive destination to many a tourist when it comes to various kinds of cosmetic surgery. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean inferior, so if this is up your alley, here’s a rundown of what’s on offer between massages and sunset cocktails.

Not only for the ladies...

Something for everyone.

Not all procedures involve going under the knife and some are quicker than ordering a take-away – Botox for instance. Anti-ageing clinics are located in most of the busy tourist areas as well as at Ko Samui’s hospitals. We recommend that procedures such as botox, fillers, as well as laser treatment for hair and blemish removal, be done by a medical doctor. The Zasinar Skin & Anti-Aging Centre, located in the Thai International Hospital, offers professional treatments conducted by doctors, most of whom visit from the big hospitals in Bangkok for several days each month. The centre also offers colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture, vitamin and antioxidant dripping and live blood analysis, which can diagnose a range of diseases as well as missing elements in the body, ostensibly allowing early detection of problems.

Botox is a popular treatment on Samui, as it’s quick, cheaper than in the West and relatively painless, with good effects if done by someone who understands the product and is skilled at applying it. It won’t affect your holiday as you won’t be bandaged up or have to stay out of the sun as with surgery.

Banners advertising surgery... only in Thailand.

Banners advertising surgery… only in Thailand.

Another common treatment is teeth whitening. There are two methods, laser and gel application — the latter is less painful and less damaging to your teeth than the laser. A mould is taken of your teeth and a special device made to encase your teeth and hold the gel, which can be used time and again, just buying more gel as needed. Dentists all over the island offer this treatment.

With a view like that who will want to bend over for downward dog!

With a view like that who will want to bend over for downward dog!

Several resorts on the island also offer detox packages. Kamalaya is renowned as a wellness retreat, and the yoga studio has the best view of anywhere in the resort. It’s a great place to detox and rejuvenate – if you can afford it. (If you can’t, you may want to check out other yoga options.)

If you are having an procedures done, please do your research well. Make sure the side effects (if any) won’t affect your holiday, and ensure the person doing any work is properly qualified to do so.

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  1. Joe from Siam Quality Assetson 22 Jul 2013 at 9:12 am

    I just wanted to thank you for this article Rosanne! Great information and we see the same thing happening on Koh Samui neighbour island Koh Phangan, tough in a much smaller dimension…

  2. Sylvain Phuketon 07 Aug 2013 at 10:51 am

    Interesting topic. I hope you can blog also about Medical Tourism in Phuket. Thank you for the information.

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