Updated: Mar 29
Are you considering getting liposuction in Thailand? Perhaps you’ve heard that it's more affordable than in your country or you’d like to recover from your procedure in a beautiful, relaxing destination.
No matter the reason, medical tourism in Bangkok is booming, and liposuction is one of the surgeries that bring in travelers from around the world who are looking for high-quality cosmetic services.
In this post, we tell you everything you need to know about getting lipo in Thailand. Let’s dive in!
What is Liposuction?
Also referred to as lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, or just simply lipo, this cosmetic medical procedure is performed to remove unwanted fat through suction. Liposuction not only removes the excess fat from the desired area but also contours the area to enhance the patient’s shape.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
Liposuction isn’t for everyone. Consulting with your surgeon is the best way to decide whether lipo is right for you.
Generally, you must have an excess amount of body fat in the desired removal spot, as well as an overall stable body weight.
Liposuction might not be recommended by your doctor…
If you don’t have a proportionate BMI
If you’re over the age of 40
If you’re looking for a specific weight loss fix, in which case the gastric balloon may be a more suitable option.
What to Keep in Mind When Considering Lipo in Bangkok
It is also important to note that liposuction is not considered a replacement weight loss method.
Lipo is used to eliminate stubborn excess fat that hasn’t budged even with diet and exercise. This occurs due to age or after having children, and a procedure is needed to manually remove the fat and contour the body for a tighter, more youthful appearance.
Different Types of Liposuction
There isn’t a “one procedure fits all” solution when it comes to lipo. Everyone’s body type and physical needs are different. In this section, we examine the types of lipo surgeries available for medical tourists in Thailand.
1. Tumescent liposuction
Tumescent lipo is the most common type of liposuction. It is performed by injecting a solution consisting of saltwater, lidocaine (for pain relief), and epinephrine (constricts blood vessels). This is done to help the treated area combat swelling and stiffness during the treatment.
Next, your surgeon will make tiny cuts in the skin in order to insert a thin tube called a cannula. Fat and body fluids are then sucked through the cannula into a vacuum.
2. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
A surgeon performs a UAL by inserting a metal rod under the skin of the area being treated, which breaks the fat-cell walls, making it easier for fat removal. This method is sometimes combined with traditional lipo.
3. Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)
For this procedure, your surgeon uses a high-intensity laser to help aid in fat breakdown. The laser is inserted under the skin through a small incision. The fat is then removed through a cannula.
4. Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)
Your surgeon may use PAL if you have had previous lipo treatments. During PAL, the cannula moves back and forth in rapid motion. Through this method, surgeons are able to pull the unwanted fat faster. This method is also effective for reducing pain and swelling.
How Much Does Liposuction in Thailand Cost?
Upper abdomen: $3,800 to $8,000 (122,451.20 to 257,792.00 baht)
Lower abdomen: $2,500 to $7,500 (80,560.00 to 241,680.00 baht)
$1,060 (35,000 baht)
$2,000 to $5,000 (64,448.00 to 161,120.00 baht)
$2,500 to $6,000 (80,560.00 to 193,344.00 baht)
$2,500 to $5,000 (80,560.00 to 161,120.00 baht)
After your liposuction surgery in Bangkok, the recovery time will be determined by your surgeon. Generally, you can expect to be in recovery for at least a few weeks.
You should definitely anticipate some pain, swelling, and bruising post-procedure. During your recovery, it is likely that your surgeon will leave your incisions open to allow fluid drainage.
To help reduce swelling, your surgeon may recommend wearing compression garments on the treated area. Give your body time to adjust post-surgery by avoiding strenuous lifting, work, and exercise. Rest and enjoy the beauty of Thailand instead!
After a few weeks, you should expect the swelling in the treated area to go down. However, you will not see the full effects of the treatment until after around three months. At this time, you’ll find yourself looking much leaner and contoured.
After lipo your skin has the ability to maintain firmness (even through aging) with a steady dedication to weight maintenance. This being said, if you experience weight gain after lipo, the natural fat distribution may change.
As with any medical procedure, there is always risk involved. At Azami, we connect you with the best liposuction surgeons in Thailand for a thorough consultation to discuss your goals and concerns.
Some risks that may occur include:
Contour irregularities: This occurs when there is damage beneath the skin due to the cannula. This damage can leave the skin looking spotted. The skin can also take on a bumpy, wavy or withered look from poor fat removal or weak skin elasticity.