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General FAQ

Dr Thanakom’s frequently asked questions regarding the surgical procedures, travelling & visas and other general questions.


Do I have follow-up appointments after my surgery?

Yes you will have at least 1 follow-up appointment before leaving the country.


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

Acrylic or polish nails must be removed prior to surgery. The primary reason for this is to measure oxygen levels through your natural nail beds with the use of pulse oximetry.


When can I confirm my final surgical cost?

The final cost of your procedure will be confirmed after your face to face consultation with Dr Thanakom.


What is included in the surgical package?

Prices include pre-operative clearance with physical examination, chest x-ray, chem works such as CBC (complete blood count), PT (Prothrombin Time), PTT (Partial thromboplastin time), INR (international normalized ratio), BS (blood surgery), BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and CR (creatinine), ALT (alanine aminotransferase), ALK (Alkaline Phosphatase), Electrolyte, Anti HIV and EKG. Doctor’s fee, Anesthesiologist’s fee, medical supply (e.g. implants), equipment and facilities related to surgery, take home medications and one time OPD follow up.


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

  • Extra cost for companion or family member (extra bed, sofa, meals etc)
  • Extra costs for revision surgery (30% additional) where previous surgery was not provided by Dr Thanakom
  • Extra cost for HIV and/or Hepatitis B or C clients (30% additional). While HIV and Hepatitis infection has additional 10,000 THB per procedure
  • Patient’s expense incurred before or after accepting the pricing program
  • Cardiologist consultation for DVT precaution
  • Cardiac investigation for EST and Echocardiogram if acquired
  • Specialist consultation fee (if any) – 1,500 THB per specialist
  • Other laboratory test may be required due to patient’s underlying condition
  • Pathologist fee
  • In case the patient requires accommodation in the ICU ward, or if the patients is staying longer than requires and for whatever reason, the patient will be responsible for the additional costs
  • Special/extra prosthesis


Is there a fee for consultation?

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


Will menstruation affect my surgery?

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


What time is my surgery?

Surgery time will be confirmed after your consultation.


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

No food is allowed at least 8 hours prior to any surgery, this includes any sweet like chewing gum. If there is no fasting instructions given, you must not consume any food or drink from midnight before your scheduled surgery. Clients who do not comply with this requirement risk having their surgery delayed or risk being denied surgery.


What medications do I need to stop prior to surgery?

DO NOT take any Aspirin and NSAIDS drugs for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. (Aspirin may be re commenced after 48hrs post op.) If you take Aspirin or any other form of blood thinning medication for a medical condition, please discuss this with Dr. Thanakom.


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.


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:

  • 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.
  • 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.


Do you offer pre-appointment consultation?

Yes Dr Thanakom offers free online consultation wherein you are required to complete the registration form and send photos for his assessment. To get obtain his professional opinion on your requested procedure, please see www.dr-thanakom.com.


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.


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.


Is Dr Thanakom an ISAPS member?

Yes Dr Thanakom is a board certified and member of International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). You can verfiy here http://www.isaps.org/.


How long in advance do I need to book my surgery?

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


Are compression garments provided?

Compression garments are not included in your package. We strongly encourage you to secure your own compression garments. Piyavate Hospital has a limited supply of compression garments for purchase.


When do I have to pay for my surgery?

Payment for your surgery is required in full before your surgery and after your face to face consultation with Dr Thanakom.


What are my payment options?

You can pay either by cash in THB or your home currency. VISA, MASTER CARD credit cards, AMEX, Diners, and UnionPay are welcomed. The hospital doesn’t have a policy to charge extra on credit card payment and is subject to credit/debit card issuing bank policy. You can also do International fund transfer.

For cash payments with foreign currency, this can be exchanged to THB at spot FX rate. If you pay in large amount, Piyavate hospital will facilitate you by contacting FX agency to provide the service at the hospital.


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

Yes. Dr. Thanakom 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 Dr Thanakom.


Where will my procedure be performed?

The surgery will be performed at Piyavate Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.


How long do the results last?

The results can last for many years. As long as your weight remains stable over time. Most of the procedures are typically a ‘once and done’ procedure, never needing to be repeated. There will be some relaxation of the tissues with age, but not to the extent prior to surgery.


When will I be able to return to work?

This will depend on how strenuous your job is. Most of Dr Thanakom’s patients are able to return to work after two weeks. If your work requires a lot of physical activity, it may be more than four weeks before you can expect to return. The advice will vary depending on the type of procedure and how you recover following surgery.


What are the laboratory test needed prior to surgery?

Generally laboratory test includes CBC (complete blood count) and chest x-ray. Additional test will be advised by Dr Thanakom after your face to face consultation.



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