Australian women are dominating Thai medical tourism with breast augmentation their procedure of choice. The Chinese meanwhile are opting for anti-ageing procedures.
Analyst Bill Barnett from C9 Hotelworks says Australians represent 70% of cosmetic surgery clients to Phuket.
“Most are female who have booked in for breast enhancements, ie bigger, smaller and reshaping.
“You also get a number of women post child-birth who want a lift…”
They typically book all-inclusive packages that provide treatment, transportation and hotel accommodation costing AUD5000-6000.
Many of them are young women with Barnett estimating that 45% of cosmetic surgery clients are aged between 18 and 25.
Almost all are women at 93% share.
“Mainland China is the top geographic source market for ant-ageing products, representing almost two-thirds of the segment, and often travel in groups for treatments.”