Cosmetic Surgery Tourism and Costs in India

In recent years, India has emerged as a burgeoning hub for cosmetic surgery. With the industry evergrowing, we take a look at what it has to offer.

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There are a set of treatments available to rejuvenate every inch of the face.

India is increasingly becoming a major destination for cosmetic surgery. It is among the top ten destinations globally for cosmetic and plastic surgery.

The main reason for this is the vast difference in the costs of cosmetic treatments in India compared to elsewhere in the world.

The combined cost of travel, lodgings, surgery and follow up in India are less than the cost of the same treatment in Europe.

In many countries, the price of cosmetic and aesthetic services are soaring, to say the least. In addition, they are neither tax deductible nor covered by medical insurance in most of the countries.

This makes such treatments quite heavy on the pocket. Thankfully, cosmetic surgery in India offers prices that are cheaper.

Moreover, this affordability doesn’t come at the cost of facilities, expertise, safety and, equipment, which are maintained as per standards.

The cosmetic surgery market is not just exclusive for women anymore as a large number of men are also getting these procedures done.

Cosmetic surgery is one of the many wonders of modern science. Surgeons can redesign our bodies in almost any way we desire them to be.

From reshaping crooked noses to getting rid of that stubborn belly fat, and reclaiming the receding hairlines, they can give us the makeover of our dreams.

After looking at before and after pictures of people who have undergone these treatments, one can’t help but admire the sorcery that these surgeons seem to perform.

Types of Surgery

There are cosmetic treatments for every inch of the human body; some of them are more popular than the others.

In India, there is a huge demand and corresponding to it a huge market for certain cosmetic procedures such as:

Body Contouring

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These include a range of treatments that reshape the body by either removing fat from various parts of the body and injecting it wherever required.

One of the most popular procedures is liposuction which is when excess fat is removed.

Others include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) which is the surgical removal of fat from the lower or middle abdomen and brachioplasty (arm lift) which is the removal of excess skin from upper arms.

Breast-related Cosmetic Procedures

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Apart from breast augmentation with silicone implants, which is one of the most popular procedures among women, there are a number of cosmetic procedures.

These include breast reduction surgeries for men as well as women.

For patients of breast cancer, a mastectomy is what they usually undergo.

Furthermore, mastopexy which is breast reconstruction using an artificial tissue or tissue extracted from other parts of your body is another option.

Reconstruction surgery for nipples as well as the areola is also available.

Facial Surgery

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There are a set of treatments available to rejuvenate every inch of the face.

Some of them are buccal fat removal (cheek liposuction) for those arched cheekbones and rhinoplasty (nose job) for a broken nose or to simply sculpt it to give it a completely new look,

One can also go in for rhytidectomy (facelift) to counteract the visual signs of ageing on the face, brow lift and eyelid lift to tone up the sagging skin on the face.

In addition, there is blepharoplasty for correcting deformities on and around the eyelids, lip augmentation for fuller lips, Globally Botulinum Toxin, commonly known as Botox, to remove crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles.

Facial hair removal via laser and dental treatments are also available.

Vaginal Cosmetic Surgeries

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Yet another domain of cosmetic surgery popular in India is the set of surgeries for female genitalia.

These surgeries aim at vaginal rejuvenation and include tightening of the vagina, improving any urinary inconsistencies and altering parts around it.

For instance, hymenoplasty or hymen reconstruction surgery is the procedure to restore the torn hymen.

Labiaplasty is usually undertaken if someone wants the shape of the outer or inner labia altered.

Besides the above-mentioned beauty and cosmetic surgery treatments, there are reconstructive surgeries such as cleft lip and palate surgery.

Other treatments like laser hair removal and hair transplants, teeth whitening, tattoo and birthmark removals are hugely popular in the cosmetic surgery industry in India.

It is established beyond any doubt that India is an ever-growing hub of the cosmetic surgery industry.

Where to Have it Done?

The hospitals that offer quality services and hold a good reputation in the field are mostly situated in metropolitan cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

Some of them are private health clinics including Columbia Asia, Apollo Hospitals, Fortis, Currae and Max Healthcare.

There are some cosmetic surgeons who have built a name for themselves with their specialities.

Dr Debraj Shome

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Dr Debraj Shome is deemed to be the best in the business in India, Dr Shome’s area of work includes facial plastic cosmetic surgery, facial reconstructive surgery and rhinoplasty.

He is also an expert in facial implants, neck lifts, jaw contouring, lip augmentation, facelifts, liposuction and skin rejuvenation.

He is primarily based in Mumbai where he is a consultant at many of the top hospitals. He is also the Director of The Esthetic Clinics.

Dr Shome has also been responsible for treating a number of celebrities.

Dr Ayyappan Thangavel

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Dr Ayyappan Thangavel is a highly qualified and reputed cosmetic surgeon based in Ahmedabad, India.

He is a name to reckon with in the domain of cosmetic surgery in India.

He specialises in liposuction, facelifts and reconstructive surgeries.

Dr Thangavel is a member of the Association of Cosmetic Surgeons of India (ACSI) and is the Director as well as the Head of LADiva Centre of Excellence for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Ahmedabad.

Dr Lokesh Bora

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Dr Lokesh Bora performs general surgery but he specialises in plastic surgery.

As a cosmetic surgeon, he has more than 10 years of experience and specialises in burns and other traumas.

He is an expert on performing hair transplants as well as maxillofacial, which is related to the jaw and face.

Dr Bora is based at the Bora Plastic Surgery Centre in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.

Dr Devayani Barve Venkat

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Dr Devayani Barve Venkat trained in Aesthetic Surgery in America.

She was also the recipient of the prestigious International Fellowship of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

She worked for two years in Miami with the well renowned Dr Onelio Garcia Jr.

At present, she is a consultant plastic surgeon at the reputed Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.

She specialises in aesthetic procedures such as face-neck lifts, liposuction, breast surgery and breast reconstruction among others.

Dr Venkat is known for her work in non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as facial rejuvenation and botox.

Dr Vipul Nanda

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With more than 20 years of experience, Dr Vipul Nanda is one of the most sought after cosmetic surgeons in India.

The plastic surgeon gained experience all over the world, earning fellowships from prestigious institutes in the UK, USA, Spain, and Japan.

He is the Chief of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery for Artemis Hospitals in Gurgaon.

Dr Nanda specialises in reconstructive surgeries but is also well-versed in skin and facial rejuvenation, abdominoplasty and breast augmentation.

Typical Costs

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The industry offers a wide range of surgeries, procedures, and treatments at affordable prices. This is compared to the prices of the same surgeries in Western countries.

The costs of various aesthetic treatments and surgeries vary on things like surgeon’s fee, the facility and follow-up procedures.

Breast reconstruction or augmentation procedures cost from £5,000 to £9,000 in the UK. In India, the cost of the same procedures is around Rs. 1.2 Lakh (£1,360).

Facelifts and rhinoplasty cost between £6,000 and £10,000 in the UK whereas they cost less than Rs. 2.3 Lakh (£2,600).

Body contouring procedures range from £6,000 to £9,000 in the UK. In India, they are less than £3,000.

Non-surgical procedures such as Botox and laser treatments start from £500 in the UK. They do not exceed £200 in India.

They can become even cheaper as clinics in India usually offer packages of numerous procedures together.

In fact, there are cosmetic surgery travel packages available for those who want to travel to get a procedure done.

Beauty is no longer something you can only be born with as cosmetic surgeons can enhance your features and add new dimensions to your beauty. 

India is a sensible choice to make if you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery but it is advised that you take precaution before considering it. 

The country has always been a popular destination for people in search of enlightenment. 

However, recently it has also become a thriving market for medical tourism in general and cosmetic tourism in particular. 

One can visit India to revitalise both their inner and outer selves and that too at a far lesser expense.

Parul is a reader and survives on books. She has always had a penchant for fiction and fantasy. However, politics, culture, art and travel intrigue her equally. A pollyanna at heart she believes in poetic justice.


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