No Need to Face Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Marie Mack, a dermatologist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston recently told the Houston Chronicle that she sees a lot of patients concerned with sun spots or uneven skin. Often, a patient will come to her with complaints of what he or she thinks is a rash, but is in actuality sun damage from tans or sunburns in the patient’s youth. The solutions for this problem do not include any type of invasive cosmetic surgery, and can be an inexpensive add-on during a medical tourism vacation. She recommends a topical lotion with vitamin C, vitamin E, glycolic acid, and sunscreen in order to fade brown spots or freckles. Pharmaceutical grade products that include these ingredients cost as little as $30 but may take up to six months to produce noticeable results.
Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels: Medical Tourism Add-ons
Mack says that the next step in rejuvenating a patient’s skin and neck includes an acid treatment and professional grade exfoliation. The cost of these procedures (chemical peels and microdermation) is expensive because they require a series of six treatments. In the US, the cost of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion is $150 per session. Microdermabrasian and chemical peels typically produce immediate results. After the initial series of six treatments, one session every two months is recommended for maintenance. Patients are able to save by doing one or two of their sessions overseas while on vacation or traveling for medical tourism purposes to places like Thailand or India.
Pain Free in US and Thailand
Whether you are in Thailand or the US, the procedures will feel the same: pain-free. Microdermabrasion is akin to a small vacuum pressed against your face and neck, and a chemical feel just feels like a tingly face mask. Although the phrase “chemical peel” can sound scary, the ingredients are all derived from fruit, according to medical aesthetician Wimberly Chochran. “The acids are not harmful at all,” she tells the Houston Chronicle.