Last fact-checked: 15 November 2020
Plastic surgery in the Philippines is a viable and affordable option if the costs at home aretoo expensive. More and more people are undergoing cosmetic or plastic surgery abroad, combining their desired procedure with a holiday to get the most out of their trip.
This brief Medical Departures guide explains everything you need to know about travelling to the Philippines for cosmetic treatments, including a country overview, price comparisons, tips on finding a reliable facility and advice for when you're there.
A Brief Overview of the Philippines
The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. It consists of more than 7,000 islands, most of which boast sandy beaches surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters. With a tropical climate and rainforests, the region is a nature and water lover’s delight. While the county's population is bursting-at-the-seams in its large and modern cities, with thousands of islands to discover (perhaps not all in the same trip), it's easy to get away from it all before or after your surgery, depending on the nature of your procedure.
Unlike most other locations in the region, the country is predominantly Catholic with a number of churches and other monuments with a distinctly Spanish influence. Among the prime medical tourism destinations are Manila, Luzon, Quezon City, Cebu, Makati, Muntinlupa, Caloocan and San Juan.
The Philippines offers low-cost medical care, plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments at affordable rates, as well as lower-priced ancillary items such a diagnostic tests and medicines.
The quality of doctors at all our background-checked clinics and hospitals is excellent, while private hospitals catering to medical tourists are on par with some of the best in the world; English is also spoken by hospital staff, including the doctors, nurses and ancillary staff.
Why Choose the Philippines for Plastic Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery can be hugely expensive, particularly in advanced countries, as elective procedures are usually not covered by medical insurance. If you are considering plastic surgery or cosmetic treatment, then the Philippines offers a wide array of procedures at very reasonable rates.
Some examples of the cost savings for plastic surgery in the Philippines:
- Breast Enlargement in the Philippines average cost AUD 4,000 (USD 3,700; CAN $4,700; UK £2,500; EURO €3,200), compared to AUD 16,500 in Australia (USD 12,200; CAN $15,700; UK £8,500; EURO €10,800).
- Eyelid/Eye bag surgery in the Philippines average cost AUD 1,500 (USD 1,100; CAN $1,400; UK £800; EURO €1,000), compared to AUD 8,000 (US $6,000; CAN $7,700; UK £4,100; EURO €5,200).
- Facelift in the Philippines average cost AUD 3,500 (USD 6,000; CAN $7,700; UK £4,100; EURO €5,200), compared to AUD $25,000 in Australia (US $18,000; CAN $23,700; UK £13,000; EURO €16,200).
[Note: These are average prices at the time of writing. For the latest prices, please see our individual clinic listings which contain up-to-date price tables.]
See below for three of our recommended clinics in the Philippines to give yourself an idea about what they have to offer:
- The Aivee Clinic Fort
- Dr. Mark Sison - Makati Medical Center
- North Dermatologica Lifestyle Corp.(YSA) - Malolos
Hig-Quality Medical Facilities:
Depending on where you go in the Philippines, you can opt for large hospitals, smaller clinics or even chain clinics that may be available in many cities. All those listed with us are technologically advanced and use modern equipment..
Doctor Training and Qualifications:
Admission to medical schools in the Philippines is strict and only some students make it. Students have to firstly be a graduate with certain science subjects. Then he or she has to sit for an entrance examination, the National Medical Admission Test, before being allowed to study for four years to obtain an M.D. degree. The person can sit for the licensure exam after one year's internship.
It is only after all this can the doctor study for a specialty or subspecialty, which takes three to six years. Becoming a doctor requires grueling studies and a great deal of time. Many doctors travel to Western countries for specialized studies.
Tourist Locations for pre and post-op recovery:
You can always find good quality hotels in all regions of the Philippines. You may want to stay close to your hospital or clinic if you need to visit the clinic often pre and post-surgery. If you are having a minor procedure that leaves you otherwise mobile, you may want to stay close to the city center where tourist activities are more accessible.
Before scheduling your hotel booking, determine how far away the clinic is, whether local transport is available, entertainment options and food, particularly if you need to rest post-surgery and are unable to go out for meals.
Where to Stay in the Philippines?
If you stay in a city, you have a host of options: high-end luxury hotels, chain hotels or boutique hotels in the Philippines. If you choose a beach locale, you may want to stay in a resort with all the amenities and a great view. Many venues offer package deals for the number of days you want to stay and you should also check whether breakfast is included as well as any additional amenities (laundry service, restaurants, coffee or tea in the room, gym, swimming pool, cable television).
How Safe Is the Philippines?
While most areas of the Philippines are generally safe, there have been stray incidents that you should be aware of. The two main regions to avoid are the Sulu archipelago and the Mindanao area due to terrorist and insurgent activities. These are far away from cities where you would likely be seeking treatment.
The remainder of these islands are relatively safe. In general, you should use your common sense, just as you would if you were anywhere unfamiliar at home. Follow the rules of the travel road and you should have no issues.
How Can I Be Sure that the Quality of Care Is the Same as Back Home?
Surgery always carries an element of risk and you can be at risk even if you get procedures done in your home country. If you have any drug sensitivities or chronic conditions, do let the doctor know about these so that due precautions can be taken.
When you book through Medical Departures, we have an added safety factor in place to protect you. We carry out in-depth investigations into the qualifications, training, accreditations and experience of the doctor that we list on our website. We see that the clinics and hospitals follow international standards of care and hygiene. We also conduct interviews with patients after they have undergone treatment so that you can make an informed decision.
What Happens If Something Goes Wrong? What About Warranties or Guarantees?
Some people may not be happy with the end result of the treatment or may suffer complications. If you do face any problems, Medical Departures will help you get your problems redressed.
At your option, you can elect to purchase additional medical insurance to cover unexpected costs for travel and accommodation if, in the extremely unlikely event, you need to return for treatment.
Do Doctors Speak English?
In the Philippines, almost everyone speaks English well. Doctors undergo their education in English and are all fluent or close-to-fluent in the language.
What Payment Methods Are Accepted in the Philippines?
Almost all items and expenses can be successfully transacted with an international credit or debit card. You can also use wire transfer and other international payment methods. However, you should carry some local currency for small expenses in markets and stalls that accept only cash payment and also for local transport.
When Is the Best Time to Visit for Plastic Surgery in the Philippines?
Although you can travel any time of the year, some seasons are more comfortable than others, particularly since the Philippines is a tropical country, prone to typhoons and torrential rain. December to May is the typhoon off-season and during November to February, the weather is pleasant. Christmas is a good time to go, although accommodations and travel can be a little more expensive.
March to May is quite hot and can be uncomfortable unless you are at a beach destination. From June to October is the rainy season, but rates are lower during this time.
What Is the Downside? What Should I Know About Having Plastic Surgery in the Philippines?
When you are not at home and on holiday, you enjoy new experiences and places. If surgery is your motivation for going, you may feel apprehensive about being in a foreign country. However, you should know that you will receive good care and, when you are staying in a nice hotel, you are also away from your daily chores and life, so you'll be able to rest and recuperate in peace.
For major surgeries, it is best to take someone with you, your partner or a friend or a sibling or even an adult son or daughter. That person should be there for you when you need him or her and take responsibility should you face any problems. You should also ensure that he or she has planned activities in the event there are periods when you are recovering and would rather be alone.
For major surgeries, you may be in a hospital overnight or for two-three days. For minor procedures, you may be discharged immediately, or as soon as the doctor deems fit. In either case, you will want to take it easy some time afterwards and your companion should be able to help you if required.
You may also be able to avail of the services of a private nurse or attendant at reasonable rates if required.
What Else is There to Do in the Philippines?
Decide whether you want to combine a holiday in the Philippines with the surgery and select a place accordingly. For instance, in Boracay, you'll be treated to stunning beaches including a four-kilometre stretch of white sandy beach. It also has a great deal of live evening entertainment options. If you travel to Luzon, you must see the Mayon Volcano, active and splendrous. In Manila, you can find historic attractions, parks, churches, museums and more. If you get work done in Bohol Province you should visit the Chocolate Hills. Mactan Island can be your base to go island hopping and it also has many diving sites.
The Philippines is one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world,makingit a fascinating country to visit.
Whichever medical destination you select, you'll find spas for relaxation, so do take out time some pampering. You are spoilt for choice as far as shopping is concerned with large, air-conditioned complexes in Manila, Cebu, Makati and Davao. You can also visit flea markets for bargains.
Food of all kinds is available in the Philippines and you will find local delicacies vying with the best of world cuisines at all kind of restaurants. In the night most areas come alive thanks to the bars, clubs, karaoke bars and eateries and you can go bar hopping as most places are clustered together.
Unless you are having minor treatments, you should plan your holiday sightseeing before surgery as you may not be enthusiastic or as active after surgery.
Reaching the Philippines
Major tourist destinations in the country, like Manila, Mactan-Cebu and Clark, are serviced by international airports. A total of 70 airports dot in the region and if you cannot find an international flight, you will certainly be able to book a local flight from the closest international airport.
Approximate Flight Times from Other Destinations to the Philippines
The actual time to reach your destination will vary and depend on the number of stopovers and the layover time. As the Philippines is relatively small, even if you take local flights they will be of short duration. Approximate flight time to reach the country from different destinations is
- Los Angeles – 15 hours
- New York – 18 hours
- Toronto – 17 hours
- Quebec – 16 hours
- London – 14 hours
- Sydney – 8 hours
- Auckland – 14 hours
Transport in the Philippines
You won't find it difficult to get around in the Philippines. You can always flag down or book metered taxis in Manila and major cities and towns. For other local transport, you can find jeepneys, pedicabs, motorcycle taxis, buses and minivans.
If you are traveling from the US, UK or Canada, you can stay for 21 days visa-free. From Australia and New Zealand, the timeframe is 30 days. If you plan to stay longer then you can apply locally or apply for a longer visa from your home country. For other countries, it is best to check online here.
Getting Started with Medical Departures
Complete your booking formalities with Medical Departures for plastic surgery in the Philippines. We have an ever-growinglist of approved clinics on our website. Our Customer Care Team will help you with your concerns so that you can book your free appointment without apprehension or ask for a no-obligation quote.
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Having trouble getting that ideal 8 hours of sleep? So is everyone else. But there's some good news — you may only need 7 hours of it. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS) have issued a new recommendation, saying seven is the magic sleep number for most healthy adults.Is 4 hours of sleep enough? ›
For most people, 4 hours of sleep per night isn't enough to wake up feeling rested and mentally alert, no matter how well they sleep. There's a common myth that you can adapt to chronically restricted sleep, but there's no evidence that the body functionally adapts to sleep deprivation.Is 8 hours sleep enough? ›
Sleep needs can vary from person to person, but in general, experts recommend that healthy adults get an average of 7 to 9 hours per night of shuteye. If you regularly need more than 8 or 9 hours of sleep per night to feel rested, it might be a sign of an underlying problem, Polotsky says.Why do I wake up at 4am? ›
For those of us who are waking up at odd times in the morning, more often than not, it's at the same time every day - sometime around 4am or 5am. This could be because of the simultaneous rise in cortisol levels and the brain's processing of emotional material early in the morning.How much sleep do you need by age? ›
|Age Group||Recommended Hours of Sleep Per Day|
|Newborn||0–3 months||14–17 hours (National Sleep Foundation)1 No recommendation (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)2|
|School Age||6–12 years||9–12 hours per 24 hours2|
|Teen||13–18 years||8–10 hours per 24 hours2|
|Adult||18–60 years||7 or more hours per night3|
Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger. There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night.What time should I wake up in the morning? ›
A 4 AM wake-up time will be good for you in the same way that an 8 AM wake-up time is. As long as you get enough restful sleep, you shouldn't worry about the best time to wake up. Whenever you wake up will already be the best time to start your day.What is the best time to sleep and wake up? ›
The best time to go to sleep and wake up will vary from person to person. In general, though, people should aim to fall asleep a few hours after dark and wake up within the first hours of sunlight in the morning, where possible.What happens if you don't sleep? ›
Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Other potential problems include obesity, depression, reduced immune system function and lower sex drive.Should I go back to sleep when I wake up? ›
"The overall best is if you can wake up naturally because you're done sleeping," he said. On the other hand, if you're waking up early on just a few hours of sleep, you should probably try and squeeze in some more shuteye.
Around 20% of older people experience excessive daytime sleepiness, which may be a sign of an underlying health condition rather than merely old age. Excessive daytime sleepiness in older adults may be a symptom of health issues like sleep apnea, cognitive impairment, or cardiovascular issues.When should I sleep if I wake up at 6? ›
If you wake up at 6am, to get 7-9 hours of sleep you should be going to bed between 9pm and 11pm.What time should I go to bed if I wake up at 7am? ›
How to work out the ideal bedtime. If you need to wake up by 7am then count back 7.5 hours to find that bedtime is around 11.30pm. Make sure you're in bed before then so you're relaxed ready for sleep and allow yourself 15 minutes to drop off. You can use the sleep calculator to find the ideal bedtime for you.What is the best time to sleep? ›
When Is the Best Time To Go to Sleep? Research suggests the ideal time to go to sleep is 10 p.m. But you should focus more on having a consistent schedule and routine when it comes to hitting the hay.What organs are active at night? ›
- 3:00 – 5:00 am – Lung – A new day! ...
- 5:00 – 7:00 am – Large Intestine. ...
- 7:00 – 9:00 am – Stomach. ...
- 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Heart. ...
- 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Small Intestine. ...
- 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Bladder. ...
- 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Kidney. ...
- 9:00 – 11:00 pm – Temperature balance.
False: Sleep experts say that most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Getting fewer hours of sleep will eventually need to be replenished with additional sleep in the next few nights.What is the most common time to wake up? ›
The peak time for waking up is between 6 and 6:30am. Twenty-three percent of our sample rises in that half-hour, and this is the point when more than half of the nation's potential audience is now awake. Another 26% rise between 6:30 and 7:30 – and now most all respondents are awake.Is 10pm to 4am enough sleep? ›
“There is no such thing as a “fixed or ideal time” to go to bed which will suit all individuals. It is generally advisable to fall asleep between 10 pm to midnight as for most people this is when the circadian rhythm is at a point that favours falling asleep.”Are naps good for you? ›
Napping offers various benefits for healthy adults, including: Relaxation. Reduced fatigue. Increased alertness.Why do seniors wake up at night? ›
Older people wake up an average of 3 or 4 times each night. They are also more aware of being awake. Older people wake up more often because they spend less time deep sleep. Other causes include needing to get up and urinate (nocturia), anxiety, and discomfort or pain from long-term (chronic) illnesses.
Your Bones, Joints, and Muscles
Your muscles get weaker, and the tendons -- which connect muscles to your skeleton -- get stiffer. This will decrease your strength and flexibility. In your 70s, you might lose an inch or two off your height as disks in your back flatten.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, and celecoxib can be used for chronic pain in the elderly when acetaminophen fails to control the pain effectively.Is 9pm too early to go to bed? ›
School-age children should go to bed between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Teens should try to go to bed between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. Adults should try to go to sleep between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m.Is waking up at 3am healthy? ›
Waking up at 3 a.m. can be bothersome, but it's not always a sign of a larger problem. Temporary stress could prompt you to wake up in the middle of the night every so often. More frequent wake-ups at 3 a.m. that keep you up for a significant amount of time could be the sign of insomnia or another health condition.Why do I always wake up at 3am? ›
You wake up at 3am because this is the time you shift from a deep sleep into a lighter sleep. If you turn in at 11pm, by three in the morning you're mostly out of deep sleep and shifting into longer periods of lighter sleep, known as REM.Is getting up at 4am healthy? ›
Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, calls early rising a “performance killer,” because, he says, regularly getting four hours of sleep is the equivalent of the mental impairment of being up for 24 hours.Why you should sleep before 11pm? ›
In addition to regulating circadian rhythm, sleep before midnight can affect our overall wellness when awake. “Sleeping before midnight helps to ensure that you have enough daytime hours of light exposure to regulate your melatonin production,” Rohrscheib says.How long can you live without sleep? ›
The longest recorded time without sleep is approximately 264 hours, or just over 11 consecutive days. Although it's unclear exactly how long humans can survive without sleep, it isn't long before the effects of sleep deprivation start to show. After only three or four nights without sleep, you can start to hallucinate.What's the longest time without sleeping? ›
The longest time a human being has gone without sleep is 11 days and 25 minutes. The world record was set by … American 17-year-old Randy Gardner in 1963.Is 5 hours of sleep OK for one night? ›
But five hours of sleep out of a 24-hour day isn't enough, especially in the long term. According to a 2018 study of more than 10,000 people, the body's ability to function declines if sleep isn't in the seven- to eight-hour range.
For many of us, six hours of sleep is not enough for one night. Scientific evidence indicates the average sleep need is around 8 hours and 10 minutes per night (plus or minus 44 minutes or so), with a not-insignificant percentage of the population (13.5%) requiring nine hours or more of sleep time.How can I wake up at 5 am everyday? ›
- Have an honest reason for waking up early.
- Lean into the rituals you've already created.
- Splash your face with cold water (or take a 30-second cold shower, if you're brave).
- Calculate your ideal bedtime based on your new ideal wakeup time.
- Allow yourself a little wiggle room (within reason).
Keep the bedroom dark and quiet: Environmental disturbances, like noise and light, can wake a person from nighttime sleep. If darkness and quiet are not possible, wearing a sleep mask30 to block out light and earplugs to block out sound can help.What does it mean when a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night? ›
Voices as you fall asleep or wake up – these are to do with your brain being partly in a dreaming state. The voice might call your name or say something brief. You might also see strange things or misinterpret things you can see. These experiences usually stop as soon as you are fully awake.Why do elderly stop eating? ›
A reduction in appetite is one sign that someone may be in the last days of their life. They may no longer wish to eat or drink anything. This could be because they find the effort of eating or drinking to be too much. But it may also be because they have little or no need or desire for food or drink.Why do elderly feel cold? ›
Increased cold sensitivity is a normal part of aging, but it can also be a sign of a health problem. Older adults have a thinner layer of fat under the skin, making them more susceptible to cold. Conditions like diabetes, peripheral artery disease and kidney disease can restrict blood flow and lower body temperature.Why do old people cough so much? ›
Chronic coughing could be a symptom of minor concern—such as a common respiratory cold, acid reflux, or allergies—but it could also indicate a serious health concern such as: Acute bronchitis. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Congestive heart failure (cardiac cough)What happens if you sleep late and wake up late? ›
People who go to bed late and wake up late can often experience health problems because their body clock does not align with the regular rhythms of modern society. However, a new study suggests that a few easy routine adjustments could go a long way for night owls.Is it OK to sleep at 12am? ›
Going to bed after midnight "can lead to chronic exhaustion and fatigue and even thyroid problems and burnout," Ramlakhan says. According to Ramlakhan's research and experience working in the field of sleep science, many people who go to bed later tend to oversleep the next day.How much sleep does a woman need? ›
|Age group||Recommended amount of sleep|
|3 to 5 years||10 to 13 hours per 24 hours, including naps|
|6 to 12 years||9 to 12 hours per 24 hours|
|13 to 18 years||8 to 10 hours per 24 hours|
|Adults||7 or more hours a night|
See also Teenage Sleep. Sleep requirements stabilize in early adult life, around the age of 20. Individuals vary in their sleep needs but most adults require between 7 and 9 hours a night to feel properly refreshed and function at their best the next day.What time should I sleep to wake up at 5? ›
For the best chances at waking up early, set a goal for 8 hours of sleep. I want to wake up at 5 a.m., so my sleeping time is 9 p.m. (8 hours before).Is it OK to sleep for 6 hours? ›
Adults. The recommended number of hours is 7 to 9 hours, with 6 hours or 10 hours of sleep deemed appropriate on either side. It is not a good idea to get 6 hours or less of sleep.Is 7 hours sleep enough for muscle growth? ›
Sleeping for 7-9 hours per night is crucial, especially if you are looking to change body composition, increase muscle mass and/or if you want to be ready for your personal training session the next day. Sleep enhances muscle recovery through protein synthesis and human growth hormone release.Is 7 hours of sleep enough for athletes? ›
How much sleep do athletes need? Pro athletes typically need more than most—it's recommended that they get 8-10 hours every night. But for the average adult, aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night to avoid the effects of chronic sleep deprivation.Is 6 hours sleep enough for a 60 year old? ›
Most healthy older adults aged 65 or older need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to feel rested and alert. But as you age, your sleep patterns may change.What is the best time to sleep and wake up? ›
The best time to go to sleep and wake up will vary from person to person. In general, though, people should aim to fall asleep a few hours after dark and wake up within the first hours of sunlight in the morning, where possible.How long can you go without sleep? ›
The longest recorded time without sleep is approximately 264 hours, or just over 11 consecutive days. Although it's unclear exactly how long humans can survive without sleep, it isn't long before the effects of sleep deprivation start to show. After only three or four nights without sleep, you can start to hallucinate.Why do I wake up after 2 hours sleep? ›
Reasons this might happen include drinking caffeine or alcohol late in the day, a poor sleep environment, a sleep disorder, or another health condition. When you can't get back to sleep quickly, you won't get enough quality sleep to keep you refreshed and healthy.Do naps count as sleep? ›
If you nap in the morning, the sleep consists primarily of light NREM (and possibly REM) sleep. In contrast, napping later in the evening, as your sleep drive increases, will comprise more deep sleep. This, in turn, may disrupt your ability to fall asleep at night. Therefore, napping late in the day is discouraged.
Common causes of chronic insomnia include: Stress. Concerns about work, school, health, finances or family can keep your mind active at night, making it difficult to sleep. Stressful life events or trauma — such as the death or illness of a loved one, divorce, or a job loss — also may lead to insomnia.What time should a 14 year old go to bed for school? ›
For teenagers, Kelley says that, generally speaking, 13- to 16-year-olds should be in bed by 11.30pm.How many hours should I sleep? ›
National Sleep Foundation guidelines1 advise that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Babies, young children, and teens need even more sleep to enable their growth and development. People over 65 should also get 7 to 8 hours per night.What foods hinder your sleep? ›
Because of this effect, caffeinated foods and beverages, including soda, coffee, caffeinated tea, and caffeinated chocolate products may negatively affect sleep and keep you awake at night. In fact, research shows that consuming coffee, even many hours before bedtime, can affect sleep.How long should a 70 year old sleep? ›
Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger. There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night.Are afternoon naps good for seniors? ›
Research says that the best time for older adults to take to nap is between 1 and 4 p.m. because of their sleep-wake cycles, says Charlene Gamaldo, M.D., medical director of Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center. “Napping this time of day will provide you with the most bang for your buck,” she says.Is it normal for an 80 year old to sleep a lot? ›
Compared with younger adults, the elderly spend more time in bed but have deterioration in both the quality and quantity of sleep. All of these changes can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, which in turn can lead to intentional and unintentional napping.