Sex Reassignment Surgery in Thailand

Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) is a life-changing procedure that can help transgender individuals feel more comfortable and confident in their own body. Thailand is a leading destination for sex reassignment surgery, offering world-class facilities, experienced surgeons, and affordable prices.

The plastic surgeons in Thailand are known for their exceptional skills and their ability to achieve natural-looking results, ensuring that you feel like the best version of yourself.

Thailand has become a global hub for gender reassignment surgery (GRS), attracting individuals from all over the world who seek not just medical expertise but also a level of care and understanding that is sometimes hard to find elsewhere. The cost of SRS surgery in Thailand is also more affordable compared to other countries, making it an accessible option for those seeking the procedure.

Length of Surgery
6-10 hours depending on the procedures
Time at Destination
14 - 21 nights
Hospital Department
Plastic and Reconstructive surgery
Type of Anesthesia
General anesthesia
Cost of Surgery
$12,000 - $25,000 (USD)

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Please note that the prices provided are estimations and may vary based on various factors. Additionally, these prices do not include flights or accommodation.

All prices are in USD.

Sex reassignment surgery, also known as gender affirmation surgery, is usually the final step in the transgender process. Before this surgery, patients may go through a period of living as the gender they desire, taking hormones to make physical changes, and undergoing other surgeries such as breast or cosmetic surgery. This type of surgery is intricate and irreversible, and is done to address both psychological and physical needs.

Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) usually refers to multiple procedures that are done at the same time or in succession to transition your body from one gender to another. The procedures are usually referred to as top surgery (removal of breasts or implanting breast implants), bottom surgery which transitions your genitals to that of the opposite gender and cosmetic surgery to align more with your desired appearance such as facial feminization surgery.

Cost of Gender Reassignment Surgery

The cost of gender reassignment surgery in Thailand can vary depending on the specific procedures performed, the surgeon's fee, and other factors such as the type of anesthesia and the hospital or clinic.

On average, the cost of gender reassignment surgery in Thailand is significantly lower than in other countries, making it a cost-effective option for those seeking transition.

Male to Female (MTF)

MTF surgery includes various procedures such as vaginoplasty, breast augmentation, and facial feminization surgery, tailored to the individual's needs and goals.

Procedure Cost (USD)
Vaginoplasty $12,000 - $14,500
Colonvaginoplasty $16,000 - $25,000
Peritoneal Vaginoplasty $20,000 - $25,000
Breast surgery $4,000 - $9,000
Facial feminization surgery $5,000 - $15,000
Tracheal Shave $1,200 - $2,500
Voice feminization $2,500 - $4,500
Buttock implants $3,500 - $6,000

Female to Male (FTM)

FTM surgery can involve mastectomy, hysterectomy, and phalloplasty or metoidioplasty, among others, focusing on masculinizing the body.

Procedure Cost (converted to USD)
Mastectomy $3,000 - $4,500
TAHBSO $2,800 - $4,000
Vaginectomy $5,000 - $6,500
Phalloplasty (FTM bottom surgery) $10,000 - $15,000
Penile Prosthesis $3,000 - $4,500
Scrotum Prosthesis $3,000 - $4,500

It's important to note that these costs are estimates and can vary depending on the surgeon's experience, the complexity of the procedures, the type of anesthesia used, and the chosen facility. Additionally, other expenses such as pre-operative tests, post-operative care, medication, and accommodation should also be considered.

To obtain an accurate and personalized quote for your facial feminization surgery, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with our team. We will be able to provide you with detailed information regarding the costs and help you plan your surgery journey accordingly.

Before the surgery

Who makes the ideal candidate?

  • You are 20 years or older. Those between age 18 and 20 can also undergo gender reassignment surgery but need permission from their guardian
  • You have undergone a psychiatric assessment that supports your desire to change gender and/or are 100% sure you want to do the procedure.
  • You have been on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for a significant period before surgery to align their physical appearance more closely with their gender identity
  • You are aware of any legalities around doing this procedure both in Thailand as well as you're home country, such as changing your name or gender in official government records

How to prepare for the surgery?
In the months leading up to the surgery, it is best to focus on optimizing your health as this will make recovering from the surgery easier and decrease the possibility of complications. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and get enough rest. We also strongly urge candidates who smoke regularly to stop, as smoking can cause problems with your blood circulation which can cause complications after the surgery.

Before the surgery, the doctor will do a physical evaluation as well as discuss your physical and mental wellbeing, existing medical conditions, allergies or any medication that you are currently using.

After the surgery

After the surgery, you'll be admitted to the hospital to monitor your recovery progress and for any complications that might arise from the surgery. Generally, after a gender reassignment surgery, patients will spent around 14 nights in the hospital but it depends on which procedures were performed during the surgery. For single procedure surgeries like Penile - Peritoneal Vaginoplasty (PPV), the length of hospital admission can be as little as 7 days.

To protect the surgical site, you need to sleep with your legs separated during the first 5-7 days after the operation. After about a week, you can slowly start walking again. It is common to experience pain and discomfort during this period, your doctors will manage this by prescribing painkillers.

It is recommended to stay in Thailand for multiple weeks after the procedure before flying home to ensure you are fit enough to fly home.

Why Thailand for Gender Reassignment Surgery?

  • Quality of Care: Thai hospitals and clinics specializing in GRS are known for their high standards of care. They utilize the latest surgical techniques and adhere to international healthcare standards, such as JCI accreditation, ensuring patients receive top-notch medical care.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: One of the primary reasons many opt for Thailand is the cost. Despite the high quality of service, procedures in Thailand can be significantly less expensive than in Western countries, without compromising on the outcome.
  • Experienced Surgeons: Thailand boasts some of the world's most skilled and experienced GRS surgeons in the world. Many have trained internationally and are well-versed in the latest surgical techniques, contributing to the country's reputation as a leader in the field.
  • Hospitality and Privacy: The Thai culture is known for its hospitality, and this extends into its healthcare system. Clinics offer a welcoming environment where privacy and discretion are paramount, ensuring patients feel secure throughout their journey.
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Best Hospitals for Sex Reassignment Surgery in Thailand

Yanhee International Hospital
Yanhee International Hospital

Yanhee International Hospital was opened in 1994 and is best known for its expertise cosmetic procedures and sexual reassignment surgery. Out of all foreign patients that visit this hospital, 72% receive cosmetic care. The hospital has several accreditations - such as JCI - and is popular among foreigners not only for cosmetic purposes, but general health purposes as well.

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Kamol Cosmetic Hospital
Kamol Cosmetic Hospital

Kamol Hospital is a word leading cosmetic hospital, specializing in gender reassignment and facial surgery. Led by Dr. Kamol, who has performed more than 5000 sex reassignment surgeries since 1997, making him one of the most experienced surgeons working in the world in for this surgery. Located in the center of Bangkok and JCI-accredited since 2015.

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Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute
Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute

Originally formed by the merger of two reputable international hospitals in Phuket, this state-of-the-art facility has been providing exceptional aesthetic plastic surgery services for over a decade. The Institute boasts the highest standards of quality, safety, and cleanliness, making it one of the best options for those looking to enhance their appearance and recover in a tropical atmosphere.

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Common Questions

How much does MTF surgery cost in Thailand?

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MTF surgery generally costs between $12,000 and $25,000 when the procedure is done in Thailand, which is 2-4 times cheaper than doing the same procedure in the US.

The exact cost of the procedure depends on which procedures are done, which techniques, implants or equipment is used and also on the doctor, hospital and admission fees. Please contact us directly for a free quote.

Who is the best MTF/FTM surgeon in Thailand?

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Dr. Kamol and Dr. Suthat are widely regarded as the best SRS surgeons in Thailand. They are the most experienced surgeons working at Kamol Cosmetic Hospital and Yanhee hospital. Two world-class and JCI-accredited hospitals, well-known for their specialism and experience in facial feminization surgery and other transgender-related surgeries.

Which hospital is best for gender reassignment surgery in Thailand?

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Kamol Cosmetic Hospital and Yanhee Hospital are widely regarded as the best hospitals in Thailand to do gender reassignment surgery. Both hospitals are JCI-accredited, have experienced staff and have modern facilities.

How old do you have to be to get gender reassignment surgery in Thailand?

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According to Thai law, you will need to be above the age of 18 for this surgery. However, if you are under 20 years old, you will need consent from at least one guardian before the surgery can go ahead.

You also need to have a psychiatric assessment done, if you are a foreign patient who had this assessment done outside of Thailand, a Thai psychiatric has to conduct another assessment to confirm the correctness before you can have the surgery.

The doctor performing the surgery also has to be a certified specialist before they can perform the surgery. These laws have been instituted in 2009 and you can find them online, Sex change operations law and Guidelines for sex change operations. Foreign patients should be very cautious if a medical tourism facilitator does not work in accordance with these laws!

Is gender reassignment surgery legal in Thailand?

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Yes! Gender reassignment surgery is completely legal in Thailand. Thailand has built an international reputation for specializing in this specific procedure and many foreign patients come to Thailand every year to have the procedure done in Thailand as the procedure might be illegal, very expensive or part of a very long process.

Is it safe to do Sex Reassignment Surgery in Thailand?

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Thailand has some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the world, with highly skilled doctors and state-of-the-art technology. These facilities are accredited by international organizations, such as the Joint Commission International, ensuring that they meet global healthcare standards.

Konkai only works with accredited facilities to ensure that our clients receive safe, effective, and reliable medical care. We have done extensive research and vetting to ensure that the hospitals and clinics we work with provide the highest quality of care and meet the same standards as medical facilities in developed countries. We prioritize your well-being and only recommend medical facilities that we would trust to provide care to our own loved ones.

Does my insurance cover Sex Reassignment Surgery in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers Sex Reassignment Surgery in Thailand or not depends on the individual policy. Some policies cover the procedure, while others may not. It's important to check with your insurance provider to find out if Sex Reassignment Surgery is covered and if there are any restrictions or limitations on coverage for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

Some policies may require pre-authorization or pre-approval for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

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