The cost of plastic surgery in India is very competitive, but, as with all medical tourism destinations, varies considerably by city, hospital, and surgeon experience and skill.
Due to India's much lower infrastructure and staffing costs, prices charged for cosmetic surgery generally run about 30-50% of those in the West and are similar to fees charged in the less developed countries of Southeast Asia.
A recent sampling of cosmetic surgery prices in India yielded the following as typical: Botox $150-$250, facelift $2,800, liposuction $2,500.
While most major facilities are reasonably modern, technology is not as advanced as that found in the fully developed medical industries of the United States, Japan, and South Korea, all leaders in high-tech surgical sophistication and safety.
As in China, prices in outlying rural Indian medical clinics located far from the country's major cities can be almost unimaginably low (around 75% lower), which is, unfortunately, most often equally descriptive of the surgical results. Many Internet ads promising "massive savings on world-class care" are from precisely such facilities and not representative of higher prices charged by India's well-trained surgeons operating at accredited first-rate metropolitan hospitals.
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