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International Patient Services: Yes
Languages:English, Thai



Over the past 10 years, the Phuket Plastic Surgery Clinic has performed over 1600 cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on patients from over 30 countries. Currently, its international clientele comprises American (North/Central/South), European (Eastern/Western), Japanese, and other Asian subjects, all looking to turn their dreams into reality. The founder of the PPS clinic, Doctor Sanguan Kunaporn, has a well-known and well-deserved reputation in plastic surgery, and particularly in the field of Male-to-Female Gender Reassignment surgery. In Thailand Doctor Sanguan trained under the guidance of Doctor Preecha Tiewtranon, regarded by the Transgender community as the pioneer of Gender Reassignment surgery. He also studied and trained in America before opening the PPS clinic in Phuket. The feedback has been very supportive, heartfelt, compelling and inspiring to others in the transgendered communities whom dream of this transformation. Equally importantly, the message they have conveyed is the greater need for public awareness, education, tolerance, social acceptance and equality. The nursing staff is plentiful, friendly and very caring. Most nurses can speak English, but if communication proves a little difficult, the PPS coordinators are always available to help.


The Clinic is known for its excellent reputation for first class medical expertise, very competitive fees and typical Thai hospitality and care. To date nearly 2000 operations have been carried out, including over 1000 Breast Surgeries and 700 Male to Female Gender Reassignments. Surgical procedures requiring hospitalization (Gender Reassignment Surgery, Breast Surgery, Facial Feminization Surgery, Tummy Tucks and Face Lifts) are carried out at the Phuket International Hospital, one of the largest on the island. All patients are provided with private rooms in the recently completed, modern In-patient Department. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, refrigerator, built-in storage cupboards, private locker, satellite TV with VCR and private balcony. The rooms overlook a large pond and fountain surrounded with lush tropical greenery, with the mountains of Phuket in the background.


The following are a few of the procedures done in the clinic:

  • Male to Female gender reassignment surgery
  • Post GRS revision procedures
  • Facial feminization surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Tummy tuck
  • Face lift
  • Nose enlargement
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Ear surgery


  • Chulalongkorn University Medical School, Bangkok, 1978-1984 – B.S., M.D.
  • Qualification: Thai Certified Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1984
  • Internship: Rayong Hospital, Rayong, 1984-1985
  • General practitioner: Koh Samui Community Hospital, Koh Samui, Suratthani, 1985-1988
  • Residency training: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chulalongkorn Hospital, 1988-1991
  • Fellowship: Tampa Craniofacial Center, Tampa, Florida, USA, 1991
  • Plastic Surgeon, Vachira General Hospital, Phuket, Thailand, 1991-1999
  • Plastic Surgeon, Phuket Plastic Surgery 1992-present
  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Phuket International Hospital 1992-present
  • Founding Plastic Surgeon, Phuket International Aesthetic Center 2006-present
  • Medical Licensure: Medical council of Thailand, 1984
  • Board certification: Thai Certified Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1991
  • Memberships in Professional Societies
  • Thai Medical Council
  • The Society of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery of Thailand
  • The Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Thailand
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • Siriraj Medical School, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 1985-1992 – M.D.
  • Internship: Bangkok Metropolitan Administration General Hospital, 1992
  • General Practitioner: Veterans General Hospital Bangkok 1993-1994
  • Thai Certified Board of General Surgery, King Pramongkutklao Hospital, Mahidol University, 1995-1997
  • Thai Certified Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, 1998 -1999
  • Sawanpracharak Hospital (Northern Regional Tertiary Care Center), Ministry of Health, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, 2000-2008
  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Srisawan Hospital, Paknampho Hospital, Romchat Hospital, Ratanawej Hospital, Ruampatt Hospital. 2000-2008
  • Visiting Scholar in Craniofacial Surgery and Microsurgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery department, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, 2001
  • Visiting Fellow in dermatological laser surgery, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, 2004
  • Plastic Surgeon, Sdawat Plastic Surgery Clinic, Nakhon Sawan, 2003-present
  • Plastic Surgeon, Phuket International Aesthetic Center 2008-present
  • Medical Licensure: Medical Council of Thailand, 1992
  • oard certification:
  • Thai Certified Board of General Surgery, 1998
  • Thai Certified Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2000
  • Thai Certified Board of Family Medicine, 2005
  • Memberships in Professional Societies
  • Thai Medical Council
  • The Society of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery of Thailand
  • The Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Thailand
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)


Noleena Lockheed NZ:

hi..... Dr Sanguan Kunaporn 13 jan 07 I would like to take this oppotunity of saying how much i enjoyed my stay in phuket & having spent time at phuket international hospital . having my s r s & b a there on the 22 may 07 . i would have to say that . DR Sanguan is a lovely man who deserves full credit for what he has done for me . i also thank all those who worked & helped me while there . my stay was just really good . I can not express it in words how thankfull i am . i met so many people as well & was accepted like one of those who live in phuket. For those who are thinking of having s r s or other ops I would have to say i would not go any were other than phuket . it has for me been one of the most delightfull times in my life.. my s r s was & is a part now of who i am as a women. i am complete now i am 60 years of age so for me this is a part of my life now as i live & am accepted as a women in our community. thank you so much. Dr Saguan for helping me in my life as a women. o how neat it is i am a sanguan girl.

Racheal McGonial NZ:

hi to Dr Sanguan and all the wonderful staff at PIH.My BA & GRS was done on 3rd Feb, 2006. As Dr Sanguan puts it "to make me whole" and whole and wonderful I am. I suffered no real pain with GRS, some with BA but the tattoo i have since gotten on my back hurt far more.This was the best thing I have ever done in my life and has given me a whole new life with new experiences and understandings. It has meant way more then just getting a vagina or anything sexual but has opened up a world of joy, less stress, worry free, non judgmental and friendships.The treatment I recieved from the staff at Phuket International was comparable to better than most I have seen. Alas I have a problem but not related to Dr Sanguan or PIH but to an act of stupidity by me most likely, so I am returning to PIH in Nov, 2006 for corrective surgery by Dr Sanguan and then look out world here i am.

L C South Korea:

My name is L.C. and I live in Seoul, South Korea. I went to Dr. Kunaporn for the breast reduction /lift on June 17th of this year. I was extremely pleased with everything from the staff, hospital, surgery, post-op and follow up. Dr.Kunaporn is a gifted plastic surgeon and I would trust him with any body part. I went from a D cup to a B cup. I've worn an underwire my entire life, and now, I just wear sport's bras. I'm soooooo happy with my decision and the results. There is, of course, scarring and the scars still ache from time to time. I have been putting vitamin E on them twice daily for two months and can see a difference. The scars in the front have faded a great deal, but the outer ones will take some time. It's all part of the healing process.In conclusion, Dr. Kunaporn is phenomenal. If you are going to have the surgery, have him do it.

Susan Moses USA:

I recently had SRS and breast augmentation with Dr. Sanguan on June 28th, 2006. Now, about a month post op, I am pleased with the results and how my body is healing.
I am 25 years old and have been on hormones since 19. I don't drink or smoke and I get plenty of exercising by walking everywhere instead of driving, so I knew I'd heal fast from the surgery. I would like to say that Dr. Sanguan is a very knowledgeable surgeon who anticipated all my concerns and addressed them. Upon seeing me he was able to tell me exactly how much vaginal depth I could expect (I was told between 4 and 5 inches, ended up with about 4.5). Everything about my breasts and vagina are as good as I could have asked for. There were no infections or complications. I should also say I mostly followed the instructions he gave me with regards to dilating 3 times a day, cleaning the dilators with the provided soapy solution, and I avoided forbidden activities while in thailand like swimming or riding a motorcycle. I also would like to say that Thailand was a great place to visit. My US dollars went far with regards to food and services. I would recommend Dr. Sanguan to others who were interested in affordable surgery.

Helen cormick UK:

At the age of 61 In April 2002 I had my SRS, and Browridge shaved at the International Hospital Phuket by Dr Sanguan. The kindness and care shown to me by Dr Sanguan and all the staff was excellent in all respects and went far beyond my expectations. Some two years later the surgery had well and truly settled down and now after four years it seems that I have always been this way.I cannot thank Dr Sanguan enough for my SRS at a price that I could afford. Along with the air fair I could not have got a much better deal.Post Op my partner and I had a wonderfull two weeks Holiday in and around Phuket, subject of course on a daily basis as to how I was feeling after the Op.
A truly Magnificent Country, A lovely people and one of the best Surgeons and Surgical Teams around. My sincere thanks to all.

Dorothy Gartner NZ:

My stay at Phuket at the International Hospital was almost like a holiday with the added benefit of my SRS. I shall never forget the kindness and understanding that I received from Dr Sanguan and his well trained staff. Like many of the previous additions to this guestbook , my stay has made me want always to return to Phuket . The Thai people will always have a very warm spot within my heart. I cannot speak too highly of the skill demonstrated by Dr Sanguan and I am delighted with the results of my surgery.

Samantha Helstrom:

Hello to Dr Sanguan, and the staff of Phuket International Hospital.Dr Sanguan did my SRS, June 2001. And everything has been great. I had a great time at PIH, and my SRS made me whole, and complete. My life since SRS has been fantastic, and it was the best thing I ever had done for myself. Many thanks to Dr Sanguan, and everyone at PIH.

Sandra Orlando USA:

I guess just about everyone thinks that their surgeon is the best. All I can say is that it's difficult to imagine anyone better than Dr. Sanguan and his staff at Phuket International Hospital. Everyone was so kind, considerate, gentle, and good humored. And the standard of care was second to none. Oh, and the results are terrific. Thank you all!I underwent GRS and breast augmentation in November 2005 and am always happy to hear from anyone who might want to learn more about my experiences in Thailand, or to share their's. You can contact me at

Danielle Rochella USA:

I wish to thank Dr Sanguan for making my life complete. I had SRS on the 11th of November 2005. I never anticipated the results that I have. The way I look and feel are beyond belief.
I also wish to thank all of the staff for being more than professional, I miss them all. I hope to return to Thailand in the next few years( I would love to live there. Someone recently asked me " How could you have gone all the way to Thailand for surgery, what if something happens that you have to have something fixed". I replied, I would go in a second. I would travel the 10,000 plus miles again to have only the best surgeon take care of me.

Grace Fiona Australia:

Dear Dr Sanguan,I would like to say thankyou to you for the fantastic surgery results and all the staff at PIH for looking after Fiona and I so well. The whole experience was wonderful and the outcome surpassed expectation. I am very grateful that such an important part of my life was so positive and supported by such compassionate and skilled people. I am pleased to recommend Dr Sanguan and his team to anyone considering SRS in the near future, and am happy to provide information about our experience in Phuket, (which is also a beautiful place to recover). I look and feel great, everything works well and I am very happy!