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Travelling after plastic surgery? Here’s what you should know

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Whether you’re getting a facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery or neck lift, there are always safety concerns and precautions you must take before and after any plastic surgery.

Travelling After Plastic Surgery: How Safe Is It?

With the holidays drawing near, it’s not surprising that patients would want to travel even after plastic surgery. However, when organising a trip after surgery, there are a few considerations to make. Like many other normal activities that must be done in moderation after plastic surgery, travelling should only be considered on a doctor’s recommendation.

Artiste Plastic Surgery shares the risks and things you must do when travelling after plastic surgery.

Risks of Traveling After Plastic Surgery

  1. Increased Risk of DVT

The biggest issue with flying following surgery is a deep vein thrombosis—otherwise known as a blood clot in your legs. A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot travels to your lungs and breaks off (PE). 

A fatal outcome is possible if the PE is severe enough. Age, weight, the type and length of surgery, a history of cancer, other medical co-morbidities, and many other factors all increase the risk of developing a DVT after plastic surgery.

  1. Potential Risk of Infection

Viruses and bacteria are known to thrive in public transport, and after surgery, the immune system’s reaction may be suppressed, and the risk of infection may rise.  Regardless of how long or short your travel time is, most surgeons advise patients to maintain their ground position throughout the healing period.

The classic indicators of an infection are redness, discomfort, warmth, fever, and/or the presence of discharge at the site of the incision.

  1. Irritation at the Site of the Wound

For at least six weeks after your plastic surgery, surgeons advise against doing any heavy lifting. That typically translates to no more than a full gallon of milk. Consequently, carrying bulky luggage or struggling a bag into an overhead compartment is not recommended.

Strenuous lifting could place undue strain on your wound and increase the risk of wound infection.

  1. Possibility of Medical Emergencies

Travelling following surgery always posts the question of what if an emergency happens? Surgery carries a possibility of complications, and if issues arise after a major cosmetic procedure, they are likely to happen within the first two to three weeks. The most critical time for recovery is during this period. 

Artiste Plastic Surgery’s Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jack Zoumaras Surgery advises patients, including those who undergo facelift surgery in Sydney, to remain close by throughout the initial healing stage to guarantee proper follow-up care, particularly in the event of an emergency.

Here’s How to Ensure Safe Travel After Plastic Surgery

Every person and every type of surgery requires different recovery, so it’s always better to ask your surgeon before travelling. Here are tips to guarantee smooth and safe travel after plastic surgery:

  • Keep your wound protected with the prescribed dressings. Avoid unnecessary exposure to elements that can infect your wound.
  • Choose your seat carefully. The smoothest ride is by a seat close to the wings, which will lessen discomfort. If you have an aisle seat, getting up to stretch and move around on the plane will be simpler. You’ll have more room to spread your legs out and feel more comfortable in a bulkhead or exit-row seat.
  • Be active before boarding any kind of transportation. If all you can manage is to stand by a window and watch aeroplanes take off, it’s still preferable to sit for an hour or two before you’ll be sitting for even longer. Walking or standing up keeps your blood moving, reducing blood clot risk.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Fluids are essential for recovery, especially when it comes to avoiding DVTs. Drinking more liquids helps keep your blood flowing, which lowers the number and reduces the risk of clots. Bring a water bottle with you to the airport, and fill it just before boarding.
  • Employ the buddy system. Consider bringing a companion with you when you travel for surgery. You will feel more secure when travelling with a friend or family member who can drive you around, carry your bulkier bags, and sit next to you on the plane. Your travelling companion can also watch out for your safety by keeping you hydrated and active or by calling for assistance if something goes wrong.
  • Always be completely honest about your travel intentions when you go for a consultation or preoperative appointment. Talk to your plastic surgeon about where you’re going, how long it will take you to get there, and when you plan to travel after the operation.

When is it safe to fly after surgery?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions by patients, especially in the fast-paced global society we now live in. Patients are typically informed that they are “grounded” for a minimum of two weeks. The same is true for extended bus and vehicle journeys.

Travelling after surgery involves a lot of considerations, and you want to keep yourself safe and well. 

With his years of experience in cosmetic surgery, including facelift surgery, nose job surgery, neck lift, blepharoplasty, and more, Dr Jack Zoumaras gives detailed post-operative instructions to ensure the proper recovery of each patient at Artiste Plastic Surgery. His unmatched surgery techniques ensure a safe procedure, restoring a youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Book your consultation with us today. 

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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