I'm planning to travel to get my Breast Implants. How long does it take to recover? Can I travel back home right after?
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Ok to travel
I don't think it is unreasonable at all to travel 5 hours in order to undergo breast augmentation. Apparently, you have found a surgeon whose results you like. This may have come from a friend's referral or other forms of due diligence. Not all plastic surgeons achieve the same results. There are many details in the surgical technique that affect the outcome. There may have also been an economic incentive. Prices can vary greatly between states.
Surgical time is usually short and should not exceed more than one hour. I suggest you stay over at least one night so that the surgeon can examine you the next morning. The surgeon's office can follow up with you virtually. On your drive back, I suggest you stop at a rest stop approximately every hour to stretch your legs. Remaining immobile after surgery for a prolonged period should be avoided.
Out of town breast augmentation
I recommend traveling with one or two people who you can trust and can help you during your stay. That way, you'll be more comfortable dealing with the recovery period. If you're traveling alone, you may be able to hire a nurse in that city to help you out instead. When traveling home, you'll still be in a delicate state. Make sure to make regular stops if you're driving so you can walk around and keep the blood circulating to prevent the formation of deep clots.
Here are some tips that I provide my patients:
1.Don't lie around all day during your recovery. Walk around a bit to help your circulation. This helps to prevent deep clots in your leg veins and can help with the recovery process.
2. Make sure you don't make any sudden jerky movements and move your arms slowly.
3.Wear your compression garment for the entire time your surgeon specifies.
Finally, make sure you have a doctor or surgeon who can provide you with assistance once you get back home. Any complications should be reported to them immediately (as well as to your performing surgeon), wherever you are.
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Traveling for surgery
Our out of town patients will always stay overnight in our facility. It depends on exactly where you live and the procedure you will be having that will dictate exactly how much time you need to stay in town.
Traveling a distance for breast augmentation
My approach for breast augmentation was to have the patient stay in the area at least overnight and check in with the office before leaving for home (not driving herself) the next day. Followup within one week is also required. After that followup could be more flexible assuming healing is uneventful.
For truly out of town patients I would recommend staying in the area for one week before returning home, again assuming uneventful healing/recovery.
It is just not good practice to operate on a patient and not have the aftercare thought out and agreed upon including the need for dealing with the unexpected. Good surgery is not just the operation. It's the surgical evaluation and preparation before the surgery and good followup and aftercare following the surgery.
Traveling to get breast implants
Travel for breast implant surgery
- Most surgeons doing surgery for distant patients have specific requirements,
- If not - you should arrive the day before and you should not plan to leave until the day after surgery at the earliest.
- Bleeding can occur after any surgery. You need to be near your surgeon if that occurs. Best wishes.
Do not fly for 10 days after breast augmentation
Usually the first 10 days of recovery are the most important and I personally like to see my patients on several occasions during those first 10 days.
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