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I'm planning to travel to get my Breast Implants. How long does it take to recover? Can I travel back home right after?

So I'm thinking on getting breast implants but I would be traveling five hours away to do so my questions are how long is surgery? When do I have to go back? & can I travel back home right after? I will not be the one driving though...

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Ok to travel

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Thanks for your question. I do think is reasonable to travel to a surgeon if you feel like the results are that much better. I would not however recommend returning home the same day. Postoperative bleeding is not common however if it does occur it is usually within the first 24 hours.Best of Luck


Austin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Travel

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Dear MVP8,
    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.
Good luck,
Ary Krau

Ary Krau, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Traveling for surgery

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It is not unusual for patients to ravel for surgery. You are making a permanent change to your appearance. if you feel strongly that the best doctor for you is not in your neighborhood, there is no reason not to travel for surgery. However, you need to be prepared to stay in town at least a few days, and you need to be prepared to come back in town in the event that you need any kind of revision.

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. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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Travel

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I ask out of town patient to stay for 10 days after surgery, I also require them to have a physical exam by me before surgery and never guarantee that I will perform the surgery until I have seen them in person

Ryan Neinstein, MD, FRCSC
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Travel

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Most of my patients fly in for surgery. My suggestion is always to stick around for a week but very few patients actually do that. A reasonable way to think about it is, most of the issues with breast augmentation will occur within the first 24 hours so if you come in postoperative day 1 and everything is ok, although it is a risk, it would be rare to have a problem. On the other hand be prepared to change your ticket if something is wrong.

Jacob Freiman, MD, FACS
Miami Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Traveling a distance for breast augmentation

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Five hours is borderline for "out-of-town" or surgical tourism. I would expect a surgeon who is willing to perform surgery on out of town patient to have specific requirements for care after the surgery and followup that are similar to patients from nearby.
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. 

Scott L. Replogle, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Traveling to get breast implants

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I recommend to my out-of-town patients stopping every hour to walk around after having a breast implant procedure.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

Travel for breast implant surgery

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Thank you for your breast implant question.'
  1. Most surgeons doing surgery for distant patients have specific requirements,
  2. If not - you should arrive the day before and you should not plan to leave until the day after surgery at the earliest. 
  3. Bleeding can occur after any surgery. You need to be near your surgeon if that occurs. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Do not fly for 10 days after breast augmentation

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Thank you for your question.  If you are traveling by car, Boston or train You may be able to return home by a week.  It is important that you be seen and examined by your plastic surgeon at least after a few days make certain that you are recovering properly.  Flying should be avoided the first 10 days because of the risk of thrombophlebitis or blood clots in the calves.

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.

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Travel and Recovery after Breast Augmentation

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Thank you for your question.  I see and treat many out of town patients for breast augmentation.  Fortunately, the recovery for breast augmentation is fairly benign.  I generally advise patients to stay in town for 1-2 days after surgery.  This is so I can do a postop check to make sure everything is OK.  You will be fine to fly or road trip back home (as long as someone else is driving).  So if you have your procedure on Thursday, I would recommend I see you on Friday and you should be go to head back to Midland Saturday.  I hope this is helpful.  Best wishes,

Dr. Basu
houston, tx

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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