I advise my patients to wait at least 2 weeks following rhinoplasty to get in a plane and experience the pressure changes that occur in the airplane cabin. The pressures inside the cabin usually are kept at an equivalent of 6000 to 8000 ft. This decrease in pressure will cause a certain volume of air to expand about 1.5 times. So if there is a small bubble of air trapped under the skin following surgery, it will try to expand at altitude and create increasing pressure on the surrounding tissues. This could possible cause small healing vessels to start bleeding and push apart tissues that are in the early stages of healing. However, if you are at least 2 weeks out, the tissues have glued together quite tightly and any small pockets of trapped air will have been resorbed. Just stay clear of people stowing and removing luggage from overhead storage compartments, as a good bump to your nose could still displace bone and cartilage placement up to 4 or 5 weeks out.