I have these procedures scheduled for 12/13 and trip to Mexico planned for 1/18...five weeks later. Although not optimal, is it safe to travel five weeks post op?
Is It Safe to Fly Five Weeks After Abdominoplasty & Mastopexy Surgeries?
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Flying after "Mommy Makeover”?
Yes, flying 5 weeks after “mommy makeover” surgery should not be a problem. As always, stay well hydrated and ambulate as possible.
Flying after Plastic Surgery
Five weeks after surgery and taking a trip via plane should be just fine. This is of course barring any complications that may have occurred and still ongoing just before your trip.
Air travel after surgery
Five weeks after a tummy tuck and mastopexy should be fine to fly as long as you have no post-operative complications and have been walking regularly. Some patients who have risk factors such as smoking, obesity, cancer may not be ready at this time. I would still recommend during your flight to get up and walk around the plane once every hour or so to promote your circulation. Early movement and walking after surgery is an important way to prevent blood clots of the lower extremities (DVTs).
Consult with your plastic surgeon prior to air travel.
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Travel after Cosmetic Surgery
5 weeks should be fine to travel after your planned surgery. However, you may have persistent swelling and some incisional healing issues that limit your activities while on vacation. Be very careful about sun/heat, and make sure you are wearing any garment or bra as advised by your doctor. Depending on how your incisions are healing, you may not be able to bathe or swim. Also avoid exercise and other activities until cleared by your doctor.
That be fine
You should be back to normal activities by the time you plan to fly. If you flight is more than an hour ,make sure to walk in the plane hydrate well to prevent leg cloth formation.
Traveling after a Mommy Makeover--when is it safe?
Assuming normal healing with no postoperative problems, 5 weeks should be safe for travel. At that point, your risk of blood clots in the legs (DVT) has returned to preoperative baseline, so you're at no higher risk for a DVT than any other person on the plane who didn't have surgery. You should plan to relax in Mexico, as you won't likely be up for long walks, and you shouldn't be swimming at that point. Talk to your surgeon about your plans and get her specific advice. We can only give you general information here.
Safe to fly after mastopexy and abdominoplasty.
We deal with this issue often because some of our patients are from out of town. Five weeks should be more than enough unless you are at high risk for a blood clot (older patient, overweight, or other risk factors).
Generally speaking it is possible to fly 5 weeks after tummy tuck
Generall speaking, it is possible to fly 5 weeks after tummy tuck surgery. However, there may be exceptions such as a hamtoma, seroma, or infection.
Safet of Air Travel 5 Weeks AFTER Mommy Maker-Over (Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift)
It is usually safe to travel 5 weeks after abdominoplasty
Hi Ms Colorado,
Assuming that your abdominoplasty and Mastopexy are performed without any complication, and you heal as expected, you should be able to travel by 5 weeks. What you do on your vacation may be limited. You have mentioned that you are going to Mexico. At 5 weeks I do not recommend my patients do any tanning. Fresh scars can be very sensitive to sun exposure and can hyperpigment very easily. Physical activity may also be limited. Plication of the abdominal muscles may not be fully healed by 5 weeks; swimming or other excessive activity may not be recommended. The bottom line: let you surgeon know about your plans, make sure it is OK with him or her. Understand that (although not likely) if you have a problem with your surgery, you may need to postpone your travel plans.
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