Flying After Breast Implants Revision

How long until I can take a 2 1/2 hour flight after breast augmentation revision? I am traveling to Florida to have my breasts re-done and wondering when it is safe for me to take the 2 1/2 hour flight back home.

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Flying after surgery

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Wait at least a few days to fly after surgery.  There are two basic issues:

1. Sitting still in one place for several hours increases your risk of a blood clot in your leg.  Therefore, you must try to get an aisle seat and must get up and walk, ideally every hour.  When you are seated, you must pump your feet up and down intermittently (as if you are riding a bike).

2. You should not be lifting a suitcase for at least the first couple weeks after most cosmetic surgeries. Having a friend or family member accompany you will be very helpful.


Plano Plastic Surgeon

Flying after Surgery

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I advise my patients to wait minimum 10 days, ideally 2 weeks, following surgery to fly.  Consult your board certified plastic surgeon on what his or her exact preference is!

Jimmy S. Firouz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Flying Post Breast Revision Surgery

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Each surgeon has their own protocol for flying post procedure and it is best to inquire about this with the surgeon who is performing your procedure. Typically, patients are able to fly within 1 week of surgery but there are a variety of factors that can impact that timeframe. It is generally advised to get up and walk at least once every hour when flying post surgery.

Scott Chapin, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Flying After Breast Implants Revision

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Hello!  Thank you for your question.  Our practice has patients travel from afar. Opinions on travel following a surgical procedure will differ amongst surgeons, and is best to discuss this with your surgeon. In our practice, we ask that you plan to stay for 2-3 days to observe and evaluate the surgical areas as well as your readiness for travel. Depending on which procedure you have, up to a week may be necessary. For your procedure, a couple days would be adequate.

Ensuring adequate oral intake and mobility is a must and proper postoperative care of the surgical sites and incisions is prudent.  An evaluation postoperatively as well as prior to departure is usually done to make sure that all is well for your travel back. Hope that this helps!  Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Flying after Breast Revision Surgery

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I think it would be safe for you to fly 2.5 hours within two days after your surgery.  The main concern would be clot formation in the veins of your legs. I would recommend you get up and walk around every 30-45 minutes during the flight.  As a retired flight surgeon for the U.S.military, I will share with you that commercial airlines have pressurized cabins which will have no affect on your breast implants.

Less to do while flying and more to do with ancillary things

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Flying after breast surgery isn't an issue. You could likely do it the same day. The issue is all the other stuff. For example, you really shouldn't lift anything for a couple weeks. That means suitcases for sure, but I would counsel against even things in the overhead bins. You shouldn't drink for the first week or so, so, if that's part of your in flight routine, I'd reconsider. Good luck

Robert Frank, MD
Munster Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Flying breast implants revision

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Flying after your revision breast surgery poses a number of problems.

1. You have increased risk after surgery to develop clots, and flying increases this risk further. Mobilising during the flight, and wearing socks can reduce the risk.

2. you will increase the distance from your surgeon, and you want to make sure that you have the best chance to get the best result, especially in the revisionary surgery, which tends to be more complicated than the initial one. I would prefer to have the patient close for at least 1 week, depending upon the type of procedure. But make sure you check with your surgeon.

3.you are at more risk to carry, lift, get in contact with other bugs, risk of infection, which can all impact on your recovery.

Check with your surgeon about the ideal circumstance for you.

And take care!

Carmen Munteanu, MD, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Flying after surgery

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Hello cupcake26, Unless you have a history of DVT, I would not be concerned with you flying after surgery. And it's not the altitude, it's the sitting for a long period. (You should always get up and walk around the plane every 30 minutes.) My concern how soon you're planning on leaving after a revision surgery. Depending on how complicated your revision is, you would need to be closely monitored to ensure your safety after healing and that you are not experiencing further complication. Your surgeon should have a protocol in place for out of town patients. I would direct these questions directly to them. Good luck!

William Aiello, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Flying after breast augmentation

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Assuming all goes well I tell patients that they can fly one week after surgery.  That's mainly because I want to see them at a week and before they travel (get stitches out, etc).  Depending on what you have done it may be completely reasonable to fly after just a few days.  Due to the risk of blood clot while sitting for long periods of time post-operatively I would definitely get up and walk around several times during a flight of that duration, and would be working my leg/foot muscles while sitting in the seat every 10-15 minutes.

When to fly after surgery

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I usually have people wait 1-2 weeks but you could theoretically fly one minute after surgery, there's nothing magic about it.  Concerns are really normal post op complications that would be difficult to handle far away, inactivity on a plane (which might cause a life threatening blood clot) and possible heavy lifting/straining that might not happen if you were home in my opinion.  

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