Is it okay to fly home for 15 hours after a bbl after 6 days? Help!
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Traveling Post BBL?
Dr Dhaval PatelDouble Board Certified Plastic SurgeonChicago Hoffman EstatesOak Brook
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Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
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15 Hour Flight PostOp
That's a great question.
I appreciate your concern for the result you will obtain from your BBL, with probable compromised shape from sitting for 15 hours . You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon in the Dominican republic. I'm sure that your plastic surgeon there has seen this question before. I would recommend you use a bolster under your thighs covering a wide area from behind the knee to the thigh/buttock crease with a thickness in order to elevate your buttock cheeks off of the airplane seat. Prior patients have used rolled up bath towels with or a bath towel rolled around another premade foam block. I would also recommend using a rolled foam yoga mat behind your small back to keep the superior portion of your buttocks off of the airplane seat back.
More importantly, I would recommend you consider anticoagulation to reduce the probability of initiating a blood clot due to the long immobility and sitting with your legs in the dependent position during airplane travel to and from the Dominican republic. . I would also recommend that you wear compression stockings at least thigh high level and at least -20 mmHg compression for a minimum of three weeks after surgery. The airplane ride to the Dominican republic could initiate clot in your lower extremities as well as the surgery and the postoperative flight returning to Hawaii. Anticoagulation with enoxaparin sodium or Lovenox would be advisable. I would use the Lovenox during the flight to the Dominican republic around your surgery time and during your flight back to Hawaii.
I routinely have my patients start Lovenox the day they fly into Florida, the day before surgery, the patient is anticoagulated during surgery. A second syringe of Lovenox is used the first day after surgery and the third syringe is is used second day after surgery. Syringe number four is injected the day they fly back out of Florida, and syringe number five and six are used the first and second day after they land at home.
I wish you well through your surgery and recovery process,
James McAdoo DO FACOS
- AOA dual board certified general and plastic / reconstructive surgeon
- Microsurgery fellowship trained
- 33,000 operative cases
- 10,000 Brazilian butt lift specialized cases
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