Will be travelling to South East Asia 2 months post rhinoplasty. Is this okay?
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Aaron Kosins MD
Plastic and Rhinplasty Surgeon
Rhinoplasty and travel
Travelling after rhinoplasty
Thank you for your clinical post and important question. Many patients do travel after their surgery. About 20% of my patients come from outside of Toronto and the Province of Ontario. Usually after rhinoplasty or a facelift or cosmetic facial surgery it is okay to fly within a week to 10 days. It is important to remember that for long flights and 31,000 feet will lead to increased swelling. This can be minimized, however, by frequent massage on the plane or even use of Steri-Strips.
It certainly won’t compromise your cosmetic outcome and you can expect to have the same aesthetic outcome you would have had had you not had to fly to Asia 2 months after your surgery.
I hope this information is of some assistance and best of luck.
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Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Enjoy your trip and don't let anyone hit you in the nose. Stay sober for starters.
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Most of the restrictions are within the first 1-2 weeks. This is to set you up for good course of healing and to watch out for infection. After that window of time, the risk of a problem goes down a lot but not to zero.
The act of getting on an airplane and going somewhere is not dangerous after 2 weeks. You should go through the typical course of swelling and shrinking as long as you stick to your surgeon's post-op instructions. A few recommendations include avoiding salty foods and direct sunlight. Both can increase swelling. It's not necessarily dangerous, but you'll have to wait longer for the swelling to go away.
The bigger issue is having a problem while you are in a remote place without access to good medical care. In that situation a simple problem may be tougher to handle. With a little research and preparation, you and your surgeon can make a plan, so you can have a safe trip.
2 months post op, some advices:
It's too early to make value judgments with only 2 months after a rhinoplasty.
Swelling after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity.
In this regard, the nasal swelling Post-op It can last from two weeks to two months.
To reduce this swelling, I recommend you perform delicates daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the face (around the nose) avoid sun exposure, and take pain/inflamation pills, as your surgeron precribe you.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-
Travel after Rhinoplasty
With regards to the climate and weather, I would not expect there to be any significant long term adverse effect on your rhinoplasty results based on my experience with over 25 year practicing in Texas. Summertime in Houston is a popular time for patients having rhinoplasty procedures with me and the heat and humidity do not seem to be an issue at all. I hope this reply helps. Wishing you safe travels.
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