Is Traveling a Day Before Rhinoplasty Appointment Safe?

I know you've got to stay healthy and rested in the days leading up to your Rhinoplasty appt. I have a work trip scheduled for 4 days, that will include a 4 hour round trip plane flight, returning the day before my Rhinoplasty appt. Is this a bad idea?

I feel comfortable as long as I keep my immune system boosted while on the trip. Am I being naive?

Doctor Answers 6

Deep vein thrombosis would be the main concern.

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Prolonged sitting, such as with air travel, puts anyone at risk for deep vein thrombosis (clots in the deep veins of the legs). This can cause potentially serious problems around the time of surgery.

But surgery itself creates a similar risk. As a result, most surgeons will recommend the use of anti-thrombotic precautions such as SCDs (sequential compression devices), which massage the legs during surgery. This is generally recommended for any procedure in adults under general anesthesia where surgery is expected to last for more than 30 minutes. I actually have a standing order for my patients to receive this during any surgery I perform under anesthesia.

As long as a surgeon uses these simple precautions, it's generally no riskier to have surgery the day after travel.

Travel, by the way, will not weaken your immune system. But I remind patients that air travel is mass transportation. This means that one is touching surfaces that everyone else has touched, too. Seat back tray tables, the overhead bin, and the arm rests have all been contaminated, if you will, by any respiratory viruses the passengers before you have deposited there. Wash your hands often, get your sleep, keep your hands away from your face and you should be just fine.

All the best,


Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon

Flying Day Before Rhinoplasty

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Traveling on a plane the day before your rhinoplasty is scheduled poses no imminent problem on your surgery. The only concern with flying 4 hours in either direction would be that you would exhaust your body and would risk getting sick. In my opinion, you should try to take it as easy as possible in the days leading up to surgery. Still, if this is a work obligation that cannot be rescheduled, your surgeon will most likely clear you to be traveling on the day before your nose job.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Travel the day before surgery

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In our very busy world I see many patients who travel for a living even the day before a procedure. We all have stories abut catching colds or more in an airplane, so if there is any concern with your travels that you are "coming down" with something call your physician. Most people do just fine but there's no sense in taking chances. Get a good night's sleep!

Theodore Katz, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty and traveling

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It is perfectly acceptable to be traveling the day prior to your rhinoplasty surgery. However, patients are instructed to not travel by air for two weeks after their surgery.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Traveling before Rhinoplasty

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If you area normal healthy person, you should have no problem traveling the day before surgery. Considering where our patients live, I think this is very common. If you still have concerns, discuss this with your surgeon and/or your internist or family practioner.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Rhinoplasty preparation

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Assuming you are a healthy individual, it should be okay.  Try to relax and get  some rest the night before surgery.  More important is resting after surgery, although you will be able to start walking around the day after surgery.

Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

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