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Flying after Rhinoplasty

Flying after Rhinoplasty

How long after rhinoplasty can I wear makeup?

There has been an increasing number of people undergoing rhinoplasty. It is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery. Generally, the recovery time for rhinoplasty is about two weeks and you can expect to return to your normal daily life at this time. If you have been considering undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure or have recently undergone the procedure, you may have some questions regarding air travel. Below is everything you need to know about flying after rhinoplasty as well as wearing makeup after Rhinoplasty.

There has been an increasing number of people undergoing rhinoplasty. It is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery. Generally, the recovery time for rhinoplasty is about two weeks and you can expect to return to your normal daily life at this time. If you have been considering undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure or have recently undergone the procedure, you may have some questions regarding air travel. Below is everything you need to know about flying after rhinoplasty.

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Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform in Iran where you can find the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeons in Iran. The price of a Rhinoplasty in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined based on photos and an in-person assessment with the doctor. So if you are looking for the cost of Rhinoplasty in Iran, you can contact us and get free consultation from Iranian surgery.

How soon can I Fly after getting a Rhinoplasty?

The Recovery Period

After your rhinoplasty procedure you are probably not going to feel like doing much of anything, let alone getting on a plane. In general, those who have undergone a rhinoplasty procedure should wait at least one week before flying on an airplane. You should focus on rest and very light activity during the first couple of days of your recovery.

The time a nose surgery patient can travel by air also depends on his/her health and healing after surgery. The flight duration also matters. While a short flight is unlikely to cause serious problems after a week, extra caution should be taken if you have to take a long-haul flight back home.

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What are the Risks associated with Flying after Rhinoplasty?

Air travel after surgery poses potential risks. That’s why most airlines have special ‘fitness-to-fly’ regulations that either prohibit patients with certain medical conditions and those who just have had surgery or define specific requirements for them to be allowed to board a flight.

There are five most common side effects when traveling after having a Rhinoplasty:

. Pain / Discomfort

You may not have known that air can be trapped inside the tissues of your nose after undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure. It usually takes up to seven days for the air to be absorbed. Traveling within this time by flight can cause pain and discomfort and this is because the air within the nasal tissue can expand at high altitudes. This can caused a block sinus on your flight which can be quite a discomfort.

. Bleeding

The most common time of minor nose bleeds occurs during the first 7 days (before your post-operative appointment). You must consider that the air you breathe on a plane is re-circulated and this increases the risk of bleeding and possible bacterial infection. Those who are on long haul flights or connecting flights must factor in the delay they could cause in receiving an assessment from a surgeon or doctor.

. Infection

Going back to the risk of breathing re-circulated air, you may want to know that being in public places with thousands of passengers at airports passing through one building at any given time, can cause air bourne bacteria to form on the internal incision made on your nose. The signs of an infection are most commonly found through a distinct sour smell when breathing in and out. This infection is generally treated with a course of antibiotics of 5-7 days. For precaution reasons, whether you are due to fly or not, we will always give you a course of antibiotics to take home after your procedure.

. Swelling

The decreased air pressure in the airplane’s cabin can increase swelling during and after the flight, which might last for a few hours or remain for several weeks. The low air pressure in the cabin also makes you feel uncomfortable during the flight, especially if you have pre-existing sinus problems like allergies.

. Nausea

Air sickness is very common, especially is you are still on any post-operative medications. This can be uncomfortable and distressing if you are vomiting whilst on a flight. Vomiting is quite an aggressive reaction and can easily lead to nose bleeding.

You can get easily air sick especially if you are still on post-operative medications. There is a high chance that this could be accompanied by vomiting, which can also lead to nose bleeds.

Besides the above, you may want to consider other concerns when flying and take precautions accordingly. This includes lifting and carrying heavy baggage as this puts strain and pressure on your nose.

You should even try to avoid exposure to the sun as your nose heals for at least six weeks. This is because sunburn can damage the top layer of your skin which could make the operated skin take much longer to heal. Always remember that anything that delays your recovery, acts as a risk to ruining the final results of your procedure.

Tips for Flying after Rhinoplasty:

  • Chewing gum and nasal sprays can help minimize congestion in your sinuses and ears.
  • If you experience a nose bleed on the flight, a bottle of Afrin is good to have on hand.
  • Do not lift luggage.
  • Do not attempt to put things into or retrieve things from the overhead compartment.
  • Stay well hydrated.
  • To avoid blood clots, move about the cabin when allowed.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to the airport and help you with the departure.
  • Arrange for someone to pick you up at the destination airport and drive you home.

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10 common question about flying after rhinoplasty

1How long do you have to wait to fly after nose surgery?
Out of town patients should plan to stay a few days after the surgery at a hotel. They can travel and fly back home after splint removal at 5-7 days. Physical activity should be limited for 10-14 days. It usually takes about 6 weeks before the patient can exercise again without discomfort.
2Will wearing glasses after rhinoplasty cause permanent damage?
The healing process of your nose lasts for 5 to 6 weeks. Wearing eyeglasses within this time put pressure on the nose. Plus, it may cause indentations or leave bumps on the nose. While wearing glasses after nose surgery does not result in permanent damages, they will delay/affect the proper healing procedure.
3What are the risks of flying after surgery?
If you're flying after recent surgery, especially on the hips or knees, you're at an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in one of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Other factors may also increase your risk of DVT, including if you: have had DVT before.
4How long after rhinoplasty can I wear makeup?
Surgeons typically say not to apply any pressure to the nose for about three to four weeks after a rhinoplasty. The same idea goes for any eyelid or brow surgery, patients can typically wear makeup right away as long as they avoid the operated area. Then they can start wearing eye makeup again after about two weeks.
5Is it OK to fly after rhinoplasty?
In general, those who have undergone rhinoplasty should wait a minimum of one week (roughly 6 or 7 days) before flying on an airplane. The reason for this is that it gives your body enough time to heal. Ideally, however, you would wait ten to fourteen days until flying, but most patients can fly safely after one week.
6How long after rhinoplasty can I wear glasses?
There are no limits to wearing glasses on top of your cast during your first week of recovery. Once the cast is removed you should avoid wearing glasses (including sunglasses) directly on your nose for a total of 6 weeks after surgery. This is to avoid having the weight of your glasses shift your healing nasal bones.
7Is it okay to drink alcohol after rhinoplasty surgery?
Concentrate on fluids. It is important to stay hydrated. ✓ Do NOT drink alcohol, drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after your surgery or while taking pain medication ✓ Do NOT do heavy lifting (nothing more than a gallon of milk) for 6 weeks after your surgery if you have an incision.
8Does septoplasty change your voice?
In particular it causes changes in the average total acoustic energy during the production of a nasal consonant. A considerable number of our patients reported change in their vocal resonance for the better. We recommend that patients be advised that their voice may sound different after surgery, or less hyponasal.
9How do you sleep after deviated septum surgery?
Avoid any heavy lifting, bending, straining, or stooping for at least 2 weeks after surgery as this may cause bleeding. Light exercise may begin approximately 10 days after surgery. Try to keep your head elevated during sleep for at least 3 days after surgery. Sleeping on 2 or more pillows is effective.
10Is flying safe after surgery?
Flying after knee surgery It is generally recommended to wait four to six weeks to fly after any lower limb surgery. It may be possible to fly on short-haul or domestic flights at an earlier time, but patients should always contact their GP to make sure that there is not an aggravated risk of blood clots.


  1. Avatar milad says:

    I am planning to go to shiraz this summer; I have heard that I could get a high-quality rhinoplasty surgery in iran
    so i have 2 questions.
    how much is rhinoplasty in iran and how can i find the best rhinoplasty surgeon?

    • Iranian Surgery Adviser Iranian Surgery Adviser says:

      hello dear milad, There are many factors that determine the overall nose job cost in Iran, including:
      1. The surgeon’s skill: The most skilled and best rhinoplasty surgeons are in high demand.
      2. The type of nose surgery: Complicated procedures take longer time and therefore their cost is more.
      3. Geographical location: the cost rhinoplasty surgery is varied according to geographical location.
      and I should mention that there are many experienced surgeons performing rhinoplasty in Shiraz, please text me on WhatsApp to provide you with enough information.This is my whatsApp number +989019290946. thank you

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