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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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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