If you’re planning a trip shortly after your surgery, or if you’ve traveled for the surgery itself, it’s important to discuss your plans with your plastic surgeon during the consultation.

After Breast Augmentation SurgeryMany of the normal activities usually associated with airplane travel can potentially create post-surgical complications. Rapid walking or running to catch a flight, or pulling or lifting heavy luggage, could cause post-operative bleeding, as could any action that increases the heart rate or elevates the blood pressure. Because you do a lot of sitting during a flight, your risk of developing a blood clot is increased. Air travelers tend to become dehydrated because of the dry air in the cabin.

So how long do you need to wait before you fly? A general guideline for flying would be a week to two weeks for short haul trips after your surgery. But it is recommended that you don’t fly long haul until approximately six weeks after the surgery. Regardless of whether you want to travel or not, the week after surgery is the period when most complications occur. The answer to the question also depends on your general health as well as on the intensity level of your travel.

Traveling can be perfectly safe if you follow your surgeon’s advice. Here are some simple suggestions for flying after breast augmentation surgery:

  • Don’t lift or even pull heavy bags during your travel. This is a good time to use taxis, shuttles, or a valet service to handle your luggage
  • Don’t run to catch your flight or make a connection
  • Drink plenty of fluids during flight
  • Walk through the cabin a few times
  • Keep any medication at hand, and have your surgeon’s number in your phone.

Finally, if you’re wondering about the effects of flying on your implants themselves, you don’t have to worry. The only problems that could occur with breast implants when you fly is the release of small air bubbles in the gel of the implant, due to the change in cabin pressure, which you may be able to hear in the form of small gurgling sounds. Or, there could be a slight contraction or expansion of the shell. Both these conditions are temporary and will pass after a day or two.