Obviously, it would be a bad idea to hop on a plane immediately after breast augmentation surgery. Whenever possible, you should make your surgeon aware of your upcoming travel plans when you consult with him or her. As a very general rule of thumb, in most cases, it would be safe for you to fly after about 2 weeks has passed following your surgery for short haul flights. For long haul flights we would advise on waiting at least 6 weeks post surgery. You definitely want to complete your first post-operative exam prior to flying.
Travel plans aside, your first week after surgery is critical. This is when most complications following a breast augmentation become detectable.
The specific answer for you will depend on your general health as well as the details of your plans for travelling. Our surgery team always tries to build up a complete picture of your planned post-surgery activities. Your surgeon will also do his or her utmost to make sure you understand any and all restrictions you need to follow after breast enhancement.
As long as you follow the advice provided by your surgeon, travelling can be completely safe. The following general suggestions will apply in most cases:
* Don’t lift heavy bags while travelling. Avoid even pulling heavy roller bags if possible. This is an excellent time to enlist professional assistance (e.g. valets) to handle your luggage.
* Don’t run, even if you are short on time.
* Stay well-hydrated while flying.
* Have your surgeon’s number close at hand.
* Keep any prescribed medication close as well.
* It is safe and healthy to walk up and down the cabin of the plane if you need to, but move around no more than is necessary. You don’t want to raise your blood pressure.
As to the safety of implants themselves: Do not worry! Implants are completely safe for flight. You may experience very minor expansion or contraction in the shells due to cabin pressure. These changes are temporary and no cause for alarm.