As plastic surgery becomes more accessible to patients, the number of patients traveling to get a procedure continues to grow. Information about doctors, procedures, and facilities is readily available on all media formats, allowing patients to make decisions about their surgery whether they live five or five thousand miles away from a specific doctor. In fact, patients come from around the world to get their Asian rhinoplasty from Dr. Paul Nassif as a result of his highly recognized skill and expertise.
Whether you are coming to Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery from near or far, there are a few travel considerations. How will you travel? What are your potential risks involved? How can you make it as safe as possible? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you make your decisions.
Planes, Trains or Automobiles?
Even if you are traveling for your surgery, you may not be traveling far enough to require the use of a plane. In such cases, a train or car may be your chosen method of transportation. Either of these carry less risk than flying, which may enable you to go home sooner. Flying home will require a some precautions and special considerations, but is also a perfectly safe options. Whichever way you choose to go home, plan to stay in the area for at least a week after your surgery.
The Risks of Plane Travel
Flying has risks for patients of any surgery, but there are a few that are specific to rhinoplasty patients. These issues are infection, pain, bleeding and nausea.
Infection is something that is of concern to anyone stuck in an enclosed space with a hundred or so other people for hours at a time. Since the air is recycled throughout the plane, there’s potential for lots of germ circulation. When you are healthy, this isn’t much to worry about. When your body is in recovery and protection mode, your risk of infection is very high.
Pain and discomfort can be caused when air gets trapped inside your nose, which can happen after your surgery. The air pressure inside the plane cabin changes throughout the flight, which can cause the air trapped in the soft tissue to expand and cause you pain. You might also have problems if the flight is particularly turbulent.
Nose bleeds are a common concern after rhinoplasty surgery because your body is sending lots of blood to the injured areas in an effort to help the healing process. Add the recycled air and changes in air pressure, you could experience a serious nosebleed while on your flight.
Even if you don’t get airsick, the post-operative meds you will be on to cope with the pain could cause you to be nauseous on the plane. Nausea can lead to vomiting, which will increase pressure on your nose and also could instigate a nosebleed.
Preparing to Travel
There are ways to reduce your risk of any complications as you fly. Start by informing your doctor of your travel plans. They are the ones who can clear you to travel, so it’s important for them to know how and when you are leaving. This includes informing them of future travel plans, as well. Lots of people travel during the holidays, but if you are still in the early stages of recovery, your doctor may recommend against it.
You should be planning to remain in town for at least a week after surgery. You and your doctor will want to have you nearby in case something happens that requires you to go back in to the office. It’s also a good idea to have some downtime after a surgery like Asian rhinoplasty. You will be in pain and uncomfortable for the first few days after the procedure, and who wants to travel in that condition? Your doctor will give you a time frame for how long your stay in the area should be, and keep in mind that the more extensive your Asian rhinoplasty, the longer you may need to rest before traveling.
If you do fly, you should pick a seat that will keep you the most comfortable. This might be an aisle seat with easy access to the bathroom in case you feel sick or get a nosebleed, or maybe an exit row or bulkhead seat so you can have lots of leg room. A seat over the wings will be the least turbulent part of the plane. The idea is to keep you comfortable and relaxed during the flight with ways to easily access a flight attendant or a rest room.
Another good idea is to bring someone with you for the trip. This person can help you carry the heavier bags, drive you around, sit next to you on the plane or train, and just keep an eye out for you in case you have any problems. Knowing that there is someone nearby will also give you a sense of security and comfort that you may not get traveling alone.
Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery
Here at Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery, we have extensive experience helping out-of-town patients to have the most comfortable and easy experience as possible. We will gladly provide assistance and ideas with travel arrangements and accommodations, no matter how far you have to come to be here. Dr. Nassif will also be making sure that you are well taken care of as you deal with your recovery.
If you have any questions about getting an Asian rhinoplasty surgery, contact our office at (310) 275-2467. We can arrange consultations with Dr. Nassif over the phone or using video conferencing if you are unable to get to us in person. Call us today to get started on learning more about our Asian rhinoplasty experience!