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COVID-19 has changed travel options for many people. Although things are now opening up, there are still some travel bans—particularly internationally, causing many Americans to shift to road trips and RV travel for their next vacation getaway. An increasing number of people have also been taking advantage of the quarantine and self-distancing period to get their preferred plastic surgery procedures performed.
In the last year, there has been a shift in focus to taking care of ourselves now instead of putting it off for a later date. Particularly, facial plastic surgery has seen a spike in demand with the increase in Zoom meetings and video conferencing calls as a large number of people continue to work remotely.
How Soon Should I Schedule My Trip?
Facial plastic surgery is an important surgical procedure. Your body will need adequate rest to recover.
If you are planning a holiday soon after your facial plastic surgery, be it a nose surgery (rhinoplasty), facelift (rhytidectomy), or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), there are several considerations you need to take into account before fully committing to a trip. Much of this information will primarily depend on the complexity of the surgery.
Firstly, you need to consider if you will be healed enough to take a trip to your planned destination.
For instance, if you just had a facelift, you may want to wait a couple of weeks before considering a long car ride. Following a rhinoplasty procedure, you may be cleared to travel anywhere from eight to 14 days post-surgery.
Physical activity should be kept to a minimum, only engaging in those activities that you can freely do without discomfort. However, watch out for pools and hot tubs, as they typically harbor bacteria that can impede your healing. High-risk contact sports/activities should also be avoided until full recovery.
A relaxing vacation after your initial plastic surgery recovery might be just what the doctor ordered; you just need to make sure you protect your incisions and keep it relaxing and stress-free.
Tips for Traveling After Facial Plastic Surgery
Since you will be taking a car or RV to go for your road trip, there may be a concern about sitting for prolonged periods.
Regardless of the means of travel, sitting for too long could pose heightened risks like clotting. So, make sure you stop frequently and walk around to exercise your legs and reduce the risk of forming blood clots.
While this risk is more common with body or breast contouring procedures, it is still something to consider after a facial procedure because your body is working in overdrive to heal.
Also, wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to keep your face protected from direct sun exposure.
Most importantly, to make your travel extra safe after having surgery, ensure you provide full disclosure of travel plans to your surgeon during your consultation visit so he can guide you accordingly.