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Vacations are a time of fun and relaxation that can help you recharge and prepare for more challenging days ahead. Sometimes, patients go on vacation to recover from plastic surgery to not disrupt their work schedule. However, when you have plastic surgery before your vacation, there are a few items to keep in mind that help healing and promote better results. So, before you pack your bags, check out Dr. Preminger’s tips on taking a vacation after plastic surgery.

How soon can I schedule my vacation?

No matter if you have a facelift, eyelid surgery, or rhinoplasty, specific considerations are necessary when planning your trip. Plastic surgery requires adequate rest for complete recovery. Depending on the surgery complexity, healing may take longer than predicted, but you must ensure you’re healed enough for a trip. Leading plastic surgeons on the Upper East Side of Manhattan agree that you should not travel immediately after plastic surgery. For facelift patients, the wait time for trips should be a couple of weeks, and rhinoplasty patients can usually travel eight to 14 days after surgery, pending approval from Dr. Preminger. While many patients are back to work within a couple of weeks following even a more intensive surgery, complete swelling may not resolve for a couple of months. However, it is best to seek your surgeon’s recommendation for travel no matter which procedure you receive.

What activities should I avoid while on vacation?

Vacation may sometimes include activities that could adversely affect the results. Therefore, keep your physical activity to a minimum, doing what’s comfortable, and allowed by your plastic surgeon in NYC. Additionally, protect your incisions as instructed by Dr. Preminger and avoid bacteria-laden pools or hot tubs to prevent infection. Our experienced New York City plastic surgeon also recommends avoiding high contact activities or sports until cleared by a physician, even while on vacation. Finally, complete relaxation in a stress-free environment can help achieve the best results during the healing process. So, seek low-impact, stress-reducing activities while on vacation.

What can I do to protect myself while on vacation?

Traveling after surgical procedures is a concern surgeons worldwide share. Riding in a car or RV for a road trip can require you to sit long periods, increasing your risk of blood clots. Therefore, frequently stop the vehicle and walk around to exercise your legs to keep your blood clot risks low. Although blood clots are more common for breast augmentation or body contouring procedures, they can still occur since the body is working hard to heal itself. Additionally, our board-certified Upper East Side of Manhattan plastic surgeon recommends wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when outdoors to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays.

Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and New York City, NY

Whether traveling across the country or visiting your family an hour away, traveling while healing after plastic surgery is a component that demands attention. Therefore, if you plan on traveling after your surgery, discuss this with Dr. Preminger so that she can advise you of specific care instructions. For a consultation from a qualified plastic surgeon in New York City, feel free to contact Dr. Preminger of Preminger Plastic Surgery at (212) 706-1900 to get scheduled today or request a consultation online.

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