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How long after procedures can I take a flight or get on plane?


If I have a breast lift and implants along with tummy tuck and lipo how long after can I take a flight out of country?


Wait a minimum of 10 days after surgery before flying. Concern is risk of blood clots in the legs. You are having multiple complex procedures and need close follow up for first 2-3 weeks. Of course follow your surgeons advice.


Ideally, you should wait a month after any significant surgery to fly in order to reduce your risks of blood clots in the legs that can break off and go to your lungs and even cause death. If you must fly, choose an aisle seat and walk around a lot.


 This is a very common question especially after Tummy Tucks. First, consider discussing this matter with your surgeon. Normally, after you are healed, recovered and able to lift luggage after such extensive/ multiple surgery(s) as you have described it is OK to fly (6 to 8 weeks). If you have to fly sooner medications can be given/ prescribed to decrease your risk of DVT/ PE like Lovenox or Xeralto. Best,


Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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