Flying After Rhinoplasty

If you also intend to have a nose job abroad, read this article to find out how long it is forbidden to fly after rhinoplasty and why.

When can I fly after rhinoplasty?

Traveling abroad for cosmetic surgeries is getting more and more popular. People decide to perform these surgeries in other countries for a variety of reasons, such as the lack of skilled surgeons or the high cost of cosmetic surgery services in their own city or country.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries that many people do abroad. One of their concerns is how long after rhinoplasty they can fly back to their home country.

In this article, we are going to talk about the dangers of flying for people who have had rhinoplasty, as well as the right flight times for them.


When can I fly after rhinoplasty?

How long after surgery a person can fly depends largely on the patient’s health and recovery after that surgery. The length of the trip is also important, and for longer trips, the patient’s condition should be more stable. It is up to your surgeon to decide.

People who perform rhinoplasty f do not qualify for the flight at least 5 days after surgery. This is the minimum time you have to wait for a flight. The longer you can postpone your flight, the better for you.

If you are planning a rhinoplasty surgery overseas as medical tourism, it is best to arrange a two-week stay at the destination. However, most patients do not have much time and have to go back to their homes and work. If their condition is stable, the surgeon will allow them to fly to their intended destination after 5-7 days after removing the nasal splint.

There is no significant difference between flight after primary nose surgery and a revision nose surgery; however, some patients may need more time to recover after a revision rhinoplasty to be able to fly.

The most important thing is to talk to your surgeon before booking your flight and get the appropriate flight certificate issued by your surgeon.

What are the dangers of flying after rhinoplasty?

Flying after surgery can pose risks. For this reason, most airlines have special regulations that prohibit patients with specific medical conditions and those who had surgeries recently from flying, or define specific requirements for them. Since you need documents to prove that you have no problems flying, be sure to ask your surgeon to provide you with a proper certificate before leaving for the airport.

The risks of flying after each surgery are different. If you do rhinoplasty and fly earlier than your surgeon recommends, you may experience one or more of the following:

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Reducing air pressure in the cabin can increase facial swelling during and after the flight. This swelling may last only a few hours or may persist for several weeks. Low air pressure in the cabin also makes you feel uncomfortable during the flight, especially if you already have sinus-related problems such as allergies.


Nausea is also a potential side effect of flight caused by plane movement. Also, because you have been taking painkillers for some time after surgery, being associated with airplane movements can make you feel extremely nauseous. Even if you have never experienced this problem in your life, if you rush to return home after rhinoplasty, you will probably have it.


During the first few days after your nose job, your nose is over sensitive and there is a possibility of partial nose bleeding. Since dry air is a major cause of nasal bleeding, this risk increases with exposure to dry and recirculating air inside the plane cabin. You might be surprised to hear that the humidity in the cabin is about 12%, which is even lower than the desert!

On-board air dryness is due to the airplane flying at altitudes where humidity is low or absent. In the cabin, you only have access to air that is constantly recirculating and very dry. These conditions can cause nose bleeding as well as congestion or irritation of the nose for rhinoplasty patients.

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In addition, in the airplane cabin, many microbes rotate in the air, which increases the risk of infection in people who have recently undergone surgery.

Other causes

Aside from the possible side effects mentioned above, conditions in flying such as baggage handling, rushing from one place to another at airports, fatigue and sleep disturbance can all make post-nasal recovery difficult. Your body needs a lot of rest for a quick post-operative recovery, and you should avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks after surgery. Flying shortly after rhinoplasty, puts a lot of physical and emotional stress on you, making your recovery time longer.

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Tips for safe flight after rhinoplasty

When your surgeon deems it is safe for you to fly after rhinoplasty, he or she will give you a proper certificate of flight confirming that you are physically healthy enough to fly. To have a safe and comfortable flight, there are tips and guidelines to follow during your flight after a nose job:

  • Arrange for someone to take you to the airport and take the necessary steps before boarding.
  • Use nasal spray and gum to minimize nasal and ear congestion. In the case of nasal bleeding, decongestants such as Afrin can help stop the bleeding.
  • Avoid lifting luggage and other heavy stuff, as any heavy lifting is prohibited until two weeks after the nose job.
  • Drink water and healthy juices to make your body hydrated.
  • Walk into the airplane cabin as many steps as possible to prevent blood clots.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home from the destination airport.
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