After a Breast Procedure

After having a breast procedure, you’ll understandably be wanting to show off your new assets as quickly as possible. However, before you jet off on holiday, it’s important to understand the risks.

Can you fly soon after the surgery? And is it safe to top up your tan while recovering? These are just a couple of questions you should be asking. Discover everything you need to know about planning a holiday after a breast procedure below.

How long after a breast procedure can I fly?

The length of time you should wait before you fly after a breast procedure depends upon how far you are travelling. For short haul flights, you can consider jetting off a couple of weeks after having the surgery. However, if you are planning on a long-haul flight, it’s safer to wait for 6 weeks prior to travelling.

There is a common myth that flying after a breast augmentation procedure will cause the implants to explode. This simply isn’t true. But it does increase your risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis. For this reason, it is better to ask for advice from your surgeon over how long you should wait to travel.

What type of holiday are you planning?

Another thing you’ll need to factor in is the type of holiday you are planning. Is it an action-packed adventure holiday or a chance to let your hair down and party? If so, you’ll want to resist too much activity until you are fully healed.

If you do want to travel soon after undergoing a breast procedure, make sure it is more of a relaxing break. This will give the body time to fully recover, ensuring you see the best results from the surgery.

Can I use sunbeds before I go?

It might be tempting to hop on the sunbed to build up your tan, but it could be hazardous to your results. Like natural sunlight, sunbeds can cause discolouration and hyperpigmentation around the surgical site.

If you are set on using them, make sure you keep the breasts fully covered and protected. However, sunbeds in general are best avoided due to their long-term health risks.

What about sunbathing?

You can sunbathe, but once again you will need to keep your breasts covered and protected and use a good SPF lotion. It is especially important to keep your scars out of the sunlight as like sunbeds, the sun’s rays will discolour the surgical site.

You might need to take extra precautions if you want to head off on holiday after a breast procedure. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Seek your surgeon’s advice on planning a holiday and follow all safety precautions provided.