How Many Days Should I Travel For Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty in Korea is popular because of the price and quality as it’s the mecca. Also, almost 60% of medical tourism in Korea is that patients come for rhinoplasty. We have so many inquiries from patients abroad asking

  • “How long is rhinoplasty recovery time?”
  • “How long should I stay in South Korea if I want to do rhinoplasty”
  • “Is rhinoplasty recovery painful?”

Surgeons in Seoul deliver the best outcome as they offer the most advanced state-of-the art equipment and techniques. Once you have decided to travel to Korea for rhinoplasty, it’s important you plan ahead and consider several factors. Let’s go over what you need to know prior to traveling abroad so you could prepare well enough.

Rhinoplasty and Flying

In general, it is a good idea to wait for at least one week before flying after nose surgery. Swelling is common for seven to ten days after rhinoplasty, lasting up to three months in some cases. Due to the changes in air pressure, flying can make this swelling worse. It may even increase the risk of long-term swelling, risk of excessive scar tissue, impacting both comfort and results. Although usual saying is that you need to wait for a week, it is recommended you put off flying until swelling has subsided and you have resumed normal activities. This typically means after three to four weeks to be completely safe. Although this timeframe can be different for each patient, it’s worth noting than this is just the average period. It is important that you follow the advice of your plastic surgeon, to make ensure the most beneficial rhinoplasty recovery time.

Advice on Flying After Nose Surgery

If you are an out-of-town patient or if you have travel plans within the first few weeks of recovery, there are certain precautions you will need to know.

  • Take a nasal decongestant like Benadryl Allergy Plus Congestion Ultratabs before taking off.
  • Have a saline nasal spray on hand to help you adjust to changes in pressure

You can consult with your doctor as to what kind of nasal decongestant or spray is the best for you. It is important to note, even with these precautions, increased or renewed swelling, which may last for a few days, is common in patients who fly before complete recovery. Therefore, you should take at least 2-3 weeks off from work for the surgery. 

Final Thought

If you live close to Korea, you could take the opportunity to travel here and set your schedule well ahead of time. Make sure that your trip is at least one week period as the rhinoplasty recovery time. Korea offers wide variety of selections and clinics in Gangnam Area. Since most of the top clinics are in one specific area, it’s convenient for the patient to visit several clinics prior to making the decision if desired. Also your hotel better to be in Gangnam so you don’t have to travel too far from the clinic as you may need multiple visits. A lot of patients come to Korea for rhinoplasty because it’s also a great place to go shopping afterwards. Shin Medical can help you set up the entire schedule and find the best suited clinic for rhinoplasty, or offering simply translation service. As it’s tough for foreigners to find the right clinic that would stand by your side. 

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