How long after breast augmentation can I fly?

How long after breast augmentation can I fly 2023

Decide on breast augmentation, and you may want to plan post-surgery activities, like a vacation. Take good care of yourself to heal well and reduce scars. 

Follow your doctor’s post-op instructions for a smooth recovery. Read the full article for tips on speeding up healing after breast enlargement surgery.

How soon can you fly after breast augmentation surgery?

How soon can you fly after breast augmentation surgery 2024

The answer to that question depends on several factors, including 

  1. The type of surgery, 
  2. whether it was performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia, 
  3. and whether you’ve had other surgeries.

Wait a week after breast augmentation before flying, especially for long trips over eight hours. This helps healing and reduces complications.

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Read More: Breast Enlargement in Turkey

Can I travel for a week after breast augmentation?

Most patients can travel a week after breast augmentation, but it depends on how quickly you recover. It’s better to start traveling early to avoid swelling from sitting or standing too long. 

Make sure there’s enough space for your new breasts in the airplane seat before booking, and it’s recommended to fly two weeks after surgery.

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Is it okay to take a vacation after getting breast augmentation?

Wait two weeks after breast augmentation before traveling. Bruising and swelling can cause pain, and post-surgery soreness may make a trip less appealing during recovery. If you had only a Breast Uplift Turkey (no implant), you can likely travel right away. 

If the surgery went well with no complications, you should be safe to go on vacation soon after the procedure.

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How long after breast surgery can I swim?

After breast augmentation, don’t swim in chlorinated pools for two weeks, depending on breast fluid and pain. If you have a lot of fluid or pain, wait longer. 

To lower capsular contracture risk, avoid deep-breathing exercises in cold water for six weeks after putting implants under pectoral muscles.

Sunbathing after breast surgery

Sunbathing after breast surgery is fine, but do not overdo it. If you have had breast augmentation surgery, you should wait until your incisions heal before sunbathing. 

You should also use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin.

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What are the recovery stages after breast enlargement surgery?

What are the recovery stages after breast enlargement surgery fly article

Breast augmentation recovery has specific stages:

  • Initial 24-48 hours: Swelling, tenderness, bruising, and pain expected. Drains are used and removed during this time.
  • Next 7-10 days: Focus on pain, swelling, and bruising management.
  • If implants are under the muscle, perform arm and shoulder exercises as per the surgeon’s instructions for proper healing.
  • Late recovery (4-6 weeks): Manage incision pain, do chest exercises, use compression garments, and resume work and activities, including driving if necessary.

HayatMed Clinic, located in Istanbul/Turkey, is highly experienced in performing plastic surgery with satisfactory results and affordable cost, according to patients’ evaluations. We offer a free consultation on WhatsApp.

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Do and don’ts After Breast Augmentation?

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 There are some general guidelines for what to do and not do after breast surgery.


  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Take it easy at the gym for two weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and bruising; consult your surgeon before exercising during this period.


  • Avoid lifting anything heavier than 5 pounds (2kg) for two weeks post-surgery unless directed otherwise by your surgeon, including children or groceries.
  • Refrain from driving until cleared by the doctor at the 6-7 day follow-up appointment.
  • After clearance, wear a seatbelt while driving to consider potential balance changes due to swelling or pain after surgery, which may cause dizziness.

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How long do you need to wear the compression bra?

Wear the bra for four weeks after breast augmentation, following the daily hours your doctor advised. Skipping time in the bra may affect healing. Keep your breasts dry for at least six months after surgery to avoid problems. If water causes swelling or redness around the incision, contact your surgeon.

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When can I sleep without a bra?

Ask your doctor how long to wear your surgical bra based on your age, body type, and implant details. 

After breast augmentation, wear a supportive sports bra during exercise to prevent issues like implant movement, capsular contracture, or bruising. This also avoids pressure on newly reconstructed tissue.

How tight should my post-surgery bra be?

The recommended bra usage depends on your surgery type. For a breast lift, wear a sports bra the first week for skin and tissue recovery. Afterward, choose the most comfortable bra.

 If it’s breast augmentation, wear a tight-fitting bra after the first week (like underwire or compression) to minimize implant movement and prevent shifting during recovery.


After breast augmentation or lift surgery, most patients can travel after a few weeks. However, the first two to three weeks at home are crucial for recovery. It’s best to recover in the comfort of your home during this time

Frequently Asked Questions

Breast implants (saline or silicone) are fine at high altitudes. But, be aware of:

  • Higher risk of implant rupturing.
  • Potential swelling and inflammation from air pressure changes.
  • Decreased blood supply due to lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes.

It’s normal to feel air bubbles after breast augmentation; they fade in a few weeks. Don’t worry; it’s not an infection or implant issue. Use over-the-counter pain relievers for mild discomfort. For stronger medications, request them in advance, allowing at least 24 hours before your trip.

Breast implants won’t cause stretch marks. If you gained weight, they may be less noticeable after augmentation, but it’s crucial to maintain your weight. Discuss concerns with your surgeon, exploring options like a lift. If you don’t have stretch marks, no need to worry before or after the procedure.

Weight changes after breast augmentation may require implant replacement.

  • If you gain weight, consider smaller, firmer implants for less sagging.
  • Weight loss may need slightly larger implants for a fuller feel without excessive sagging.

Breast massage helps growth, blood flow, and reduces scarring and swelling. Get approval from your surgeon before proceeding to avoid infection or bleeding risks.

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Zeyna Aslan, a medical writer at Hayatmed Clinic, brings 13 years of experience in the field. She excels in creating clear, engaging content that educates and informs. Zeyna's expertise spans across plastic surgery and hair transplant procedures. Her work helps potential patients understand their options and make informed decisions. At Hayatmed Clinic, Zeyna's dedication to quality content plays a vital role in converting visitors into satisfied patients. see profile on linkedin


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