How long after breast augmentation can I fly?

How long after breast augmentation can I fly 2023

You’ve decided to undergo breast augmentation surgery and are full of questions. However, you have consulted your surgeon and know what to expect from the procedure. 

But now that you have decided to get breast augmentation surgery, you are probably wondering how soon you can go on vacation after breast enlargement.

Taking care of yourself after plastic surgery is just as important as before. However, if you do not care for your body correctly, you will have bigger scars than expected. 

Moreover, if you do not follow the doctor’s directions precisely post-op, then there is a chance that your recovery may take longer than usual. So, suppose you have had breast augmentation surgery and are looking for tips to help speed up your recovery so that you can resume your everyday life soon. 

In that case, we suggest reading that article till the end as we will be discussing things that every patient must do to recover faster after their breast enlargement surgery:

For example, how soon can you fly after breast augmentation surgery?

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.

It would help if you did not fly or travel more than eight hours after breast augmentation. That is because your body needs time to heal and adjust to any changes in pressure, and flying can raise your blood pressure significantly and increase the risk of complications.

It’s best to wait a week before flying after breast augmentation surgery. After that time, you may be able to fly as long as your procedure has no complications.

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What are the recovery stages after breast enlargement surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is a standard procedure that most women consider at some point in their lives. However, as with any surgery, there are different recovery levels and general healing times.

Here are the different stages of recovery after breast enlargement surgery:

1. Immediate Recovery

That stage lasts about 24-48 hours and includes the immediate postoperative period after surgery when you’re still in the hospital. After that, your breasts will be swollen, tender, bruised, and painful. 

You’ll also have drains to help manage swelling, which should be removed during that stage.

2. Early Recovery

That stage lasts about 7-10 days after surgery and involves managing pain, swelling, and bruising around your breasts, as well as performing a range of motion exercises for your arms and shoulders if you’ve had implants placed under the muscle (submuscular). 

Following your surgeon’s instructions closely during that stage is important to ensure proper healing.

3. Late Recovery

That stage lasts for about 4-6 weeks after surgery. It involves 

  • Managing pain from the incisions, 
  • Performing exercises to strengthen your chest muscles (if they were cut), 
  • Using compression garments to help reduce swelling and scarring around your breasts, 
  • Return to work (if applicable), 
  • And resume normal activities like driving.

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Can I go on vacation after breast augmentation?

If you have breast augmentation, it’s best to wait at least two weeks before traveling. That is because you will have a lot of bruising and swelling in your breasts, which can cause pain and discomfort. 

You will also be sore after your surgery, so a trip may not sound appealing while recovering.

If you had a breast lift alone (without an implant), then there isn’t any reason you shouldn’t be able to travel right away. 

If everything went well with your surgery and there were no complications afterward, you should be safe to go on vacation shortly after the procedure.

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Can high altitude affect breast implants?

It is essential to remember that breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone. High altitudes do not affect these substances, but other factors should be considered when traveling at higher altitudes.

The most common issues associated with high altitudes include the following:

  • Increased risk of rupturing or leaking breast implants
  • Possible swelling and inflammation around the implant site due to air pressure changes in your body
  • Decreased blood supply from a decrease in oxygen available at higher altitudes.

Read Also: What are the different types of breast implants?

Is it normal to feel air bubbles after augmentation?

Yes. Feeling air bubbles, or “foaminess,” is normal after breast augmentation surgery. These are caused by the body’s natural reaction to the implant and will disappear within a few weeks of surgery. 

That does not mean you have an infection or implant leak; you should not worry about it! 

You should also note that if you experience mild discomfort while traveling, you can usually help with pain medication like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). 

However, if you require more potent pain medications such as opioids (codeine), please request them before your trip so they can be given at least 24 hours in advance and take effect before leaving home!

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Do and don’ts?

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


  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Ensure you are drinking plenty of water to help flush your body.
  • Take it easy in the gym for two weeks post-surgery, which will help reduce swelling and bruising. 

However, consult your surgeon before beginning any exercise regime if you intend to do so within two weeks of breast augmentation.


  • Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds (2kg) for two weeks after surgery unless directed otherwise by your surgeon. That includes lifting children or groceries!
  • Do not drive until cleared by the doctor at their follow-up appointment 6-7 days later. 
  • After that, it is recommended that drivers wear a seatbelt even if they don’t usually do so due to potential balance changes caused by swelling/pain after surgery, which may make them feel dizzy when turning corners, etc.

When can I sleep without a bra?

A few factors may affect how long you should wear your surgical bra. Be sure to consult your doctor regarding the specific time best for you. These will include:

  1. Your age
  2. Your body types
  3. The size of your breast implants and type of implant (silicone vs. saline) used during surgery.

It’s always important for patients to wear a supportive sports bra during exercise after breast augmentation surgery. 

The purpose of that is two-fold: 

  1. It helps ensure that the implant doesn’t move or shift out of place, which could cause complications such as capsular contracture or even bruise around the nipple area; 
  2. it also helps prevent excessive pressure on the newly reconstructed tissue created during surgery (known as an “abnormal scar”).

Can I travel for a week after breast augmentation?

Most patients can travel a week after breast augmentation, and the time you should wait to travel will depend on your body and recovery. 

If you feel comfortable, it is better to start traveling sooner than later, which will help avoid swelling from sitting or standing for long periods. You can fly two weeks after breast augmentation surgery, but ensure enough space for your new breasts in the airplane seat next to you before booking a flight for that reason!

How tight should my post-surgery bra be?

The answer depends on the type of surgery you had. For example, if you had a breast lift, experts recommend wearing a sports bra for the first week to help your skin and tissues recover. 

After that, you can wear whatever type of bra feels most comfortable. 

If you had a breast augmentation, it’s essential to wear a tight-fitting bra after the first week (like underwire or compression) so that there’s less movement in your implants, which will help reduce their chance of shifting out place during recovery.

How long does the tightness last after surgery?

The tightness after breast augmentation surgery is usual, and it should begin to subside within a few days, but it may last up to two weeks after your procedure. 

If you have implants, the tightness may be worse than natural breasts. It can also be more challenging to alleviate if you had a breast lift as part of your procedure.

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How long after breast surgery can I swim?

You should avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for two weeks after breast augmentation; that depends on how much fluid is in the breasts and the pain you experience when lying down or bending. 

If you have a lot of fluid in your breasts, it may be best to wait longer before swimming. 

Also, if you experience pain when bending over or lying down after surgery, swimming may not be safe until the discomfort has subsided enough for you to do so comfortably.

To reduce the risk of capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery, where scar tissue forms around the implant resulting in hardening. 

It’s also recommended that people avoid doing exercises involving deep breathing in cold water for six weeks after placing their implants underneath their 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.

How long do you need to wear the compression bra?

If you had a breast augmentation, you would wear the bra for four weeks. Then, you can take it off when you shower. The doctor may have given you a specific number of hours that the bra should be worn daily, such as 12 hours every day for four weeks or 20 hours every day for three weeks. 

Follow these instructions carefully, as missing too much time in your bra could lead to poor healing and other complications.

Afterward, it’s important not to get your breasts wet until they are fully healed, at least six months after surgery which is often longer than recommended. 

If water gets on them during that period and causes swelling or redness around the incision site, contact your surgeon immediately!

Can breast implants cause stretch marks?

No, breast implants do not cause stretch marks. Instead, stretch marks result from rapid weight gain or loss, and it sounds like you’ve gained some weight recently. 

If that is the case, your stretch marks will most likely be less noticeable after your breast augmentation as long as you don’t lose any weight you lost before surgery. 

However, if you’re worried about them being visible after surgery, talk to your plastic surgeon about other options, such as getting a lift instead!

If you don’t have stretch marks issues, and if that’s the case for many women, don’t worry about them during or after your procedure.

What if I lose or gain weight after surgery?

If you lose or gain weight after breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon may choose to replace the implants. That is because a change in your chest size can affect how your breasts look and feel.

If you have gained weight since surgery, your new breasts will likely be saggy and off-center than their original position. As a result, they may require removal and replacement with slightly smaller implants, so they are firmer and match better.

If you have lost weight since surgery, your new breasts will likely be higher than expected and closer together than desired. 

In that case, they may require removal and replacement with slightly larger implants so that they are fuller feeling while still being able to hold their shape without sagging too much due to gravity pulling them down (or up!).

Should I massage my breasts after augmentation?

There are some excellent reasons for massaging your breasts. One reason is that massaging your breasts will encourage them to get bigger. In addition, massaging your breasts after breast augmentation can help increase blood flow to the area and improve soft tissue healing.

Massaging also helps to stimulate new collagen growth in the skin, which can help reduce the chance of scarring and promote skin tone. 

Massaging also increases lymphatic flow, which helps reduce swelling and bruising.

You should only massage your breasts after augmentation surgery if your plastic surgeon says it’s okay. 

While there are massage benefits, there are also risks associated with it, such as infection or bleeding under the skin caused by rubbing off any scabs or stitches that may be present on your new breast implants.


Most patients can travel several weeks after breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. However, the first two to three weeks at home are the most critical time for recovery after a cosmetic procedure, so it is best to recover in the comfort of your home. 

Consulting your surgeon is the best way to determine if you can take a trip. They will have been with you throughout your recovery and know when you are ready to travel.

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Boob job in Turkey Frequently Asked Questions

There are 2 airports in Istanbul 

  • Istanbul airport (IST)
  • Sabiha Gökçen (SAW)

You can book a ticket to one of them because we offer a pick-up service from both airports at Hayat Med Clinic.

You need to stay 7 nights in Turkey for the operation, so if you book the arrival flight Monday, the departure needs to be the next Monday.

After you check the availability with our consultants and buy your ticket, you need to send us a copy. Then all your arrangements will start, and we will send you a confirmation letter

Breast augmentation surgery is usually performed using general anesthesia, no matter which type of implant you choose. So, you’ll sleep through the procedure.
You will stay in the hospital for one night after the operation to avoid any side effects caused by general anesthesia.

Yes, breast implants are safe. We use the best brands with silicone gel implants; they have four shell layers, so there is no leaking risk.

In addition, there is less risk of capsulation and low fracture risk due to the surface and construction. 

HayatMed Clinic recommends you take seven days off work for office-based work. If you drive, you will need to find another transport form as our doctors do not advise you to drive for two weeks. If you try heavy lifting or other exhausting physical action, please consult your clinic doctors for the best guidance.

The answer, of course, is NO.

When you make a reservation with Hayat Med Clinic, we will send a signed contract containing all the previously agreed-upon details. You will not pay any additional costs.

In most cases, the operation is done under general anesthesia. The process takes about two hours, and you do not need an escort to come with you to Turkey.
Our driver will pick you up at the hotel immediately after the operation. Ensure adequate rest after the operation and lie down as much as possible.

The answer is YES

you can combine other operations with boob job surgery, such as laser liposuction, abdominoplasty surgery, surgery for nose, Etc.

The answer is simply on the third day of the procedure.

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Binsy George
Binsy George

Binsy brings over 13 years of expertise to the HayatMed Clinic Blog. With a passion for healthcare communication, she has crafted insightful articles that demystify complex medical topics, empowering readers to make informed decisions about their well-being.
Her wealth of experience ensures that each blog post is a reliable source of knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding of health and medical advancements.

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