Question: If I travel for my rhinoplasty, how soon after surgery is it ok for me to fly home? Are there any precautions I need to take with regards to flying?
Answer: In general, when I have patients who are coming from out of town to have surgery, they have to remain in town for one week. Generally at that time the cast is removed from the nose and the nose is re-examined to make sure that the initial results are acceptable. At that time the patient is then free to fly. When flying, I like to advise my patients to make sure their nose is decongested. I recommend using an oral decongestant and also a topical intranasal decongestant. Also at the time of flying, a chewing gum to help promote Eustachian tube function is also good.