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Do I Need to Tape My Nose When Flying After Rhinoplasty?




Undergoing a rhinoplasty can be a transformative experience, both aesthetically and in terms of breathing functionality. However, post-surgery care is crucial for ensuring the best possible outcome, and this includes considerations for air travel. Many patients wonder when it's safe to fly after rhinoplasty and what precautions they should take, including whether to tape the nose during flights. In this article we answer commonly asked questions to help ensure your post-rhinoplasty air travel is as safe and comfortable as possible.


How long after a rhinoplasty can I fly in a plane?

It is generally advised to wait 1 week before flying after undergoing rhinoplasty. This period allows for the initial healing phase to pass, during which time you might experience swelling, bruising, and heightened sensitivity. Flying too soon can heighten these symptoms due to changes in cabin pressure and the dry air onboard. Additionally, waiting ensures that you are able to easily see your surgeon should any complications arise. It is always a good idea to consult with your surgeon, as they might adjust this timeframe based on your specific circumstances and the details of your surgery.


What are potential risks of flying after rhinoplasty?

Flying immediately after a rhinoplasty poses a few risks. Changes in air pressure in an airplane cabin can lead to increased swelling and discomfort in the nasal tissues. There is also a higher risk of nosebleeds as the cabin air tends to be dry, which can irritate the sensitive nasal passages that are still healing. Additionally, the lack of quick access to medical care in case of an emergency is a concern.


Do I need to tape my nose when flying?

Taping your nose when flying after a rhinoplasty helps control swelling and stabilize the nasal tissues as they heal. Taping can also provide extra support to the newly shaped nasal structures, potentially mitigating the effects of pressure changes during the flight. It can also act as a protective barrier against accidental bumps from luggage or other passengers, which is more likely in the cramped spaces of an aircraft.


Should I tape my nose post-surgery? For how long?

Immediately after your rhinoplasty with Noses and Necks New York, your nose will be taped by our skilled team. Post-surgery, following your surgeon’s instructions on taping will contribute to a successful healing process. Dr. Shah’s recommendations for how to tape your nose and for how long will vary case by case. Below is a helpful video on how to properly tape your nose after a rhinoplasty.






In conclusion, if you're considering flying after a rhinoplasty, it is important to stick to the guidelines and take the right precautions to make sure you're comfortable and safe. Taping your nose prior to takeoff is a good way to control swelling and help with pressure changes. Always listen to what your surgeon recommends and give yourself 1 week's time to heal before you hop on a plane.

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