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Can I Fly After Botox?

Can You Fly After Botox And Filler Treatment?

The precautions to take after having Botox and Filler treatment has possibly been misrepresented, and in this post I hope to shed some light on these mistruths.

The misconception around Botox and Flying

Being unable to fly following Botox treatment was thought to be due to a potential negative impact high cabin pressure would cause to the result.  It has long been thought that Botox, once injected, can spread very easily to an adjacent muscle which has not been specifically targeted. In doing so, this could result in an unwanted aesthetic result like drooping of the eyelid, asymmetry or an unbalanced appearance.

Research has shown that the product is taken up by the facial muscles and nerves in just five minutes. This means that five minutes after the injection, the product should be fully in place and you are free to carry out your normal activities, including flying if you wish.

Bruising and swelling

Due to the increase in cabin pressure when flying, the relatively low levels of oxygen and recycled air in the aircraft, mean the conditions are not ideal for your skin.  If you are unlucky enough to be left with a small bruise or a bit of swelling around the injection points, this can be exacerbated due to the changes in altitude.

Should flying wait following fillers?

Fillers can take 2-3 weeks to fully settle and integrate with the facial tissues.  Following the initial treatment, you may experience some bruising or swelling. Again, changes in cabin pressure can precipitate the worsening of any swelling or bruising. Also, if you are prone to water retention after flying or have experienced swelling after previous treatment, then this is something that you should definitely take into consideration. 

Potential Complications

Another factor which should also be considered is the risk of late-onset side effects and complications and the potential need for further assessment and treatment. Although very rare, especially if it is your first time, you may not know exactly how your skin will react to the treatment.  

For this reason, I would advise you to plan your treatment at least 2 weeks prior to your trip, so if any unwanted effects were to take place, they can be managed safely and efficiently.

To Fly or not to Fly?

In summary, it’s always best to plan your treatments in advance and where possible, wait at least 1-2 weeks before flying after Botox or Filler treatments. This allows you to see the best results from your aesthetic treatments, gives any swelling or bruising time to go down, and reduces the chance of you experiencing complications that cannot be easily remedied from abroad.

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