While many people look for a reputable, Royal College certified facial cosmetic surgeon in their local area, if they can’t find one they’re impressed with, it makes sense to travel for your procedure. Toronto is home to Dr. Phillip Solomon, double board-certified and renowned facial surgeon. He operates out of his own, private and fully accredited clinic, the Solomon Nasal and Facial Plastic Surgery Centre or in hospital if preferred.
When people decide to fly to Toronto for their surgery, a little extra knowledge and planning may be required. We believe in patients being fully informed and confident about all the details before making decisions for their care. This ensures the greatest satisfaction and beautiful outcomes.
If you travel to Toronto for a facelift, at some point, you’ll need to get back home. The safe timeframe for each person will vary a little because each health situation is unique. Based on your medical history and a number of personal factors, Dr. Solomon will give you a detailed estimate for the timing of appointments and departures, but you should plan to be flexible as well in case of unforeseen delays.
The primary concern with flying and healing is that changing pressure in the air affects blood pressure, circulation and in turn, bleeding and clotting risks. Airplane cabin pressure changes can also increase facial swelling that can be unpleasant in the days post-procedure.
Depending on the length of your flight and your personal situation, excess swelling may linger and delay your healing, or re-open bleeding vessels that had been sealed during surgery. Another concern regarding flights- especially long ones- is the re-circulated and dry air that can expedite the spreading of bacteria and viruses between people, putting you at risk.
Many of Dr. Solomon’s patients make arrangements to stay in this vibrant, metropolitan city for at least 7-10 days. That allows for the majority of swelling, bruising and bleeding risks to pass. It also allows for flexibility with post-operative appointments and to give Dr. Solomon a chance to assess recovery before giving the all-clear. Many people no longer feel the need to take strong pain medication by the 4-7 day mark and will be healthy, strong and ready to travel.
For those who have past issues with blood clots or other factors that elevate these risks, flying within the first two weeks might not be advised. Though this is rare, detailed conversations with your surgeon before booking the trip will ensure you have no unpleasant surprises and a stress-free experience.
It’s often well worth it to go a little out of your way when scheduling a transformative, cosmetic surgery procedure. We recommend that you plan a buffer of time around the OR day to ensure ample rest, recovery and assessment opportunities before heading home. Talk with your surgeon about the plan for long-term follow-up appointments so you know how best to communicate and when you’ll need to visit again.
When you’re ready to talk about next steps toward a rejuvenating facelift, we welcome you to contact us at the Solomon Nasal and Facial Plastic Surgery Centre and schedule your consultation today. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.
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In order to best assist you, we require all cosmetic patients to schedule a virtual or in-person consultation. There is a fee of $200 plus HST for all consultations. Your consultation fee will be credited towards your procedure and/or treatment. To schedule a consultation, please complete the attached form or call our office at 905-764-7799. We look forward to hearing from you.