With the summer sun shining and holiday plans in full swing, travelling seems to be back with a bang. As everyone’s’ calendar becomes booked and busy, there’s a burning question on everyone’s lips (in some cases, quite literally) as they get ready for the summer of a lifetime: “can I fly after filler?”.

As dermal fillers and injectables gain popularity on the pampering circuit, especially when it comes to holiday prep, many people undergoing these treatments are left wondering about the impact on their travel plans and potential recovery time. 

We’re here to unveil all the secrets that you need to know about taking a flight after getting fillers, so you can love every moment of your results without any worries holding you back.

Answering Your Holiday Questions

Can I Fly After Filler?

Yes, and no…

    Whilst there is no rule to flying after a filler appointment, it is typically recommended against by aesthetic practitioners to fly immediately after an injectables session. However, given enough time for the filler to settle, there are no major issues with flying with filler. 

    It’s recommended that you wait a minimum of one week after your treatment to jet off; flying sooner than this recommended time is generally not considered medically safe due to the potential risk of recurring swelling and bruising. This is because during a flight, the air pressure in the cabin, alongside the dry air can contribute dehydration in the body, often leading to extra inflammation. Despite a lack of reports of serious complications due to flying with filler, it has been shown that flying immediately after a filler treatment can significantly worsen side-effects such as bruising, redness and swelling, especially on longer flights.

    There is ongoing debate surrounding the advisability of flying shortly after receiving dermal fillers. However, it is crucial to consult with your practitioner to make an informed and individual decision for you. Since each person may have different side effects when flying after the treatment, it is vital to get complete clarity of any potential contradictions from your practitioner before embarking on your flight. After all, nobody wants to deal with a bruised face whilst on holiday, right?

    How Long Before My Holiday Should I Book My Filler Appointments?

    Besides the pressing question of ‘can I fly with filler’, one of the most common inquiries our practitioners receive pertains to ‘how long before my holiday should I book my filler appointments’. 

    Summer months are often booked and busy with numerous social events, such as day drinking and holidays, prompting more people to put their best look forward. However, this poses a challenge for individuals who need to plan their treatments alongside their events. While people want their treatments to appear fresh and noticeable, they must also consider potential downtime and side effects.

    Ideally, we recommend allowing a one to two week interval between your filler appointment and your holiday to ensure adequate recovery time. All types of fillers, include REVOLAX, require a period to settle into the injected area and for any side-effects to subside. Moreover, this designated recovery phase allows for healing and addresses any potential issues that may arise, giving your practitioner an opportunity to resolve them.

    We all aspire to look our best in holiday snapshots, so it’s important to prioritise your healing before embarking on your trip to help amplify the impact of your holiday glow-up!

    Always consult with your practitioner and disclose any holiday plans so they can advise you the best treatment protocol for you dependent on your goals.

    I Have to Fly! How Should I Prepare?

    In the event that you find yourself needing to fly immediately or shortly after a filler appointment, there are several in-flight care tips that you can take on board, quite literally!

    • Stay hydrated: Hydration is crucial, especially when flying and experiencing changes in air pressure. The effects of fillers during air travel can be unpredictable, but keeping your body well-hydrated is your best strategy to maintain a more balanced state and minimise more intense side-effects.

    • Use Arnica cream: Consider using Arnica cream, a homeopathic remedy with anti-inflammatory properties, before and after your procedure. This cream can help minimise swelling and bruising, offering some relief during your flight and in time for your holiday.

    • Pack an ice pack or request ice: If you anticipate a longer flight, it’s a good idea to bring along an ice pack or ask your flight attendant for some ice. By gently rubbing the ice over the injected area, you can provide additional protection and soothe any brusing.

    Remember, these tips are not fool proof, but they can provide some comfort and potentially alleviate certain symptoms during your flight. However, it’s essential to consult with your practitioner beforehand to receive personalised advice based on your specific situation.

    REVOLAX’s Takeaway

    So ‘can I fly after filler’, of course you can!

    The main thing in this instance is staying prepared and clear on the potential side-effects. By choosing a practitioner that truly understands your needs and concerns is the difference between a quick, happy, and painless procedure and recovery versus one filled with complications and risks.

    For unmatched results, flights or not, enquire about REVOLAX at your local clinic today.