When can I fly following liposuction?
For all general anaesthetics I would recommend not flying for 4 weeks following any surgery requiring general anaesthetic. In certain scenarios it may be possible to fly sooner than this but the risks and complications e.g. DVT are increased if one flies sooner following a general anaesthetic. The risks are reduced if one wears thrombembolic stockings, drink plenty of fluids, mobilise during the flight and are only going on a short flight bit flying within 4 weeks is not recommended and patients wishing to fly before this should weigh up the pros and cons and alternatives. For liposuction under local anaesthetic I would always advise staying local in the first week or so following surgery. There are less risks of complications following local anaesthetic although there still is a risk and one needs to consider the pros and cons before proceeding.