Medical tourists coming for plastic surgery in Turkey usually end up with prolonging their stay. Turkey is one of the top tourist destinations around the globe for a reason. After achieving your desired body shape or appearance, you might feel like exploring the city and having a relaxing vacation. There’s something about travelling that makes people leave their worries behind. Everything seems so tiny when you realize the vast magnitude of the sprawling earth. The experience can be divine, so there’s little you can do to resist being a part of it. However, after the surgery, your body will change so you might not be able to live like before, at least for some time.
Depending upon your procedure, recovery time is going to vary. For instance, those who’ve had a dental treatment will have a much faster recovery period in contrast to those who’ve had plastic surgery. Moreover, the physical health of the patient also determines how long it will take for them to completely heal. Your medical history, age, genetics, any ailments and ongoing prescription medications will all play a vital part in determining your recovery period. So, make sure that the time you spend in Turkey is not exacting on your body. Of course, your surgeon will guide you about the things that you can and cannot do. If you have any specific concerns, you can share them with your doctor.
This guide will only provide you with general information for each surgery. However, you have to consult with your surgeon, as each patients’ needs are unique. Through this, you can also come better prepared for your plastic surgery in Turkey.
What’s to See in Turkey?
The fusion of Eastern and Western influences is what gives Turkey its cultural charm. Cathedrals, mosques, museums, ancient bazaars, emerald water beaches, beautiful sunsets, and rich Turkish cuisines are just a few reasons why one might never want to leave the place.
Longevita offers medical treatments in Istanbul and Izmir. The former attracts the greatest number of foreign tourists than any other city in Turkey. Bosporus Strait, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, Taksim Square, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Grand and Spice Bazaar, and Sultanahmet Square are a few tourist hotspots.
As far as Izmir is concerned, it also remains unparalleled in its beauty. Alsancak, Asansor, Clock Tower, Agora, Ephesus, Kemeralti Bazaar, Key Museum, Arkas Art Center and, of course, the cascading water of Pamukkale, the cotton castle, cannot be missed out when you’re in Turkey. You might even get plagued with a sense of regret for not being able to see all these wonders. That is why many people decide before even arriving in Turkey that soon after their surgery, it’ll be vacation time. While it can be the case for you, you might encounter some hindrance in implementing your plans in full force. That’s because soon after your surgery, all that your body will want is rest.
How You Can Enjoy Turkey After the Surgery
That’ll depend on the type of surgery you’ve had. So, let’s take a look at all the possible scenarios.
Dental Treatment in Turkey
Most dental procedures don’t take more than a few hours. They are done under local anaesthesia. Once the effects of the anaesthetics have worn off, and the patient doesn’t feel dizzy or sleepy, they can go explore the city. It’s better if all the sites visited are within the city limits because dental treatments require following check-up appointments.
If you’re planning to go somewhere, make sure that you inform your Patients Relations Specialist about your planned activities to get appropriate professional advice.
Breast Surgery in Turkey
If you have had breast surgery in Turkey, then we strongly advise against any tourist activity until you’ve had your first check-up with the surgeon. Pain threshold varies from one patient to another. Some may feel just fine after a day or two of the surgery, but for others, it is better if they rest comfortably in their hotel rooms.
Swelling is commonly experienced by those who’ve had breast augmentation, reduction, or uplift. It will persist for three whole months, in most cases. You might also experience sudden pains in the first two weeks. However, you shouldn’t worry about them.
After having breast surgery, you cannot go swimming for a few weeks. You also have to avoid the sun as you can become susceptible to bacterial infections and hyperpigmentation. You can take short, frequent walks. However, listen to your body and rest when you want to. There are numerous sites in the cities of Istanbul and Izmir where you can take a walk. You can discover the ancient bazaars, explore some historical places, or walk along the sea coast.
Tummy Tuck in Turkey
You cannot go shopping or sight-seeing for a few days after your tummy tuck surgery in Turkey. You’ll be required to stay at the hospital for a minimum of two days post-op. Patients usually experience moderate pain in this type of surgery which can be dealt with a painkiller.
After having a tummy tuck in Turkey, you cannot go into any swimming pools or saunas. Any activity that makes you sweat should be completely avoided as the surgical wound has to be kept clean and dry. Walking is good as it can improve blood circulation. This is important for healing faster. Wherever you go, make sure that you’re not alone as your balance and strength could be compromised.
Liposuction in Turkey
Usually, it’s alright if the patient decides to visit some tourist attractions around the city, just a few days after having liposuction in Turkey. You might have swelling, itchiness, small bumps, and pain for the first few days. It is completely normal. We will provide you with painkillers.
After having this surgery, your surgeon will advise you to start walking as soon as possible. That’s because it’ll lower the risk of blood clots formation. Here too, you’re not allowed to go swimming or visit any saunas or Turkish bath/Hammam. You’ll have to wait for at least a month before performing any of these activities. We want you to enjoy the results of your plastic surgery in Turkey, but responsibly.
Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) in Turkey
A a few days after having this surgery, you’re allowed to go around the city. There might be accompanying swelling, pain, and small bumps, but it’s normal. We highly encourage you to walk. You can start short, frequent walks right after the surgery as it’ll improve your blood circulation, which speeds up the healing process. As our clinics are quite close to famous historical sites and some great monuments, you can easily take a walk there. It can even improve the results of your plastic surgery in Turkey.
Nose Job in Turkey
If you’ve had a nose job in Turkey, you can definitely go outside just a day after the surgery. However, it is not advised for those who are experiencing too much swelling or bruising. Generally, plan on taking it easy. Although you will not feel pain while you heal, it is still possible to injure it. You may walk as much as you like while discovering the hidden beauties in Izmir and Istanbul.
Face-Lift in Turkey
Longevita recommends that you stay in the hospital for one day after the surgery. Make sure to rest for one whole day after the discharge. You may go outside afterwards. However, avoid the sun. Walking slowly in the fresh air will fasten your recovery process. It’s better if the area you’re walking in has a shade.
You can expect the swelling and bruising to go away two weeks after the surgery. Your surgeon will advise you to very gently massage the surgical site. Check out for any signs of infection in the wound. To reduce its risk, keep the area clean and dry.
Eyelid Surgery in Turkey
A day’s rest will be enough for this surgery. You may go outside to visit the city but avoid any dusty areas. Be cautious by wearing sunglasses and a cap. Please do not wear any make-up to cover your surgical areas.
Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey
Stay in your hotel room for the first day after discharge. Your eyes may be sensitive to light and dust. You should also not stare at the TV screen or computer for a long time. Also, going to the cinema might not be a good thing. Do check in with your surgeon about further details.
Hair Transplant in Turkey
Patients usually feel fine just a day after having a hair transplant in Turkey. Some even choose to fly back the very next day, which is okay. However, in this case, too, you have to avoid the sun because the grafts might get infected. Swimming, sauna, or sun-bathing are also out of the picture temporarily after this procedure. You can go to restaurants, shopping, and historical sites, etc.
As you might’ve noticed, for all of the surgeries, you’re required to stay out of the sun, swimming pools, saunas, or hammams. However, you only have to face these restrictions temporarily. The purpose is for you to achieve the best results after your plastic surgery in Turkey.
If you have any questions about your procedure or want to know whether you can perform one activity or another, you can ask for our aftercare support team here. Our staff is always available to receive any requests you may have. We want you to feel comfortable making your journey to Turkey so, don’t hesitate to contact us or book a call with a member of staff.