There’s no doubt that botox has become more and more mainstream in recent years. From getting botox delivered to your front door, to getting jabs in your scalp to prolong the life of your , we are turning to cosmetic procedures with less hesitation than we have in the past.
Some of the most decadent among us will opt for aor two in transit, but would you consider getting a little ‘tox or filler while you wait for your connecting flight?
According to New Beauty, South Korea’s Incheon International Airport is planning on opening a cosmetic surgery clinic in their soon-to-open transit terminal. The current beauty capital of the world, which is also a top destination for plastic surgery procedures, has decided to cut out the middle man and allow medical tourists to undergo cosmetic surgery without having to leave the airport.
Although plans have not been finalised for the clinic’s opening, the Korean Association of Plastic Surgeons (KAPS) has already expressed concerns about the dangers of travelling immediately after a cosmetic procedure. “What if a patient cannot get on their scheduled flight due to some unexpected medical problems that occur after the surgeries or treatments,” said a spokesperson for KAPS.\
Natalie Abouchar, registered nurse and founder of Sydney’s Privée Clinic, says that while it’s fairly safe to undergo botox before a flight, there are slighter greater risks when it comes to fillers. “If there is a vascular complication such as blockage of a blood vessel from the filler then this would need immediate attention which may be difficult if the patient is on a long flight” says Abouchar. There is also increased risk of swelling while in flight.
Although a patient may feel fine after leaving the clinic, and even once they board their flight, there is still risks for complications soon after. “Some complications do not present themselves for hours or days after the treatment, so the patient could be on the plane when these occur, which could cause catastrophic damage such as vascular necrosis and permanent scarring” says Abouchar.
There is also risk of bruising, swelling and inadvertent injection into a blood vessel which would need immediate attention and follow up if it does occur. So if you do find yourself in the South Korean airport in future, you might want to bypass that terminal clinic.