Out of Town Patients Plastic Surgery

A plane lands in Tampa Bay, Florida carrying an out of town patient for Arviv Plastic Surgery

If you’re looking for the best cosmetic surgery results, sometimes you have to broaden your search. Fortunately, Arviv Plastic Surgery is happy to help out-of-town patients. From arranging stays at plastic surgery after-care facilities in Tampa and finding transportation to your appointments, our patient coordinator and staff are ready to make your trip as convenient and comfortable as possible.

Out-of-Town Planning Guide

To ensure our out-of-town patients’ plastic surgery care is the smoothest experience, we recommend planning the details of your trip well in advance. Of course, there are many things to do in preparation for both surgery and travel, so we’ve created this planning guide to assist.

About Your Initial Consultation

For out of town patients, plastic surgery can either have a virtual consultation or an in-person one with our top-rated plastic surgeon and doctor.. For a virtual consultation, we ask that you send us photos for Dr. Ahmed Abdullah to review:

      • Left side
      • Right side
      • Back
      • Front

You can email the photos along with relevant medical history and medical care information such as prescriptions and health conditions. We will respond with information about price, financing options, and a discussion of the procedure. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have through subsequent emails.

About Your Procedure

Your recovery time depends on the type of procedure you’re having. We’ll discuss in detail what you can expect for the initial recovery period and follow-up care beforehand, but here’s a brief explanation for several types of surgical procedures.

Breast Surgeries & Procedures

Breast augmentations, lifts, reductions, and reconstructions are outpatient surgical procedures. The typical initial recovery period is one week. Immediately following the day of surgery, you may experience pain and swelling at the surgical site, but this is expected. To ensure proper healing and minimize pain, we’ll provide aftercare instructions, schedule a post op visit as well as arrange for several follow-up visits.

Tummy Tuck

Recovery from abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) usually takes three to four weeks. Since most patients experience grogginess from the anesthesia, we advise that you have a caretaker for at least the first 24 hours. We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment a few days after your procedure.

Gender Reassignment Surgery

Patients who undergo gender reassignment surgery typically need help with basic tasks for the first day but can begin to walk by the second. You’ll have several follow-up appointments and should be cleared to return home by the ninth day. However, it may take up to three weeks to see improvement at the surgical site after this reconstructive procedure.

Face Lift

Recovery time from a face lift generally takes several weeks, though you’ll be healed enough to do basic tasks after a few days. After this cosmetic procedure, we recommend having a caretaker for the first 24 hours, as the grogginess from the anesthesia takes a while to wear off.


Most patients can resume daily activities a week after this outpatient procedure, though swelling may take several weeks to abate fully. Our clinic requires several follow-up appointments for physical examination to ensure you’re healing correctly. For the first 72 hours, you should have a caretaker to assist with everyday activities.

Travel Information

So, how should you get to Tampa, and where will you stay for your recovery? Since your mobility may be limited after surgical procedures, it’s essential to finalize these details beforehand.

While many out-of-town patients’ getting plastic surgery procedures travel with a loved one, it’s no problem if you plan to come alone. We can arrange for a caretaker to help you with a variety of tasks during days of surgery recovery:

      • Dressing
      • Personal hygiene
      • Meal preparation
      • Shopping
      • Prescription pickup

Please note that you agree to financial responsibility for these services should a caretaker be arranged for you.

Airport & Transportation

For maximum convenience, it’s best to make travel arrangements both to and from Tampa in advance. If you’re out of state, the fastest option is to fly. Once you’re in Tampa, you have a variety of transportation options.

Tampa International Airport

The Tampa International Airport is the closest airport to our office and is only 30 minutes away. It has many resources for travelers, including restaurants, shopping, and transportation options.

Rental Cars

TIA has a Rental Car Center accessible by the SkyConnect train system. There, you can make arrangements with any of the following rental companies:

      • Advantage
      • National Car Rental
      • Zipcar
      • Thrifty Car Rental
      • Sixt
      • Ace Rent a Car
      • Payless
      • Executive
      • Fox Rent-a-Car
      • Hertz
      • Alamo
      • Avis
      • Budget
      • Enterprise
      • Dollar Car Rental


If you prefer not to drive yourself, you can hire a United Cab or Yellow Cab taxi. There are always plenty of taxis available at the airport, so you can easily find a cab to take you to your destination.

Transportation Network Companies

Transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber are available. You can be picked up from the Rental Car Center, Blue Baggage Claim, or Red Baggage Claim.

Hotels in the Area

Since recovery can take several days, you want to find a hotel close to our office that offers a comfortable space to stay. Here is a list of hotels in Tampa that are top-rated and affordable:

      • DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Rocky Point Waterfront
      • Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar
      • Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Oldsmar
      • Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar

Scheduling Arviv Plastic Surgery Center Consultations

If you’re ready to change your life, then it’s time to call Arviv Plastic Surgery Center in Tampa, FL. Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ahmed Abdullah is internationally celebrated for his work with surgical patients, and our staff is dedicated to providing ample support during your stay. To learn more or schedule a consultation, give us a call at 813-336-6771 or contact us online.

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