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Is winter the best time to have plastic surgery?
The decision to get plastic surgery is a big one. But once you’ve made up your mind, there is another major choice you’ll have to make: when to schedule your procedure.
Many patients choose winter for their surgeries, explained Dr. Simeon Wall, Jr., a board-certified plastic surgeon and the president of the Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons to Melissa Chapman for Smart Beauty Guide. Wall explained there aren’t many medical benefits to choosing the colder months over summertime, but many patients have cited several social advantages to opting for surgery in November, December and January.
Recovery time off
Any major procedure will require a fair amount of time to recover. It’s common for a patient to experience swelling or pain in the days that follow the operation, and surgeons recommend taking it easy for a bit to heal. However, taking time off of work isn’t always easy. Luckily, the winter months include holidays for many working Americans, like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Many patients avoid getting surgery in the warm, summer months because it means their scars, swelling and bruising may be on display, given the common attire of sundresses, shorts and swimsuits. However, colder months encourage warm, cozy clothing and loose-fitting layers that are ideal for hiding bandages, stitches and other identifying post-surgery marks.
Additionally, compression garments worn after surgery can be uncomfortably warm during a sweltering summer, but are much more bearable when you’re going to be bundled up anyway.
“Many of our mommy makeover patients like having their surgery in the winter months too because they can stay cooler while they are in their compression garment, and they can wear bulkier clothing over the garment and no one will know they have it on,” Wall told Chapman.
Fun without the sun
Certain procedures require patients to avoid sunlight for a few days to prevent adverse effects. For instance, New Beauty pointed out that laser treatments and chemical peels can cause skin to peel in the days following the treatment, and sunlight can irritate the skin. Avoiding the sun is easier to do when the days are shorter and there is less emphasis on outdoor activities.
For other procedures, avoiding sunlight isn’t required for proper healing, but many patients would rather stay indoors anyway due to pain, swelling or a desire to hide bandages.
The season of giving
The holidays are often seen as a season of gift-giving. While many people opt for toys, ties and other typical presents, plastic surgery is starting to become a more common gift. Some women like to have a mother-daughter day of skin treatment while other couples treat each other to a much-wanted elective procedure, noted the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Giving gifts to others is often the theme of the season, but showing yourself some love is also important. Treating yourself to a procedure that will make you feel more confident or comfortable could be just the thing you need to make this winter a great one.