Did you know we’re entering “plastic surgery season”? Now that summer is over, people who are interested in cosmetic improvements are beginning to book their procedures. Late fall and winter have always been the busiest time of year for plastic surgeons for a number of reasons.
Reason #1: Time to Recover Over the Holidays
Why winter? It offers a few advantages if you’re interested in an aesthetic surgery that requires a little bit of downtime for recovery, such as a tummy tuck or a facelift. Many people take advantage of the extended time away from work during the holidays to recover from a procedure, while others prefer to spend the holidays with friends and loved ones and then treat themselves to a cosmetic improvement in the new year. Social events tend to peak around Hanukkah and Christmas, so the months afterward present a natural window of opportunity for recovery.
Reason #2: Time to Heal Before Swimsuit Season
Since the final results of body contouring procedures often take several months to appear, the winter affords you the time to wait until your trim new figure is ready for a swimsuit or resort wear. Bulky sweaters and coats will help you conceal initial swelling from body contouring surgeries such as a tummy tuck while your body recovers. Breast implants also take some months to settle in, so planning a winter surgery is a great way to look naturally endowed by next summer.
Reason #3: It’s Easier to Hide from the Sun
After any surgery, incision sites should be protected from sun, as sun exposure can hamper healing and cause scars to be more obvious. Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation options such as chemical peels also require healing time out of the sun, and while sunscreen is still required, it’s much easier to avoid exposure during the short winter days. Warm winter clothing such as turtlenecks, hats, and scarves can also help hide residual bruising from a facial procedure.
Reason #4: Quietly Make Your New Year’s Resolution Come True
New Year’s resolutions often include makeovers, and a new hairstyle or change in wardrobe can deflect attention away from your larger breasts or your suddenly youthful neck if you prefer not to share all the details of your procedure. After a full recovery period, our patients are sometimes asked if they have been on a vacation because they look so rested—the observer knows that something is different, yet they are unable to pinpoint the change in their appearance. This is the effect we strive for with every cosmetic enhancement—a subtle overall rejuvenation without obvious signs of “having work done.”
If you are considering an aesthetic improvement and are wondering about timing, please contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Zevon. He can help you decide when to plan your procedure so you will be at your absolute best for a special event, and he can also discuss the advantages of having your surgery during the winter or early spring. Contact us today to meet with Dr. Zevon!