Once you have decided to undergo a cosmetic procedure, it is important to think about when to schedule your surgery. While the actual operation may only take a few hours, you also need to think about how long you will be at home recovering as well as any movement restrictions that may be in place until you are fully healed. So when is the best time of year to plan your surgery?
Keep Your Cool
After some procedures, such as a tummy tuck, you will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to minimize swelling and help your skin conform to your new shape. These garments are tight-fitting and may be uncomfortable in warmer weather. There is also the risk of overheating, although this is very rare. Scheduling your surgery during the fall or winter can help make your recuperation a much more comfortable experience. Colder weather is also better because you are more likely to be content staying at home, making your recovery period easier.
Surgery requires incisions, which means that some scarring will be present after your procedure. Additionally, scars tend to be red and more visible in the early stages of healing, making some patients self-conscious. While incisions made on areas like the abdomen can be concealed even in warmer weather, ones that are made in more visible areas, such as for a facelift or neck lift, are easier to cover with a scarf or hat. No one wants to wear multiple layers of clothing when it is hot outside, so fall and winter are ideal times of the year to conceal your healing incisions.
Be Ready for Summer Fun
Many patients decide to undergo cosmetic surgery because they want to look good in revealing clothing and bathing suits. Procedures like a Mommy Makeover provide overall rejuvenation to the body, and you will probably want to show your new contours to their full advantage. Scheduling your surgery during the colder months of the year will help ensure that you are healed and ready in time for swimsuit season.
No one wants to be stuck in the house during the summer when everyone else is out having fun. Make sure you are completely healed and can take part in all the summer fun by planning your cosmetic procedures during the fall or winter months.
If you are interested in cosmetic surgery and would like to know more, contact our office in Carlsbad, CA, online or by calling 760.637.5288.