By Sacha Obaid
Spring? Summer? Winter? Fall? When planning out your cosmetic surgery, one of the most important (and often overlooked) elements to keep in mind is the time of year. After all, seasonal differences don’t only affect the way people feel; they can also affect the outcome of your operation.
While something can be said for every season, two in particular stand out: fall and winter. Here’s why the gloomiest of weather offers the brightest opportunity for success and why fall and winter are the best times for plastic surgery!
After your surgery is complete, you’re going to need some time to physically recover. Whether your recovery period is a couple of days or a couple of weeks, scheduling your surgery during the fall or winter season can make recovering significantly easier. For one, the cold months can help reduce feelings of anxiety, as you’re less likely to feel as though you’re missing out on participating in fun outdoor activities. Plus, since you’ll probably already be wearing multiple layers, you’ll feel (and look) more comfortable wearing any post-op garments your surgeon recommends to facilitate healing. You’ll just be a little extra toasty!
Everyone loves sunny days, but when it comes to recovering from plastic surgery, the sun is not your friend. Minimizing sun exposure during recovery is essential, especially if you’re planning a facial surgery or skin resurfacing treatment; excess sun exposure not only slows the healing proces, but can cause the post-op skin of chemical and laser peel patients to darken and scar. Even incisions on the breasts and abdomen need to be protected from sunlight so that they can heal properly and with minimal discoloration. Scheduling your procedure during the cooler months will help you avoid the sun’s harsh rays and recover successfully.
Time to Relax
Even in the best of times, the fall and winter seasons seem to slow us down, driving us into a kind of waking hibernation. After an operation, those feelings are only increased. Fortunately, with the holidays around, the cold season offers a lot of downtime to do give your post-op body just what it needs: relaxation. By having your operation done in time for the holidays, you ensure your body gets the time it needs to recuperate. Whether you choose to get away and rest up in style at a medical resort or curl up at home with the support of family and friends, a fall or winter “staycation” can be just what the doctor ordered.
Prepare for Spring and Summer
By getting your surgery performed during the cold season, however, you ensure more than a relaxing recovery. Best of all, you ensure that your body will be ready to go on display when it matters most: the hot spring and summer months. Having your surgery ahead of time means you’ll have time to prepare a wardrobe that’s flaunts your new figure, giving you the chance to shine when bathing suit season arrives. Say goodbye to your old uncertainties and hello to the new, confident you!