Timing is everything, especially when it come to procedures with long recovery times, and patients often ask what time of year is the best for plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures. In a recent article on the Huffington Post, NYC plastic surgeon and author Dr. Robert Tornambe discusses some of the ways that you can plan your procedure around the seasons.
Winter is a great time for undergoing cosmetic surgeries. You can wear bulkier clothing to conceal scars and swelling, more easily avoid direct sunlight, and combine your recovery period with winter vacations. It’s the season for just about everything: facelifts, rhinoplasties, liposuction, and breast surgeries.
Spring is the lead-up to bikini season and has some of the same advantages of winter. Body contouring and facial surgeries are excellent options during this time of year. If you’re considering breast augmentation or liposuction, be sure that your body has lots of time to recover before you hit the beaches!
Summer is usually the best time for minor procedures, such as Botox and facial fillers. Heat and sun are usually bad for post-operative swelling and can often produce discomfort. Immature or new scars should never be exposed to direct sunlight, since they will stay tanned and be more noticeable. However, some people may still wish to pursue surgeries during this time of year, especially if they have summer vacations. They should be prepared to stay indoors for 1-2 weeks.
Autumn is the time to consider your appearance for the holidays. Surgeries targeting the face, nose, breasts, and body can improve your look in time for winter festivities and New Year’s parties.
To learn more about how to optimize your plastic surgery schedule, whether it’s in California or beyond, be sure to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon.