Strategizing Your Surgery: The Best Time For Cosmetic Surgery

Thinking about going under the knife but not sure when the best time is for plastic surgery? Find out why fall and winter are the ideal times to undergo any surgery.

When our lives are dictated by our schedules, finding time to treat ourselves is often difficult. In fact, one of the most frequent questions asked during a plastic surgery consultation is, “When is the best time to have this surgery?” The truth is, there is an optimal time of year for many procedures to be performed, both because of recovery time and exposure to the elements, and that is in the fall and winter. Here’s why.

3 reasons why now is the best time for cosmetic surgery

  1. Recovery is easier. Many people are hesitant to undergo certain procedures because of the time it takes to recover. For example, with a tummy tuck or facelift, you will want to limit mobility for about five days. Many patients find it difficult to resist the temptation to go enjoy the summer sun during recovery, which is why if you are going to be taking it easy for a few days, the cold, winter months make it easier to stay in bed. December is especially popular because most people take off of work for long stretches of time because of the the holidays. The fall and winter months also make recovery easier because the season’s fashion is best for hiding any post-surgery garments, dressings, swelling or scars. Fall and winter are especially preferred when having facial surgery or laser treatment because the skin is better protected due to lessened risk for sun exposure.
  1. Time to focus on your health. Cosmetic surgery is the perfect way to kick-off your New Year’s resolution. While summer is filled social activities, life tends to slow down from January through March, giving people a chance to focus on their health, with diet and exercise. The same rules apply for cosmetic surgery. For example, patients who have had a facelift or eyelid surgery, are often encouraged to get a body that matches their refreshed new look. Patients who have had breast enhancement, breast lift, or breast reduction, also see their midsection and thighs in a whole new light. Meanwhile, patients who received liposuction or tummy tuck are inspired to maintain, or even further improve upon, the results of their surgery. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the absolute best way to make your results last.   
  1. The Big Reveal. For many patients there is often a specific event or timeframe at which they aim to make their big reveal. For some it is their wedding, or for others it’s Spring Break. If your plan is to show up to this holiday season looking refreshed and fabulous, now is the perfect time for that facelift, eyelid surgery, or botox, because there is no better gift than hearing how incredible you look. If your goal is a flat tummy, thinner thighs, or a voluptuous bosom in time for swimsuit season, having your surgery in the fall or winter will give you plenty of time for swelling to dissolve and your new healthy habits to take shape.

Part of the decision to have plastic surgery means committing to a full recovery. The fall and winter seasons make it easier to do so. Fewer events on the calendar and cooler temps make it significantly easier to press the pause button for a few days, and to maintain discretion before your big reveal. If you are considering having plastic surgery, now is the perfect time make the decision. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Madda, and get excited for fresh new you, tomorrow.