Is there an ideal time for cosmetic surgery?

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Sep 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

best-time-for-cosmetic-surgerySomeone once said, “Timing is everything.” When it comes to plastic surgery, how do you know when the best time is to schedule your procedure and recovery? There may not be any perfect or ideal time for plastic surgery, but some periods may be better than others for certain procedures. Some patients may find it helpful to consider the weather and clothing options to hide bandages and incisions during healing, while others may find it beneficial to consider life events when planning their plastic surgery.

Plan ahead and consider upcoming life events

If you know that you have a wedding, vacation, or other life event in your future, you may find it beneficial to consider planning your plastic surgery around these events. This would include building in time from your consultation to the surgery plus additional time for recovery. For some procedures, this may mean a matter of weeks, while for other procedures such as breast augmentation or a tummy tuck, it may be several weeks to a few months. Ideally, schedule your cosmetic surgery consultation as far ahead of time as possible and discuss your timeline with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will work with you to come up with a  surgery and recovery timeline to help you to be ready well before your big event.

Plastic surgery from winter to early spring

The winter is typically a good time for any cosmetic procedure, but particularly body procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast surgery, liposuction, and similar procedures. During the cooler part of the year, most of us are likely to wear long sleeves, sweaters, and bulky clothing that will easily hide bandages, swelling, and other evidence of plastic surgery. Many of us also spend more time indoors and are less physically active during cold weather, which is ideal for recovery when you need extra rest and plenty of time to recuperate from your plastic surgery. The winter months also have significantly longer school breaks, and many are accustomed to having major holidays off from work and school -- adding to the potential downtime ideal for recovery.

Plastic surgery during the spring months

If winter doesn’t suite your timetable for plastic surgery, consider the spring months. It isn’t warm enough yet for swimsuits, short sleeves, and higher hemlines, so you still have the advantage of being able to hide incisions and post-operative bandages with bulky, larger clothing that covers up more of the body. In addition, the spring is ideal for plastic surgery in anticipation of the summer months. You’ll still have time to recover before summer, but you’ll also be able to ease back into outdoor activities as your recovery progresses and temperatures begin to heat up. You’ll be able to recover from surgery while also working on losing any excess weight you may have gained over the holidays under your plastic surgeon’s guidance. If you have school-aged children, spring may also be ideal rather than winter since your children will be back in school -- allowing you to rest, relax, and recover for several hours each day without interruption. Spring is a good time for breast augmentation, breast lifts, or combined breast procedures, body contouring, and mommy makeovers.

Plastic surgery during the summer

Summer may be the least popular time period during which to undergo plastic surgery for two reasons. First, it is hot, and second, many of us prefer to wear clothes that show off much more of our body -- making it difficult to hide evidence of plastic surgery. Staying inside and under wraps may not be comfortable or fun during the summer months.

Plastic surgery during the fall and early winter

A significant advantage for plastic surgery during the fall and early winter is the ability to recover before the holidays and winter festivities. The weather is also beginning to cool -- allowing for the ability to wear more concealing clothing, covering up evidence of plastic surgery while you heal. Body and breast procedures are popular during the fall months.

Final tips on scheduling your plastic surgery

Ultimately, regardless of what season it is or what the weather is like, you should schedule your plastic surgery for a time that allows you the maximum amount of recovery time to relax and heal with a minimum of responsibilities and obligations.

To learn more about your plastic surgery options and scheduling your surgery at a time that is ideal for you and allows for the maximum healing, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing locations or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location. We look forward to hearing from you.

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