If you’ve been considering plastic surgery for a while, we’d like to let you in on a secret: winter is the best time to go under the knife.
Why is winter the best time to get cosmetic surgery? One simple reason: recovery is easier.
From being recovered in time for swimsuit season to the ability to conceal bandages and compression garments under your winter clothes, here are seven reasons to get cosmetic surgery in the winter.
Why Winter is the Best Time to Get Plastic Surgery
1. You’ll Be Recovered in Time for Swimsuit Season
If one of your reasons for getting cosmetic surgery is looking better in a swimsuit, don’t wait until summer to go under the knife. Recovery for procedures like breast augmentation and BBL (Brazilian butt lift) takes around 3 months. To be ready for summer activities by June, you’ll want to get your surgery no later than late March or early April. We recommend getting your procedure even earlier so you have a bit of a buffer in your recovery time.
2. You Can Relax and Recover
During the summer, most of us travel and spend time outdoors. During the winter, not so much. Recovery during the winter means you won’t be missing out on any summer fun. Winter gives you the opportunity to stay inside with a good book (or your favorite streaming service), some hot cocoa, and let your body recover.
3. You’ll Have to Take Less Time Off for Recovery
Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, most of us get more time off in November, December, and January than any other time of the year. Why not use some of that PTO to recover from surgery?
And since most businesses tend to slow down around the holidays, you might be able to take some extra time off without missing too much at work.
4. It’s Easier to Conceal Bandages and Swelling
Hiding bandages, compression garments, and swelling while wearing summer clothes is difficult. If you’re concerned about any of the above showing, it’s much easier to hide them under sweaters and coats in the winter. Plus, compression garments add an extra layer of warmth, something you’ll probably welcome in the winter!
5. It’s Easier to Avoid Direct Sunlight
Believe it or not, direct sunlight after your surgery can extend your recovery time and even make your scars more prominent. After your surgery, any form of direct heat can exacerbate swelling and make inflammation worse. This is why we sometimes recommend applying ice packs post-surgery.
In addition, direct sunlight on your scars can cause them to darken. Sometimes this hyperpigmentation is permanent. And a sunburn on a fresh scar almost always results in permanent hyperpigmentation. Most plastic surgery procedures have relatively inconspicuous scars so sunlight can cause what should be invisible to become very visible.
6. Start the New Year off with a New Look
A new year is a chance for a fresh start and if you’ve been considering plastic surgery, the beginning of the year is a great time to get your new look. Set the tone for your year by putting yourself first and getting the body you’ve always wanted!