Why Winter is the Best Time for Plastic Surgery

Starting your plastic surgery journey with questions is totally normal. Curiosity is a positive indicator of having a thoughtful approach to self-care — a trait anyone (including you) deserves to be proud of.

Before asking questions about surgical focus areas, it’s best to figure out when to get the procedure. Why? Because when you’re not worrying about comfort or timing during recovery, you can focus on what’s most important: your renewed sense of self-confidence.

When it comes to the best time to get plastic surgery, the answer is easy: winter. We’ll explain why below.

What is the best time to get plastic surgery?

Winter is the best time to get plastic surgery because it provides a more comfortable environment to recover in while ensuring patients the time to safely heal before skin-showing summertime. Plus:

  • It’s easier to avoid questions about your procedure in the winter. Layered winter clothing allows for better concealment of post-surgery dressings or compression garments, providing both privacy and convenience during the initial recovery stages.
  • People often have more scheduling flexibility in winter. Winter months often have fewer social obligations and outdoor activities, providing opportunity for discreet recovery to those with that preference. It’s often easier to take time off work during the holiday break period, too.
  • Having something to look forward to during dreary months can make a difference. The winter blues can be alleviated by the anticipation of a positive change, providing a psychological boost during darker, colder months when they’re harder to come by.

These benefits are particularly apparent in popular procedures like cosmetic breast surgery, tummy tucks and mommy makeovers.

Does cold weather affect surgery sites or recovery?

Cold weather can help make it easier to deal with post-surgical inflammation. One of the most common experiences for those recovering from plastic surgery is swelling at the surgical site. Cooler temperatures in the winter make it easier for those recovering from plastic surgery because they don’t have to concurrently deal with summer’s heat, sweat and humidity.

With less sun in the winter, your surgical site will also be more protected against sun exposure, which can impact the healing process.

What is the busiest month for surgery?

The busiest months at plastic surgery clinics are often the same as the best months. This means that winter often includes the highest number of people seeking out the positive changes that can come with plastic surgery.

If you’re interested in ensuring your plastic surgery procedure gets all the benefits of a wintertime recovery, it’s important to start the scheduling process as early in the year as possible. Decisions about plastic surgery aren’t meant to be made in an instant, after all. Giving yourself the time to process, choose and decide on the best change for your sense of beauty and self means giving yourself the time for lasting success.

At Renew Plastic Surgery, we’re here to help you every step of the way. There’s no denying our calendars fill up fast, however, so we always recommend starting sooner rather than later.

To make the process easy, you can call +(952) 208-6415 for a free consultation anytime we’re open. Otherwise, you can jump straight to Requesting an Appointment and a member of our team will be in touch with you ASAP regarding next steps.

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