When is the Best Time to Get Plastic Surgery?

December 15, 2020

Did you know that plastic surgery has an “off season?” Many patients are surprised to learn that plastic surgeons actually see fewer clients during the fall and winter months. However, this is actually the best time to schedule your procedure for several reasons! If you’ve been considering a plastic surgery procedure, here are a few reasons you may be better off scheduling it for this winter.

Plenty of Time to Plan Ahead

It’s most common for patients to start considering plastic surgery during the spring and summer, when they’re wearing shorts or swimsuits and noticing things they’d like to change. Waiting until the winter to schedule that procedure gives you the benefit of plenty of time to plan ahead. When you’re choosing plastic surgery, there’s a lot to consider, from the specific procedure that will achieve your results to the right plastic surgeon for you to scheduling time away from work or your routine for recovery.

Recover and Enjoy Results by Spring and Summer

Most plastic surgery procedures require about a week to two weeks of downtime to recover before patients are ready to return to work or school. Beyond those two weeks, however, results usually continue to improve over time, with residual swelling subsiding or scars fading for several weeks after the procedure. For example, it takes about three months for final results after liposuction or blepharoplasty or six months after a tummy tuck or facelift. While you might be ready to return to your normal routine after a week or two, you might not be ready to show off your results just yet. Scheduling your plastic surgery for the winter months gives you more than enough time to completely heal by spring and summer, when you’ll be ready to show off your results.

Easily Avoid Sun Exposure

Many plastic surgery procedures, especially those for your face, like a facelift or blepharoplasty, require you to avoid sun exposure as much as possible through the healing period. This helps to avoid more significant scarring or other negative side effects. Even in southern climates like Atlanta, it’s easier to avoid sunlight during the winter months, when you’re probably spending more time indoors anyway.

Conceal Side Effects with Bulky Winter Clothing

While you’re healing, it’s easier to conceal side effects like swelling or incisions under sweaters, scarves, and other winter clothing than your summer wardrobe. Some patients also feel more comfortable easing their way into showing off results from body procedures like breast augmentation or liposuction so that the fact they’ve chosen to have plastic surgery is less detectable by coworkers or casual acquaintances. Having a procedure in the winter makes it easier to disguise your results under bulkier clothing if you choose.

Scheduling is Simple

For most plastic surgeons, the winter months are their “slow season.” Most people are more conscious of their looks during the spring and summer, so they’re more likely to book a consultation at this time. Booking your appointment for plastic surgery during the slower fall and winter season means that your wait will likely be shorter, and Dr. DiFrancesco will have more availability for appointments that suit your schedule.

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule a consultation with Dr. DiFrancesco, call our Atlanta office at (404) 531-2478 or request your appointment online.

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