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5 Reasons Why Winter Is a Pretty Perfect Time for Plastic Surgery

Person relaxing in pajamas with a hot beverage in front of burning fireplace.

It’s chilly outside, your summer clothes are on hiatus and you’ve just stuffed away the Christmas boxes. Winter isn’t exactly the time you might have procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction or a tummy tuck on your mind. But as it turns out, there are lots of reasons why this time of year is actually the best time for plastic surgery procedures.

1. More Flexible Vacation Time

Since most people plan vacations, weekends away and day trips during the sunny summer months, requesting time off during peak season can be hard, if not impossible. So why not take advantage of the quieter winter season and treat yourself to that body contouring procedure you’ve had on your wish list?

The amount of time you’ll need to take away from work and other daily activities will depend on the procedure(s) you choose. After getting a tummy tuck, for instance, most people plan to take around two weeks off work, whereas you might be able to get back to your desk a little sooner after breast enhancement or liposuction.

2. Enjoy a Comfier Recovery

After your plastic surgery, you will most likely be instructed to wear a special compression garment to help reduce swelling while you heal. But if your procedure is in the dog days of summer, you might be stuck cranking the AC or dripping by the fan. In the winter, on the other hand, recovery can be cooler and comfier all around.

As an added bonus, if you have kids, they’ll be back in school this time of year, allowing you to get some peace and quiet around the house while you rest up.

3. Winter Wardrobes Make Great Camouflage

Another perk about winter plastic surgeries is that your wardrobe is usually much more conducive to comfort and concealing. Baggy sweats, zip-up hoodies and lots and lots of blankets are just what you need to not only feel comfy and cozy while you recover, but also to camouflage any swelling or bruising you might experience after your procedure.

Swelling can last for a few months after plastic surgery.

4. You’ll See Results in Time for Summer

Think about it: if you schedule your breast augmentation in June, you’ll be stuck inside recovering for the better part of the summer. But if you plan your procedure for the winter months, you’ll have plenty of time to get back on your feet, heal and show off your beautiful results in time for lazy days by the pool and exciting beach vacations.

Keep in mind that it can take 6 months or more to see your final results after most plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation and abdominoplasty. And during the first several weeks of recovery, you’ll have to stay out of the sun and avoid swimming and hot tubs, so plan enough wiggle room into your plastic surgery timeline.

5. Get Motivated to Stick to Healthy Habits All Year Long

Coming out of New Year’s, your resolutions for living a healthier lifestyle are fresh on the brain. What better way to stay motivated to eat healthy and exercise all year long than to treat yourself to a cosmetic procedure you’ve been wanting for some time now?

Many people say that their plastic surgery served as excellent motivation to get and stay fit and healthy, even years after their procedure.


5 Reasons Why Winter Is a Pretty Perfect Time for Plastic Surgery
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5 Reasons Why Winter Is a Pretty Perfect Time for Plastic Surgery
Why is winter the best time for plastic surgery? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti of Concord, California shares five top reasons.
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