Before we say goodbye to 2021, I wanted to take one last time to answer some common plastic surgery questions for my patients. Although I believe that there is no such thing as a “bad” time for cosmetic rejuvenation, it’s true that the winter season does provide some unique advantages for many plastic surgery patients. With this in mind, I wanted to address a few cosmetic surgery topics for my patients to consider this winter and beyond.

Question #1: What makes the winter season more advantageous for plastic surgery patients?

Downtime for cosmetic procedure recovery is an unavoidable part of undergoing plastic surgery. I understand that many people may not be able to take the necessary time off of work to recover following surgery. The major holiday breaks for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s, as well as holiday weekends like Presidents’ Day and MLK Day, provide opportunities for additional days off that other seasons may not afford. Additionally, the cooler winter weather makes it easier for patients to stay inside, away from the sun and wear looser, bulkier clothing that can effectively conceal swelling and bruising that typically occurs after undergoing plastic surgery.

Question #2: I want to undergo rhinoplasty during the winter, but will catching a cold effect my results or lead to complications?

I understand where this is coming from, but there is no need to be concerned if you catch a cold while recovering from rhinoplasty. As long as you follow your plastic surgeon’s after-surgery instructions closely, there is very little chance of experiencing a complication after rhinoplasty, regardless of when you undergo the procedure.

Question #3: What can I expect from recovery following a Brazilian Butt Lift?

While recovering after a Brazilian Butt Lift, pain is often quite minimal. However, it’s important for patients to know that they will not be able to sit or lie directly on their buttocks for between 2 – 3 weeks following surgery in order to promote proper healing and the best results from the procedure. This includes during sleep as well. The exact timeframe can vary depending on the patient. I always make sure to discuss such matters during plastic surgery consultation appointments in my office.

I hope that people will read this and take advantage of all the benefits that the winter season can offer prospective cosmetic surgery patients, regardless of the type of procedure they are interested in undergoing. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional plastic surgery news, tips, practice updates, and much more. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at Southern Plastic Surgery.