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winter-female-gloves-tunicHappy Holidays, everyone! While plastic surgery is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind for many people during the holiday season, I have said for years that this can be an ideal time of year for many people who are interested in cosmetic rejuvenation. In truth, there’s no “bad” time to pursue a cosmetic procedure that can help you feel better about yourself and the way you look. But I wanted to answer a few questions that I have received over the years about plastic surgery during the holidays and the unique benefits that it can provide patients.

Question #1: How will undergoing plastic surgery in the winter affect my recovery process?

While the time of year you undergo a cosmetic procedure will not alter the recovery itself, there are certain factors that make recovery more simple for patients this time of year. For instance, loose clothing like sweaters and sweats makes it easier to conceal post-surgical swelling and bruising in the days after surgery. Also, more time spent indoors can be helpful since it’s important to avoid overexposure to sunlight after plastic surgery as well. Not to mention the added time away from work or school due to the winter holidays.

Question #2: What kind of plastic surgeries are most common during the holidays?

Timing can be an important factor for some patients. For example, some people undergo body contouring procedures like liposuction or a tummy tuck in order to look their best for the spring and summer seasons. Undergoing a procedure like this during the holidays can be a great way to get the jump on your new physique well in-advance.

Question #3: Will colder temperatures make facial procedures like rhinoplasty more painful to undergo?

I have never heard of this personally. In my personal experience, there’s no greater risk of pain or discomfort, or plastic surgery complications, associated with certain times of year versus others. The important thing is making sure your surgery is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Following all post-surgery instructions closely should help minimize any potential discomfort and help promote a more optimal experience.

There’s a reason that the holidays are often the busiest time of year in many plastic surgery offices. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional plastic surgery news, tips, practice updates, and much more. And lastly, everyone here at Southern Plastic Surgery would like to wish our patients and readers a very Happy Holiday season!