One dilemma that many people face when considering cosmetic surgery is choosing the best time of the year to have their procedure. Thinking about it logically, the summer time is when most people are going to want to flaunt their best assets. So, with that in mind, doesn’t that make the autumn and winter months the best time to have cosmetic surgery?
With that being said, here are the 3 fundamental reasons why the colder months make a great time for plastic surgery.
Recovery before spring/summer is much easier
First and foremost, autumn is an excellent time of the year to consider plastic surgery when you factor in the much-needed recovery phase of your respective procedure. While the exact amount of time required to recover will, of course, depend on the type of surgery being undertaken, certain operations require significantly more time.
Let’s take a breast augmentation procedure as a case example. In the vast majority of cases, you will need to allow a few weeks before you will be able to return to your everyday activities. Patients commonly experience adverse symptoms such as swelling and soreness, so you’re likely to feel an element of discomfort.
As a result, you’ll want to be based at home until your doctor feels that you are ready to return to your everyday activities. In this sense, autumn is best suited for the recovery phase as the dark and slightly cooler conditions are more advantageous for comfort.
Throughout, autumn and winter you will be able to cover up your cosmetic surgery incisions. On the contrary, the hot summer months will not give you the same opportunity to cover up, and your incisions could be exposed.
Avoid exposure to the sun
One of the biggest threats to your recovery phase is that of exposure to the sun. In fact, not only can too much sun increase the amount of time it takes for you to recover, but it can also lead to further complications. This can include risks such as scarring and even infection.
This is especially the case in the first few days post-surgery, where the inflammation is greatest. In the case of scarring, too much exposure to the sun can increase the risks of hyperpigmentation, as well as cause your surgery-related scars to darken.
Without intending to state the obvious, if you do engage in plastic surgery during the summer months, then you will of course drastically increase your chances of being exposed to the sun. On the other hand, if you engage in your chosen procedure during the autumn, you will stand the best chance possible of avoiding the sun without needing to take extra precautions.
It’s a great excuse for a cosy stay-cation
On top of being more beneficial for recovery period and limiting prolonged exposure to the sun, undertaking surgery in the autumn months is also a great excuse for a ‘cosy staycation’ By this, we mean that we are all guilty of living a fast-paced life, subsequently leaving very little time to concentrate on our health and well-being.
This is especially the case during the summer months, where generally speaking, there is a lot more going on. Whether it’s family engagements, weddings, evenings out, or our annual holiday – summer is jam-packed with events and activities. This makes it somewhat difficult for you to concentrate fully on your recovery time.
Instead, by undertaking your chosen procedure in the autumn months, you will find it much easier to find the required time that you need to concentrate on your recovery. As there is always the chance that you will need to take some time off work to fully recover, you will also find it easier to get approval from your employer.
On the contrary, the summer months can be a difficult period to get time off work, as many of your fellow colleagues will potentially have the same idea. Moreover, if you are at home with a young family, it is likely that they will have an extended period of time off school during the summer months. This could make it problematic for your recovery period, not least because you will be up and about throughout the day. Once again, this will all-but certainly hinder your ability to recover in the fastest time possible.
In summary, while we appreciate that you might be tempted to hold onto the summer months to undertake your desired procedure, if it involves cosmetic surgery you are best advised to reconsider. As we have discussed in this brief article, the overarching reason for this is that the warm conditions of summer can hinder your ability to recover.
On the other hand, the cool, darker months of autumn are highly conducive for the recovery phase. Not only will you avoid the unnecessary risks of getting exposed to the sun, but you’ll also be far and away from the hustle and bustle that often goes hand-in-hand with the summer months.