While you may not think that there is an ideal season for plastic surgery, there are differences in our lifestyles and activities throughout the year that make some seasons more advantageous for surgical procedures.
For some patients, the cooler autumn and winter months provide an opportune time to stay indoors and wear loose, baggy clothing while recovering from surgery. However, holiday and family commitments during this time can cause stress during recovery.
For others, the summer holidays offer a level of privacy and time off work – unless, of course, there are children in the house, in which case rest and recovery may be more difficult while the children are out of school.
The springtime offers those considering plastic surgery a blend of summer and winter benefits, and for some, the ideal timeframe in which to undergo and recover from their life-changing procedure.
Here, Dr. Josh Waltzman of Waltzman of Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery outlines what patients need as they recover from plastic surgery, and then highlights how the spring and early summer months facilitates relaxed, stress-free recovery time.
Recovering From Plastic Surgery: What is Needed?
Plastic surgery places significant stress on your body. Depending on the type of procedure you undergo, from breast augmentation to liposuction, or a facelift, your body needs plenty of opportunities to adjust after the procedure and fully heal with proper care, nutrition, and hydration.
Your body wants and needs nothing more than sleep, comfort, and relaxation after surgery.
This is best achieved in your own home. During downtime, you give your body a chance to heal any incisions made during the plastic surgery, allow any bruising and swelling to subside, and an opportunity to recalibrate to any reduction in fat tissue or the increased volume of implants.
By reducing your activity levels to a minimum during the first one or two weeks after your procedure, your body has the best chance at quickly adjusting to the procedure. This means no dinner dates, no gym, no dancing, and even no house parties – you need proper rest. During this time, your body also craves adequate nutrition and hydration.
Nutrition and Hydration
Proper nutrition and plenty of water during your recovery is key to ensuring a speedy, complete recovery from plastic surgery.
By staying home and resting, you have the opportunity to eat fresh vegetables, fruits, and your choice of protein sources and treats. Plenty of greens, fish, lean meats, and fruits and vegetables provide your body with all the nutrients required to heal and recalibrate after surgery.
Water is critical – probably more than you think you need – as it helps your body flush and eliminate bruising, swelling, and residual anesthetic and painkilling medication that may be left after the surgery.
Focusing only on rest, food, and water during your recovery is best done when you don’t need to worry about other commitments – which is why for many, spring and early summer are ideal opportunities to get plastic surgery.
As the snow slowly stops, and temperatures hover around a comfortable 60 degrees during the spring, warm, baggy clothing is still ideal in Long Beach during this time, meaning comfort for your incisions and sutures. And with a good chance of rain, staying indoors is also made easy.
Parents and college students alike benefit from the spring timetable. For parents, having children still at school means you can have the house to yourself while you recover. For college students, a brief spring break gives you an ideal opportunity to undergo and recover from plastic surgery without worrying about classes or social commitments.
Time After Holidays
The festive winter season often sees many of us pile on the weight, and promise to lose that weight. In the spring and early summer months, many people will have shed the holiday pounds to get back to their ideal body weight – which is essential for procedures such as breast reduction or body contouring.
Spring offers a time of natural rebirth and rejuvenation. Undergoing plastic surgery during the spring means you will be fully healed and prepared once the warm, sunny days of summer are upon us, looking your best.
Dr. Waltzman is offering both in-person and online video consultations, given the challenging circumstances we now face. To discuss the timing of your procedure, or to book your appointment, don’t hesitate to call (562)-448-6100 or fill out this virtual online consultation form here.