Get Your Body Ready for Summer
Winter and early spring can be the ideal season for cosmetic surgery
Popular New Years’ resolutions for 2015 include losing weight, eating healthier and getting into better shape. However, some things can be harder to change than others. Skin on the face or body that has begun to sag, stubborn fat deposits and breasts that have lost their youthful volume usually don’t respond to any amount of dieting and exercise. Getting started on these problem areas sooner than later can be the best way to shape up your body for beach vacations, poolside parties and outdoor fun.
Depending on your personal schedule, winter and spring can be the perfect time to get your cosmetic surgery procedure. This timing allows your body to heal and your results to develop before it’s time to break out the swimsuits, snug-fitting tops and leg-baring fashions.
See your results in time for spring
The results seen after plastic surgery usually take some time to mature. Having your procedure during the winter allows your results to refine, and any bruising or swelling to subside, prior to pool and beach season. You may see immediate results with breast augmentation, but it can take several weeks for the tissues to relax and the breast implants to settle.
Protect your privacy with winter clothing
Body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck and liposuction often require you to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and provide support during the healing process. After breast augmentation, patients wear a support bra for a week or two after surgery. This extra clothing can be much more comfortable during colder weather compared to the heat of summer. Any bandages are easy to conceal beneath your long pants and winter coat.
Protect your skin from the sun
Too much sun is one of your skin’s worst enemies, especially for recent cosmetic surgery patients. Sun exposure can cause pigmentation issues with incision lines and make them less likely to fade into the surrounding skin. Sun protection is also very important following laser treatments, chemical peels and other skin resurfacing procedures. Less sun and heat during the winter makes it easier to protect your healing skin. However, sunscreen should be worn all year.
The best time to have cosmetic surgery is a personal preference, but winter and early spring are an especially popular season for people who want to get their body and skin ready for bluer skies and warmer weather. Please call our Alabama plastic surgeons at 205-980-1744 or contact us online to get started with your consultation in Birmingham, Alabama with Dr. William Hedden or Dr. Stephen Gunn, board-certified plastic surgeons at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery.