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When Is the Best Time to Get Plastic Surgery?

The best time of year to get plastic surgery depends on you and your goals. It is simply better to undergo certain procedures at certain times of the year to allow an appropriate period for safe recovery, the concealment of swelling and scars, and to provide the best alibi to the people you prefer not to tell.

Planning ahead also allows you to make certain incidental changes, like hair color or makeup, to shake things up in your appearance just enough to throw nosey friends off the scent. If you plan to diet first, it’s advantageous to get plastic surgery after your weight loss (or when your weight plateaus and stabilizes) to maximize your cosmetic surgery’s results. If you’re getting multiple types of cosmetic surgery, it’s beneficial to plan what type of plastic surgery you should get first.

While December is a very popular and busy time to go under the knife, since most people have more time off during the holidays, there are other options.


Dr. Rotatori’s Seasonal Plastic Surgery Recommendations

“When is the best time of year to do this surgery?”

“Is winter a better time for a facelift than say summer— when it is hot and the sun is strongest?”

“When is the best time to schedule breast augmentation or liposuction to allow swelling to go down so I can show off my new body in a bathing suit?”

To answer these questions and more, Dr. Rotatori outlined when to get plastic surgery for the most common types of plastic surgery based on the time of year.

Winter: Mid-December through March

Universally, winter is an ideal time to undergo just about any type of cosmetic surgery, from facelift to liposuction.

Cooler weather allows bulkier clothing to conceal swelling and bruising. Turtlenecks, scarves and hats also hide the effects of a facelift, eyelid tuck, laser resurfacing, brow-lift and rhinoplasty. Bulky sweaters and trousers camouflage the obvious change in your body’s build from any type of cosmetic surgery from breast augmentations, breast reductions, liposuctions or tummy-tucks.

No to mention, winter is an ideal season to get plastic surgery since rest and recovery is important and it is best to stay out of direct strong sunlight after most common types of plastic surgery operations. Winter is certainly an easier time to do this, even in warmer, southern climates such as here in Orlando, Florida.

While an ideal time to get plastic surgery due to climate, winter months tend to be a slower time for many businesses, combined with long holiday weekends, people tend to have more time off. Getting plastic surgery is also a popular New Year’s resolution, making January - March twice as popular of a time to get plastic surgery.


Top Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in the Winter

  • Winter clothing conceals changes & healing process
  • Major Holidays equates to longer time off work

  • Long holiday weekends (Martin Luther King, President’s Day)

  • Recovery requires avoiding strong direct sunlight


Best Types of Plastic Surgeries to Get in the Winter

  • Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty (nose job)

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck)

  • Brow lift

  • Body Contouring-Liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck), etc.

  • Breast surgery; reduction, lift, or augmentation

  • Laser resurfacing


Spring: April through June

Spring is another busy and advantageous season to get plastic surgery. For one, many are starting to plan for warm weather. Between the beach, bathing suits, less clothing, summer parties, weddings and vacations— most people simply have a mindset to get cosmetic surgery done in spring so they can be bikini-ready.

If you’re against getting plastic surgery in the winter because you want to enjoy the holidays or play winter sports, many of the same advantages of getting plastic surgery in the winter apply to spring as well. Not to mention, getting plastic surgery in the spring gives you a chance to diet and exercise to lose any extra holiday weight.


Top Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in Spring

  • Kids are still in school
  • Spring holidays and long weekends to recuperate

  • Bikini-ready just in time for summer


Best Types of Plastic Surgeries to Get in the Spring

  • Breast surgery
  • Body contouring

  • Facial surgery


Summer: July through August

While the least popular time of year to get plastic surgery, Summer is a good option for those ok with staying indoors. With summer a common time for extended vacations, you’ll have plenty of time to heal and recuperate as long as you’re ok with staying indoors and out of the direct sunlight. Hiding indoors to heal isn’t so bad in the comfort of your air conditioning.

Post plastic surgery poolside healing is not recommend, however. It’s not even a good idea to recuperate in the shade during the summer months because the heat and sun can exacerbate prolonged swelling and cause post-op bleeding. If you do decide to have surgery during the summer, plan on staying indoors for 3-4 weeks. Many body contouring procedures require abdominal binders or elastic girdles post-op to assist recovery, are not comfortably worn in the heat anyways.

Summer is, however, a bad time for laser resurfacing. This is because treated areas must not have any exposure to the sun for at least 6 weeks! Also, immature or new scars should not be exposed to direct sunlight. An immature scar that is allowed to tan, will stay tan and be more noticeable.


Top Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in Summer

  • Summer vacations provides time to heal
  • A common time for vacations, providing a alibi

  • Your body will heal in time for cool-weather activities


Best Types of Plastic Surgeries to Get in the Summer

  • Botox, fillers etc.
  • Breast surgery

  • Facelift

  • Rhinoplasty (nose job)

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck)

  • Brow lift

  • Body contouring-liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck), etc.

  • Breast surgery; reduction, lift, or augmentation



Fall: September Through Early December

Fall is also an advantageous season to get plastic surgery. For one, many are starting to plan for holiday parties and cool weather outdoor fun. If you’re against getting plastic surgery in the summer because you want to enjoy warm weather, many of the same advantages of getting plastic surgery in the spring apply to fall as well. Not to mention, if you had an active summer, you may be at an ideal weight to maximize success from a body contouring surgical procedure. Plastic surgery in the fall months also allow you to fully recover in time for holiday festivities.


Top Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in Fall

  • Sweater weather conceals healing
  • Heal just in time for the holidays

  • Long weekends help you get plenty of time to recuperate


Best Types of Plastic Surgeries to Get in the Fall

  • Face and nose
  • Breast surgery

  • Body contouring-liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck), etc.


Planning a surgical procedure, but aren’t sure which month is the best time of year for you? [Schedule a free consultation] with Dr. Rotatori, today.


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