One common question I hear at our Albany plastic surgery practice is, “When is the best time of year to get a cosmetic procedure?” As the seasons change, many people start to contemplate whether it might be time for a change to their bodies, as well. All procedures can work at any time of year depending on your lifestyle, but here are some advantages to each season.
- Fall: With the kids heading back to school and a wardrobe shift that includes sweaters and bulkier clothing items, fall is a good time for many procedures, including breast augmentation, liposuction, and other body surgeries. If you get a procedure in the fall, you’ll be able to show off your results come the holidays.
- Winter: The winter months are a busy time for plastic surgeons. Some people take advantage of long holiday vacations and a lighter work load to schedule a procedure. The weather is cold enough to necessitate heavy coats, scarves, and hats — perfect for hiding facelift incisions — or heal from breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery.
- Spring: Many people like to schedule their procedures in the spring so that by the time summer arrives, they can enjoy their results. It’s still cool enough in many areas of the country to wear sweaters and heavier coats, so you can literally keep your recovery under wraps.
- Summer: Summer is the most popular time of year for teachers to get surgery because of summer vacation, when they can recover in the air conditioning. Otherwise, the heat and humidity can cause excessive swelling and slow down recovery. For those who don’t want to take on extensive procedures during the swimsuit months, summer is a great time to schedule BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal filler, or other non-surgical treatments.