When Is the Best Time of Year for Plastic Surgery?

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woman on laptopThe ideal time to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure will be different for every patient based on their unique lifestyle. In general, though, many men and women prefer to undergo plastic surgery during the fall or winter months (though spring is another common time). With swimsuit season in the past, the end of the year brings cooler weather, less sun exposure, and more time spent indoors. This can make it an easier time to recover from plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. 

While our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Neil Zemmel, recommends plastic surgery whenever it is most convenient for a patient, fall and winter tend to be a popular time for many people. Since the initial recovery tends to be about 1 to 2 weeks for many procedures, such as breast lift, liposuction, and facelift surgeries, the ideal time will ultimately be when you feel ready for surgery and can set aside ample time to recover. 

More extensive plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck or the comprehensive mommy makeover, can take 3 or more weeks of recovery depending on your surgical plan. This is why Dr. Zemmel encourages patients interested in a procedure to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon sooner rather than later. By having several weeks or months to prepare, you can ensure you are able to take enough time off from your job, work around any other plans, and set yourself up for a relaxing recovery.