Summary: What are the advantages of getting plastic surgery over the summer months? Most plastic surgeons will probably tell you that any procedure can be performed at any time of the year. But there are certainly some seasonal behaviors–especially during the summer–that you may wish to avoid.
What Are the Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery Over the Summer Months?
There are some seasons which are a little more advantageous than others when it comes to plastic surgery. And summer is not generally considered to be a great set of months for healing up from plastic surgery. That’s because the heat (and the sweating) and the sun aren’t really all that great for your body’s natural healing mechanisms. But are there any advantages to getting plastic surgery over the summer?
For some patients, there might be some advantage, yes. As with many topics in plastic surgery, much will come down to your personal preferences and individual physiology. But, to a certain extent, some of these advantages will also come down to your living situation and your schedule.
Being able to take time off of work (perhaps discreetly) is, after all, a big part of the plastic surgery process. And it may be that, in those summer months, you’re more likely to be able to find the time to make sure you recover well. The schedule of your procedure–and of the ensuing recovery–is something you should make sure to discuss with your plastic surgeon during your consultation (everything will depend on your surgeon’s schedule, as well). What are the advantages of getting plastic surgery over the summer? Well, the specific advantages–those depend on you.
The “Holiday” Loophole
Taking a couple of weeks off of work to recover from plastic surgery might… look bad. It depends on your employer, of course, and on the people around you. But there are some very legitimate reasons why you might not want to make your plastic surgery procedure all that public.
So the ability to take advantage of the so-called “holiday” loophole is quite tempting. Because all you need to do during these summer months, then, is to tell everyone you’re taking a vacation. Tell them you’ll be out of the country for two weeks or taking a short holiday break. You can then use those two weeks to recover from your procedure.
Depending on your work situation, even if you tell all your co-workers that you’re spending a week or two on holiday, it might be a good idea to tell your human resources department the real reason you’re taking time off of work, just in case you need to ask for any work-from-home days in the near future. This “holiday” loophole tends to work exceptionally well for teachers, since they tend to get the summers off anyway.
It’s Too Hot to Go Outdoors
Depending on where you live, summers can get incredibly hot–sweltering, even. And when the temperatures outside get that warm, it’s easy to find a reason to stay indoors. That’s kind of a good thing when it comes to recovering from plastic surgery.
When we talk about plastic surgery in the summer, some people envision themselves spending their days lounging next to the pool while they recover. It’s a romantic image, for sure, but one that’s not all that great for your recovery. The heat and the sun can exacerbate your swelling (which can compromise your results). And you also want to be careful about how water interacts with your incision site (your surgeon will give you detailed directions about this).
So maybe it should not come as a shock that one of the best places for you to recover from your surgery is in your air conditioned house. (Now, of course, not everyone has air conditioning–and that’s something to consider as you’re planning your plastic surgery procedure date.)
Work With Your Schedule and Your Surgeons
Ultimately, when you’re determining when to undergo your plastic surgery, you’ll have to figure out your schedule and your surgeon’s schedule (and find a time that works for both of you). For the vast majority of patients and the vast majority of procedures, the season of year probably won’t make that big of a difference.
But it might, and it’s definitely worth having that discussion with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon during your initial consultation. If it’s something you’re thinking about–if you’re wondering about the advantages of getting plastic surgery over the summer–then it’s a topic you can revisit as you continue meeting with your surgeon and planning your procedure.
After all, it’s always a good idea to have open and honest discussions about your desired results and your expectations for your surgery. The best place to get any kind of plastic surgery personalized advice is always going to be from your plastic or cosmetic surgeon, no matter the season.
This article was written in conjunction with the staff at South Shore Plastic Surgery and Clear Lake Hand Center, based in Houston, TX.