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Is Winter the Best Season for Plastic Surgery Recovery?

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Tue 12/04/2018 - 18:02

With our Minnesota winter fast approaching, seasoned residents understand there are some things we can’t do in the colder climate. The dropping temperatures prevent many activities, but there are a few items on our to-do list which winter offers a great opportunity to accomplish.

Although exterior home repairs, lawn care, and most other outdoor activities are best put off until spring, aesthetic surgery for facial beauty or improving body contours will fit nicely into your winter lifestyle. There are several reasons why; here are a few:

Perfect Time to Miss Work

Winter starts with consecutive holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With these come an opportunity to schedule surgeries around customary days off from work. Planning surgery right before Thanksgiving will allow recovery before the New Year. With work holidays factored in, relying on paid vacation time will be at a minimum. This time of year, it’s common to plan holidays and time away from the normal routine, as many industries slow down toward the last calendar months.

Limiting lost days from work will also limit lost wages which will make the procedure more affordable. It’s a great time to jockey the couch and binge-watch those television shows which you’ve been trying to catch up.

Perfect Time to Stay Indoors

Let’s face it, Minnesota winters keep most people inside regardless of whether they are recovering from plastic surgery. Camping out inside or having a “staycation” will not induce suspicions from friends and neighbors because they are probably doing the same thing when possible. With rain, sleet, and snow, few people will be seen milling around outside when heaters and roaring fires are much more appealing.

With your family, you can schedule indoor events like board games, renting movies, or having informal social gatherings and meals. While you may miss a few social events, you can make those up with the ones you love the most.

Easier to Cover Up

With freezing temperatures, most people decide to stay indoors. However, when you must leave during your recovery, you can do so while covering with several layers. It’s a time when you can hide bandages, compression garments, swelling and bruising, as well as any visible incisions. Turtlenecks, sweaters, scarfs, ski caps and overcoats will work wonders to camouflage the effects from surgery.

Winter will allow you to leave the house without being self-conscious or wearing layers when it’s too warm.

Plastic Surgery as a Gift

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, plastic surgery has become a popular gift in the last few years. Spouses and significant others are readily showing their love by making it possible to have what many have been wanting for years. There are no crowds to contend with, and this perfect gift is not only enhancing beauty or improving contours but also increasing self-confidence and esteem. Many spouses schedule the consultation and put the confirmation in a card as a gift.

Perfect Way to Start the New Year

A subtle but pleasing improvement in your appearance is a great way to will start your New Year off with a new you. You will also have a new lease on life as you begin 2019 with youthful-looking skin or sleeker body contours.

You will be plenty ready for those spring events like graduations and spring festivals. And don’t forget enjoying the summer with your new facial look or lean figure.

Procedures to Consider in the Winter

Although many cosmetic procedures require little downtime, most plastic surgeries will require extended recovery. From the face to the body, here are some surgical procedures which are best scheduled during winter.

Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty not only enhances your facial appearance but function as well. Nose surgery for aesthetics or function will require some time away from the public. Bruising and swelling are on the most prominent area of your face and may temporarily create side-effects may want to hide for a while. Because businesses slow down and many take vacations during this time of year, Winter is a great time to schedule a rhinoplasty.

Facial Surgery

Much like rhinoplasty, a facelift and a brow lift require several days of downtime and recovery. Typically, two weeks off from work is necessary to recover and heal properly. During recovery, it’s best to stay indoors and out of the sun: UV rays can have a negative effect on incisions healing properly and creating minimal scarring.

It’s also a good time to break out the scarves and turtlenecks to hide any bruising and swelling on the face, neck, or forehead. Hats and earmuffs are good camouflage as well.

Breast Surgery

Women who want to improve their breasts’ appearance because of aging, pregnancy, nursing or inherited traits have multiple procedures available to them. These surgeries are designed to reconstruct, enlarge, lift, and reshape the breasts to meet your goals.

Breast surgeries are best completed during the winter months. These procedures include a breast lift, breast augmentation, and breast revision surgery. The colder temperatures offer a more comfortable environment for incisions to heal and hiding necessary bandages and compression garments. Loose clothing like sweaters and sweats are great to hide bruising and swelling and remain comfortable. It is also a great time to reduce your activity levels and heal properly.

Neck Lift

Regaining a sleek neck contour by minimizing a double chin or turkey waddle will do wonders for your youthful appearance. Recovery from a neck lift requires loose fitting clothing like button ups popular during the colder months. This type of clothing ensures the neck will be untouched while getting dressed. Scarves and turtlenecks will hide the effects of the surgery as well when they are tolerable.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

This cosmetic procedure enhances facial beauty by smoothing and softening the area around the eyes. Blepharoplasty resolves undereye bags and drooping lids to ensure a youthful appearance as well as better vision.

Protection from the sun is important during eyelid surgery recovery, and it is best to stay indoors for a couple of weeks for proper healing.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

A tummy tuck is designed to strengthen the abdominal wall, remove excess skin and fat, and improve body contours. This procedure is excellent for patients who have experienced sagging abdominal skin and muscle because of pregnancy or weight fluctuations.

Abdominoplasty requires the extensive recovery and winter is the perfect season to heal and lay low. Also, baggy clothes like sweaters and heavy coats will allow the patient to cover up when going outdoors cannot be avoided.


Although liposuction is the less invasive than most cosmetic surgeries, recovery is still required. However, scheduling this procedure in late fall or early winter will have you looking your best during the holiday season. Loose fitting clothes will ensure a quick and comfortable heal, and you’ll be out and about in no time.

Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures provided concurrently to reverse the effects of pregnancy and improve a patient’s body outline after pregnancy and childbirth have created lax skin and stubborn fat deposits. Because tummy tucks and breast surgery are common in a mommy makeover, recovery can be extensive. As with abdominoplasty and breast surgeries, healing indoors and in comfortable clothing is crucial, and winter is the best time of year to accomplish this.

Other Body Contour Procedures

There are other surgeries which will be wise to schedule during the winter months. These include a body lift, thigh lift, and an upper arm lift.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about a procedure you have been thinking about for some time, schedule a consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Fasching.

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