Patients who are interested in undergoing facial plastic surgery in Ontario oftentimes find themselves wondering when the best time is to schedule their procedures. There seems to be a general consensus within the plastic surgery community that winter is the ideal time of year to have cosmetic facial plastic surgery done and there are a number of palpable reasons why. No matter what type of surgery you’re planning on having—whether it’s a neck lift, lip augmentation, or rhinoplasty—you’re going to need some serious downtime to completely recuperate. During this time, you might not necessarily want to have to see a lot of people, which makes winter the perfect time of year to schedule your procedure.
Benefits of Facial Plastic Surgery in Winter
Ontario’s cold winter climate provides the absolute perfect backdrop for committing yourself to improving your appearance and boosting your self confidence in the process. Here are a few benefits of having facial cosmetic procedures done during the colder months.
You Can Hide under Thick Layers of Clothing
One of the greatest perks of winter is that you can hide under all of the baggy and bulky clothes you want and no one will ever think twice about it. No matter what type of procedure you have done, there’ll inevitably be some unsightly bruising, swelling, and redness that you might want to cover up. Hoodies, scarves, large sweaters, and infinity knit scarves aren’t uncommon when the frigid temperatures hit, so you can easily hide your plastic surgery scars as you recover.
Longer Recovery Time
Another benefit of having plastic surgery done in the winter time is that this is the time of year when many people take time off of work for vacation. This is especially helpful if you have accumulated vacation time from previous years that you can cash in on. Keep in mind that most procedures require approximately one to two weeks of recovery time. And what better way to recuperate after a cosmetic procedure than relaxing at home?
Limited Sun Exposure
While most people lament that fact that the sun seems to all but disappear during the winter months in Ontario, this is actually a good thing for people recovering from any form of plastic surgery. Strong UV rays from the sun can actually hinder your body’s healing process and they can also make the appearance of scars more apparent. That’s why most plastic surgeons vehemently advise their patients to avoid direct sunlight at all costs for at least the first few days following their surgery.
Improve Appearance for Spring and Summer
By the time spring and summer roll around, you’re going to want to spend as much time outside as possible swimming at the beach, tanning, or playing sports and you can’t do any of that if you’ve just had cosmetic facial plastic surgery. The minimum recovery time for these types of procedures is approximately one to two weeks, but for some people, it could take a lot longer depending on the type and extent of the surgery they’re having.
The best way to adhere to the post-surgery care instructions provided by your facial plastic surgeon is to stay indoors as much as possible and refrain from engaging in any strenuous activities. In some cases, you may be required to wear protective facial or head covers for the first few days following the procedure and you may even need assistance with simply daily tasks such as showering and getting dressed. It’s important that you carefully plan for these requirements during your recovery period and arrange for someone to stay with you for at least the first week following your procedure.
Recommended Facial Plastic Surgeries in Winter
Certain cosmetic procedures are more popular than others during the winter months. The following is a list of the top cosmetic surgical procedures that facial plastic surgeons recommend for winter.
Face and Brow Lifts
Face and brow lifts both require an extensive recovery time of at least one to three weeks. During this time, your face will be red, swollen, bruised, and most likely covered in bandages and sutures. Winter provides the ample opportunity to take some much-needed time off work for a little rest and relaxation and to allow your face to recover from the trauma of plastic surgery.
Otherwise known as a nose job, there are numerous cosmetic and medical reasons that you may consider undergoing this procedure. Whether you simply don’t like the shape or size of your nose, or if you need a nasal reconstructive procedure following a corrective surgery, rhinoplasty requires extremely exhaustive aftercare. You need to stay home for a few days, avoid doing physically difficult tasks, and stay out of direct sunlight for the best results.
Blepharaplasty qualifies as any type of eyelid procedure that’s conducted to reduce puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles in the areas around the eyes. This is an excellent procedure for anyone who suffers from chronic fatigue and has droopy eyelids as a result. However, as with any plastic surgery, you’re a lot better off staying indoors as much as possible following your procedure to allow the skin around your eyes to heal faster.
Neck Lift and Facial Fillers
Neck lifts and facial fillers can both result in temporary puffiness, redness, and scarring that require approximately one to two weeks or more to heal. In some cases, your recovery time simply depends on your body’s ability to heal scars and this can vary greatly from one person to another. Your facial plastic surgeon should be able to give you an approximate recovery time during your consultation.
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery is one of the leading facial plastic surgery clinics in all of Canada. Our head facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Andres Gantous has been performing in-depth cosmetic surgical procedures for more than 20 years with a special focus on reconstructing and improving facial structures for his patients. To schedule a consultation at our clinic, please contact us today.