Now that the seasons are changing, I’ve had lots of patients asking me: “What time of year is best for cosmetic surgery?” That’s an especially good question this year, because COVID has everyone’s holiday plans up in the air, and since everyone is wearing masks all the time.
The Winter is always a good time for any kind of surgery since it’s cooler, and you can wear baggy/bulky clothes to conceal your swelling and bruising. But some procedures are especially good to do in the winter.
This year, eyelid surgery is great any time of year. Everyone is wearing masks, so their eyes are all that most other people see.
Upper eyelid surgery is a quick procedure with very little downtime – Reagan at our Spring Hill office had hers done yesterday (Thursday) and has a full day scheduled next Tuesday. Since it’s cool outside, she’ll have less bruising and swelling than if she had her surgery in the summer, and she won’t miss any fun outdoor activities since the days are so short now. Chin implants, lip lifts (check out this excellent article – https://www.allure.com/story/lip-lift-plastic-surgery-procedure ), and facelifts are also great procedures to do now, because your mask will hide your swelling while you recuperate!
Any kind of body contouring surgery (liposuction, breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and BBL) is great to have during the Winter. First of all your recovery will be a little easier because of the cool weather and your ability to hide your swelling under sweats. Second, most people are a bit more sedentary in the Winter, so resting during your recovery is a little easier. Finally, and maybe most importantly, November through February are a great time to have breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, and BBL, since you’ll be totally recovered and ready to wear your swimsuit when the pools open in April!
by Dr. Ingram
Considering cosmetic surgery? Here are 10 questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon before embarking on your journey:
- Are You Board Certified?
An ABCS certification will give you the peace of mind that your surgeon is qualified to successfully perform their job.
- Would you suggest any alternatives?
A good cosmetic surgeon will discuss with you any alternative options to surgery you haven’t yet considered. These conversations will help you to establish a trusting relationship with your new surgeon.
- What does the preparation period look like?
Talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take prior to undergoing surgery in order to ensure you’re ready for the procedure.
- How much experience do you have with this particular procedure?
Ask your surgeon how many times they’ve performed your desire procedure in order to better understand their expertise.
- What are the risks associated with this surgery?
Understanding the complications that could potentially arise will help you to make an educated decision on whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.
- What will my recovery period look like after the cosmetic surgery is completed?
Not all surgeries will allow you to hit the ground running the day after they’re completed. While some may involve little recovery, others may require a longer time period.
- Do you have hospital privileges?
If your surgeon has hospital privileges, they will be able to continue to treat you should anything go awry during the surgery.
- Where will you perform the surgery?
Make sure that your surgeon only performs procedures at accredited locations.
- Check your doctor’s records.
Your state’s medical boards will provide you with extensive information about your surgeon that you will want to know before agreeing to use them for your surgery.
- Finally, create a list of your own questions to ask your surgeon.
Still have some lingering questions on your mind? Prepare yourself with a list of questions to ask your surgeon – it is their responsibility to educate you on the procedure you are considering.
Cosmetic surgery is a big decision. You deserve to have all the information about the procedure at your disposal before agreeing to undergo it. This list of questions will ensure that you and your surgeon create a healthy and trusting relationship before embarking on this experience together.
Need more information? Contact us today and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.