As December winds to a close, many people start thinking about changes that will help them look and feel their best in the new year. If you have a dream procedure on your list, you’ll be happy to know that winter can, in fact, be the best time of the year for cosmetic surgery for a few key reasons:
- Extra time off can be used for recovery
- Winter clothing with more coverage can help camouflage any residual swelling or bruising after surgery
- You’ll be able to fully enjoy your results by the time warmer weather arrives
- You won’t have to miss out on summer vacation activities during an initial surgical recovery period
Consulting with a Fairfax plastic surgeon can help you decide which procedures will fit your needs and find the best path to greater confidence. Here are just a few options to consider this winter:
1. Facial rejuvenation
As you age, your skin begins to lose some of its elasticity and collagen, resulting in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and looser skin. Facelift surgery is one of the most effective ways to reduce creasing of the face and tighten sagging skin, taking an average of 10 years off of your appearance. Facelifts are often combined with a neck lift to target drooping skin along the jaw and neckline. Other popular facial surgeries include a brow lift to give the upper face a smoother, more alert appearance and eyelid lift surgery to reduce drooping skin around the eyes for a more youthful look.
After any of these procedures, most of our patients are ready to resume normal activities within around 10 to 14 days, as you will find examples if you go to this web-site—and adding a trendy scarf to your outfit, pairing a turtleneck with your blazer, or wearing a trendy, seasonal hat can help cover up any residual swelling or fresh scarring when you head back to work.
2. CoolSculpting fat reduction
CoolSculpting in Fairfax has become a patient favorite for reducing stubborn fat bulges without surgery or extended downtime. While you won’t need to take time off work, it can take a little while to see your results come to fruition as your body naturally rids itself of the targeted fat cells.
Since it is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure, you can jump right back into your normal activities. Some initial soreness and swelling are common, but wearing loose-fitting winter clothes or curling up under a blanket near the fire can keep you comfortable during recovery. It generally takes two to four months for a visible reduction in fat, so you’ll get to enjoy your new, slimmer figure come warm weather
3. Breast enhancement procedures
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and achieving the right balance and body proportions is key. Whether you’re looking for larger, fuller breasts or want to reduce discomfort with a breast reduction, winter can be an ideal time for surgery.
Though it can take several weeks for your body to adjust and final results to settle in, the initial change will be immediate. Vacation time over the holidays can allow you to take it easy during the first few days after surgery, and wearing a sweater, scarf, or layers can minimize the appearance of swelling or bruising during recovery. Many of our patients also report that their results seem a little less immediate and noticeable to those around them when they make their debut in cool-weather clothing (particularly since newly augmented breasts can appear high and firm for a few months).
4. Skin treatments
Whether you’re struggling with adult acne or looking to minimize sun damage, you can give your skin a healthier glow with microdermabrasion or a specialized chemical peel. These treatments exfoliate and renew the skin and stimulate the growth of new cells. However, your skin will be more sensitive to exposure in the days after your procedure and will need to take extra care in avoiding the sun—making winter’s gray weather ideal.
Simply put, winter is ideal for self-care
Whether ringing in a new year motivates you to improve your look, or you’re too active during the summer months to make time for a cosmetic procedure, there are many reasons why now is the best time of year for plastic surgery or skin renewal treatments.
Ready to find the right options for you? Dr. Hess is a highly qualified and experienced Fairfax plastic surgeon with a devoted patient base thanks to his nuanced approach and natural-looking results. Contact Hess Plastic Surgery today to learn more about cosmetic surgery and skincare options that will fit your lifestyle.