You’ve heard it before, “timing is everything,” and this applies to plastic surgery too. If you’re considering getting a cosmetic procedure, you probably know that you need to do your homework to find the right surgeon and to choose the best procedure to get the results you want. But have you given much thought to when you should schedule it?
When Should I Have Cosmetic Surgery?
Most people choose to have their surgery based on when it fits their schedule. For example, students and teachers are likely to have surgery over their winter break, spring break or during their summer vacation. Athletes may plan their procedures during their “off season.” Accountants tend to avoid surgery any time near April 15th.
The most important thing is to give yourself enough time for recovery. Think about important upcoming events, and make sure that you don’t cut your recovery time too short to be ready to fully enjoy them.
Tips for When to Schedule Your Procedure
While noninvasive and surgical procedures can be performed safely and effectively at any time of the year, there are certain things you should consider.
You should allow several weeks, preferably a few months, to see the full results of a facelift. So, if you have a major event like a child’s wedding or a class reunion coming up, you’ll want to plan ahead to be “picture ready.”
Breast augmentation has a fairly quick recovery period and can be fit in more easily than more invasive procedures.
With some body contouring procedures, like tummy tucks, you won’t be able to perform all of your normal physical activities for a few weeks. So if you’re training for a sports event or have a ski trip coming up, you’ll want to be sure to schedule it well before or after those events.
Another thing to consider is that compression garments, that are sometimes needed after liposuction or other body contouring procedures, can be a bit warm and uncomfortable. Some people choose to have these procedures during cooler months to avoid the added discomfort of wearing compression items in the heat.
Noninvasive/minimally invasive procedures
Noninvasive procedures (like Botox, fillers or Coolsculpting) or certain minimally invasive surgeries (like upper eyelid tuck, liposuction or breast augmentation) require very little recovery time. You don’t have to worry as much about timing with these procedures.
However, if you’re thinking about a deep chemical peel to your face, you need to avoid strong sun exposure for a while. You may want to schedule it for fall or winter.
Emory Aesthetic Center Can Help
The staff and surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center can help you think through these and other factors to determine the best timing for your cosmetic procedure.
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About Dr. Eaves
Dr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.
His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).
Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.