Reduces risks of infection
Infection is a possible side effect of all surgical procedures. Surgery performed in the summer months tend to have higher rates of postoperative infection. Dr McGovern says that this is generally attributed to the hot and often moist environment under tapes, dressings and/or garments. “Not only do you reduce this risk, but it is more comfortable wearing dressing and or garments in the cooler months”.
Perfect excuse to cover up
It is normal to experience swelling and bruising after any surgery. While bruising fades after 10 days, swelling can take a month to really subside. “The extra layers worn in the cooler months are perfect for disguising any swelling and in particular, any dressing or garments you may be required to wear.”
Taking time to recover
We all tend to be less social in the colder months, choosing to stay home in our warm casuals, snuggled up with a good movie or a book. It is much easier to schedule some time out in winter, so that you can rest up after surgery. Dr McGovern advisees “adequate rest following surgery is paramount, it helps to aid the healing process and reduces your risk of problems”. This can also be handy if you are being discrete about any surgery you might have had.
POPULAR PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURES FOR WINTER
Nose job (rhinoplasty)
Winter is a perfect time for you to have a nose job. After rhinoplasty, you have a plaster in place for 5 to 7 days. Not only are you wanting to avoid being out in public, but you will want to avoid the sun in this time. Sunglasses are not to be worn immediately following rhinoplasty.
Brow-lift, facelift and neck-lifts
Face, neck and brow-lifts require one to two weeks recovery time. You will not want to be seen in public for at least one week following facial surgery and you will have a garment to wear 24/7 in the first week. The garment is hot and uncomfortable in the summer months, and Dr McGovern says most of their clients book their facelift surgery in the cooler months. Winter also makes it easier to cover up with scarves, hoodies, hats and beanies.
A compression garment is worn for 3 to 6 weeks following liposuction, depending on the amount of liposuction performed. Again, this garment is hot and uncomfortable in the summer months and is difficult to hide under light summer clothing. Liposuction is ideally performed in winter.
Breast improvements (augmentation, lift, or reduction)
Most women are self-conscious about breast surgery and generally try to disguise the fact, at least in the initial phase. Winter clothes are bulky and perfect for helping you disguise your change in breast size. Come summer, you will be ready to show off your girls… they’ll be looking perfect.
IPL / Genesis treatments (for the face)
It is imperative to reduce your sun exposure whilst undergoing these treatments. Whilst it’s obviously good practice to wear hats and be sun smart all year round, it’s definitely easier to do so is in the winter.
Having plastic surgery in the winter time certainly makes sense for many reasons.
If you’d like a consultation with Dr Mark McGovern, contact the lovely girls at VIE Institute on (07) 5479 2922 or if you’d like to read more about Dr McGovern , check out the blogs below:
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