Dr Mark McGovern

Dr Mark McGovern

All surgery involves some recovery time and plastic surgery is no different. While summer is a great time to show off your body, winter can be your best friend, giving you the perfect reason to cover up as you recover from your surgery. Whether you want a facelift, a tummy tuck, liposuction, bigger breasts or any other plastic surgery, Dr Mark McGovern from VIE Institute on the Sunshine Coast says that winter is the ideal time for your surgery.

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.


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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Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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