Best Time of Year to Have Plastic Surgery


If you’re thinking about having a plastic surgery procedure, you may be wondering about the best time to plan to include it in your schedule. Because you want to have the best results possible with minimal disruption to the rest of your life, timing can be important. This is especially true for more major procedures that require some recovery time as well as treatments that require some period of time before the full effects are visible.

In some cases, you may want to plan your surgery around a major event. You may be planning for a major vacation abroad, a wedding or another occasion for which you want to look your very best. In this case, you’ll want to plan your procedure at any time of the year, in advance of your major event and with enough lead time for you to recover fully and make the most of your new look at your memorable occasion.

Other people may want to plan their surgery around their schedules at work. For example, accountants often have difficulty taking time away from work around tax season; teachers may need to schedule a procedure during school breaks. These and other concerns may point to a particular time when having the procedure makes the most sense for your life.

However, there are also some general trends and tips that it is worth keeping in mind when thinking about the four seasons of the year. Here in Long Island, we experience all four seasons to the fullest. Certain types of procedures are more popular in certain seasons, and there is often a good reason why.

Of course, you may simply want to move forward with scheduling your surgery as quickly as possible. By discussing your plans and goals with your surgeon, you can find a schedule that fits your life and helps you achieve your goals for your appearance.

Plastic Surgery in Winter

Winter is one of the most popular times of the year for a number of plastic surgery procedures. While many people avoid scheduling surgery immediately before the holidays in order to look the best for family gatherings, it is also a time when many people enjoy longer vacations from work. The period immediately before and after the New Year is a particularly popular time for a number of procedures.

There is another reason why major procedures are common in the winter: bulky clothing. If you are having a tummy tuck, facelift, breast augmentation or reduction, chin procedure, body lift or other option that requires recovery time, you can wear bulkier, looser clothing throughout your recovery period. You may be wearing more coats, hats and scarves when you go outside, helping you to conceal any swelling or bruising as you recover.

In addition, staying away from the sunlight is often part of your recovery period. This is something that is easier to do in the winter, especially here in Long Island.

Plastic Surgery in Spring

Spring is another very popular season for people to consider plastic surgery. Many people think about their plans for the summer and their desire to show off their beach bodies on vacation. The temperature is getting warmer, clothing styles change and people think about making the changes that they desire for their own bodies.

As a result, spring can be a great time of year to schedule procedures that allow you to show off your summer best. You might opt for liposuction, breast augmentation or reduction, facial procedures or body contouring. You’ll have time to complete your healing and recovery before summer holidays, and you’ll also be able to use changes in clothing, hair and makeup that come with the season to discreetly introduce your new look.

Plastic Surgery in Summer

In general, summer is a less common time for plastic surgery. Sunlight is at its brightest and most direct, and there are few opportunities to dress in bulky layers as you recover. Body contouring, breast reductions and other procedures may require you to wear a recovery garment, something that can be uncomfortable in the heat and humidity of summer.

At the same time, others may find that summer is the best time to schedule a procedure. If you work in a career with significant time off in summer, this may be the most advantageous time to complete the procedure you need. In addition, summer can be a great time to opt for injectable treatments like Botox and fillers. You’ll enjoy quick results with no need to take time away from your vacation fun for healing and recovery.

Plastic Surgery in Fall

After the summer, many people use the changing weather as an inspiration to schedule a plastic surgery procedure. As you begin to wear bulkier, looser clothes, the fall can be an excellent time to schedule breast procedures, body contouring and major facial procedures. Summer vacations come to an end and, for many, the kids go back to school.

You’ll be able to comfortably wear the compression garments needed after certain types of body procedures, and the changes that come with fall weather also allow you to change your style and make-up routine to fit your new look. You’ll also be able to complete your recovery before the winter holidays come around.

At Cold Spring Plastic Surgery, our experienced surgeons offer a wide range of procedures that can help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals. Our face, breast, body and hand procedures include:

  • Facelift
  • Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery
  • Brow lift
  • Fat grafting
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast lift or mastopexy
  • Breast reconstruction
  •  Breast revision
  • Oncoplastic reduction
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Body contouring
  • Arm lift, or brachioplasty
  • Thigh lift
  • Buttocks lift
  • Mommy Makeover
  • Vaginal rejuvenation
  • Post-bariatric surgery
  • Body contouring after weight loss
  • Breast reconstruction after cancer
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Arm and leg reconstruction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery
  • Hand surgery for fractures, tendon injuries and neuropathies
  • Surgery for soft tissue masses or Dupuytren’s contracture of the hand

If you want to make the most of scheduling your plastic surgery procedure, call us at 631-470-9650 to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery. You’ll learn more about your procedure and the recovery time involved, and you can seek a recommendation about when would be best to schedule your procedure. Your surgeon can answer all of your questions and work with you to create a personalized plans to help you achieve your goals.

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