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BlogBenefits of Getting a Facelift During the Winter

You don’t have to surrender your youthful looks as you age. In the hands of board-certified New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Bhupesh Vasisht, a facelift (rhytidectomy) can turn back the clock on the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin and other unwanted effects of time and gravity. If you’re ready to look and feel your best, you may be ready to consider facelift surgery at South Shore Plastic Surgery.

Many New Jersey patients ask us about the best time to undergo a facelift. Cosmetic surgery of any kind is a serious undertaking that requires a period of recovery before your final results are ready to be unveiled. It’s essential to plan ahead and confirm that your schedule can accommodate the requirements of your procedure and recovery. When the surgery takes place on your face – the most visible part of your body – it’s even more important to ensure that you allow sufficient time for healing, to help ensure that you achieve the most beautiful results possible.

If the idea of a surgical cosmetic procedure seems daunting, Dr. V is happy to work with you to create a customized treatment plan that includes facial fillers and other nonsurgical options to help turn back the clock on your skin this winter without compromising your comfort. Some patients find that planning according to the seasons is the easiest and most effective way to have a positive surgical experience. Visiting us for a consultation is the best way to determine the optimal timeframe for your circumstances, but here are six reasons why winter might be the ideal time for a facelift with Dr. Vasisht.

Cool Weather Can Ease Recovery

If you’ve ever experienced swollen feet or ankles during the summer, you know hot weather can trigger uncomfortable inflammation. Similarly, high temperatures may prolong swelling after a facelift and lengthen the recovery period after the procedure. Exposure to powerful summer sun can also have an adverse effect on the wound healing process. While vitamin D is essential for proper functioning of the body, excessive UV radiation can damage delicate post-surgery skin and cause scar tissue to darken or thicken. The cooler, more overcast winter climate may be better suited for healing in order to minimize scarring and swelling.

Downtime Can Be More Convenient To Schedule

One of the biggest obstacles to undergoing a facelift can be finding time in a busy schedule for the procedure and recovery. Although the holiday season may seem like an inopportune time for surgery, patients sometimes find it’s the most convenient option. Many businesses slow down or shut down completely for a week or two in late December and early January, offering a window of recovery time that consumes fewer precious vacation days. This time off may also make it easier for a partner, friend or family member to assist during the early days of your recovery.

Bulkier Clothing Can Conceal Healing Incisions

Some patients are happy to discuss their surgeries openly; others prefer to keep their procedures private. If you fall into the latter camp, you may be grateful for the layers and bulky garments that make up wintertime wear. Hats, scarves, turtlenecks and other items of winter clothing can camouflage swelling, bruising, bandages and scars while providing protection from the sun’s harsh rays. Until these temporary side effects fade, you can bundle up when out in public without feeling uncomfortable and conspicuous, knowing no one will be the wiser.

Travel Plans May Be On Hold

Unless you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, your dream vacation probably doesn’t involve chilly temperatures, snow or biting winds. You’re more likely to be dreaming of an escape in the summer, leaving your winter schedule free for surgery and recovery. If you’re hoping to fly to a secluded island to recover away from curious eyes, think twice before planning your trip. Air travel too soon after surgery can pose risks, and it’s prudent to remain close to your medical team in the critical early stages of recovery in case an issue arises.

Hibernation Is The Norm

Perhaps you’d prefer to avoid your social circle as much as possible as you heal. Winter is the most convenient season for staying indoors without attracting unwanted attention. Though the initial recovery after facelift surgery is generally brief and involves only mild discomfort, the results of the procedure need time to develop and “settle.” You may wish to wait until you are comfortable with your appearance before revealing your results to others. Most people spend more time at home in the winter months, so you can plan a facelift recovery staycation without guilt.

You’ll Be Ready To Enjoy Summer

Eventually, it will be time to trade in turtlenecks and scarves for shorts and tank tops. If you’ve chosen winter for your facelift surgery, you’ll be ready to enter the warmer months with no more side effects and the bulk of the healing done. You can enjoy the busy summer social season and any vacation plans feeling physically well and fully adjusted to your new look. Follow all care instructions provided by Dr. Vasisht to achieve the best results and fastest recovery time, including continuing to wear sunscreen to protect your skin and minimize scarring.

Is A Summer Facelift Out Of The Question?

The short answer is, “no.” There’s nothing wrong with having facelift surgery during the summer, as long as it fits into your schedule and you’re prepared for the realities of recovery during that season. Ultimately, the right time for a facelift is whenever feels right for you. Each patient interested in cosmetic surgery has a unique set of circumstances and goals, and the most important thing is to schedule your facelift surgery in alignment with your lifestyle and commitments. After discussion and evaluation, Dr. Vasisht can create a customized treatment plan based around the procedures and timeframe that will work best for you.

Visit Us At South Shore Plastic Surgery To Learn More

The loss of youthful contours in the face is a natural part of the aging process. Thinning skin, loss of facial fat, sun damage, smoking, gravity, stress, heredity and other factors cause your skin to sag and wrinkles to develop, making some people “look older” than they actually are. A facelift is the most effective way to rejuvenate a maturing face. Call South Shore Plastic Surgery at 856-784-2639 to request a consultation with Dr. Vasisht and explore your options for facelift surgery in New Jersey.