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What is the ideal time to undergo plastic surgery?

February 8th, 2014 Share

With the cooler weather – and God knows how cold 2014 has been so far! – Toronto plastic surgery procedures are on the rise.  The cold winter weather is great for recovering from any plastic surgery procedure and because of this, the demand for aesthetic plastic surgery procedures is usually higher once the cooler weather moves in – October to May.

What are the advantages of colder weather and plastic surgery?

The cold days help to reduce the edema (swelling) caused by plastic surgery.  The colder weather will also decrease the uncomfortable warm feeling caused by the required surgical garments, which are an extremely important after many Toronto plastic surgery procedures.  It is also easier to decrease some of our social activities in winter time on cold days, which helps us to follow recovery protocols and relax at home.  “Having time to recover is a very important requirement after undergoing a cosmetic procedure”, says Dr. Marc DuPéré, Board Certified Toronto Plastic Surgeon, in a recent blog.

Post-surgery scars can also darken if they are being exposed to sun too early.  Because of this, winter is an ideal time to consider any body procedure such as a tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, calf and buttock implants and abdominal etching.  “Winter is a great time to get prepared for the summer season, since we tend to expose more body parts to the sun in the warmer months”, says Dr. DuPéré.

What to expect at anytime of the year…

Yet, Toronto plastic surgery at Visage Clinic is still booming in the summers, since for teachers and students, it might be the easiest time to take time off for recovery.  No matter what time of the year you choose to do your Toronto plastic surgery procedure,  it is fundamental that you have realistic expections of the results and understand the possible risks and complications that could arise.  These expectations, risks and complications must be thoroughly discussed with your Toronto plastic surgeon starting from the first consultation.  Dr. Marc DuPéré states that “it is very important that patients understand the pros and cons of all cosmetic procedures they are considering”.

The recovery for example, can vary greatly from person to person.  In some patients, improvements are visible within 1-2 weeks while in others, it may take up to 6 weeks to be comfortable.  Most of the procedures take several weeks for most of the swelling to go down and show amazing results.  During the recovery period, following the guidelines, given by your Toronto plastic surgeon regarding proper exercise, diet and lymphatic drainage, will increase your body’s healing capabilities.

Safety always top priority!

It is very important to put safety at the top of the list when undergoing a Toronto plastic surgery procedure. Make sure you have a board-certified Plastic Surgeon performing the procedure in an accredited surgical facility following the federal and provincial regulations, along with a board-certified anesthetist and certified OR nurses.   These regulations are set up to protect the patients and have every safety precaution in place.  Once you have decided to proceed with your Toronto plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Marc DuPéré will request standard bloodwork and possibly other tests depending on the procedure and your medical history.  This is to ensure that you are healthy and will recover easily with the best possible outcome.

What are the most popular procedures according to statistics?

The most popular procedure for women is body contouring which includes liposuction, abdominoplasty and breast augmentation surgeries.  Men over 40’s are looking for liposuction, gynecomastia and eyelid surgery and calf or pectoral implants.  There is an on-going demand for facelift, necklift, forehead lift, otoplasty and rhinoplasty.

The take-home message is that any aesthetic plastic surgery or anti-aging procedure can be done at anytime during the year, but with the cooler weather, it is easier to recover by a warm fireplace, with the doggies, a hot chocolate, and a good book.

by Willians Bernardo