You’ve finally decided that you want to pursue laser treatments or surgery for your face or body, but you’re not sure when the right time to commit to these procedures might be. The best time for your cosmetic treatment or procedure ultimately depends on your lifestyle and schedule. However, our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon recommends the cooler winter months in Pasadena for an easier, more discreet recovery.
Whether you’re interested in laser skin resurfacing for old acne scars or breast implants to enhance your figure, Dr. Nima Naghshineh will customize your treatment and schedule your procedure when it works best for your schedule and lifestyle.
You Have Less Sun Exposure in the Winter
People spend more time indoors during the cooler months in Pasadena, which means less sun exposure. Your skin will be less irritated and dry after laser treatment, and you’re less likely to get a sunburn this time of year. Common treatments like laser hair removal or laser resurfacing require little to no sun exposure before and after your session because your skin is sensitive, and it may react to the damaging rays of the sun.
Less time in the sun also helps plastic surgery recovery because UV exposure affects incision lines and may make your surgical scars more prominent. Those precautions don’t end after your initial recovery; it’s best to protect the treated area for the first year after your cosmetic surgery to allow incision lines to fade. Make sure sunscreen is part of your routine whenever you leave the house.
Winter Offers More Time for Appointments and Recovery
Laser treatments often require multiple sessions to reach your desired results, and the colder months offer more free time as leisure activities and outdoor events slow down. The decrease in these seasonal habits often makes it easier to schedule your appointments. Scheduling in the fall or winter also means you have more downtime to recover after plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction. You can recover over the holidays and have greater flexibility with your scheduling.
Cold Weather Soothes Post-Op Swelling
Most patients experience inflammation after laser treatments or plastic surgery because of trauma to the tissues and the body’s healing response. While we may not have harsh or frigid winters in Pasadena, the cooler weather may make you more comfortable during your healing process than if you had the procedure in the sweltering summer months.
Cold weather makes it easier to hide compression garments, surgical drains, and other evidence you’ve had cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery. Scarves, loose sweaters, and long sleeves help you recover without your family and friends noticing.
Enjoy Your Results by Spring and Summer
Laser treatment often involves multiple appointments spaced several weeks apart. Scheduling your treatments over the winter means you can enjoy smoother, radiant skin by spring or summer. The initial recovery phase for plastic surgery is typically six to eight weeks, leaving you plenty of time to heal before bikini season and outdoor activities.