Summary: Can plastic surgery get you ready for winter? Well, it depends on what you mean by “ready.” It might be more useful to think of plastic surgery as something that can get you ready for the rest of your life. Winter, after all, is simply one season. So in that regard, it certainly pays to be thinking ahead.
Can Plastic Surgery Get You Ready for Winter?
Winter is fast approaching (we’re going to avoid referencing a very famous television show that spent years saying something similar). And with it, there are all kinds of hazards for your skin that can crop up. Winter means dry air and bitter wind, to say nothing of colder temperatures (freezing temps, in much of the world).
All of that is bad for your skin. And anything that’s bad for your skin can make you look older than you really are. Which is something that many people (especially many people visiting this particular publication) seek to avoid.
So can plastic surgery get you ready for winter? Well, first we should probably figure out what “getting ready for winter” really means. Does that just mean protecting your skin from the elements? (Totally worth it, by the way.) Or does it mean more than that? We’re going to go with the second option here–there are lots of ways to get ready for winter. And protecting your skin from the elements is only one of them! After all, for many people, winter tends to be the busiest, most eventful part of the year!
What Does Getting Ready for Winter Look Like?
When it’s time to winterize your home, there are several steps you have to take. You have to turn the water in your outdoor pipes off (you really don’t want any of your pipes to freeze). You also have to winterize your car–make sure you’ve got decent tires and keep a few candy bars (and a bag of cat litter) in your back seat.
So how do you winterize your body? Or your face? Well, there are a couple of things you can do to keep your skin and body healthy in the winter:
- Hydrate! The winter air is quite dry, so it’s important to keep your body hydrated during the winter months.
- Moisturize! In the same vein, moisturizing your skin the right way can keep your skin looking healthy. But be sure to use moisturizers that are good for you–not the kind that actually sap moisture out.
- Exercise! Finding time to exercise in the winter can be a drag. You’re inside all the time! And running on a treadmill can be a huge drag (it’s not the most exciting thing, running in place). Still, ensuring you get a healthy amount of exercise can keep you happy and fit through those summer months.
Knowing how and when to take care of your body and your skin can be challenging. How can plastic surgery help in this regard? Well, there are certainly cosmetic procedures that can help keep your skin looking youthful. Microneedling, for example, is a non surgical cosmetic procedure that can help your skin look healthy and youthful. HydraFacial is another great option to help keep your face moisturized and healthy looking throughout the winter months.
Popular Procedures in the Winter
Many individuals also use winter as a way to get ready for the summer. So, these are not procedures designed to get people ready for winter so much. These are procedures that people undergo during the winter months because they provide an excellent opportunity to do so.
Two of the most popular such examples are liposuction and tummy tuck. Many people want to undergo these two procedures in particular so that they can be ready for the summer. Because here’s the thing: if you want to show off your body in the summer, if you want to hit the beaches, as it were, you cannot also undergo your plastic surgery procedure that same summer.
Recovery from plastic surgery takes time, and liposuction or tummy tuck are not exceptions to this rule. It can take up to six weeks (or more, depending on how you heal) before you’re ready to hit the water, much less spend hours roasting in the sun. So if you’re looking to show off your body in the summer, the key is to undergo your procedure in the winter–to give your body ample time to recover.
Think Long Term
While some cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and dermal filler injections, are temporary, it’s useful to think about plastic surgery as something that will permanently change and alter your body. So most patients are encouraged to think about their long term goals.
Those long term goals are, in the end, much more important than your winter goals–especially if you’re focused only on this particular winter. The plastic surgery procedure you finally choose isn’t necessarily the one that’s good for this winter–it’s the one that’s good for the rest of your life. Or, at least, that’s the way it probably ought to be.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He is always in communication with surgeons to ensure his information is as accurate as possible.