Summary: Will weather affect your plastic surgery outcome? It’s not what you would call a common question. But it definitely comes up from time to time. In some cases, it’s not so much the weather that matters, but the climate. Of course, that all depends on where you are (and what the weather’s like).
Looking at Weather and Your Plastic Surgery
There’s one thing you can never predict and never control: the weather. Okay, yes, meteorologists have become more adept at predicting weather over the years. These days, you might have almost a week of warning before a big snow storm or rain event. But weather is complicated, and there’s always a level of uncertainty that comes along with those predictions.
So how might that uncertainty–and that lack of control–factor into your plastic surgery plans? Well, there are really two ways to look at this question: how weather might affect your plastic surgery and how climate might affect your plastic surgery.
How Climate Can Affect Your Plastic Surgery
So, quick science lesson: weather is measured on a daily basis. What happens today or this week is the weather. What happens over the year or the decade is climate. So, yeah, climate looks at longer trends.
For example, if you live in Texas, your climate will be much warmer (and drier) than if you live in Minnesota or Alaska (two typically cold places). And, to a certain extent, that might indeed impact some of your plastic surgery decisions. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples:
- Cold climate: If you live in a colder climate (let’s say you live up north somewhere, and the winters get pretty harsh), your skin is probably exposed to all kinds of dry and harsh conditions. This means you might develop wrinkles more quickly. Combined with the fact that you spend most of the year in heavy layers of clothing, this might make you more likely to undergo a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure.
- Warm climate: If you live in an area of the world that’s always warm, you’ll probably have different concerns than if you live in a cold climate. Because the weather is always nice (and it’s always beach season), you might be more likely to want to undergo a body contouring procedure, such as a tummy tuck. But you’ll also have to be more careful during your recovery to ensure you stay indoors and away from the sun (the sun, after all, can be bad news after plastic surgery).
Of course, these are just examples. They aren’t meant to be instructive, necessarily. Instead, it’s only meant to illustrate that in some cases, the climate around you can certainly influence which procedures you might gravitate towards. That said, there are some procedures that are pretty popular worldwide, regardless of climate–so patients are usually evaluating multiple criteria.
That’s Climate, so What About Weather?
So, will a little bit of rain on your surgery day change the outcome of your plastic surgery procedure? Probably not. In almost all cases, weather will not have any impact on your plastic surgery results (though you should always listen to your plastic surgeon–as their advice might change depending on the weather).
However, it is worth noting a couple of things. First and foremost: most of your plastic surgery recovery will be completed indoors. If it’s a nice, warm sunny day outside, you might be tempted to laze by the pool for a couple of hours during your recovery. You should resist that temptation.
Heat and sunlight are both weather conditions you should avoid during your plastic surgery recovery. The tissue around your incision is particularly susceptible to sun damage–so if you absorb UV rays while you’re still healing, your incision site could become much darker and more noticeable than before. Likewise, the heat can cause significant swelling–and when you’re already swelling due to surgery, that can spell bad news for your overall results.
Weather may be unpredictable, but your surgeon will be prepared for most eventualities. That means all you’ve got to do is follow your surgeon’s instructions. If you’re concerned about one particular weather event or another, you can definitely ask those questions during your consultation. Follow your surgeon’s instructions, and you should be okay–rain or shine.
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been working with plastic and cosmetic surgeons for over twenty years. He often writes about the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery in conjunction with surgeons from around the country.