The holidays are a time for good cheer and spending time with the special people in our lives. But did you know that the winter holiday season is also the most popular time of year for cosmetic surgery? It’s true. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), cosmetic surgeries for the face increase by about 25% from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. In my experience, this spike also applies to cosmetic breast procedures, body contouring surgery, and more. Undergoing a cosmetic procedure during the holidays can be an excellent way to start the New Year looking and feeling your very best. Below I outline the many reasons so many patients prefer to have their surgeries this time of year and the unique benefits of the holiday season.
Holiday vacations and time off from work provide a unique opportunity for many patients. All cosmetic surgeries, even the most minor, require some downtime for recovery. By taking advantage of time off around the holidays, patients can enjoy discretion and privacy during their recovery while minimizing time away from work or other responsibilities.
Additionally, the cooler winter temperatures can often aid a patient’s recovery process following a cosmetic procedure. After surgery, I recommend for patients to avoid exposure to sunlight, as this can worsen the appearance of temporary side effects like swelling, inflammation, scaring, and bruising, and even extend the time of your recovery period. That’s why the winter, when more time is spent indoors away from the Sun’s UV rays can be the ideal time to recover following your surgery.
Another reason for the spike in procedures around the holidays is that plastic surgery can make an outstanding gift for someone special in your life. I have noticed in recent years that offering plastic surgery as a gift during the holidays has actually become quite popular. After all, many patients consider a rejuvenated, younger-looking appearance the gift that keeps on giving.
Please visit my YouTube page for in-depth video discussions on cosmetic surgery this holiday season, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for even more information. Regardless of what type of procedure you may be interested in, I strongly believe that the holidays can provide a unique and opportune time to enhance your appearance with the help of a cosmetic procedure. If you would like to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. Franklyn Elliott, today.