Is there a best time of the year to have cosmetic or plastic surgery?

Many patients ask when planning to have surgery if there is a best time of year to have surgery.  Except for in the case of skin resurfacing, the answer is no.  Whilst there are more popular times of the year for certain procedures, this is usually due more to time and motivation than it is to any health requirement.

Why is skin resurfacing the exception?  Procedures like laserbrasion, dermabrasion and chemical peels are best done in the winter months or at a time when the patient is able to minimise exposure to the sun.  The removing of the damaged surface layers of the skin exposes the more delicate and photo-sensitive skin beneath which is even more prone to sun damage.

As stated, there are times of the year when other procedures are more popular.  Rhinoplasty for example tends to be very popular between December and March.  The reason for this is the predominant demographic of rhinoplasty patients tends to be between the ages of 18 and 35 for both men and women.  They not only often have time off between these months for holidays for school, university or work but might also find themselves making a change in place of work or study at this time of year.  Patients often see this additional time off as a buffer in their planning and the change of circumstances as the added benefit of avoiding any questions about their change in appearance.

Another seasonality would be body contour surgery.  Many patients plan their body contour surgery in the colder months not only for the anticipated comfort of the more forgiving weather but also as they are anticipating the more revealing fashions of summer.  We tend to see a rise in patients seeking procedures such as liposuction, liposculpture, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and breast lifts or reductions in the months from May to September although there is a steady flow of these procedures like rhinoplasty throughout the year.

So when should you plan to have cosmetic surgery?

  • When you are in good physical and mental health
  • When you are well informed and have all your questions answered
  • When you have chosen a surgeon well qualified and with extensive experience in the specific procedure you are seeking
  • When you have made sure your surgeon works in a fully licensed and accredited surgical facility
  • When you have understood all your financial responsibilities including the surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees and theatre fees
  • When you have understood the pre and post-operative instructions you must follow
  • When you have enough time post-operatively to heal