Should you schedule your tummy tuck for the winter? That might not be a bad idea, depending on when you want to be able to show off your results. We often think of a tummy tuck procedure as a summer-based one. But that’s because the results tend to be summer-y. If you want to be ready for the heat, you may want to consider undergoing your surgery in the winter months.
Should I Schedule My Tummy Tuck for the Winter?
We tend to think of tummy tuck surgery as a kind of summer-y procedure. But that’s mostly because you want to experience your tummy tuck in the summer. You want to show off your firm tummy at the beach (or in the crop top you just bought). Heck, even when you think about yourself in front of the mirror–it’s probably summer outside those windows.
But is it possible that tummy tuck is really a winter procedure? Well, that depends on your perspective. For many patients, winter is the perfect time to undergo a tummy tuck procedure. There are a couple of reasons why that is.
Winter Provides Ample Time for Recovery
Tummy tuck is a relatively intense surgical procedure, as far as plastic surgery tends to go. There’s a somewhat lengthy (and somewhat uncomfortable) recovery process that patients go through after surgery. Sometimes, it can take several weeks or even a couple of months before you’re ready to show off your tummy (or do something like hit the beach).
This means that there are several distinct advantages to undergoing tummy tuck during the winter months:
- If you live somewhere with cold or unpleasant winters, you’re usually pretty confined to your home during the winter months anyway. In most cases, you’ll want to stick to the indoors (and to your home) in the weeks immediately following your tummy tuck procedure, so that makes winter a pretty advantageous time to undergo a procedure.
- You have plenty of time to recover before summer. Summer fashions tend to be either revealing or form-fitting. You might want to avoid those particular trends while you recover from tummy tuck. And you’ll definitely want to stay away from intense heat or direct sunlight. After a few months, however, you’ll be ready for all of that–so if you schedule your tummy tuck during winter, you’ll likely be ready for anything come the summertime.
- You can wear comfy clothes. I know it might sound somewhat trivial, but after your tummy tuck surgery, you’ll probably want to make sure you have some comfy clothes to wear. That’s a lot easier in the winter months than the summer months.
- Easier to take time off work. Most people take their vacations in the summer–that’s when people like to be active, and that’s also when the kids are out of school. So taking time off in the winter months for your recovery might be a little bit easier if you’re trying to manage the logistics of your office.
You Can’t Rush Recovery
So there are some definite advantages to undergoing your tummy tuck procedure in the winter. But it’s important to note that your tummy tuck recovery–at whichever time of year you undergo your procedure–should note be rushed.
Your surgeon will provide you with individualized tummy tuck recovery instructions, and it’s important to follow those instructions as closely as you can. In most cases, your tummy tuck recovery instructions are designed to keep you as comfortable as possible and to ensure that your healing process does not negatively impact your final results.
After all, it would be unfortunate if your results suffered because of something that happened during your recovery process (and it would be doubly unfortunate if that occurred because you were tempted to rush the recovery process).
Finding What Works With Your Schedule
In many cases, the winter months do provide a perfect opportunity to undergo your tummy tuck procedure (or any other plastic surgery procedure, for that matter). But not every schedule is going to fit into that paradigm. For some people, the summer months might actually be a more convenient time to undergo plastic surgery.
This is especially true for those in professions where the summer months tend to be less busy (teachers are a common example).
Regardless of your profession, however, it’s important to find a surgical window that works best for you, that you’ll be able to adequately and comfortably recover during. For some individuals, that might mean winter. But for others, that’ll mean summer. You can work with your surgeon to find the best available timing (it will depend on your surgeon’s schedule, too!)
Cooler Months Might Be Optimal
That said, for the vast majority of tummy tuck patients, winter months might be an optimal time to schedule this procedure. That doesn’t really have much to do with the cold itself–rather, it’s because of your schedule, your habits, and your desired outcome. If you want your tummy tuck to be ready by summer, winter is a great window during which to undergo your procedure.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He is constantly in touch with surgeons to make sure he has the latest and most accurate information possible.