Facial plastic surgery is going to disrupt your daily schedule no matter when you have it or how long it takes to recover. Still, some seasons lend themselves more easily to specific surgeries, such as rhinoplasty. The late fall and winter months can be ideal. If you’ve been avoiding scheduling surgery because of the time factor, stop procrastinating. Capitalize on the many advantages that a wintertime procedure can offer to you.
What’s So Special About Winter?
Generally speaking, winter is a very laid back time of the year, when it’s socially acceptable to stay indoors with your feet up and just relax. Obviously, those are also the perfect conditions for a smooth recovery—plenty of rest and relaxation! Nearly any type of cosmetic surgery, especially rhinoplasty, can be easier during this time of the year.
Some of the biggest benefits of winter rhinoplasty include:
- Bulky clothing (turtlenecks, scarves, hats, ski masks) to hide the effects of your surgery.
- The perfect excuse for indoor rest and recovery time.
- Less time spent in direct sunlight.
- Extra time off from work for holidays so you don’t have to use too much vacation time (Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve or Day).
- Long holiday weekends including Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.
- Slower business which makes it easier to request time off.
Should You Plan for During or After the Holidays?
For some people, the holidays are the perfect quiet time of year, when it would be easy to string together a few vacation days and recover from surgery without anyone noticing. For most people, it’s just the opposite. The holidays can be hectic, filled with social obligations, and just too busy to find enough downtime for a recovery.
If you can’t squeeze rhinoplasty surgery and recovery into your busy holiday schedule, that’s okay. Waiting until after the holidays is just as good a time to invest in the “new you” for the New Year. Capitalize on those long weekends to save some paid time off and let the snow fall outside while you catch up on your favorite shows and get the rest you need for recovery. This time of year tends to be the slowest, when no one wants to do much of anything anyway. If you’re trying to keep a low profile about your rhinoplasty, this might just be the perfect time to do so!
How Do I Keep My Changes Less Noticeable?
Not everyone wants to broadcast his or her plastic surgery results to the world, making winter a perfect time to hibernate and heal. If you’re hoping to transition back to work and social engagements without drawing too much attention to yourself, it is possible to do.
Try to detract attention from your nose by changing your hair color or hairstyle dramatically. Get a new pair of glasses or skip your contacts for a little while just to change things up. Use makeup to cover up any residual bruising or redness. You might also use makeup to draw attention to a bold lipstick or more dramatic eye shadow than what you normally wear.
For rhinoplasty results that aren’t too noticeable, you can talk to your facial plastic surgeon about creating subtle differences to achieve your desired results. That way, even if your friends suspect something is different about you, they won’t be able to pinpoint just what it is. After a while, no one will even remember that winter when you came out of hiding and something was new.
Schedule Your Rhinoplasty for Winter
Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty&Cosmetic Surgery is a D.C.-area (Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland) facial plastic surgeon. The doctor has dedicated his practice to the specialty of nose surgery, includingrhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, septoplasty and reconstruction. Contact Dr. Naderi’s Herndon, VA, office at 703-481-0002, or the Chevy Chase, MD, location at 301-222-2020.