What’s the Best Season for Facelift Surgery?
There’s no time like the present to rejuvenate your face and enjoy all the positive benefits of facelift surgery. That being said, however, if you wait patiently until autumn or winter, you may have a better chance of getting the best possible results.
Let me explain why.
In the Summertime When the Weather Is Hot
Are you thinking aboutsummertime surgery during your annual holiday? If so, you should consider this: The heat of summer can prolong swelling and recovery after a facelift. You can minimise swelling by remaining in air-conditioned comfort as much as possible.
The summer sun is even more damaging to the delicate skin of your face after surgery than the summer heat.I tell my patients that exposure to the sun is prohibited for the first three weeks. During this period, the skin around the ears where the surgery was done is extremely sensitive and swollen as the incisions are healing.
Patients can anticipate feeling uncomfortable in the sun for as many as six weeks after facelift surgery. That can be a good thing. Think of it as Mother Nature’s way of reminding you to treat your skin with extra loving care.
Exposure to the sun puts you in the crosshairs for sunburn, which could, in turn, lead to infection, prolonged redness, and other unpleasant consequences. It’s vital to anyone’s skin health to use sunscreen religiously and reapply it every two hours when in the sun.
Facelifts in the Summer Months
Am I saying that no one should have facelift surgery in the summer? Definitely not! But you need to be prepared for the realities of your recovery, which will require you to curtail your outdoor activities for the first month or so.
If summer is the only time you have to do the surgery, then by all means do it. Just be prepared for a very limited indoor month or so. After that, going out is OK as long as you use lots of sunscreen and reapply every two hours.
When Jack Frost is Nipping at Your Nose
If summer sun and heat make it a bad time for a facelift, you might conclude that the cold, grey days of winter are the best time for your facelift recovery. You would be wrong.
Cold is an effective tool to reduce swelling during the first week. After that, however, nippy temperatures simply feel uncomfortable. Furthermore, winter sun, particularly when reflected off snow, can be extremely powerfuland detrimental to healing.
If you love winter sports and are planning a ski-cation, be sure to schedule it at least six to eight weeks after your surgery. The area around your neck and ear will be swollen and lumpy, making a trip to the slopes unpleasant and unwise.
You don’t have to be a shut-in during your recovery. If you choose to have a facelift during the winter months, focus on snuggling by the fire and other après-ski pleasures.
Keep Your Feet on the Ground
Here’s something I believe about facial surgery, regardless of the season: no extended travel for at least two weeks after surgery.While the idea of jetting off to the Bahamas for an incognito recovery may sound appealing, the reality is that you should remain close to home following a facelift.
In the unlikely event of a problem, you will want your surgeon nearby to attend to anything that arises during the early and critical phase of healing.
Is There a Best Time of Year to Have Facelift Surgery?
As with most questions I’m asked regarding facelift and cosmetic enhancement procedures, I have to answer this one by saying, “That depends entirely on you.” Each patient I see is in a unique set of circumstances, so I create a customised treatment plan. I recommend procedures and suggest a timeframe that works for them.
For me, the most important thing is that you schedule your facelift surgery during a time when you can dedicate yourself to your recovery.
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Meet Dr Marcells
MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons
Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.