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When Is The Best Time To Get Plastic Surgery?

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today,” is attributed to Ben Franklin, and it applies to life in general and deciding to get plastic surgery. There isn’t really a bad time to have plastic surgery. The real decision is perhaps what’s a “better” time for you to have plastic surgery. Let’s look at all considerations and decide when is the best time to get plastic surgery.

Things To Consider

Talk with Dr. Wendy Gottlieb about the type of plastic surgery you want. Find out how long you will be out of commission to recover. Ask lots of questions about scarring, swelling, how long before full results will be seen, and if you are considering more than one type of plastic surgery, which should come first.

Once you have all your questions answered, and you have decided to proceed ahead, now just pick the right time for you. Here are some suggestions.

Consider Winter Time

Winter gives you the opportunity to wear multiple layers if you are having the type of surgery that needs some camouflage. Days are shorter, sunlight is minimal, and there are several holidays and long weekends December through March for recovery and time off.

The following types of surgery are better performed during winter:

  • A facelift
  • Rhinoplasty (nose job)
  • Brow lift
  • Breast reduction, augmentation, or lift
  • Liposuction or tummy tuck
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck)

How About Spring?

Springtime is when we start thinking about all those summer events like weddings, engagement parties, lazy days at the beach, and wearing your swimsuit for the first time.

Kids are still in school and spring breaks can provide time to heal. It’s also a good time to get a new haircut, change your hair color or makeup to distract from any telltale signs you had “work.”

Best type of plastic surgery in the spring might be liposuction, Coolsculpting, minor facial surgery, breast augmentation.


Summer might not be everyone’s best time since you can’t dress in layers, and being out in the sun is not recommended after surgery since it darkens any scars. It does provide vacation time to recover though, and if you don’t mind staying indoors for a bit, summer could work for you.

You might consider injectables, fillers, Botox, breast surgery or a brow lift. Talk with Dr. Gottlieb about these and other options.

The Days Of Autumn

The cool fall days mean sweaters, scarves, and lots of layering. It will hide any compression garments you might need after surgery. It will give you time to heal before the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s when you want to look your best.

The best kinds of surgeries for autumn include the following:

  • Liposuction
  • Body contouring and Coolsculpting
  • Facial procedures
  • Breast surgery
  • Tummy tuck
  • Rhinoplasty (nose job)

The best time to have plastic surgery is up to YOU. Consider your lifestyle, your upcoming plans, and your goals. Then go for it!

Contact Dr. Wendy Gottlieb at (703) 668-9499 to discuss the best time for YOUR plastic surgery.


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