A favorite patient of mine was chatting with me about her upcoming cosmetic surgery procedure and asked me when was the "best time" to have cosmetic surgery. It's an interesting topic, so anytime a patient brings up something interesting, I like to add it to my blog.
Much like having children or going on a diet, the old addage "there is never a perfect time" still applies. It is true that the busier times for cosmetic surgery in Scottsdale are the Holidays (November through February) and the Spring. Even though there is no perfect time, we all can relate to timing things so that they impact our "regular" lives the least.
I have to smile when I see ads that promote "new face for the new year" or "give yourself the gift of beauty for the Holidays." The true motivation for most people is that the Holidays fit better with their personal schedules in order to get things done. Many times, my patients have waited for months to have their procedure over the holidays purely for convenience.
The question behind the question of "when is the best time to have plastic surgery" is really about recovery time and your schedule. Each procedure has a different recovery period - including what activities you can perform during recovery, healing times and visible signs of surgery (like dressings, bruising, sutures).
As a general rule, most recovery periods are from 5-10 days depending on what was done and the range of activity is from "normal" to "light activity at home." The less involved the surgery or procedure is, the faster and easier the recovery will be. For example, the lightest laser resurfacing procedures can have just a 2-3 day period of pink skin, while the deepest treatment can have two full weeks of recovery, the first week spent essentially indoors. You would be correct if you guessed that the most dramatic results are achieved with a more involved laser peel.