Is The Recovery Process Different in the Summer?
As we head into the summer months, cosmetic procedures can become more appealing than ever. Many of us are shedding our thick winter clothes, hitting the beaches, and we want to look our absolute best. The hot weather and extra sun exposure, however, can negatively influence your recovery time after certain cosmetic procedures. Let’s look at some of the ways you can ensure a speedy summertime recovery, and see full results in time for that dream vacation!
What Dangers Does Summer Pose?
Essentially, the heat and intense sunlight exposure that comes with summer isn’t great for your recovery. Unless you take precautions, swelling may take longer to settle, and the chances of minor bleeding from surgical sites are higher. Fresh scars that see a lot of sunlight may become tanned, which can make them more obvious when the surrounding skin loses its tan later on. Treatments like laser resurfacing require around six weeks of reduced sun exposure, which can be a challenge when you’re desperate to get out and enjoy yourself during the summer!
Another important factor in recovery is proper hydration, and when you’re out and about on hot days, it’s easy to become mildly dehydrated without even realizing it. Dehydration prolongs wound healing, because the limited moisture in your body limits the ability of new cells to spread themselves across the wound.
Can Anything Be Done About It?
That depends on what your priorities are. If you want to enjoy every moment of your summer and go outside as much as possible, you might want to consider enhancements like Botox or other cosmetic fillers, which won’t force you to avoid the sun for an extended period of time. On the other hand, if you’re happy to sacrifice a week or two of the holiday period for an improved appearance later in the season, then other options may work better for you. Cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty or facelifts would require you to stay indoors for a while, as would the use of chemical peels or laser treatment. Once your plastic surgeon has confirmed that your recovery is complete, you’ll be able to go out and enjoy yourself.
Make sure you cover up immature scars to avoid permanent darkening, and try to stay hydrated by carrying a bottle of water with you and eating foods with high water content. This will work wonders for your recovery—not only in summer but in all seasons!
Although it might seem frustrating to be stuck indoors on a beautiful summer’s day, there are also advantages to opting for plastic surgery during the summer. Most people have plenty of time off work, and don’t have to worry about asking for time off or hiding the recovery process from colleagues.
Dr. Siegel is a facial plastic surgeon based in Houston. He’s always happy to discuss your options, and can help you plan a treatment that doesn’t get in the way of your summer. To find out more about the options available to you, contact him today!