How to Plan Your Summer Surgery

Usually, long vacations take place over the summer and during the winter holidays. Anytime you have enough time to take off and recover at home from surgery is a good time to have cosmetic surgery. Many procedures like laser hair removal and breast surgery is best done months before the summer so you can see the results in your swim wear, but that shouldn’t cross them off the list.

Some might think that traveling away and having surgery on vacation might be a good idea. Dangers from medical tourism range from unqualified doctors to DVT and lack of follow up care. Turning your vacation into a “staycation” at home close to medical facilities, family and friends is ideal. Procedures like a facelift, liposuction, blepharoplasty and injectables are good year-round.

Just to highlight a few procedures and their downtime:

2 week vacation: perfect timing to recover from facelift, rhinoplasty, liposuction, blepharoplasty, breast surgery

2-4 weeks: longer vacations can help you have more extensive or multiple procedures like abdominoplasty, body contouring and tummy tuck surgery.

Hollywood influences many beauty trends and instead of the Angelina Jolie lips, they are sporting a softer, more natural look to the face. Popular procedures that help all kinds of patients achieve a “red carpet-ready” appearance include injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A such as Botox and Dysport, and injecting fillers into the temple area to restore fullness.

We’re going back again to a little bit more conservative, very natural looking procedures, whether invasive or non-invasive. That duck lip is a thing of the past.

Another trend in Hollywood and beyond, is the Mommy Makeover, which is a combination of surgeries such as breast implants, a tummy tuck and liposuction, all performed at the same time. Online searches for this post-baby surgery up are up. In addition, a poll conducted by RealSelf.com revealed that many women who undergo these procedures report a boost in self-confidence, attractiveness and satisfaction with their sex life.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the top five surgical procedures for both men and women combined in 2014 were:

  • Liposuction (342,494 procedures)
  • Breast Augmentation (286,694 procedures)
  • Eyelid Surgery (165,714 procedures)
  • Tummy Tuck (164,021 procedures)
  • Nose Surgery (145,909 procedures)

For your information on certain procedures and their down time, visit: www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures