Once the season for bulky sweaters and sweatshirts arrives, it’s easy to forget that you might want a laser facelift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation or nose job. That’s because we tend to hide in our comfortably baggier clothing, eat more than we should and are less active once the temperatures start to drop.

But don’t let the snow or cold winds deter you from getting the plastic surgery procedures you want. In fact, winter is probably the best time to move forward. Preparing for the spring and summer requires something to be done now to be ready.

Recovery

Depending on what you are having done, you will have a recovery period lasting anywhere from a few days to a few months. Many operations require that patients wear bandages after surgery, sometimes for several days or weeks.

If you have your surgery when outdoor activities are few and far between and most people spend more time at home, you won’t miss out on as much. By the time spring and summer roll around, you will probably be ready to hit the pool and enjoy cookouts, baseball games and other outside activities as you always have – except now, you will look more fabulous than ever. Yes, it does take planning and if you have concerns, you do not want to wait until the last moment.

The Sun

You already know that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are harmful to skin, but this is especially true if you have recently had laser facelift surgery. All surgical procedures leave scars that if exposed to sunlight, may look worse. The winter months pose a lower risk for UV exposure as you normally wear clothing to conceal the incisions for body surgery. Have your plastic surgery in the winter and you’ve got it made in the shade.

Winter Wardrobe

Remember that cozy sweater we mentioned at the beginning of this post? Casual clothing such as this is not only warm but is less constricting, leading to freer movement and less irritation for delicate skin that is recovering after a procedure. It might also hide the temporary swelling that often occurs after cosmetic procedures. By the time May flowers bloom and the sun shines warmly again, you will be ready to wear your less bulky ensembles and show the world your new look.

Many of us complain long and loud about the discomfort and isolation that winter often brings. This year, turn lemons into lemonade by getting the cosmetic procedures you want at the optimal time of year. Doing it now will make you look forward to summer even more.