Santa told us that you are on his nice list, so why not treat yourself (or drop a hint to your Santa) and treat yourself to the gift that turns back time and keeps giving for years to come!

Winter months are one of the most popular times to have a more invasive plastic surgery procedure such as a facelift or tummy tuck.

There are several reasons why winter is the best time of year to have plastic surgery. Let’s dive into why winter is the best season to consider plastic surgery and some of the most popular procedures patients at The Lett Center are booking this winter.

7 Reasons To Consider Plastic Surgery In The Winter

It is important to consider timing when undergoing plastic surgery. There are many reasons why winter is often the ideal time to get your cosmetic procedure completed. Here are seven reasons our patients prefer to go under the knife during winter.

#1 – Colder Temps Minimize Swelling

Most procedures come with swelling post-surgery. Typically, swelling subsides after a few weeks. Still, some procedures can take up to six months for swelling to dissipate fully. This is especially true for invasive surgeries like face lifts, neck lifts, and tummy tucks.

Of course, we don’t recommend you go stand outside in the freezing cold during your recovery. But compared to the hot and humid days of summer, cooler temperatures that come with winter can help with swelling, bruising and inflammation associated with surgery. This is because cold air can act like an ice pack for your body! Colder temperatures can also slow blood flow, which is important for the wound-healing process.

#2 – Fewer UV Rays

Direct sunlight following many plastic surgery procedures can extend your recovery time and make scarring more prominent or darken. Avoiding sunlight is also required if you have many of the facial or neck laser therapies that we offer at our med spa.

UV radiation is a risk no matter how hot or cold and sunny or cloudy it is, but the sun’s UV is not nearly as high during the winter. Days are also shorter, leaving less chance for overexposure.

#3 – Limited Missed Work/School Days

Most plastic surgery procedures require a couple weeks of recovery time. Why not use the extra paid time off that comes around the holidays to recover from surgery? By scheduling your procedure in the winter, when most businesses slow down, and you have more paid time off, you might be able to avoid taking vacation or sick days.

Not to mention, because there are usually tons of fun tv specials and movies to enjoy during the holidays, you will have extra entertainment options while you rest and recover post-surgery.

#4 – You Will Be Recovered By Spring/Summer

Many patients opt for plastic surgery procedures to enhance confidence, especially during the summer months when we show more skin.

You are giving your body plenty of time to heal by choosing to have your surgery during the winter. This is important considering many procedures such as tummy tuck surgery, face or neck lifts, breast augmentation and liposuction reveal results over time.

Also, having surgery in the winter gives any scarring ample time to fade before summer. Waiting until spring to undergo your procedure may not give you enough time to allow your scars to fully heal in time to hit the pool or the beach.

By scheduling your procedure for the winter months, you give yourself the necessary time to recover by summer.

#5 – Easier Concealment

There are visible effects during the recovery process following plastic surgery, such as swelling, bruising, stitches and fresh scars. You might also be required to wear wound dressings, special clothing, or drains for several days or weeks following your procedure.

Hiding bandages, compression garments, swelling and bruising while wearing summer clothes is difficult. Winter clothing like pants, long sleeves, sweaters, coats, and scarves allows for easier concealment, enabling you to hide post-op wound care and treatment areas until you feel ready to show off your results.

#6 – More Budget Friendly

Plastic surgery isn’t necessarily any cheaper during the winter; however, many plastic surgery centers and med spas offer holiday sales, gift card specials, discounts on other services, and other ways to save money or receive incentives.

The winter months are also the season of giving! Drop some hints that a surgical procedure is at the top of your Christmas wish list.

Or, if you stumbled across this blog while searching for the perfect gift for the girl that has everything, a gift card to go toward the procedure of her choice is always a good idea!

#7 – More Time To Recover For Summer Activities

Many plastic surgery procedures involve several weeks or months with little to no lifting or strenuous activity. If you’re an active person who enjoys outdoor activities that come with warmer months, getting plastic surgery during the summer can interfere with many of your favorite activities.

Winter allows your body plenty of time to fully recover before the activities of spring and summer resume.

The Best Plastic Surgery Procedures To Schedule This Winter

Scheduling any more invasive plastic surgery or facial treatment that requires a longer recovery time or more time to reveal results is typically best suited for the winter months. But here are a few of the most popular procedures our patients’ schedule during this peak season.

  • Facelift or Neck Lift
  • Eye Lift/
  • Body Lift
  • Tummy Tuck or Panniculectomy
  • Body Contouring (removal of loose skin)
  • Breast Enhancement
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Removal Of Loose Skin
  • Laser Skin Treatments


Schedule Your Winter Plastic Surgery At The Lett Center

Cosmetic procedures can achieve fantastic results year-round, and no matter if it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall – confidence never goes out of season.

But if you are looking for the best time of year to move forward with plastic surgery or other more invasive med spa treatments, the cooler Tennessee winter is the best time to have plastic surgery or a more invasive aesthetic treatment.

Our team of board-certified surgeons and professionals are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about cosmetic surgery. Schedule your consultation today so you can bundle up and relax at home during your recovery!

We should note that plastic surgery procedures and medical spa treatments increase in popularity over the holiday season. To guarantee you get your desired surgery date, we advise that you plan ahead and book as early as possible.