For many of our breast augmentation patients on Long Island, the only barrier preventing them from scheduling surgery is timing. If this sounds like you, I can assure you you’re not alone. We understand how challenging it can be to fit the planning, actual surgery, and recovery process into a busy lifestyle, so to ease the process, let’s look into some of the top timing considerations.
What’s coming up?
If you have any big holidays, vacations, or major events ahead, make sure you give yourself plenty of time. It’s best to schedule a breast augmentation procedure at a time when you do not plan to have family or friends visiting for a few weeks after your surgery. You’ll be limited in movement and still have some swelling, which can result in discomfort and irritation. For most patients, this rules out the months of November and December, when many major holidays occur. If you’d like to have surgery before a big event like a wedding or reunion, give yourself a couple of months.
Consider the season.
After your breast augmentation, you cannot enter pools or spas or wear clothing that could irritate your incisions for a few weeks. Additionally, you should not spend long periods of time outside for at least a month, as the sunshine can harm the healing process of those scars and cause discoloration. If you enjoy all of the outdoor activities the summer season offers, you may not want to undergo surgery during this time of year.
When can you get help?
It is wise to have a trusted friend or family member available to help you after surgery. This individual should be able to drive you to and from surgery, pick up any medication you need, and help you with food and basic chores after your procedure. Consult with your helper about his or her availability before scheduling your surgery.
So the best time of year is …
Based on these considerations, one of the best times of year to undergo a breast augmentation is the winter. January, February, and March are optimal months for many patients to undergo the surgery, as they’re less active, spend more time indoors, and wear more protective clothing than they would in the spring, summer, and fall. The best part is, if you schedule your procedure for the winter, your breasts will have healed and you’ll be ready to show off your new, enhanced contours by the time warmer weather rolls around.
If you’re considering a breast augmentation, I encourage you to schedule a consultation soon so you can achieve the results you desire by the summer season. You can schedule an appointment at my practice online, or by calling (631) 424-3600.