When’s the right time to get rhinoplasty?
Perhaps you’ve been set on having a nose job for a while. Yet, it’s come time to decide when to actually book your procedure. So, when is the best time for a rhinoplasty? When should you get rhinoplasty? In this article, we’ll explore:
- The pros and cons of getting a rhinoplasty in the winter
- The pros and cons of getting a rhinoplasty in the summer
- And how you can decide what’s best for you.
Rhinoplasty in the Winter
The winter or the fall months are great times of the year to book your rhinoplasty procedure. And there’s no need to worry. The cold weather will not have a negative impact on your healing after your procedure, as long as you take the proper care.
Plus, there are several advantages to having your nose job completed during those cooler months. These advantages include:
- You won’t have as much sun exposure or be tempted to go in the sun or go to the beach.
- You’ll likely get loads of rest time since the days are shorter and the nights are longer. This means you’ll probably have a sufficient amount of time to recover and recoup following your procedure.
- You may also have your procedure take place over the holidays to allow time for adequate healing and potentially less time needed off from work.
However, there are some downsides and factors that you will also want to be aware of. These include:
- Taking the proper precautions in the cold weather and not letting your skin become dried out. The fall and winter tend to be much drier than other seasons. This dry weather can quickly hinder your healing process if you’re not careful. Throughout your recovery, aim to stay inside and to use the ointment recommended or prescribed by your surgeon as you heal.
- Being aware of the cold and flu season. With the cool weather, the flu and cold season comes into full effect. The last thing you need is the cold or flu while recovering from your nose job. This may disrupt healing due to a runny nose and other symptoms, as well as maxed out the immune system. Again, aim to stay warm and indoors. Further, ensure you get plenty of vitamin C and take care of your health to avoid getting sick.
- Dressing for the weather. If you must venture outside, ensure you cover up and stay warm. This includes keeping your bandages on, and potentially covering your face with a loose scarf and wearing an appropriate jacket and boots.
Rhinoplasty in the Summer
The spring and summer months are frequent times for individuals to take on procedures that alter their body and outward appearance. The layers come off, which often means more opportunities to socialise and partake in activities. Many individuals aim to look their absolute best. Further, many individuals take summer vacations, providing ample time and opportunity to have their rhinoplasty procedure. The summer heat is also a non-issue, unlike the cold weather in winter.
But what should you be aware of? What precautions should you take when compared to a winter rhinoplasty?
- Be aware of allergy season. Do you get frequent allergies? Ensure you know when they may occur or have a plan to get them under control. Allergies can quickly interfere with your healing, leading to complications.
- Be wary of the heat. Extreme heat may increase inflammation and swelling, making healing tricky. Avoid extreme heat and performing any intense activities in the heat.
- Avoid the sun. Adequate healing can become disrupted due to sun exposure. This also increases scarring, which means the sun is best to avoid until your nose has fully healed.
- Avoid swimming. Water may increase your chance of infection. While as refreshing as the lake or pool is on a hot summer day, aim to avoid swimming in the weeks after your procedure.
The Best Time For A Rhinoplasty
Technically, the best time for a rhinoplasty procedure is whenever it works best for you and your lifestyle. Determine which option you might prefer and which one fits best with your work and home life. When you’re ready, Dr Shahidi is here to help. Contact us today to book your consultation.