Plastic surgery can be an excellent way to rejuvenate and revitalize the face, but it does come with some inconvenience and sacrifice to accommodate the recovery process. These days, this inconvenience can mean the difference between moving forward with a coveted procedure or not, due to busy schedules and responsibilities making a lengthy recovery impossible. Time off can be hard to come by, and some people can only find the time to consider surgery when they have a guaranteed stretch of time away from work—such as during the holiday season.
Holiday Recovery: the Benefits and Drawbacks
Obviously, most people want to be spending time with their family during the holiday season, not recovering from a surgical procedure. However, it can be a benefit to be near loved ones during this time—you will have someone nearby to help you with anything you might need during the initial recovery period. Naturally, it depends on the individual patient, but if the holidays are the only opportunity for extended time off and help is available, this time might be the ideal recovery period. After all, recovery is only for a short period of time, but the results of good plastic surgery will last for years. In addition, the holidays fall during the cooler months, involving more indoor, low-stress activities, and less risk of sun damage to the treated area, which is essential to preventing complications. Holiday recovery may also allow you to keep your surgery a secret from coworkers should you desire to keep your procedure discreet.
Working From Home
For some patients, only a few days off from work is an option, and while it is ideal for patients to spend their entire recovery phase resting and recuperating, some may need to check in and get some work in. If you are worried about a lengthy recovery period, consider whether some of your work could be done from home to allow you to rest up and heal.
Invest in Yourself
You may feel guilty about using your holiday time to have cosmetic surgery, but you should never feel bad about investing in your happiness. The holidays come around every year, so spending one season out of commission is not the end of the world. Recovery is a necessary part of great results, so take the time you need to look and feel great after surgery. A new look for the new year is a great way to kick off your resolutions!
Because of the advantages of holiday recovery from plastic surgery, scheduling can be tricky. While it may be too late for this year, it is never too early to start planning ahead. Be aware of when surgeons may be busy and book your surgery accordingly.
Choose the Right Surgeon
It is extremely important not to rush into your choice of plastic surgeon, no matter what procedure you are considering. Your results will depend on a combination of your surgeon’s skill, your candidacy, and your diligence in post-operative care, so you should put as much time and energy into selecting your surgeon as you need to. If you do not have enough time to find a surgeon before the holiday season and cannot accommodate for recovery later in the year, you may want to consider waiting until next year when you can be fully prepared.
One of the first qualities you should look for in a plastic surgeon is board certification and specialization in facial plastic surgery. Facial surgery is a difficult field, and should only be performed by experts dedicated to the art. If you are looking for an accomplished surgeon in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA to schedule your consultation with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has been helping patients look and feel great about themselves for over 25 years, and would be happy to help you plan your procedure.