We all want to look and feel our best year-round. In many cases, surgical cosmetic treatment can springboard us into the confidence that comes with having a toned, shapely figure. According to the American Society for Plastic Surgery, body sculpting surgeries – tummy tuck, breast augmentation or lift, liposuction, butt lift, and arm lift — are some of the most popular procedures in the United States, with the first three consistently ranking in the top five procedures year after year. These body sculpting procedures, however, are serious surgical work.
The natural cycle of any surgical procedure involves preparation, treatment, and recovery – a time-consuming process. Recovery is just as crucial as the procedure itself, and as such must be taken into consideration before booking your body sculpting appointment in San Diego. For reasons outlined here, you might wish to consider getting your surgical procedure done in the fall.
If you follow the advice offered in this article, you will make your recovery as stress-free as possible, and conceal any tell-tale signs of your surgery. Moreover, you’ll see that the amount of recovery time needed, as well as the opportunity for more covering up, makes fall a great time to get your body sculpting procedures done.
Extend a Fall Holiday
Knowing what to expect during your recovery is key in successfully concealing the tell-tale signs of your body-sculpting procedure. By being fully prepared, you can organize your timetable to discreetly recover from your surgery, without raising speculation from nosy friends or colleagues.
Scheduling time off work, discreet recovery, concealing bruising and swelling, attending typical social events – these are some of the concerns Dr. Singers’ patients express about their recovery. And for good reason. Many invasive treatments require downtime, and nobody wants the world to know that they have just had some work done.
The good news is that by planning and getting your surgery done in the fall, national holidays give you the perfect alibi for time off work. You can extend a Labor Day or Thanksgiving break by a few days without arousing suspicion. After all, families do frequently visit in the fall. Dr. Singer generally recommends one to two weeks off work after surgical treatment, and most employers will be perfectly reasonable in signing you off for two weeks during the festive season if you request time for family.
More than likely, you will also need to pass up on some social events to give your body the rest it needs in the first few weeks after your surgery. The fall holiday season also covers you for this. As families are expected, you can convincingly excuse yourself by saying you’re busy with holiday preparation. As you can see, timing is vital when planning your recovery from a surgical procedure.
Still, those planning on body sculpting must know that Dr. Singer also advises you to get a close friend or family member to help you around the house for the first few days after your treatment. By doing so, you allow your body the time and energy to adjust to the procedure. The holiday season gives you the ideal opportunity to fly in a relative from across the country, or conscript a close friend, and swear him or her to secrecy.
Surgery in the fall also offers us the cover of cold weather. Colder temperatures during this time of year give us the perfect reason to shy away from the outside world and recover comfortably at home.
Cozy up at Home as You Heal
The recovery phase of any surgical procedure is just as important as the surgery itself – it is also the most time-consuming stage of the process. For this reason, Dr. Singer often advises his patients that the colder, wetter months of the year are an ideal time for getting surgical procedures.
The weather is one of our greatest dictators; and San Diegans have an endless abundance of hikes, beaches, and bays available. Unfortunately, swimming, running, biking, hiking; any exertive physical activity, are big no-nos during the first few weeks of your plastic surgery recovery.
Luckily, thanks to October and November’s cooler temperatures and shorter days, people can be coaxed back indoors to enjoy comforting activities like reading, watching movies, and eating.
These physically undemanding, but highly enjoyable past-times are perfect for someone recovering from an invasive surgical procedure. The post-operative body craves relaxation, rest, and nutrition. As such, cold weather offers fewer temptations to go outside and exert our bodies while encouraging us to take the weight off our feet and allow the body to heal.
Nonetheless, at some point during your recovery, you will need to venture outdoors for a relaxing stroll. When you do feel up to an easy trip to the shops, you will want to choose attire that is both concealing, supporting, and comfortable.
Again, the fall weather offers the perfect reason to wear loose, warm clothing, which makes concealing swelling and bruising from your surgery super comfortable and straightforward.
Fall Sweaters, Front Zips, and Yoga Pants. The Perfect Camouflage for a Healing Body.
We only begin to realize what we take for granted once we lose the ability to do something. In the case of recovering from a surgical cosmetic procedure, patients will quickly realize how constricted their movement becomes and how difficult it can be to wear their regular clothing.
A combination of fall sweaters, front zipping sports bras and hoodies, and yoga pants offer discretion, functionality, and compression; three key elements in confidently recovering from a surgical procedure.
During your recovery period, Dr, Singer will likely recommend you wear compression garments. More on these later. The benefits of fall sweaters, front zipping hoodies, and yoga pants are that they are easy to adorn and remove, and effectively disguise any compression garments that you are wearing underneath.
Specific procedures will require different supportive attire. For instance, recovery from breast augmentations requires special bras, tummy tuck, and liposuction recovery are greatly assisted by wearing compressive girdles and suspenders, and butt lifts heal far more effectively with the use of compression bodysuits.
These compression garments are revolutionizing the recovery process from invasive surgical procedures. However, they add an extra layer of insulation which creates warmth and can be difficult to conceal in hotter weather — as such, maximizing your comfort and the effectiveness of compression garments is yet another reason to get your body sculpting surgery performed in October or November.
Conceal Compression Garments Under Your Clothing
During surgical cosmetic treatments, the body experiences trauma, which is likely not visible to the naked eye. Under the skin, blood vessels, capillary channels, and connective tissues are all disturbed, bruised, and often removed by procedures such as breast augmentations, tummy tucks, liposuction, and butt lifts.
As such, the body needs to repair, rebuild, and reconnect tissue in the affected region. Liquid distribution to the healing tissue is a delicate process that is often disturbed during recovery, but it is now well documented that light, evenly distributed compression on the skin surface can push body fluids into deeper tissue thus promoting healing, reducing swelling and relieving tension.
Dr. Singer highly recommends the use of compression garments in the recovery phase of plastic surgery. Wearing compression garments eliminates many of the variables that can influence the results of your surgical procedure. They stabilize and form your body’s new contours in a way that allows them to heal as Dr. Singer intended. Furthermore, patients who wear compression garments report feeling less post-op pain.
Depending on your procedure, Dr. Singer will recommend you wear a compression garment as much as you can tolerate, ideally day and night, during the first one to three weeks of your recovery. After this initial phase, you can choose to wear your compression attire only during the day.
As such, it is clear that this necessary extra layer of a potentially cumbersome garment such as a full bodysuit for a butt lift or a girdle for an abdominal treatment will be uncomfortable in warmer weather. Due to this, we again recommend you consider a fall appointment for your plastic surgery procedure in San Diego.
The different compression garments you should look at depends on which type of body sculpting procedure you are looking for.
With over 300,000 breast augmentation performed in the U.S. annually, any woman who has recovered from breast augmentation will tell you that stretching across the chest pulls at any incisions and sutures, indeed a most unpleasant sensation.
To avoid situations such as these, Dr. Singer will supply a purpose-made ergonomically designed bra that is easily worn and taken off. This bra provides compression and supports the recovering breasts in such a way as to nurture the recovery process during the first week of recovery.
After the first week, women recovering from breast augmentation can change to a soft, compressive sports bra for at least two more weeks. The longer patients can avoid lace bras, underwire, and push-up style bras after the surgery, the better, as these bras can distort the breast and upset the incisions and implants from surgery.
Tummy Tucks and liposuction
When recovering from a tummy tuck and heading outside, the last thing you want is a waistband or belt rubbing against your sutures and incisions. Perhaps you are a mother recovering from pregnancy, in which case you will be all too familiar with maternity clothes.
If, on the other hand, you have not had a bub, Dr. Singer encourages his patients to look into these comfortable alternative bottoms. These clothes come in either underbelly or over-the-belly waistbands, meaning that the incisions caused by a tummy tuck or liposuction are not irritated by a standard waistband.
Compression garments such as girdles and suspenders support the midsection, and no seams even come close to the scars. Dr. Singer can advise you on the ideal garments for your surgery.
Although fall weather is perfect for wearing tight-fitting jeans to show off your newly shaped figure in a pair of tight-fitting jeans, Dr. Singer recommends waiting at least six weeks until after your surgery before you wiggle your hips into your Levis.
Alternatively, you need to support your posterior using comfortable, compression attire. A properly designed full-body suit or open buttock girdle is easy clothes to wear and offer ideal compression. Moreover, during the fall, compression garments are easily concealed by a comfortable pair of yoga pants.
Although surgical cosmetic procedures will change your life for the better and promote confidence and a healthy lifestyle, they are not to be taken lightly. These are invasive operations from which your body requires plenty of rest, relaxation, and support.
With advice from an elite, world-renowned plastic surgeon such as Dr. Robert Singer, you will recuperate from your surgery with speed, comfort and the confidence that you will see the results you desire.
The benefits of a fall procedure, as outlined above, do significantly contribute to a more convenient and relaxed recovery. To check Dr. Singers’ availability for your fall surgery, call him now on +1-858-455-0290 or fill out his online form.