Plastic surgery often gets a bad rap. People see Renee Zellwegger’s new face, for example, and think “why would someone do that to herself?” But here’s the thing – not all plastic surgery is that extreme. A lot of the things we think of as “little touch ups” are also considered plastic surgery.
So many women wait until after the new year to start making appointments to get work done. This is usually because going in for cosmetic work is typically part of a New Year’s Resolution. Really, though, any of the cooler or colder months are ideal for procedure-centric work. Why? Because some procedures are extensive enough to require some down/recovery time.
It is also because there are some procedures that require multiple appointments with some down time and care time between those appointments. The cool months lend themselves to spending time bundled up (often at home) so you don’t have to worry about a procedure’s recovery time or “stretched out” nature cramping your summer style.
Here are some of the most common types of “work” that women get done each winter.
Laser Hair Removal
Most women welcome the winter months because it means they can stuff their legs into tights, leggings and jeans and avoid shaving for weeks at a time without anybody noticing. If you hate having to shave or wax, winter is also a great time to explore laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is a procedure that is meant to eradicate body hair completely. The doctor uses a laser to “zap” individual hair follicles and keep hair from forming in them in the future. It usually takes a few appointments to eradicate hair formation completely especially for people who are genetically prone to thicker hair. Patients are forbidden to shave, wax or use depilatory creams between appointments.
This is why winter is the best time to have this work done. Nobody will see the regrowth that occurs between trips to the doctor.
Laser hair removal is particularly popular in warmer areas. For example, Dr. Jeffrey Rose, a plastic surgeon based in Chandler, Arizona, says that his area sees 330 sunny days per year! Even if you live in someplace like the Pacific Northwest, though, where it rains all the time and pants are more common than shorts, laser hair removal can actually save you money on shaving and waxing supplies (or grooming trips)… especially if you love the feeling of smooth skin!
Nobody likes their cellulite. Even the people who claim to love their bodies are hesitant to embrace their cellulite. Cellulite is caused by a bunch of different things but, no matter what anybody tells you, it is not permanent. There are things that you can do to reduce it and sometimes even make it disappear completely.
A lot of these things are related to your diet and exercise regimen. If you’re eating lots of junk food and/or lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle, you are more likely to see cellulite ripple across your skin. Some people, though, are genetically prone to cellulite. For these people and for people whose cellulite is problematic or extensive, it is worth seeing a plastic surgeon to get your ripples and bumps “smoothed out.”
Because of the nature of cellulite, advanced procedures like liposuction aren’t really going to fix the problem completely. Cellulite reduction treatments, on the other hand, are much less invasive and last longer than “traditional” fat reduction techniques. Cellulite reduction uses light and radio waves to break up the fat deposits that are pushing into your epidermis (that’s what causes that rippling and bumping).
The deposits drain into your lymphatic drainage system and are expelled naturally. The recovery time is minimal so you don’t have to worry about it interfering with your social schedule. And any swelling (which is minimal) can easily be masked by your winter clothing layers.
Facial Aesthetic Procedures
Things like Foto Facial Light Therapy, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, etc can be done any time of the year – most procedures are completed in an afternoon. Unfortunately, many of them result in unfortunate side effects like redness, swelling, sensitivity to products, etc. These effects usually go away within a day or two but they can still be embarrassing.
We all remember the episode of Sex and the City where Samantha got her chemical peel right before Carrie’s book launch party, right? During the winter, taking a couple of days to hole up at home where it is warm is sure a cozy and smart way to let everything heal completely. However, always be aware of all possible side effects before giving yourself a home chemical peel.
Obviously, you’re a beautiful person who does not need any of this work to be done to her person. But if you think that having the procedures done will help you feel better about your body and give you more confidence in your appearance? Go for it. You do what makes you happy. And what better time to do it than winter time and over the new year when we are all focused on building better selves?
Disclaimer: Any information posted on this sponsored article is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical diagnosis or treatment. See your healthcare professional for medical advice and treatment.