While southern Floridians have the privilege of enjoying beautiful sunshine throughout the year, we welcome summer and all the fun that comes with it — longer days, more celebration and maybe some extra vacation time! And while for some people time off means taking a trip, for others it means staying home and enjoying the time to do things one otherwise can’t, including undergoing personal procedures that boost confidence.
We are frequently asked if summer is the appropriate time to undergo the variety of cosmetic procedures we offer. While you need to make special considerations for your recovery, summertime plastic surgery is absolutely a viable option.
Like every procedure, regardless of the season, our pre-surgery consultation will include a conversation and instructions for your post-surgery care. Here, Dr. Ary Krau discusses special considerations you need to take into account.
Stay Inside, Avoid the Sun
The air conditioning is calling your name post-surgery! The sun’s UV rays and extreme heat can hinder your recovery. Heat will lead to inflammation, which in turn can cause discomfort and, potentially, infection. Further, the skin around the incision site is particularly sensitive, making it vulnerable to burning easily in the sun. Scarring is another potential side effect of sun exposure, as the change of pigmentation from the sun can increase the chance of deepening the mark’s color.
Finally, you’ll be more comfortable in the AC versus the heat because of the bandaging your incision will likely require. If you do want to head outside, though, make sure that you are well hydrated, nourished and covered up!
While your recovery will likely quicken if you do start moving around once you’re given the green light, you still need proper amounts of rest, as that helps the incision heal. Further, rest improves circulation, minimizes pain and boosts your immune system to fight infection. So, when you’re tired, sleep.
Submerging any wound, particularly one with stitches, in water is not recommended, as it slows the healing process. For that reason, doctors generally advise against pools, hot tubs and baths. Once your stitches are out and we give you the thumbs up that your incision is fully closed, you will be able, once again, to enjoy the water.
Water aids digestion and transportation of nutrients, maintains bowel function, maintains the balance of fluids and electrolytes in your muscles, and even plays a role in the aesthetic of your skin. Post-surgery, monitoring these exact bodily functions is critical to ensure proper recovery. Further, proper hydration keeps the healing process moving forward, and dehydration stalls it.
Some cosmetic procedures require less downtime and have fewer restrictions, including Botox, fillers and even some of our liposuction services. If you’re looking for an aesthetic pick-me-up this summer, these procedures are a few great places to start.
To request a consultation with Dr. Ary Krau, please call or email our office today.