Fall means both the temperatures and leaves are falling — and that’s the signal to break out warmer clothes. The onset of sweater weather in the Sacramento Valley is also a good time to schedule a body contouring procedure, such as a tummy tuck. My Granite Bay and Sacramento, CA practices see an uptick in plastic surgery patients during the fall and winter months for a number of reasons.
A tummy tuck is a popular procedure for women who have had children, but it can also benefit men and women who have excess abdominal skin after losing a significant amount of weight. Additionally, it can repair and tighten the abdominal muscles of women who have tummy tuck surgery after being pregnant.
Why now, though? It’s fair to say that any time of the year is an acceptable time for tummy tuck surgery, but there are a few advantages to choosing a time when the weather is cooler and the days shorter:
- Bundling up: Heavier clothing worn during the fall and winter easily conceals the signs that you’ve had surgery, such as the bruising and swelling that typically occur. And by the time summer rolls around, you’ll be especially happy to shed the layers and show off your trimmer, toned tummy in a bathing suit.
- Staying indoors sounds good: The recovery following a tummy tuck can take several weeks. Most patients can return to work after 2 weeks, but don’t expect to participate in physical activities outside such as biking or running for a few more weeks after that. But when it’s chilly or rainy outside, being inside more often doesn’t seem so bad anyway.
- Avoiding the sun: One of the most important ways to minimize the appearance of a surgical scar is to avoid direct sunlight, especially in the first few months after an operation. In most cases, I’m able to hide tummy tuck incisions low on the abdomen so they are concealed by underwear or swimwear. But that’s not always possible, so it’s important to protect the scar from the sun’s rays. You’re doing that automatically by dressing for cooler weather, so it’s one less thing to worry about.
No matter what time of year patients choose to have a tummy tuck, women who are finished having children often combine it with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation and liposuction, to address other physical changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding. A mommy makeover is a common procedure and, when completed during the fall or winter, can restore your pre-pregnancy body in plenty of time to get back to the fun in the sun as the days grow longer again.