Understanding correct information about breast surgery and the reason for the surgery is the most important.
Winter is the peak season for plastic surgery because many patients visit plastic surgery clinics during their winter break or holidays. Is it true that the best season for breast surgery is winter?
Winter is the peak season for plastic surgery for the eyes or nose because many student patients visit plastic surgery clinics after the CAST (The College Scholastic Ability Test) or during their winter break. However, there is no specific season for plastic surgery for breasts. Instead, for homemakers, a time other than winter break when children go to school may be the right time.
There is no low frequency of breast surgery in summer. Breast surgery is relatively expensive, so it is possible to afford it. Because the surgery performs according to the individual patient's situation, demand is not concentrated at a specific time.
Then, why do people say winter is the best season for breast surgery? Some say that in winter, breast exposure is less, so they can protect the surgical area with thick clothes during recovery. Compared to summer, when there is a lot of sweat and secretions, worry about inflammation or infection can be reduced.
Some patients say it is because of the shapewear and pressure bandage needed after breast surgery. The shapewear and pressure bandage keeps the shape of the breast beautiful, and they can feel more cramped than regular underwear, making them somewhat uncomfortable to wear in summer. In addition, there are restrictions on washing their body after surgery, which can be awkward when you sweat a lot in summer. Still, in winter, there are not many situations to sweat.
Sweat and secretions in summer do not significantly affect postoperative recovery or results, but those in situations where patients cannot provide continuous care can affect wound healing. According to Dr. Juyoung Go, a founder of Atelier Plastic Surgery Clinic, it would be difficult to manage wounds or scars in tropical or hot weather.
Most of all, the advantage of breast surgery in winter is exposing the perfect breasts next summer. Breast surgery requires enough recovery period, so if breast surgery performs in winter, recovery is almost complete in the summer, half a year later. According to Dr. Go, it is different depending on size and others. Still, when a patient gets breast surgery in winter, it would be easy to move and expose the breast area without scars or wounds the following summer. That is why patients try to get surgery in winter, fall, or spring to target summer.
It is not mean that breast surgery should perform in winter. It is better to understand that breast surgery in winter has some benefits. One thing that says the best time to get breast surgery is when a patient is fully ready for the surgery psychologically and mentally by himself.
Dr. Go explained, "Breast surgery is not only an expensive operation but also carries the burden of having the patient perform a significant surgery himself. Breast surgery is an operation under general anesthesia, so many concerns exist. It is a surgery that requires much thought. Since not many surgeries involve large implants in our body, such as breast augmentation, patients should also consider them carefully. Thus, it is good to get sufficient consulting at various clinics. So, it is better to have a psychologically relaxed time.”
There are more critical things for breast surgery than a season. Understanding breast surgery and recognizing their breast status should be considered.
Dr. Go advised, "Breast surgery and any plastic surgery, it is best to get one surgery as the last. For this reason, it is better to clarify the shape and size of the breast you want and to know exactly about your breast condition. Patients must live with this breast for another 10 or 20 years, so they must know what breast they want. Patients should carefully consider whether they want breast surgery or whether it is a temporary change of emotion. After deciding to do it, it is good to consult with experienced doctors about whether it is realistically possible, what the limitations are, and whether there are any risks of surgery. Patients should avoid relying on information floating around the internet indiscriminately."