If you have contemplated a cosmetic procedure, you may have talked with friends and family who have done just that. It’s natural to have questions – what is the surgery like, how long does it take to recover – and for many the first one to ask is when

Is it better to have plastic surgery done in your thirties or forties, or later? 

Do you have it done as a pre-emptive measure, or wait until you feel your appearance will benefit?

Moreover, it is better to have it done in the spring, or towards the end of the year?

Answers will vary, because situations differ. Consulting with a cosmetic surgeon is the best way to determine not only the right procedure for your needs, but the right time to see it completed. At Peninsula Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Kanter speaks with many men and women about what is involved with the procedure of their choice, from preparation to recovery. Questions about the abdominoplasty, in particular, come up often during appointments. 

When is a good time to get a tummy tuck? Again, it’s a question that involves a number of factors based on your lifestyle and needs, though you may consider these points:

Wait for cooler weather. Post-surgery recovery varies patient to patient. If you live for midriffs in spring and bikinis in summer, you may wish to schedule your procedure in the fall so your body has ample time to heal before you show off your new look.

Family matters. The tummy tuck is a common element in the “mommy makeover.” Many women have abdominoplasties to help restore their bodies to their pre-partum shape. If you want to get rid of that “stomach pooch” our clinic can help. 

Clear the calendar. As with any kind of procedure, a tummy tuck may require you to rest before you resume a busy schedule. Choose a time where you’re able to take leave from work and other commitments, and soon you’ll be ready to rock the new dress or slim-cut jeans.

Have questions about the tummy tuck or other body sculpting procedures available through our practice? Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kanter.