Ask the Plastic Surgeons

By Wendell Smoot, MD, Reza Sadrian, MD, Carol Hollan, MD and John Smoot, MD

Q. I’ve heard that winter is a popular time to schedule plastic surgery procedures, but other than cooler weather, is there a reason for this?

A. You bring up a good point about the weather contributing to an increase in the number of surgical procedures scheduled during the winter months. Most people would prefer to be at the beach or on the golf course when it’s warm and sunny. It’s much easier to camouflage bandages and post-surgical garments (such as compression body suits) with layers of clothing when the weather is cold, making it perfectly normal to bundle up against the elements. Also, a lot of people spend more time indoors during the winter months (the weather is cooler and the days are shorter).

Winter is also a time when people schedule vacations during the holidays and this creates a good opportunity to take a “staycation,” by reserving time to run local errands or simply take advantage of down-time by relaxing at home. This lends itself well to more invasive plastic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentations, tummy tucks and facelifts, which require longer recovery times compared to Botox injections or facial laser treatments. Since “staycation” time can be scheduled to coincide with the holidays, remaining predominately indoors with family and friends close by to help is also a benefit. Additionally, you’ll be close to your physician’s office with plenty of extra assistance to facilitate your medical follow-up visits.

The holidays are also a time when people like to treat themselves and their loved ones to luxuries that they might forgo during other times of the year. It’s not uncommon these days for couples to schedule plastic surgery procedures together or mothers and daughters to do the same. While plastic surgery procedures may not be your idea of a stocking stuffer, there’s always the option to give the gift of skin care beauty, such as a series of facials or laser treatments. The post-holiday month of January is traditionally a time for rejuvenation and self-improvement, so a gift card that can be used for a variety of treatments of the recipient’s choice during the first six months of the year is often appreciated.

When considering a plastic surgery procedure for yourself, a relative or a friend, it’s important to locate a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area to obtain further information. Safety should always be at the top of your holiday wish list.

John Smoot, MD, is the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla and Wendell Smoot, MD, has been voted by his peers as Top Doctor in San Diego for five consecutive years. Carol Hollan, MD, is San Diego’s first female board-certified plastic surgeon while Reza Sadrian, MD, is one of very few plastic surgeons dually certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. The practice has over 20 years of tenure in the industry and each is individually board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Any of the physicians can provide consultations on plastic surgery procedures and/or laser and skincare treatments at their Laser and Skincare Center and can be reached at their offices on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla in the Ximed Medical Building by calling (858) 587-9850 or via the web at