Dr. Vivian Hsu of Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery chats the perfect procedures to book this winter.
Dr. Hsu and her team schedule consultations with patients to figure out the best care plan for their procedures.
As the colder weather finally rolls in, one thing is for sure—layered, looser-fitting clothes and snug, cashmere sweaters are starting to reappear. But these fashion choices can mean much more than just staying in style, according to Dr. Vivian Hsu, the face behind Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery (drvivianhsu.com) in Blue Bell. “What it generally indicates is that it’s a time when the weather is cooler out and we’re able to wear layers that can help to camouflage some of the recovery process,” she explains, noting that this is especially important with body surgeries, during which it can take six to eight weeks for the initial postsurgery swelling to go down, and two to three months for continued healing to occur. Procedures best for this time include breast augmentations, lifts and reductions, as well as tummy tucks and liposuction. “We start out with an initial binder that’s certainly a little more surgical in the healing, shaping process. And then as patients are getting back to their normal activities, it is best to wear some kind of support like Spanx or workoutwear that is more compressive and supportive,” Hsu explains of the healing process for tummy tucks. “Some of those garments can be kind of bulky and can be uncomfortable in the summertime. In the cooler weather, you can wear these things and still feel confident about the healing process that’s happening on the inside without having to worry about what it might look like on the outside.” This also lends aid to those patients who wish to keep their cosmetic surgeries more private, as thicker and layered clothing will hide any obvious differences. “It can be a bigger change that people feel more self-conscious about… something they’re not ready to disclose yet. This gives our patients a buffer time to heal without having to answer questions from people around them,” she says. Plus, completing treatments during these sweater weather months also gives patients enough time to fully heal and see their full results—just in time to flaunt them during the summer season in full confidence.