During the summer, people are headed outdoors to swim, run, bike, and explore. It’s not unusual, however, to have a desire to look your best as you engage in all of the fun that the warm weather has to offer.

Enhancing your appearance is possible through cosmetic surgery. You can even undergo certain procedures that don’t require a lengthy downtime. Most patients appreciate quick recovery periods, especially if they have a shorter timeline for their results.

Those who consult with Dr. Cook often wonder whether there is an ideal time to receive plastic surgery. More important than the time of year is the amount of time you have to recover from surgery. For many people, summer provides a lighter work schedule, time off from school, or a break from family activities that allows a better period to recover from surgery.

Here are some of the surgeries that are most popular at the Whole Beauty® Institute during the summer months:


Rhinoplasty involves the reshaping of the nose to produce a structure that is more in line with your natural facial contour. Many of our younger patients find that the summer break from high school, college, or graduate school classes provides an excellent window of opportunity for nasal surgery.

Rhinoplasty Results

For two weeks after nasal surgery it will be apparent that you have undergone rhinoplasty because of an initial splint and then the presence of surgical tapes. It is also important to protect the nose from being bumped for 6 weeks, so you will not be able to engage in strenuous activity during that time. Normal light summer activity is fine after the initial two weeks, but you will need to protect your nose with a good sun block.


Dr. John Q. Cook has an approach to a facial rejuvenation surgery that is passionate in its respect for natural form. Areas that have lost their tone due to the aging process are restored to their original position and facial volume is replenished with your natural fat in a process known as a fat transfer.

Facelift Results

For many teachers and educators, the summer break is a natural time to take advantage of facial rejuvenation surgery. Also, many of our patients are in fields such as finance and law where there is a slow period in August that provides a perfect opportunity for facelift recovery.

If you have a vacation home that is not a long drive from Chicago it is usually possible to spend much of your recovery in that location with several quick trips back to our office for postoperative visits. If you are coming from out of state our team can arrange for an extended stay at one of the luxury hotels near our Chicago office.
During the first two weeks after surgery, your facelift will be most conspicuous due to swelling and bruising. After that, it is usually possible to camouflage the signs that you have had surgery, and you can return to normal light activity. You will have to avoid heavy athletics and more strenuous physical activity for several more weeks.

If you have a summer vacation planned or would prefer to stay out of the heat in a cool, air-conditioned climate, recovering from a facelift will be entirely feasible. Planning for your recovery from surgery will not only prepare you for the downtime you will experience but also help you coordinate any summer activities.

Breast Lift

Looking good in a swimsuit is something almost every woman desires, but if your breasts have settled into a position that is lower than you would like, your choice of beachwear may be limited.

Many women are happy with the size of their breasts. They would prefer to avoid breast implants since their goal is simply to restore the position and tone of the breasts and not to make them larger. For these women, the structural breast lift as developed by Dr. Cook is an excellent solution.

Many plastic surgeons routinely combine breast implants with breast lift surgery to restore fullness to the upper portion of the breasts.

At the Whole Beauty® Institute, we take a different approach. With the structural technique, Dr. Cook uses your natural breast tissue to restore volume to the upper breast. The technique involves anchoring of the breast at several levels so that all of the lifting is not just done by the skin, which tends to stretch after surgery. Scars are also limited in comparison to many breast lift techniques.

Structural Breast Lift with Abdominoplasty Results

For most patients, the recovery from a structural breast lift is relatively easy with a return to normal light activity within a week of surgery. If you enjoy summer sports, you need to know that you will not be able to resume vigorous athletic activity for the better part of six weeks.

Liposuction and SculpSure®

Trimming down this summer may be possible through liposuction. Stubborn pockets of body fat that won’t disappear through diet and exercise can easily be removed through a short surgical procedure.

A slimmer body contour can be achieved with a variety of liposuction techniques. Laser lipoplasty methods, such as SlimLipo® and SmartLipo®, are a good choice to reduce fat any time of year. Laser energy is delivered to the treatment area that melts fat while a suction tube removes it from the body. This is all accomplished under local anesthesia in our Chicago and Winnetka offices and most people are back to normal activity in a few days. Patients who undergo laser liposuction have a shorter time in which they need to wear compression garments and have a quicker return to exercise than what we have seen with other techniques.

We also offer patients SculpSure®, the latest generation of non-surgical fat reduction. Patients who are trim overall and who have good skin tone but who are unable to eliminate small zones of excess fat, especially in the waist area, are great candidates for this 25-minute treatment. Patients appreciate that they can return to work, sports, and outdoor activity immediately after treatment. The Whole Beauty® Institute was the first practice in the Midwest to offer SculpSure®, so our patients benefit from the depth of our experience.

SculpSure Patient Results

Summer may be the best time for your Surgery

For many people, summer is the best time to undergo plastic surgery. During a consult with Dr. Cook, you can learn more about the procedures available and find one that is right for you. Contact the Whole Beauty® Institute at 312-751-2112and schedule an appointment.