Are the stars getting nipped and tucked as we speak? Photo: Getty Images

Celebrity plastic surgery is more common than we know, mostly because stars rarely admit to it. From obvious cases like Dolly Parton to widely suspected ones like Demi Moore, it's clear that many celebs have had more than just lunch-hour procedures done. But when do they find the time?

Awards season spans 6 months from September through March. Everything from the People's Choice Awards to the Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars takes place in that time period, and come April we -- er, they -- are exhausted.

It would seem that, well, right now would be the time for any big nips and tucks, now that celebrities' major appearances for the year are behind them. So we wanted to know -- is there a spike in plastic surgery this time of year? The short answer: Yes. And it all boils down to these 3 reasons:

They React to Red Carpet Photos
"Post-awards season is a big time for celebrity plastic surgery," says Dr. Andrew Jacono, a New York City Plastic Surgeon. "Celebrities are photographed throughout awards season, so not only are their pictures everywhere, their pictures are often in natural (read: non-ideal) light that can illuminate trouble areas." Stars might realize along with the rest of the world that they've put on some pounds, have a few more wrinkles, or notice other things they'd like to fix.

They Finally Have Free Time to Recover
"We see a spike in treatments post-awards season when people have more downtime and don't have so many events, parties, and industry gatherings to attend daily," says Dr. David Bank, a plastic surgeon in Westchester, New York. "Because they may have more downtime they can get the treatments that may leave them a little red or bruised afterwards, like fraxel laser, chemical peels, deeper fillers, and of course plastic surgical procedures like eyelifts."

They Know Bikini Season is Coming
"Having surgery in March or April will give celebrities the chance to be healed for bikini season," says Dr. 90210 himself, Robert Rey. "We're seeing more celebrities wanting breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, and fat transfer to the buttocks right now," Dr. Rey reveals.

As for the rest of the year, celebrities stick to simpler procedures that won't affect their busy schedules. "Actresses will tweak themselves with minor procedures like fillers, Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, laser hair removal and other treatments," adds Dr. Bank. These less invasive procedures can be done the day before or even the day of an appearance, and no one will be the wiser.