Following any plastic surgery procedure, a surgeon will likely advise you to avoid exposure to high heat and sunlight. Avoiding sunlight can play a large role in minimizing the appearance of scars or bruising, which is why Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Whetstone recommends minimal sun or heat exposure following plastic surgery.
Reasons To Avoid Sunlight After Plastic Surgery
Limiting sun exposure is a crucial step for obtaining the best possible results from any plastic surgery procedure. Avoiding the sun after a facial surgery procedure such as face lift, brow lift, neck lift, or blepharoplasty, is especially important. Excessive sunlight, especially in the first few days following plastic surgery, can cause:
How Long Should You Avoid Sunlight After Plastic Surgery?
It is extremely important is to limit your exposure to the sun as much as possible following plastic surgery, especially exposure to the surgical site. For the best results possible, patients should aim for minimal sun exposure to incision scars for approximately one year after surgery. Immediately following surgery, however, patients are often recommended to completely avoid sun exposure for varying lengths of time depending on the procedure. Typically, at least one week is suggested, with limited exposure for two weeks after that.
Protecting Yourself From Sun Exposure After Plastic Surgery
Avoiding sunlight altogether is not a plausible option for extended lengths of time, but you can reduce the amount of exposure you receive by taking the necessary steps to protect your skin. Dr. Whetstone recommends the following tips to help you reduce your skin’s exposure to sunlight and consequently improving the results of your plastic surgery procedure:
Protecting your skin and incision is most easily accomplished by limiting the time you spend outdoors and in the sun; doing so will drastically improve results from any plastic surgery procedure.
For more information about the effects of sun exposure after plastic surgery, contact Las Colinas Centre For Plastic Surgery today.