Avoiding sun exposure as much as you possibly can is one of the most important post-surgery instructions that we always emphasize here at our Las Vegas cosmetic surgery practice. While the specifics of recovery instructions will vary from one patient to another, below is a bird’s eye view on the whys and hows of avoiding sun exposure following plastic surgery.
Why Avoid Sun Exposure After Plastic Surgery
Avoiding sun exposure after plastic surgery and all laser procedures, particularly when it comes to procedures that has to do with the face, is very important to facilitate faster healing. Moreover, exposing incisions that haven’t healed completely will increase your chances of wound healing and/or unfavorable scarring, making it longer than usual for the skin to return to its natural color. Ultimately, once you’re sunburned, there’s a huge chance that the scars will remain permanently discolored. As to facial procedures, there’s the risk of developing abnormal pigmentation when the treated areas are exposed to sunlight.
Quick Guide to Avoiding Sun Exposure Following Plastic Surgery
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- If you really need to go outdoors, make sure that the incision is covered with clothing and apply sunscreen at the same time. You need to wait for the incision to completely heal before applying sunscreen.
- Wear clothing that is made from thicker material and avoid the ones that are made of lightweight clothing such as thin cotton or skimpy clothes bathing suits.
- Apply sunscreen as instructed on the label.
If you’d like to learn more about how to recover quickly and safely from plastic surgery, get in touch with us today by calling 702.732.9600 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Herte. We look forward to your visit!