Sun exposure after plastic surgery can affect the results achieved in negative ways. Furthermore, it can lead to many side effects, health, and aesthetic complications. It is for these reasons that plastic surgeons always warn their patients against sun exposure of the operated area after the intervention.
First off, sun exposure has the tendency to trigger unsightly scarring. After plastic surgery, patients must be sure to avoid direct exposure to the sun or any other forms of direct heat for at least 4 to 6 months. The first two months following the surgery are particularly crucial to the achievement of your plastic surgery goals, so it is critical to cover your body when you go out in the sun during this time.
When the surgical wound is exposed to the sun (especially during the first four months after the surgery) the scar tissue will become dark and hyperpigmentation would be triggered. Combined, both of these factors can introduce unwelcoming aesthetic features to your body. On the other hand, when you avoid sun exposure, not only would you heal quickly but the quality of the achieved aesthetic goals would also be better. You will get less visible scarring and the swelling will subside quickly.
It is important for patients to understand that the surgical site is very sensitive after plastic surgery. Exposing the skin to the sun can easily burn the area, making it appear darker. During the first four months after plastic surgery, it may even cause your tissue to become impaired.
During the first 2-3 months following your operation, be sure to stay in the shade. Never expose your body to the sun unnecessarily. If you have to go out, be sure to cover the surgical site properly.
Also, take an umbrella along. You may also use cover-ups and sundresses to keep your sun exposure to the minimum extent possible. Sunscreen with SPF 30 can also help protect your skin from the negative effects of UV rays.
Remember, the more careful you are during the first few months after the surgery, the better the aesthetic results of plastic surgery will be.