Tanning After Facial Plastic Surgery

Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | May 26th, 2015

Tanning After Facial Plastic Surgery

Perfect Season for Facial Plastic Surgery?

If you have decided to undergo plastic surgery and are ready to line up your appointment, you may want to consider scheduling the procedure for the fall or winter months. There are several compelling reasons to book a fall or winter visit to the cosmetic surgeon: cold weather can be an excellent excuse to nest and take the time needed to recuperate; the holidays can be a convenient opportunity to score an extra day or two off work; and, perhaps most importantly, autumn and winter skies can offer some buffer to excessive sun exposure.

After a facial plastic surgery procedure, you can help your body heal by moderating activity, following a healthy lifestyle, and minimizing UV exposure. It is best to slow down, drink plenty of water, and treat yourself to some rest and relaxation. Tanning–best eschewed under normal circumstances–should absolutely be avoided for up to six weeks following any facial plastic surgery such as a blepharoplasty, a rhinoplasty, or a rhytidectomy. As most of us already know, UV light damages the skin and accelerates aging. Post-surgical skin is particularly sensitive to UV exposure because its natural defenses are down. Not only is tanning an impediment to the healing process, it increases the risk of undesired side effects, including permanent skin discoloration. If you tan or burn, you definitely up the chances of creating visible scars. Unfortunately once a healing scar has been burned, the damage is done. It is best to err on the side of prevention. So, be sure to carefully cover any incisions sites.

Recovering from Plastic Surgery in a Sun-Drenched Place

Although the autumn and winter months may be more conducive to healing in some climates, a season-based appointment may not make a difference if you live somewhere with year-round sun. If you are accustomed to a daily dose of sunlight, you will have to be extra vigilant in protecting your skin after facial plastic surgery. Wear a hat, stay in the shade as much as possible, and always wear a high SPF sunscreen. Bypass that trip to the beach or the pool and instead enjoy a picnic in the leafy shadows of a tree.

Although it may be tempting to bask the face in sunlight once your skin has fully healed, you may want to rein in that urge. In truth, protecting the skin from UV rays should be part of everyday life. To increase the longevity of your facial plastic surgery, it is highly recommended that you make these post-procedure sun habits a part of your normal routine. Whether you undergo a blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, or facelift, the same rule applies: always safeguard your skin.

Your Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation with Dr. De Silva, London

If you have been thinking about plastic surgery and would like to know more about preparations and precautions, contact Dr. De Silva for a comprehensive consultation. A facial plastic and cosmetic surgery specialist, he can provide recommendations and assistance both before and after your cosmetic surgery.

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