A number of factors influence whether you will achieve your desired outcomes from a facelift, including the current state of your health, skin elasticity, the facelift surgeon of your choice, and what you do during the recovery phase. Avoiding sun exposure during recovery is one step that can make or break your facelift results. This is why we generally recommend having your facelift surgery heading into the winter months.
Below are reasons why you should shun the sun at all costs after facial cosmetic surgery:
- Obvious scarring is shows itself with repeated and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays after surgery. In addition to noticeable scarring, sunburns can lead to permanent skin discoloration. This is because recovering skin is not fully equipped yet to heal and regenerate itself.
- Although swelling and bleeding are common occurrences following any type of plastic surgery, sun exposure can exacerbate them. Ultraviolet rays aggravate the already-irritated skin and intensify inflammation.
How to avoid sun exposure post-facelift
Staying indoors following surgery is the best thing you can do. However, if you must go out, apply SPF 30 sunscreen to the incision area. Keep in mind that sunscreen should only be applied once the incisions have completely healed due to the threat of infection. Wear protection clothing. For hats, choose those with a solid brim that is at least two to three inches wide. Straw hats are thinner and may allow for the sun to shine through. Once the scars have fully faded, it is still wise to keep sun off your scars.
Would you like to learn more about getting the most out of your facelift surgery? Call us at 818.380.3130 to set up an appointment today!