How to protect your scars after Plastic Surgery!
- You must always protect your skin from burning to avoid wrinkles and skin cancers.
- You should wear at least a 30 SPF sunscreen, apply often and a hat to shadow the face.
- After any extensive surgery, i.e. Facelift, you must be more intensive and vigilant with protection
- Wear sun glasses and a hat and protect your eyelids from direct sunlight for 6 months after a Blepharoplasty surgery
- The eyelids will be more sensitive to burn and will swell when exposed to sun for too long
- The sun’s rays can easily change the pigmentation of the skin, causing discoloration, or a darkening of the scars.
- The skin around your incisions is particularly sensitive after surgery. Burning sensitive skin will cause scars to darken and potential skin tissue damage.
- Any exposure to heat sources, especially the sun, can cause more swelling and inflammation. To reduce swelling and inflammation, avoid all heat sources. Instead, apply ice or a cold compress to the swelling area.
Dr. Peter Neumann is the Chief Plastic Surgeon at Nassau Plastic Surgical Associates. As Senior Attending Surgeon at Northwell Health at Manhasset, top services include breast augmentation/ reduction mammoplasty, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, injectibles. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of numerous organizations including Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).