Why is the sun bad after rhinoplasty?

Why is the sun bad after rhinoplasty?

Relaxing in the sun, especially now that summer is here, may seem like the ideal way to pass the time while recovering after plastic surgery. Summers are ideal for flaunting the beautiful summer glow for many of us. However, before you go out for that sun-kissed glow, think about the sun’s harmful impacts on your general health and appearance. As part of your post-operative care and recuperation, your doctor will likely advise you to limit sun exposure after having plastic surgery or any reconstructive operation.

What Are the Benefits of Avoiding Sunlight?

After any plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, especially if it was a facial procedure, post-operative care 101 advises limiting sun exposure. After surgery, exposing surgical incisions to sunlight can exacerbate the appearance of any post-operative adverse effects such as inflammation, scars, and bruises. Let’s take a closer look at each of these instances and why they may be exacerbated by exposure to sunlight, necessitating longer healing durations.

SWELLING – One of the most prevalent side effects of reconstructive surgery is inflammation. When it comes to anti-inflammatory medications, make sure to follow your doctor’s advice and keep the affected region out of direct sunlight. Swelling and inflammation can be exacerbated by exposure to heat sources, particularly the sun. This is sometimes referred to as “sun poisoning,” and it is caused by UV light.

TISSUE OF SCARS – Sun exposure can readily alter the skin’s pigmentation and darken scars. Sun exposure in the weeks following surgery can significantly raise the risk of sunburn, which can cause scars to become permanently discolored.

BLEMISHES – Premature sun exposure after a chemical peel, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, or blepharoplasty may result in uneven or atypical pigmentation. If you’ve had a face operation, always use sunscreen and a hat when you’re outside in the sun. Choose a hat with a solid, three-inch-wide brim all the way around. Straw hats should be avoided since they still allow the sun to shine through.

How Can You Keep Your Skin Protected From the Sun?

During the first few months after surgery, try to stay out of the sun as much as possible. If you must be outside in the sun, use a sunscreen with a mid-range SPF rating. SPF creams with a 50 or greater SPF can clog your pores, preventing your skin from effectively releasing impurities. Lower SPF levels may not be enough to protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. As a result, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 40 is the best option for you.

Even if your incision is hidden by clothing, use the sunscreen on and around it. Because sunlight can still get through clothing and windows, you should use sunscreen all day long as a precaution. In order to avoid infection, wait until your incision is totally healed before using sun nose screen.

When going outside, try wearing bulkier clothing rather than lightweight clothing such as bathing suits or thin gear, which can expose your incision to the sun.

Always read the sunscreen label before applying it, and remember to apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun, reapply 2 hours later, and reapply again after any water activity.


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