Apr 20 2020

How Dangerous is Sun Exposure after Facelift?

Woman sits by pool wearing wide-brimmed hatFacelift surgery minimizes the signs of aging to deliver a face that looks youthful and refreshed. If you wish to reduce or eliminate loose skin, deep folds, and jowls along the bottom half of your face, you are likely a great candidate for a facelift.

Following your facelift, you will be given detailed recovery guidelines that should be followed closely. These instructions include advice to minimize or avoid sunlight while your incisions heal. Following simple steps like seeking shade when outdoors can ensure that your incisions heal quickly without leaving a noticeable scar. Our office serves patients in Bethesda, MD, other areas of Maryland, and Washington, DC.

The Harmful Effects of Sunlight after Facelift

Exposing your face to direct sunlight is one of the most damaging things you can do to your healing face. The radiation and heat from the sun can increase swelling and bleeding. Scar tissue tans differently than nearby tissue, meaning UV rays can cause leave your scars appearing more prominent.

The most critical period for avoiding sunlight is the two weeks following your surgery. Even after the two-week mark, you will want to take steps to minimize sun exposure after facelift until your face fully heals.

Tips for Avoiding Sun Exposure after a Facelift

You can’t stay indoors forever. Following these simple tips can drastically reduce the damaging effects of sunlight.

Stay Covered

Clothing and accessories place a physical barrier between your recovering skin and sunlight. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can shield your eyes and incisions from damaging UV radiation. A light scarf can be worn at any time of the year to add protection for your neck.

If you are planning to undergo facelift surgery, now is the time to plan ahead and purchase suitable clothing and accessories to protect your skin from excessive sun exposure.

Seek Shade

If you do need to be outside for an extended period of time, seek shaded areas. Shade under an overhang or tree is ideal. If you can’t find that, look for large buildings and structures that can provide a bit of shade. Anything is better than standing in direct sunlight if possible.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Once your incisions have healed, you will want to start applying SPF 30 sunscreen over your face and neck anytime that you go outside. Again, do not apply sunscreen onto your incisions if they have not completely healed.

Long-term Protection

Excessive sun exposure damages the skin regardless of recent surgery or not. To protect your skin from the damaging effects of sunlight, try to make the tips listed in this blog post regular habits. Sunlight can make elastin break down, which can leave skin looking older. UV radiation can also cause dark spots and other forms of pigment variation.

Schedule Your Facelift Today

Do sagging skin, deep folds, and other signs of aging leave you feeling insecure about your appearance? Dr. Roger Oldham is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in private practice since 1977. Dr. Oldham has a history of providing natural-looking results that leave little to no trace of scarring.

To schedule your facelift, please contact our office online or call (301) 530-6100.

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