There is significant downtime when recovering from standard facelift surgery. However, many patients who have undergone the procedure at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester have expressed that the long recovery period following surgery is actually a good thing. Avoiding sun exposure is one of the crucial things to do during recovery for the following reasons:
- Swelling is a typical occurrence following a facelift. Although it will gradually resolve on its own after a few days, sun exposure can exacerbate swelling and delay or impair wound healing.
- Although scarring is inevitable in any type of surgery, our experienced surgeons make it as inconspicuous as possible. However, sun exposure can cause skin discoloration and make your scars appear more noticeable. Some patients develop rashes even after short exposure under the sun.
- Spending more time outdoors will only negate the positive effects of a facelift. Apart from genetics and diet, exposure to ultraviolet radiation is one of the main factors that contribute to the occurrence of premature signs of aging such as wrinkles, creases, and dull-looking skin.
If it’s necessary for you to go out during recovery, take measures to protect the incisions such as wearing scarves and wide-brimmed hats. Sunscreen is a must.
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