Can I go out in the sun after rhinoplasty?
Swimming should be avoided for at least 6 weeks after surgery. It’s also a good idea to keep out of the sun for at least this long, and to cover your nose if you go outside after that. Please consult with your surgeon, since they may have alternative recommendations. Excessive sun exposure is often damaging to the skin. UV damage causes sun spots, wrinkles, and, most importantly, increases the chance of skin cancer. It is recommended that you keep out of the sun for the first two weeks after your rhinoplasty procedure. The main side effects of early excessive sun exposure include excessive edema and scarring. Following the two-week period, several sun-protection guidelines are recommended. Wearing a hat is a simple and effective approach to protect one’s face from the sun. If you perform any outdoor labor, you might want to consider wearing some nose coverings. Sunblock with an SPF of 50 is always recommended for protection. Those guidelines are recommended for 6 months after surgery to allow the nose to heal without major complications.
YOUR NOSE AND THE SUN
The nose will be more susceptible to the sun’s rays after surgery. If you have an open rhinoplasty treatment, sunlight can cause the incision area to darken, making the scar more obvious. Avoiding sun exposure while your nose heals is an easy approach. That does not preclude you from spending a day at the beach or by the pool. Just remember to use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. For the best protection, reapply sunscreen every few hours. You can also protect your nose from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or lounging at the beach under an umbrella. Remember that the hat and umbrella should be worn in addition to the sunscreen, not instead of it.
Staying in the Sun for a Long Time
While a day at the pool or a tropical getaway always sounds appealing, be cautious. Sun exposure can cause a nose burn, cause discolouration at any incision sites with scar tissue, and raise your risk of certain problems. Wear a helmet and some heavy-duty sunscreen to be extra safe, even if your facial plastic surgery has given you the all-clear.
If you normally wear glasses, you’ll need to try contact lenses for a bit to give your nose time to recover correctly. Glasses rest on the nose’s bridge, causing indents in the weakened cartilage and tissue. While your nose heals, you’re better off putting your glasses away for a while.
Don’t bother with cosmetics for the time being. While putting makeup to the healing skin and incisions is an excellent way to hide any post-surgical bruising around your nose job and eyes, it might cause difficulties and increase your risk of infection. Keep concealers, powders, and other makeup products out of your face until you’ve been cleared to do so. For more information about your recovery time frame, speak with your facial plastic surgeon.