Shining a Light on Sun Protection – An Investment in Your Beauty

As spring and summer come knocking on the doors of residents in Coralville, IA, now is the perfect time to talk about an essential aspect of post-operative skincare – sun protection! While the sun is necessary for our livelihood, because of the harmful UV rays that come from the sun, protecting our skin is vital to not just ensuring we look our best but also for our skin health, especially after plastic surgery.

The Need for Skin Protection After Plastic Surgery

Undergoing any procedure at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery, whether it’s a rhinoplasty,  breast augmentation, or tummy tuck, requires you to follow a post-op care regimen. Among all the care instructions, one of the most important is ensuring your skin is properly protected. 

The intensity of the sun’s rays, particularly during the spring and summer, can hamper the healing process by increasing inflammation and potentially causing sunburn. The harmful UV rays can also lead to premature wrinkling, pigmentation, and, in the worst-case scenarios, skin cancer. Protecting your skin from the sun can significantly enhance your plastic surgery outcomes and increase their longevity.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen: Your Post-Surgery Ally

When it comes to sun protection, the first line of defense is a potent sunscreen. But how do you know the right sunscreen for you and your lifestyle? We recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. After your surgery, we can give you specific products that will protect your skin from the sun and ensure you maintain your results.

Sun Protection Goes Beyond Sunscreen

While sunscreen is pivotal, sun protection encompasses more than just applying SPF. Be mindful of the peak sun-intensity hours (10 AM to 4 PM) and limit your sun exposure during those hours, if possible. Pair your sunscreen with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, and seek shade whenever possible. Hydration also plays a key role in maintaining the elasticity of your skin and enhancing its ability to heal.

Schedule A Consultation Today!

With proper skin protection measures, you can enjoy the beautiful weather whilst taking good care of your skin and ensuring the longevity of your cosmetic surgery results. If you’re interested in learning more about post-operative skincare or looking to enhance your beauty by opting for a procedure, schedule a consultation today at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery! Call our Coralville, IA office at 319.500.4072 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Andrews can help you achieve your aesthetic goals!

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