3 1/2 Months After Septorhinoplasty can I Tan My Face?

Hello. I had revision septoplasty-rhinoplasty surgery 3 1/2 months ago and I am going on an overseas holiday next week. The weather will be very hot and I plan to spend most of my time outdoors and swimming. Whilst I know not to burn my nose & apply a high sun protection cream at all times am I able to tan my face? Are there any precautions I can take so that I don't end up with a swollen nose? Thank you in advance for your reply.

Doctor Answers (7)

Depends on your skin type


If you have a darker complexion it is probably not a good idea to tan your nose as it may result in hyper-pigmentation.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 130 reviews

Tanning after rhinoplasty


Although your swelling has not totally subsided, at 3 1/2 months it should be no problem going into the sun as long as you use sunblock with a high SPF. Since you had a revision rhinoplasty, swelling should take even longer than a primary rhinoplasty,and you should be patient.

John E. Sherman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Tanning after rhinoplasty


Exposing your nose to the sun will likely lead to some increased swelling, but the main issue is avoiding sun exposure to any external incision (if you have any). I recommend keeping the nose protected with SPF 30 or higher sun block for at least a year after surgery.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

You might also like...

Tanning Face 3.5 Months after Rhinoplasty


I must first ask if you could tan your face before your rhinoplasty. Use a high SPF sunblock on your nose and enjoy your holiday.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Sun exposure following revision rhinoplasty.


My recommendations following rhinoplasty are as follows:  No prolonged sun exposure for 3 weeks.  Thereafter, if you must go in the sun then wear high level sunblock (minimum SPF 45), wear a wide-brim hat and limit the exposure as much as possible.  These precautions apply for 6 months following rhinoplasty and possibly longer for revision rhinoplasty due to delayed healing. 

Any facial area that has undergone surgical dissection is more sensitive to the effects of UV radiation such as sun exposure.  In other words, the involved area will burn with much more quickly than it otherwise would and the amount of swelling will be much greater.  This can potentially compromise the long term outcome by promoting prolonged edema and scarring and thickening of the nasal skin cover.  The degree of increased sensitivity is directly related to the degree of surgical dissection. 

Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Sun exposure or tanning after Rhinoplasty


Sun exposure or tanning, during the first 6 months, after a Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty increases the swelling to the nose and should be avoided.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Rhinoplasty and tanning


I amnot a big fan of tanning because the sun can prematurely age your face and also lead to skin cancers.  As to the impact on yoru rhinopplasty, it probably should not have any.  If you had an open rhinoplasty or in general are sitting in the sun you should wear a good sun block.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.