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How Long Do I Have to Wait After Rhinoplasty to Go Tanning?

i need to go tanning and i have to know how long i have to wait..asap!!

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Do a spray tan


I am never an advocate of tanning, and would urge you to try a self tan or spray tan.  However, if this is not possible wait at least until you are done healing, a few months.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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When is it safe to go to the tanning salon after surgery? It's NEVER safe.


When is it safe to go to the tanning salon after surgery? It's NEVER safe. Tanning salons offer a toxic brew of UV exposure that is far more cancer causing than natural light. You will age more rapidly and significantly raise your risk of skin cancer. I would echo the comments of my colleagues and tell you that tanning should be avoided at all costs.


Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tanning after Rhinoplasty


I cannot recommend tanning but, if you must, wait 6 weeks and use a good sunscreen for 6 months and preferably forever.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Not that I'm a big fan of tanning but my guess is that you could resume facial tanning 2-3 months after surgery. You certainly could go back earlier if you protected your face with a towel or something similar. You should definitely check with your own surgeon though. No sense in messing up. Good luck.

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Sun after rhinoplasty


When the skin is healing on the inside it will be sun sensitive on the outside and burn faster that what your were accustomed to. The nose is well healed within four weeks, but as long as there is stiffness in the skin and tip, often for six months or more you may burn more easily. Care and sunscreen is best when starting out.

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Tanning After Surgery


You need to wait forever!  You obviously care about your looks or you wouldn't have gone to the trouble of having a rhinoplasty.  Now you want permission to destroy your skin with ultraviolet light.  You need to put on UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen every day, avoid the sun as much as possible and certainly do not visit a tanning booth.  If you want some color, get a spray tan.

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Tanning? Use Spray Tan, Stay Away from the Sun


My general rule of thumb for prolonged sun exposure after surgery is 6 weeks.  However, if you desire a tanned look, the spray method is much safer and kinder to your skin in the long run.  Although this is a hard concept to grasp for someone in their teens or 20's,  excessive sun exposure prematurely ages skin and dramatically increases risk of skin cancer.

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