I had my rhinoplasty revision 5 weeks ago and have been wearing sunblock (spf 100) on my nose almost always when I go out during the daytime. At what point after rhinoplasty will I not have to worry about sun exposure? When can I go to the beach and not have to worry about too much sun exposure delaying healing?
At What Point is Sun Exposure After Rhinoplasty No Longer a Concern?
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Sun exposure after rhinoplasty
At five weeks post-op you still need to be very careful about sun exposure. The sun will cause it to swell more and may actually damage the skin. At this point, your skin is still quite sensitive. I generally advise my patients to wait until most of the swelling and all of the sensation has returned to the area. This varies from patient to patient. I would ask your surgeon what he or she recommends.
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Good job on the sun protection so far. You won't have delayed healing going forward but you will be susceptible to prolonged sweling if you have a lot of sun exposure. I would wear a wide hat and continue the sunscreen for at least 3 months. Ask your doctor about going to the beach.
Sun after rhinoplasty
Exposure to a lot of sun can lead to swelling that might cause scar tissue. I generally ask patients to stay out of the sun for six weeks. The real question is whether or not it is the uv exposure ir simply the heat.
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