I typically request that patients avoid sunbathing for 4
weeks after surgery. Following this
period, you may do so, but must use high SPF sunscreen and avoid burning. As a general rule, minimizing sun exposure is
a good idea, both for preventing aging of the skin, and decreasing your risk of
skin cancers. I would also be happy for
you to wear your sunglasses at this point, but would prefer they not be really
big heavy ones while your bones are still healing.
Hope that helps!
You should always ask your surgeon, but I always recommend full protection.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA