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Should I Still Be Wearing Sunscreen 3 Months After Rhinoplasty?

The only time I go outside is to walk a few blocks from my car to my office. Should I be wearing sunscreen for brief periods like this of being outside if it's been 3 months since rhinoplasty? I rub in the sunscreen (spf100) pretty well but it still makes my nose look shiny and creamy which I don't like.

Doctor Answers (12)

Sun block and Rhino

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In general, your nose has less natural protection from the sun right after rhinoplasty. All the tissue was just elevated off of the internal structure of the nose, including the bone and cartilage, and blood vessels were coagulated in order to do this. There fore we weakened the nose's natural defense since we weakened its blood supply. This blood supply grows back , but it can take quite a bit of time to happen. In the first 6 weeks, your nose is less naturally resistant to UV rays and is more likely to burn and get discolored. Also, since your nose is mostly numb early on, its less likely that you are to notice the problem until its too late. I recommend you stay out of the sun as much as possible in the first 6 weeks after surgery. If you are in the sun for short periods of time, stay in the shade, and wear a big hat and a good sunblock. Do not wear sun glasses in the first 6 weeks, or any glasses for that matter, if osteotomies were performed, (breaking of the nasal bones). You can get your nose wet as soon as the splint comes off, but I would be careful about chlorinated pools early on until the incision is fully healed an more mature, as the chlorine can irritate the incision. The gym and anything that increases you blood pressure will increase the swelling of your nose and delay your healing time. I recommend 6 weeks for this as well. Sometimes it can take longer for your skin to mature, even a year and more in some cases. I suggest that you wear sun block for at least a year every day while out in the sun.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD


Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Sunscreen

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In general, I prefere patients to use sunscreen for life to protect there skin from the harmful rays.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Sunscreen after surgery

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Scar tissue and skin that has ben traumatized remains sensitive to the sun for up to a year.  Beyond this, sun exposure is cumulatively damaging to all skin, so some sun protection is probably good all the time.

Daniel Greenwald, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Sunscreen is important to use and is independent of having had a rhinoplasty

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As you have already read from the other respondents, wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is extremely important and is also independent of having had a rhinoplasty. Sunscreens will help protect your skin from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun that are associated with premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities and skin cancers.

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Sunscreen, regardless of facial surgery, should always be worn even if you  'spend very little time outdoors'. If you don't like the way it looks, then you might try facial moisturizers that contain SPF protection as well as make up manufacturers include SPF protection in their formulas too. Make this a part of your daily routine. Best wishes, Dr. H

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It's always a good idea to use sunscreen in order to protect the skin from harmful UV rays...you might want to try something with 30 SPF as that blocks ~ 95% of the UV rays while a 100 SPF might only offer an additional 2% protection.

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Yes !  Try out different brands to find one that you like and will wear all over your face every day.    This helps protect you from skin cancer development and signs of aging skin.

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Daily sunscreen today will save you alot of trouble (and $$$) down the road

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Daily sunscreen today will save you alot of trouble (and $$$) down the road. From teh standpoin of your nasal surgery, you've likely healed sufficiently that the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is quite low. However, daily sunscreen is not only a great idea to prevent skin cancer but it will also minimize the daily sun damage that leads to skin aging (photoaging). This daily maintenance will help prevent both skin cancer and minimize wrinkles leaving you with healthier, younger appearing skin. Seek a sunscreen that covers both UVA and UVB spectrums and remember that SPF tells you nothing about the level of UVA protection. A good esthetician or skin care specialist can help you find a sunscreen that will protect your skin and look good without the oily residue that you've described.

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Sunscreen and Post-operative scars

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One of the most important thing you can do to protect your skin and scars is wear sunscreen. The sun causes damage to the skin leaving you will less elastic, wrinkled and pigmented skin. If you add up all the time spent walking back and forth it will be hours - and you would wear sunscreen if you were in the sun for hours now wouldn't you? You should find a sunscreen that doesn't cause problems with your skin - try a well made product such as Obagi or Skin Medica and make sure it's broad spectrum and at least spf 30 or greater.

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Sunscreen

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You should always protect yor facial skin from the sun. What do you think is one the biggest causes of aging wrinkles? Find a good aesthetician and get moisturizing sun screens. You do not need to pay for sp 100

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