Will brief, accidental exposure to sun affect the end result for my gynecomastia incision scar?

Hi all, I'm in my third week of recovery from gynecomastia surgery which went really well. I was taking a nap earlier inside and I woke up, and took the blanket off of my chest. Within a minute, I looked at my chest and noticed the sun was peering through the window exactly on my chest so I quickly got up and out of he sun. My question is though it was very brief and through a window, will this have an effect on my scar?? I'm really, really hoping not as this has been one heck of a journey!

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Will brief, accidental exposure to sun affect the end result for my gynecomastia incision scar?

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Thank you for your question.  Because of being inside, and your surgical site was covered by a blanket, it is unlikely that your results will be affected in any way from the accidental sun exposure.  Hang in there, your results will continue to mature and improve.   

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Your Healing Incisions and Exposure to Sun Light

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It's likely that the sun exposure did not affect the healing or end-result of your surgery. If anything, the surgical site may be somewhat sensitive to the #sun light and may be irritated as a result. Following #Gynecomastia #surgery, your #incisions will go through a maturation #process. For the first few months they will be red and possibly raised and/or firm. As the scar matures, after 6-12 months, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable. You may experience numbness, tingling, burning, “crawling”, or other peculiar sensations around the surgical area. This is a result of the #healing of tiny fibers which are trapped in the incision site. These symptoms will disappear. Some people are prone to keloids, which is an abnormal scar that becomes prominent. If you or a blood relative has a tendency to keloid formation, please inform the doctor.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Sun and scar

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The amount of sun exposure you are describing is essentially nil, so it will not affect the quality of your scar.  Don't worry.

Jeffrey D. Wagner, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Sun after Gynecomastia Removal

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You should talk to your plastic surgeon about your concerns. I advise all my patients that it is very important to protect your incisions from the sun. Keep your chest completely covered until your incisions have closed (approx. 2 weeks). After that time, you must wear a high grade sunscreen on your incisions for a minimum of 12 weeks to ensure optimal healing of the scars.


Not to worry

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The angle of the suns rays this close to winter solstice is not enough to cause significant ultraviolet damage.  You are quite safe.

Richard Zienowicz, MD
Providence Plastic Surgeon
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Sun Exposure to Incisions

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Hi mitchman4949,
Thanks for the post. You shouldn't need to worry about long term effects to your incision because there was no direct sun exposure for an extended period of time. Best of luck with the rest of your recovery.

Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Will Sun Exposure Affect Incision?

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For such brief exposure it is unlikely to have caused any damage. It is good that you are being careful, stay on track! Good luck.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Sun exposure on a scar

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Thank you for actually following directions! We love it when patients do that. 

You are fine. You shouldn't have gotten much in the way of exposure under a blanket and through a window. Keep up with your scar care.

Tracy E. McCall, MD
Milwaukee Plastic Surgeon
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