Sunbed After Breast Uplift?

Hi, I am wondering when it would be ok to go back using sunbeds after a breast uplift. My surgeon said 6-12months naked but I am wondering if I was to cover my boobs then when could I go back? Also what would be the best way to cover them in the sunbed? My surgeon also said no working out for 8 weeks along with wearing the support bra for 8 weeks after surgery. This seems a bit long to me. I am 2 weeks Post Op with no complications so far. Thanks in advance!

Doctor Answers 10

Tanning after breast lift

It is best to take your surgeon's advice! You should not tan in a sunbed for about a year. I also recommend waiting about 6 weeks after surgery to resume your regular working out routine.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Tanning and Activity after Breast Lift

  No tanning for 1 year would be advised as well as waiting 6 weeks or more before any strenuous activity.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Post operative care after breast lift

its best to listen to your surgeon.. he is giving good advice.

sun and uv will darken scars..  you can wear a total block such as zinc oxide but no guarantees.

same with your bra and actiity

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Returning to Sunbed after Breastlifting?

Thank you for the question.

Generally speaking, it is much better for you to follow the  instructions provided  by your plastic surgeon as opposed to on line consultants. Remember, that he/she knows exactly what was done and is ultimately responsible for your care.

 Asking a plastic surgeon about returning to potentially skin cancer inducing sun beds  would be analogous to asking about returning to lung cancer inducing cigarettes. Most of us would answer: NEVER.

 I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

Sunbed after surgery

Yes, you would probably want to cover them up because the incisions will be very sensitive. In general, the sunbeds are not good for you and can increase your risk of developing skin cancers.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Tanning post op

Keep the sun away from scars is your best bet. Scars behave differently in different people and can become too dark permanently (hyperpigmentation or dyschromia) if exposed to the sun. Better to spray tan if you want to hide it. Definitely use a strong SPF (>30) sunscreen on it even though it is hidden by your bathing suit as some sun goes through the fabric.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Sunbed after breast uplift?

Hello! Thank you for your question! After any surgical procedure, you should be careful with incisions as well as avoidance of direct UVA and UVB rays in order to lessen the chance for hyperpigmentation of the skin and scars, which can take several months to resolve, if it ever does. Sunblock of 35 or above is recommended regardless. The ability of the affected area to heal has been slowed and you should try to avoid additional swelling to the area. The area will likely be numb for several weeks to months and will be difficult to feel when sunburn is coming on.  

Typical recommendations include wearing a hat and/or sunblock to the affected area for at least 6-12 weeks following the procedure. It takes up to one year for scars to fully mature. You should also avoid trauma to the area for several months to protect the refinements made during the procedure. Also, avoidance of pools/lakes/jacuzzis/etc for 4-6 weeks is usually recommended to allow adequate healing and protection from stagnant water, that could potentially harbor bacteria. Lifting/exercise restrictions are common for at least 6 weeks. Certainly discuss the postoperative instructions with your surgeon, as thoughts differ among surgeons. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Avoiding UV radiation after a breast lift

It would be best to avoid the tanning bed FOREVER!  UV radiation is not your friend.  Why subject your new body to the harmful effects of UV radiation.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Sunbed After Breast Uplift?

Best advice is to follow your surgeon's recommendations for all the issues in question. 

I would never give an OK to sunbeds, but if you will go there anyway, cover the incisions with a sunblock rated at least 30, and wear a swim top that is sun-protective. 

Thanks and best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Sunbeds after Surgery

First, I would follow the instructions given by your surgeon for your best result.  All patients are different, and some heal faster than others.  You may want to schedule an appointment for follow up to discuss your progress.  In regards to sunbeds, I would cover up and I do not recommend baking scars.  This could cause poor healing and a bad cosmetic result.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

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