Can sunscreen & sweat get inside mini face-lift scar and cause infection?
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FACELIFT INCISION IRRITATION
Scars irritated 7.5 months after facelift
Scar irritation after applying sun block on one side only may be another factor. Generally skin sensitivities are bilateral, and in the areas of application.
You may also consider a scar thickening, hypertrophic scar or local skin ifection.
Both of these conditions can be treated in the office, using a small steroid injection if a scar or antibiotic application, if an infection.
Again, follow up with your surgeon if it hasn't resolved.
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The healing process in general can take up to one month for the majority of swelling to subside, incisions to close, sutures to come out, and for bruising to completely go away.
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Irritation from sweat and sunscreen
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Sunscreen is your best friend
Patients should stay out of the sun as much as possible, and always use a sunscreen (SPF > 20). Scars exposed to the sun (especially if sunburn develops) not only stay red longer but also may not fade as much as normally expected.
Sun protection is very important for the health of your skin pre-facelift and it’s especially important post-facelift. Sun exposure while the incision sites are still healing can cause them to darken or discolour, and that discoloration can be permanent. The first few weeks after your surgery, you need to avoid all sun exposure. Sunscreen or sunblock will protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
Make every effort to wear it daily and to reapply it often. If you’re outdoors, put it on every two hours. You might have to apply sunscreen more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming. Wearing a hat with a big brim and a pair of sunglasses will offer even more protection from the sun. Take care to continue applying the antibiotic cream to calm down the sore/raised scars.
Irritated facelift scar
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