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Practicing Safe Sun Post Plastic Surgery

Chances are that if you’re thinking about having a plastic surgery procedure, such as a breast augmentation, a face lift, or BBL, and you’re envisioning yourself looking perfect in a bikini. Part of this image in your head might also include a little bronzed glow. Therefore, you’re probably wondering just how long after your surgery will you be able to tan.

This is certainly not uncommon. Plenty of patients ask about tanning after plastic surgery, especially since we’re located in beautiful Beverly Hills, where we have beautiful weather practically year-round. Back to the business at hand, after you have plastic surgery, just how long do you have to wait before you can tan?

Spray Tanning After Plastic Surgery

When people say “tanning” now in days they’re not just talking about sunbathing or using a tanning bed. At-home and spray tanning is becoming increasingly popular because of the education surrounding the risks of actual UV exposure. Any doctor, but especially your plastic surgeon, will urge you not to partake in tanning on the beach, while laying by the pool, or using a tanning bed because these options involve exposure to UV rays. Instead, spray tanning is the safest option, but when is it safe after plastic surgery?

Some may assume that spray tanning or using an at-home tanning lotion is safe to use right away, but they’re not. We recommend waiting because when you put tanning chemicals on fresh incisions, you heighten the risk of skin infections.

So the simple answer to “when can I spray tan after surgery?” is be patient… Waiting at least six months is ideal, so the incisions are fully healed. If you cannot wait that long, be sure to cover the incisions from the spray or lotion. Ultimately the best advice we have is to check with your surgeon. They will be able to tell you if your scars have healed enough for a spray tan.

Indoor or Outdoor Tanning

Even though it’s hard in sunny California, it’s critical that you keep your wounds out away from any UV rays. This includes both the sun and the kind that come from tanning beds.

It is very important to protect your scars or fresh incisions from the sun and UV rays. Exposing a new plastic surgery scar to UV light, will most likely cause it to darken or become discolored instead of healing and fading. By keeping a scar away from UV rays, you can minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation, as well as ultimately reduce the appearance of a post-surgical scarring.

To schedule a free consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, contact our office today… We look forward to meeting you!