Summer Ready Tips From a Plastic Surgeon
Hope all of you are as excited about summer finally arriving as we are! To get everyone ready, I wanted to share some tips and recommendations to help you achieve a summer-ready appearance and enjoy the sun with confidence.
Summer and Scars
If you’ve recently undergone a surgical procedure, such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, it’s crucial to take proper care of your scars. Massaging the scars gently with clean hands or a recommended scar treatment can help minimize their appearance over time. This technique helps break down scar tissue and encourages smoother healing.
One of our favorite treatments to use for scar massage and management is BioCorneum Silicone Scar Treatment, which is available in our office if you live in the Bay Area or also on Amazon. Silicone-based products create a protective barrier over scars, helping them heal and fade over time.
When it comes to scar management, embrace® Active Scar Defense is another fantastic product worth considering. These silicone dressings help to take the tension off of scars, which can help make scars thinner and flatter over time. Plus the self-adhesive nature of the product keeps the dressing in place even with activity, providing optimal scar treatment throughout the healing process.
Summer and Sunscreen
As you soak up the sun this summer, protecting your skin is of utmost importance. Make sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your skincare routine. Opt for a high-quality sunscreen like SuperGoop Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide as a barrier cream. Zinc oxide provides excellent protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, safeguarding your skin from sun damage. Even if your scars are covered, applying sunscreen over them will help prevent pigmentation changes and promote proper healing.
To ensure additional sun protection, consider wearing UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing over your bikini or swimsuit. UPF clothing is specifically designed to block harmful UV rays and minimize sunburns and skin damage. Investing in UPF-rated apparel will allow you to enjoy your time in the sun without worrying about excessive sun exposure.
When it comes to water activities, it’s essential to exercise caution after surgery. If you’ve undergone breast surgery, it is advisable to wait a minimum of 4-6 weeks before engaging in activities that involve heavy chest movements or significant chest muscle activations.
Remember, maintaining a healthy and vibrant appearance extends beyond surgical procedures. Good skincare practices and regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon are crucial for long-term results.
Now go ahead and revel in the joys of summer safely and with confidence!