San Francisco, California June 26th, 2023 – With summer just around the corner, individuals everywhere are eagerly anticipating sunny days spent at the beach or pool. Understanding the desire to look and feel one’s best during this vibrant season, renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Anne Peled is pleased to share expert tips and recommendations to help individuals achieve a summer-ready appearance and enjoy the sun with confidence.

Scar Care in the Summer

For those who have recently undergone surgical procedures such as tummy tucks or breast augmentations, proper scar care is essential. Dr. Anne Peled advises gently massaging scars with clean hands or using a recommended scar treatment to minimize their appearance. This technique aids in breaking down scar tissue and promotes smoother healing. Patients are encouraged to consult their plastic surgeon for specific scar massage techniques suitable for their procedure.

There are silicone scar treatment options available for scar management. These topical gels create a protective barrier over scars, aiding in their healing and gradual fading over time. They are highly effective and recommended by plastic surgeons for scar management.

Safeguard Your Skin with Sunscreen

As individuals enjoy the sunshine this summer, protecting the skin becomes paramount. Dr. Anne Peled advises making sunscreen an essential part of the daily skincare routine. Opting for a high-quality sunscreen with Zinc Oxide as a barrier cream is recommended. Zinc oxide provides excellent protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, safeguarding the skin from sun damage. Even if scars are covered, applying sunscreen over them will help prevent pigmentation changes and promote proper healing.

“I love talking with patients about scar management, as it is an active way patients can be involved in getting themselves the best outcomes from surgery. Waiting until scars are totally healed before getting into swimming pools or oceans and using LOTS of sunscreen can make a huge difference in the healing and scarring process” – Dr. Anne Peled 

Enhanced Sun Protection with UPF Clothing

To ensure additional sun protection, individuals are encouraged to consider wearing UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing over their bikinis or swimsuits. Specifically designed to block harmful UV rays, UPF clothing minimizes sunburns and skin damage. Investing in UPF-rated apparel allows individuals to enjoy their time in the sun worry-free.

Beach and Pool Guidelines

When engaging in water activities, caution should be exercised after surgery. For those who have undergone breast surgery, it is advisable to wait a minimum of 4-6 weeks before participating in activities involving heavy chest movements or activations. Individuals are always encouraged to consult with their plastic surgeon to determine the appropriate timeline for returning to water sports and other strenuous activities post-surgery.

Beyond Surgical Procedures

Maintaining a healthy and vibrant appearance extends beyond surgical procedures. Good skincare practices and regular check-ups with a plastic surgeon are crucial for long-term results. Consultation intervals may vary based on specific needs and risk factors. Plastic surgeons will provide guidance on the recommended frequency of check-ups to ensure optimal healing and maintain desired aesthetics.

Embrace the Summer with Confidence

As summer approaches, embrace the warmth and beauty of the season while keeping the skin healthy and glowing. By following these summer-ready tips from renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Anne Peled, individuals will be well-prepared to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf while looking and feeling their best. Dr. Anne Peled encourages everyone to revel in the joys of summer with confidence and embrace their natural beauty.

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About Dr. Anne Peled

Dr. Anne Peled is a Breast Cancer and Plastic Surgeon, Pioneer of Sensation-Preserving Mastectomies, Co-Director at Sutter Health Breast Cancer Center of Excellence, and breast cancer survivor herself.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this press release is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Individuals are encouraged to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized recommendations and treatment options. The scar treatment options mentioned in this article are for informational purposes only and not endorsed by Dr. Anne Peled.