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What happens if my facelift scar is exposed to sun?
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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree
In brief: Scars darken
Scars may darken in uv light.
Also any bruises may cause a darkening of the skin. It is beat to keep scars out of the sun till they mature and lose their red color.

In brief: Scars darken
Scars may darken in uv light.
Also any bruises may cause a darkening of the skin. It is beat to keep scars out of the sun till they mature and lose their red color.
Dr. Ralph Rosato
Dr. Ralph Rosato
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Face Lift Scar & Sun
It may cause the scar to turn brown (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)

In brief: Face Lift Scar & Sun
It may cause the scar to turn brown (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)
Dr. Larry Nichter
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Get worse
Most scars will not heal as well as possible unless you protect them from the sun.
Your skin type will determine how well your scar will ultimately heal. Fair-skinned redheads will have scars that stay red for a long time and darker-skinned individuals may lay down darker pigments in their scars. Use a sunscreen with titanium or zinc oxide and cover it from the sun. Massage will also help. Be well.

In brief: Get worse
Most scars will not heal as well as possible unless you protect them from the sun.
Your skin type will determine how well your scar will ultimately heal. Fair-skinned redheads will have scars that stay red for a long time and darker-skinned individuals may lay down darker pigments in their scars. Use a sunscreen with titanium or zinc oxide and cover it from the sun. Massage will also help. Be well.
Dr. Frederick Coville
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
completely agree
Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: How long ago?
Fresh scars can turn brown if exposed to the sun.
I teach my patients to use sunscreen on their scars for the first sun season after the surgery. Of course, you should really be using sunscreen on any parts of your body that you don't want to get wrinkled and have skin cancer cut off of later, anyway! good luck and use your sunscreen!

In brief: How long ago?
Fresh scars can turn brown if exposed to the sun.
I teach my patients to use sunscreen on their scars for the first sun season after the surgery. Of course, you should really be using sunscreen on any parts of your body that you don't want to get wrinkled and have skin cancer cut off of later, anyway! good luck and use your sunscreen!
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Michael Kulick
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Facelift scar
If this was an incidental event, it should not be a problem. However, going forward, you should do everything you can to prevent a "fresh" facelift scar from sun exposure with out protection.

In brief: Facelift scar
If this was an incidental event, it should not be a problem. However, going forward, you should do everything you can to prevent a "fresh" facelift scar from sun exposure with out protection.
Dr. Michael Kulick
Dr. Michael Kulick
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Darkening
Any fresh scar that is exposed to the sun can become hyperpigmented or darker.

In brief: Darkening
Any fresh scar that is exposed to the sun can become hyperpigmented or darker.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: It will get red
then hyperpigmented later

In brief: It will get red
then hyperpigmented later
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Facelift scar
Avoid excessive sun exposure as your scar is healing to prevent pigmentation in the scar.

In brief: Facelift scar
Avoid excessive sun exposure as your scar is healing to prevent pigmentation in the scar.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: UV light and scars
Uv light is not good for scars.
It tends to make them darker. If you get surgery, make sure you take steps to avoid uv exposure. Talk to your experienced facelift surgeon as they may have particular guidelines and modalities to help.

In brief: UV light and scars
Uv light is not good for scars.
It tends to make them darker. If you get surgery, make sure you take steps to avoid uv exposure. Talk to your experienced facelift surgeon as they may have particular guidelines and modalities to help.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. George Yang
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Uneven coloration
The skin right at the location of the facelift incision is not "normal" for several months.
If it is exposed to sun or any ultraviolet light (uv) it will not "tan" evenly with the surrounding skin. It may tan darker than the surrounding skin, but in some cases, it may be lighter than the surrounding skin. Best to use a physical uv sunblock (zinc oxide) for the first 6 months after facelift.

In brief: Uneven coloration
The skin right at the location of the facelift incision is not "normal" for several months.
If it is exposed to sun or any ultraviolet light (uv) it will not "tan" evenly with the surrounding skin. It may tan darker than the surrounding skin, but in some cases, it may be lighter than the surrounding skin. Best to use a physical uv sunblock (zinc oxide) for the first 6 months after facelift.
Dr. George Yang
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Dr. Keimun Slaughter
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Darkening
Sun will cause significant hyper pigmentation and darkening of your scar which will make them more pronounced.

In brief: Darkening
Sun will cause significant hyper pigmentation and darkening of your scar which will make them more pronounced.
Dr. Keimun Slaughter
Dr. Keimun Slaughter
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Dr. Babak Azizzadeh
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sun Exposure
Exposing your facelift scar to the sun is not a good idea, as it will delay healing and cause increased redness.
For more information on post-surgery instructions, visit: http://www.Facialplastics.Info/facelift.Html.

In brief: Sun Exposure
Exposing your facelift scar to the sun is not a good idea, as it will delay healing and cause increased redness.
For more information on post-surgery instructions, visit: http://www.Facialplastics.Info/facelift.Html.
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Darken
Religious use of sunscreen indicated.

In brief: Darken
Religious use of sunscreen indicated.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Taylor Pollei
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Increased scarring
Be very careful following surgery to keep the incisions protected from the sun for even the first few months.
Sun exposure can result in more visible scarring compared to well protected incisions.

In brief: Increased scarring
Be very careful following surgery to keep the incisions protected from the sun for even the first few months.
Sun exposure can result in more visible scarring compared to well protected incisions.
Dr. Taylor Pollei
Dr. Taylor Pollei
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Depends
If the scars are fresh and the redness has not fully resolved then strictly avoid sun exposure, or pigment abnormalities may ensue.
After that they should be ok. Yet, understand sun exposure contributes to skin aging, so sunscreen on the face is always a great idea!

In brief: Depends
If the scars are fresh and the redness has not fully resolved then strictly avoid sun exposure, or pigment abnormalities may ensue.
After that they should be ok. Yet, understand sun exposure contributes to skin aging, so sunscreen on the face is always a great idea!
Dr. David Sherris
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Discoloration
Any time a recent scar is exposed to the sun it may discolor. Most commonly, the scar will darken due to an increase pigment.
Darker complextions are at greater risk of pigment formation. You can avoid this problem by wearing protective clothing and by frequently applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both uva and uvb rays.

In brief: Discoloration
Any time a recent scar is exposed to the sun it may discolor. Most commonly, the scar will darken due to an increase pigment.
Darker complextions are at greater risk of pigment formation. You can avoid this problem by wearing protective clothing and by frequently applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both uva and uvb rays.
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Dr. Brock Ridenour
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: They may look worse.
Early wounds exposed to uv radiation may become hyperpigmentation or more red making them more noticeable.
In older scars, lack of pigments may make the scars relatively fair or faded in comparison to the normal surrounding tanned skin.

In brief: They may look worse.
Early wounds exposed to uv radiation may become hyperpigmentation or more red making them more noticeable.
In older scars, lack of pigments may make the scars relatively fair or faded in comparison to the normal surrounding tanned skin.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Pigmentation
They can get pigmented.

In brief: Pigmentation
They can get pigmented.
Dr. David Sherris
Dr. David Sherris
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