Ah, the beauty of golden, sun kissed skin! It is not a secret that although a little bronze color may add to your appearance today, tomorrow it will leave your skin damaged, dry, and wrinkled. While you shouldn’t need any additional reasons for staying far away from the sun, there is one more – breast augmentation scars.
The first 12 months after a breast augmentation, the tissues are at their most fragile. When area has prolonged exposure to UV rays, melanin is formed within the skin, giving it that tanned look. During this initial healing phase, as the scars are forming, the dark pigment can settle inside, making the marks look dark or ashy. The worst part, however, is that the dark coloration is permanent. While the melanin in tanned skin will fade away over time, scar tissue will trap the hue forever.
Cosmetic Surgery’s ‘Golden’ Rule: Thou shall always wear sunscreen.
The only way to protect your skin is to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. Tannin beds should be off limits, as they are equally, if not more, damaging. Daily sunscreen must be worn. Covering any areas that get the most sun exposure, with long sleeves/pants/wide brimmed hat, can all be incredibly effective. Remember to be especially kind to newly augmented skin, no matter what kind of surgery was performed, by protecting scars from the harmful effects of the sun.
In Texas, it is hard to avoid the damaging sun. These with a recent breast augmentation scar are for added risk from the harsh UV rays. For more information on how protect the results after a breast augmentation or breast lift procedure, contact our office at (281) 407-7428.