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Sun-bathing following surgery.
« on: March 15, 2010, 09:21:43 PM »
hi drs, thanks for your time.

i had a bi-lateral mastectomy with lipo 5 weeks ago.

the scars are very very minimal but still obviously recovering, some swelling, tightness, etc.

i am due to go to egypt in 2 weeks time and it will be hot.

i usually like to sunbath/go in the sea/beach stuff safely but am concerned about my chest.

would you advise non-exposure to the sun? also, is the extreme heat of sunbathing danerous at all to the healing tissue underneath the skin?

if necessary i'll just wear a vest and stay out of it.

many thanks.

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Re: Sun-bathing following surgery.
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010, 10:17:24 PM »
The skin on your chest will be sensitive to sunlight and may burn more easily than usual.  And the incision sites are definitely very sensitive to the sun -- direct sun exposure will keep them redder for a longer period of time.  Would recommend, at the very least, some strong sunblock on your chest and very strong sunblock on the incision sites.

Dr Jacobs
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Re: Sun-bathing following surgery.
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010, 06:57:18 PM »
One issue that can be a problem for patients who tan following surgery is that any areas that are bruised will likely hyperpigment with sun exposure.  That means you can get dark spots in the bruised areas, even after visible bruising has dissipated.  And it takes many months for the area to lighten up again, if it even will lighten up completely.  Two weeks from now is nearly two months from the time of your surgery, so any bruising should have resolved by then.  Nonetheless, a good sun-screen is essential, and you should protect the scars for a year to prevent them from darkening.

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Re: Sun-bathing following surgery.
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010, 08:27:06 PM »
Thanks very much Dr Jacobs and Dr. Silverman.

I will adhere to that sound advice.

Very much appreciated. Kind regards.

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Re: Sun-bathing following surgery.
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2010, 06:42:33 AM »
hi drs, thanks for your time.

i had a bi-lateral mastectomy with lipo 5 weeks ago.

the scars are very very minimal but still obviously recovering, some swelling, tightness, etc.

i am due to go to egypt in 2 weeks time and it will be hot.

i usually like to sunbath/go in the sea/beach stuff safely but am concerned about my chest.

would you advise non-exposure to the sun? also, is the extreme heat of sunbathing danerous at all to the healing tissue underneath the skin?

if necessary i'll just wear a vest and stay out of it.

many thanks.

Scars in the red phase and not fully healed that tan tend to not give up that tan. So when the normal skin's tan fades, the scars remain dark. Sun blocking lotions have limited effectiveness and after enough exposure still result in a tan. That is why avoiding the tan and Sun Protection Clothing are so critical for those who do not want dark scars.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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Re: Sun-bathing following surgery.
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2010, 08:19:01 PM »
Thankyou Dr Bermant,

I really can not thank you all and this amazing site. I don't know what I would have done without it.

I will definitely be buying some protective clothing as you recommend.

Kind regards.


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