#4: Keep Out of the Sun
While sun protection is important during any summer, it’s especially crucial after plastic surgery. In fact, most procedures preclude you from going into the sun at all for several weeks so that your incision points won’t darken and cause permanent hyperpigmentation. To combat this, stay out of the sun completely as much as possible. When you are out in the sun, incision points should be covered, and you should apply a high-SPF sunscreen for extra protection.
#5: …And the Water
In the hot summer months, it may be tempting to take a dip in your backyard pool or dive into your local lake or ocean, but swimming should be avoided at all costs while recovering from plastic surgery. All bodies of water are off-limits, as they carry bacteria and would increase the risk of infection post-surgery. Even bathing too soon after surgery is risky, as your incisions may not be fully healed and may re-open. Dr. Bermudez recommends waiting at least 48 hours after surgery to shower. As for swimming, be sure to get clearance from your surgeon before making plans for a swim.
Include Us in Your Summer Plans!
Ready to plan your summer plastic surgery procedure? There’s still time to get the face and body you’ve been dreaming of—and to show it off this summer season! To schedule your plastic surgery consultation with San Francisco board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Bermudez, call (415) 712-1800.