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Plastic surgery is a significant investment, considering that it involves specialized surgical procedures and expensive apparatus. For example, with a breast augmentation, patients must pay for the costly silicone. Some of these cosmetic procedures can cost thousands of dollars. You wouldn’t clean heirloom silver with Easy-Off, would you? It would be frustrating to spend a lot of money on a procedure whose results will fade away after a year or so. The success or failure of any plastic surgery depends on how a patient takes care of themselves after the surgery.

Here Comes the Sun

And not in the joyous sense the Beatles meant. One of the most important precautions that you need to take to protect your cosmetic surgery investment is to avoid exposure to UV rays. Whether you’ve just had a breast augmentation, facelift, or a tummy tuck, you should try as much as possible to stay away from the sun. Medical experts contend that even the UV rays emitted by tanning beds are detrimental to proper healing. They claim that exposure to UV rays before the surgery properly heals causes the scars to darken and become streaked as opposed to healing and disappearing.

When you keep your healing body parts away from the sun as recommended, you will reduce the chances of hyper-pigmentation and minimize the appearance of the scars after surgery. So, does this mean that you should stay indoors until your wounds are completely healed? The truth is that this is almost impossible. That’s why doctors advise plastic surgery patients to invest in sunscreens religiously and whenever possible, keep the surgical wounds covered whenever they are outdoors. You should follow these protective measures for at least one full year after the surgery.

Go Get Yourself Some (Cheap) Sunglasses

If you have had a facelift or rhinoplasty procedure, you can protect your scars by wearing hats and visors when outdoors. Breast augmentation and tummy tuck procedures require the patient to cover the scars with clothing when outside. Sunglasses are also a worthwhile investment when you are walking in the sun. But even with this protective clothing, it is always advisable to apply sunscreen because the destructive rays of the sun can penetrate through clothes. It is also essential that you have a regular skincare regime, which includes the use of skin moisturizers. These protective measures will maximize your cosmetic surgery investment and help you prevent skin cancer.

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