The following question from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck 2 months ago and is wondering if it is safe to exposes her tummy tuck scar to sunlight.
Date: 09/04/2010 Submitted by: Vanessa
My surgery was done in July 6 2010. Is it safe to be expose in the sun already. Vanessa
Date: 09/04/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
It sounds like you are in that grey area with regard to exposing your tummy tuck scars/incision area to sunlight.
The safest bet is to check with your own surgeon and follow his advise. He/she will be able to inspect your scars and evaluate the amount of healing that has taken place and advise you accordingly. After only two months, I would still be a little bit “chicken” and not willing to take the risk of permanently darkening my scars. I have included some information below that may be helpful to you, but I still think checking with your surgeon is the safest move.
Tummy Tuck Incisions, Scars and Sunlight – If you want your tummy tuck incision to heal with the least amount of noticeable scarring, then keep your incision area/scars out of direct sunlight. Sunlight may permanently darken scars and hinder the healing process of your skin.
How Long Should You Keep Tummy Tuck Incisions and Tummy Tuck Scars Out Of Direct Sunlight?
Tummy tuck surgeons have varied opinions.
– The most conservative surgeons recommend that you protect your scars and surgical incision areas from the sun for one year after surgery.
– Others surgeons think that 6 months is sufficient time to keep surgical scars covered or until the scars have matured well.
– Still others surgeons say to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for a minimum of 6 weeks after surgery, then use a sun block (at a minimum).
Sunlight Verses Tummy Tuck Surgical Scars
– Exposure to sunlight can permanently darken tummy tuck scars.
– Exposure to sunlight can hinder the healing process.
– Never get a sunburn on your incision area.
– Healing skin is particularly sensitive to ultraviolet rays of the sun and can sunburn more easily than the surrounding healthy skin.
– Ultraviolet rays of the sun can reach your scars through a bathing suit and light clothing. Be extra careful in sunny weather. Wear a strong sun block when out in sunny weather.