As pools begin to open during phase II and summer is finally here, we are all going to be outside more and planning vacations. For years it has been emphasized the importance of using sunscreen/sunblock to protect our skin and reduce the risk of skin cancer, but did you know it is also important for protecting your scars after surgery?
Scars are not like normal skin. They are more sensitive to ultraviolet light. Scars tend to burn more easily than skin and too much exposure to sun can darken and thicken the scar tissue. So, as you heal from surgery, it is extra important to be diligent about applying sunscreen on your scars not just before you head outdoors, but throughout your time in the sun.
Written by: Laura McCallister, PT, DPT