Your surgical incision has healed. Summer is here, the sun is shining, and you want to be outside. As you prepare to be out in the sun it is important to remember scars are more sensitive than the rest of your skin. This means scars need extra protection either by avoiding sun exposure or applying sunscreen to the scar. Over exposure to the sun can quickly burn your scar and result in scar permanent changes. These changes include thickening and permanent darkening (hyperpigmentation) of the scar. Scar thickening can further cause decrease mobility of your skin which could alter your mobility of the involved body part. Thus, it is recommended to be cautious of scar sun exposure for the first 6 months to year post-surgery. But application of sunscreen to protect your skin is always recommended.
When you and your medical provider are ready to increase outdoor activities after surgery, remember to apply sunscreen to your surgical scar and frequently if the scar is exposed to the sun for extended periods of time.
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Written by: Laura McCallister. PT, DPT