You’ve timed your tummy tuck just right and are eager to head to the beach this summer to enjoy your new look. But what about your scars — will you need to cover up your belly button while having fun in the sun?
Follow these three tips for keeping your scars protected from the sun when lounging on the beach after your tummy tuck.
Wear Mineral-Based Sunscreen
Sun exposure before scars are fully matured can cause them to darken permanently. The most important scar-saving tip after your tummy tuck is to wear sunscreen any time you will be outdoors, especially if you’re wearing a bathing suit that’ll show your belly button. Reapply a mineral-based sunscreen at least every two hours when outside, or after swimming or sweating.
Choose a Trendy High-Rise Bikini
High-waisted bottoms are in, making this the perfect time to flaunt your new beach body without ruining your scar. You can also go for high-waisted shorts and a crop top to show off your amazing tummy tuck results without bearing it all to the sun.
Discreetly Cover Up
Depending on the style of your bathing suit and how much time your scars have had to mature, you might be able to cover them up with bandaids for added sun protection when kicking it poolside or lounging in a beach chair.
Note that your tummy tuck incisions should be completely closed and healed before submerging them in water or applying any topical products unless otherwise instructed by your cosmetic surgeon.
For more information about how to care for tummy tuck incisions, or to schedule a consultation, contact us online or call our Fairhope, Alabama office today at 251-929-7850.