Why can I not use sunbeds following my procedure?

New scars should not be exposed to extreme temperatures for around 6 months to a year. Many surgeons even insist that patients wait until they are 1 year post-op before tanning. Exposure to intense sunlight, UV rays, sunbeds, saunas and extreme cold can have a negative effect on scar development, especially in the case of newly formed scar tissue. It may also cause adverse effects to the colour or appearance of the scar. Patients can return to normal activities once assessed by their nurse or surgeon and this is generally 6-8 weeks post-op. The application of a high factor suncream or sunblock on the scars may help prevent damage from the UV rays of a sunbed but will not 100% protect them from colour change or adverse effects.

UV rays from the sun or sunbeds can also affect the elasticity in your skin so continued exposure can result in the breasts to sag at a faster rate than that caused by natural gravity.

Sunbeds emit ultraviolet rays (UV) that increase the risk the risk of skin cancer. Cancer Research UK and the International Agency for Research on Cancer agree there is sufficient evidence to show that using sunbeds causes malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. They also explain that the use of sunbeds have no positive health benefits and that it is a myth that using sunbeds before you go on holiday will protect you against further damage from the sun while you’re away.

Why can I not use fake tan on/near to my incisions for 6 weeks after my procedure?

Up until 6 weeks post op your incision sites are not fully healed. It is advised that no creams, ointments or fake tan of any kind are used prior to 6 weeks once you have been signed off that it is safe to do so with your surgeon or clinic nurse. This also includes submerging them in water, doing so could result in delayed wound healing or infection.