Spring is already here and summer is just around the corner. If you’ve recently had breast augmentation and have plans to bare your skin to the hot summer rays, you may be wondering just how safe your new body will be when it’s exposed to the sun. Will you be allowed to tan? Are there any swimsuit limitations? Are there any sunscreen products you should be applying to your chest and breasts?
Wearing an attractive bathing suit to show off your new figure at the beach or pool is one of the biggest perks to having breast augmentation. Here’s what you need to know to get beach-ready following breast augmentation surgery.
Tanning after breast augmentation
Many women like to spend time in the sun tanning in preparation for vacation or time at the pool, while other women prefer going to the tanning salon to achieve a more even tan.
Throughout the first year after breast augmentation, you may want to limit the amount of time you spend exposing your chest and breasts to the sun. Limiting sun exposure will allow your incisions to heal more thoroughly and efficiently, since exposing your breasts to the sun too early on after surgery could lead to hyperpigmentation. As a result, your incisions could become a darker shade than the rest of your skin. The longer you allow your incisions to heal from breast augmentation, the less sensitive they’ll be to the sun’s rays.
After a year has passed from the time you had breast surgery, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to your chest to prevent the premature development of wrinkles, fine lines, skin dryness, and skin cancer. Ideal brands of sunscreen you should use are UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 and UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47 by Elta MD, both of which are also waterproof and ideal for the beach or pool.
Finding a swimsuit for augmented breasts
Swimsuit shopping is usually more fun after breast augmentation, since your breasts may fill out tops more attractively. Certain styles may not be able to support your new breast size, such as triangle tops and string bikini tops. Ideal swimsuit styles may include halter tops, tankinis, and tops that have formed cups. In most cases, tops that have wide, adjustable straps offer the best support and could lower your risk for embarrassing moments that involve wardrobe malfunction.
Try to stay away from swimsuit tops that have underwire. Though underwire could provide your breasts with the support you think they need, underwire could put too much pressure on your incisions and on any breast tissue that could still be healing from surgery. If you’re adamant about wearing an underwire top, consult with your cosmetic surgeon first to verify that the top is safe for you to wear following breast augmentation.
Are you interested in enhancing the size and appearance of your breasts? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for cosmetic surgery.