Planning a holiday is almost the most fun you can have. As the anticipation builds, you’ll no doubt be adding more and more activities to your itinerary.
When you head to a tropical destination such as Thailand, many of these activities may well be planned for outside – in the heat of the sun.
If you are also planning to have a facelift while you are in Thailand, you may need to take extra care.
After the operation, it is best to keep your face out of direct sunlight for the first couple of days.
This is to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays as these can lead to wrinkling, discolouration and can even cause superficial growths to crop up.
Once you have recovered from the operation, you may want to get out and about, making the most of the gorgeous beaches, shops and other attractions.
Make sure you cover your face with a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 plus and wear a hat that shades your face. This will ensure you get the maximum benefit from your surgery.
Sunscreens with a higher SPF have the potential to block your pores, President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery told WebMD, so it might be best to avoid these.
It is important to select a sunscreen that blocks both alpha and beta sun rays to ensure your new look will stay fresh.
Further down the track it is still important to take extra care when you are in the sun.
If you have any scarring, this must be protected from sun exposure for six months, as it can increase hyperpigmentation, making the scars appear darker.
This is particularly important to maintain when you are in the harsh Australian sun. In fact, it is recommended to wear a moisturiser or foundation with at least an SPF 15 plus on a daily basis to protect the delicate skin on your face.