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Should I keep my wound out of the sun after surgery?

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Sunburn can darken a healing scar and make it more noticeable. For the first 6 months after your operation, try to keep it out of sunlight. When you're outside in daylight, cover it with tape or put on sunscreen.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Incision After Surgery."

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals -- NHS Trust: "Caring for surgical wounds at home."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 8, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Incision After Surgery."

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals -- NHS Trust: "Caring for surgical wounds at home."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 8, 2018

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