What happens if my scar is exposed to sun?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

It is very important not to expose premature, immature scars to sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation during early healing period can lead to increased risk of all scar formations including hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Our post plastic surgical patients are instructed not to have an exposure to the sun for up to one year in order to prevent increased pigmentation of the scars.

Daniel Kapp
Daniel Kapp on behalf of MDLIVE
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

When scars are exposed to the sun early on in the maturation process (the first 3-6 months) they may become pigmented as a result of the UV radiation in sunlight.  Avoidance of sun exposure to scars is the best way to prevent hyperpigmentation.


Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Often, when a scar is exposed to the sun's harsh ultraviolet rays, it sunburns more easily than the rest of your skin. The result is often a change in color, leaving your scar with a brown tint.


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