At the Scottsdale offices of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard J. Brown, our patients often ask if they can go in the sun after a facelift. Now that you look as young as you feel, it’s perfectly natural to want to go out and enjoy life. However, precautions should be taken following a facelift. Related: 3 Important Rules to Follow After Plastic Surgery While we understand that it will likely be impossible to stay out of the sun completely, we do strongly suggest that you limit your sun exposure and always properly protect your scars for the first year following surgery. Your new scars are very sensitive to UV rays, and too much exposure to sunlight may result in hyperpigmentation, or scar discoloration. Hyperpigmented scars are more visible than other scars, and are less easy to hide. The good news is that facelift scars are usually hidden within the creases of your ears, making them easier to protect from the sun. However, you should still wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen that is at least SPF 50 for the first year following surgery. Dr. Brown may ask that you avoid sun exposure for the first few weeks of your recovery, as the scars will not be as easy to protect with sunscreen during the initial stages of healing. If you do go outside, be sure to wear ample sun protection and only stay outside for short periods of time. Your facelift may come with a bit of facial numbness, which can make it more difficult to feel a sunburn when it occurs. Related: How Long Should I Wait to Exercise After a Facelift?