Q) I’ll be having a facelift in September. My husband and I usually spend the winter, December to May, in Southern Florida and I know I’m supposed to limit my sun exposure after surgery. How high an SPF should I wear on my face when we’re there and what other precautions should I take with regards to sun exposure?
A) SPF, or sun protection factor, is a formula to calculate how well the sun is blocked. This is very important not just for after surgery but also in the long term to prevent your face from aging and showing photo damage. In general, I would like to recommend an SPF of 30. This is very powerful and will block the sun. I also would like to state that the sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB is to be used on the face. Also, when you’re out it’s best to use a hat and to avoid being out too long or getting burnt. These are good practices for everyone.