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This topic does not deal with ethnic rhinoplasty directly, yet it has a great value and significance to African American nose surgery patients. After all, one of the main things that affect the way we look and recover after surgery is our skin and the way we take care of it.

This article, therefore, is going to be about exploring the best treatment and care for dark skin as well as setting free a few of the most notorious myths that many still have about dark skin. They will range from ridiculous to downright dangerous, so pay close attention and don’t repeat some of the common mistakes that can leave you with damaged, aged or otherwise compromised skin.

Dark skin doesn’t need Sunscreen.

True, lighter-coloured skin does have less melanin to protect it from harmful UV rays (that may cause cancer and premature aging), people with a darker color of skin still need to protect themselves. It is all the more important, since the results of sunburn are not immediately or obviously visible in their case. Harmful UV rays will still do their work on you without you knowing.

While darker skin does provide with some natural protection, it does not make you immune. Use sunscreen when you expect to spend time outdoors and be sure to reapply it every two hours or whenever you feel the skin has become wet or sweaty. Ethnic rhinoplasty patients should adhere to this rule especially, since scarring and other skin-related problems might be worsened by direct UV light impact.

Dark skin Doesn’t get Burned or Experiences Redness.

It does, only you cannot see it as well. Dark skin may not seem to become irritated, it is a fact that all skin types can experience these symptoms. If you can’t see the redness, you can often still feel it. When you experience such symptoms, always apply a product to soothe the skin.

Dark Skin Doesn’t Require Moisturizing.

Every skin type, color and texture requires moisturizer. There is a widely believed mistake that because dark skin produces more oil, it therefore needs no moisturizer. True, darker skin does produce more oil which contributes to a more intact barrier function, but there is no skin that does not go dry and need additional moisture to protect it. Moisture is an essential component of any skin care culture – it maintains the healthy functioning of the skin, providing it with needed nutrients. Determine the level of oiliness of your skin and choose a moisturiser to suit it.

All Dark Skin is the Same.

This is an obvious misconception, yet there we have it. Of course not all dark skin is the same. Dark skin differs in levels of melanin, producing a color range from lighter shades of brown to dark brown to black. As any ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon will tell you, there is a higher risk of complications to the healing process that go with darker skin, due to it being more prone to tissue injury, inflammation, keloid scarring and hyperpigmentation. Extra precautions and attentive skin care should be employed for a safer recovery from any surgical procedure.

All Dark Skin Ages the Same.

Sorry, nope. The skin aging process (its level and speed) is determined only partially by genetics and is strongly affected by your skin care culture. Aging is a biological process – the skin stops producing collagen, loses its mass and volume, and starts to sag, developing wrinkles. While this process is the same in all skin types, its progression is be different for each individual, and depends on their general health, stress levels, environment and lifestyle.

The lifestyle includes skin care and can play a deciding role in your aging process. It is true that skin types 4 to 6 have thicker, more oily skin and don’t show their age as early as skin types 1 to 3, looking years younger, yet the difference between individuals within those groups can be drastic, depending on many other factors. Taking care of your skin is important, especially when recovering from a nose surgery.

The obvious conclusion from this article should be that darker skin has a combination of strengths and weaknesses that make it more resilient in some ways, while rendering it vulnerable in some others. An experienced ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon will know how to treat your skin during surgery, but you should know it doesn’t end there, and the way you take care of your skin will play a deciding role in your recovery from the operation.

While recovery after ethnic rhinoplasty surgery is not comfortable, you shouldn’t be in any large amount of pain or discomfort. Some bruising and swelling is only to be expected, for any skin color. But the amount of care you give your skin (moisturizing lotions, sunscreen etc.) will affect the speed and comfort of your recovery.

We hope you found this article useful, don’t hesitate to call or email us with any other questions you may have! Take care.


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