I'm 29, 53kg, & took Accutane, 6 months, low dose 20mg every 2nd day, course ended April 2010. Can I get Zoom whitening, May 2010? Or must I wait because of Accutane? If so, how long should I wait? Also I want to get a tattoo how long should I wait after accutane treatment?
How Long After Accutane is It Safe to Get a Tattoo or Have Teeth Whitening?
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Teeth whitening okay after Accutane, but wait for tats
Accutane has been known to cause delayed wound healing and increased scarring, so it's best to avoid procedures that might ultimately lead to scarring... like tattoos. I recommend waiting 6 months after stopping Accutane before getting a tattoo. Tattoos normally don't scar, but in the event of an infection, they can, and Accutane could make the scarring worse.
Teeth whitening is okay, though. I am not aware of any contraindications for this procedure, as scarring should not be an issue.
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