Is it okay to have a lot of sun exposure after laser surgery for acne?
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Sun exposure shortly after laser surgery
Laser Treatment and Sun Exposure
Arthur Falk, MD
We Always Recommend Patients Avoid Sun Exposure
Consult with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn your best options.
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Avoid Sun Exposure After Laser Skin Resurfacing
The wounded treatment area will be pink and tender to the touch for at least 4 days and patients typically will be using a clear laser balm. Sun exposure will not be a good idea during this time period. We have removed the top layer of protective skin.
After skin regrowth occurs, the skin will remain red for several weeks.
Proper care of the treated area while the skin is healing is extremely important. (SUN SCREEN IS VITAL)
Avoid sun exposure after laser surgery
No sun for 4 weeks post laser or scars WILL get darker.
If UV hits the area, PIH will occur- or darkening of the skin. This is not permanent scarring, but can result in unwanted skin colour contrasts. Your son may then need treatment for this.
My suggestion- delay the procedure, or have strict sunprotection during the cruise...
Dr Davin Lim
No Sun after Laser
No Sun after laser. The skin still needs to heal and exposing it to UV light will harm the process and likely lead to darkened pigmentation.
I hope this was helpful,
Beverly Hills, CA
Sun protection is very important
A mineral-based broad spectrum sunblock containing the ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide are best. They function as actual "blocks" to the sun as compared with sun "screens" such as oxybenzone and avobenzone. Recommended brands include CeraVe SPF 50 face lotion, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV, EltaMD SPF 41 UV Physical Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen.
Sun on lasered skin
You need to ask the dermatologist or plastic surgeon treating him.
If he is having resurfacing, I expect the answer will be 'no sun.'
Sun exposure after laser treatment for acne.
Unfortunately without more information it is impossible to provide an appropriate answer. Some laser treatments which actually target acne lesions do not require son avoidance within a few days of treatment. In contrast, resurfacing procedures performed for treating acne scars require extensive recovery times in some situations. Sun avoidance is extremely important following these procedures. If you can provide more information about the type of treatment your son will be undergoing other physicians may also be able to give an opinion.
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