Fun in the sun for burn victims; is it safe or not? (Photo)

I have a burn on my face from doing laser hair removal treatment, which is healing and peeling. I am at the beach and want to sit in the sun but don't know if it's safe or not. Please help

Doctor Answers 4

Burn Scar on Face - Silicone Based scar gel with growth factors, sun protection

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you must go see a cosmetic physician immediately for appropriate wound care. I suggest you see an expert.  Best, Dr. Emer.


Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 202 reviews

No sun after laser burn

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You already look very tan.  I prefer to treat skin with this much pigment by performing a test spot and waiting a minimum of 48 hours to check for reaction.  The laser settings can then be determined by the test spot results.  It's really best to avoid the sun 3-4 weeks before and after treatment.  Since you currently are healing from a burn, you must absolutely avoid sun exposure.  Have you returned to your provider for evaluation and treatment of this burn?  An antibiotic ointment may be indicated.

Laser burn - NO SUN

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Absolutely, you can't get in the sun. This is a burn and it needs to heal. Sun will cause the pigment to darken in the are burned. I like to use Biafine for this, until the skin is healed. Please see a burn specialist, a Plastic Surgeon or Dematologist. Sun is a no no for 3 weeks on either side of a laser treatment.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Avoid Sun Exposure After Any Laser Treatment

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Sorry for your injury.  We counsel all of our laser patients to avoid sun exposure for the next 1-2 weeks.  You look like you are nursing a very bad burn.  You should avoid additional sun exposure at all costs.  Any additional sun/heat will probably result in complications to your healing process.

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