ResurFX - how long am I supposed to avoid the sun after treatment?

Just had a few spots done using the Resurfx laser 3 days ago. Doc made me promise to avoid the sun and reapply sunscreen every hour. How long do I need to do this for? We have a picnic in 10 days - will it be ok by then?

Doctor Answers 2

Protect yuor investment

With lasers, sun exposure to soon after
treatment can have an increased risk of side effects including scarring and
pigmentation. It is best to avoid exposing the treated area for up to 3 months
after the treatment. Wearing a good quality physical block (zinc/titanium)
sunscreen and reapplying at least every 2 hours or immediately after swimming
is recommended. Covering the area with a hat or clothing, as well as staying in
the shade as much as possible is also advised. Protect your investment, it will
be worth it in the long run.

Avoiding Sun After Co2 Laser -- Hats, Sunscreen, Heliocare, Stay Indoors, Protective Cover In Car

I suggest doing your best and covering up when you go out, no direct sun light (sun tanning, pools etc) for at least 3 months after treatment.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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