Summer may seem like a great time to get a beauty treatment for the skin or undergo a cosmetic surgery. Individuals may have more free time than they do during the school year and the busy holiday season and may feel that their skin will heal better by not being covered up by heavy layers of clothing. However, one should be aware that the sun can damage the skin even when it is healthy and whole and can be even more dangerous to skin that is cut, scarred or otherwise treated with chemicals or lasers. Here are some handy tips for protecting treated skin even if one plans to spend plenty of time outdoors this summer.
Treatments to Remove Scarring
Lasers treatments can be used to eliminate fine lines, create a healthy glow and improve collagen and elastin production depending on the type of laser treatment used. Skin that has recently been treated with a laser may be more prone to sun damage, such as sunburn, and may even permanently change color in the sun, which is called hyperpigmentation. Additionally, individuals may experience skin inflammation, slow or incomplete healing of the skin and scarring in serious cases. The skin should be protected thoroughly following a laser treatment. Individuals who cannot avoid the sun altogether in the critical first week or two following the treatment should use plenty of sunscreen on the affected areas and, indeed, on all skin exposed to the sunlight whether the skin has been treated or not. The skin can also be covered with clothing, and facial skin can be further protected with a large-brim hat.
Of course, Dr. Tavoussi will provide patients with specific instructions about incisional care following the procedure. He will also keep a close eye on incisions at follow-up appointments, and his staff can be reached during business hours with additional patient questions.