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can you have non ablative laser resurfacing done in the summer if your job involves being outside?

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Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 28 years experience
Sun and laser tx: Any sun exposure after any type of laser resurfacing can result in blotchy pigmentation. Sun exposure must be avoided after laser resurfacing for at least 8-10 weeks, however, it is advised to avoid sun exposure for even longer periods because pigmentary changes can happen later as well.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not on Accutane!!!: In your history, you indicate that you are on accutane. If this is true, you should not undergo any laser resurfacing procedure for at least 6 months following cessation of therapy. Treatment prior to that may result in unnecessary scarring.

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