When it comes to light therapy laser based treatments, sun avoidance is a must. Not doing so can be detrimental, and even reverse the therapeutic results of the treatment.
The primary reason why you should avoid the sun when getting these types of treatments is because UV radiation from the sun can interact with the laser beams used in the treatment. This interaction can have serious consequences such as causing skin discoloration or burning which will not only diminish your desired result but also damage your skin further. It's important to note that this risk isn’t limited to just during light therapy sessions; avoiding direct sunlight for several weeks before and after each session is recommended as well.
It’s also important to take extra precautions if you’re using light therapy laser based treatments for skin disorders like acne or rosacea. In these cases, the affected areas are already sensitive and vulnerable to sunlight damage. The UV radiation from the sun can make the condition worse, leading to increased redness, irritation and inflammation. The problem is compounded when combined with light therapy lasers which can cause further burning and discoloration in these areas if exposed to direct sunlight.
The good news is that avoiding direct sunlight is a relatively easy thing to do. Start by scheduling your laser treatment sessions during winter months when there’s less sun exposure outside. If this isn't an option, then wearing protective clothing such as long sleeved garments and hats will help shield your skin from any direct exposure to sunlight. Additionally, using sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 is recommended for any remaining sun exposure.
Overall, avoiding the sun when getting light therapy laser based treatments is essential for optimal results and safety. Not only can it help you avoid negative side effects but also ensure that your desired outcomes are achieved with minimal effort or difficulty. So, if you’re considering an in-office light therapy laser treatment then be sure to speak with your doctor first about how to best minimize your risk during and after the session. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of laser based treatments without putting your skin at risk from UV radiation!