</font><blockquote><font size=“1” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>quote:</font><hr /><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Originally posted by can’twait2bfree:
<strong>I have 4 questions:
I have very light skin, and I finally saved up some money to get this laser surgery on my chin, but now I am reading about not tanning. I plan to go to the beach every weekend from June 30th to September.
- What happens to you if you go with a slight tan, because I plan to use sunblock?
2)Should I just wait until the winter to do this so I won’t have any problems?
3)Does anyone out there have experience doing this while tanning?
4)Do I have time to get a few treatments in before June 30th?
Thank you for sharing.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>I’ve been told that someone with dark skin and no tan (i.e. they have stayed out of the sun) will have lesser chance of side effects than someone with lighter skin that has a tan (even if the darker skin person without a tan is “darker” than the light skinned person with a tan).
Going to the beach during the course of laser treatments (especially regularly) is not the greatest idea, no matter how light your skin.
My practitioner told me that he has never had any major side effects except for people that “went to the beach during the course of their treatments.” And some of those picture can be pretty frightening (hyperpigmentation looks much worse than any “unwanted hair” that I’ve ever seen).
I live in sunny southern California, just a few minutes away from the beach, but I have avoided the temptation and will continue to do so until I am COMPLETELY done with treatments. Even when I’m inside I wear a thick layer of SPF 30+ sunscreen on my face to prevent my skin from getting darker from the sunlight coming in my windows and through the big double glass sliding doors in my place.
I can’t make your decision for you, but I know in your position I would either not go to the beach, or wait until later on to get the laser treatments! For me, the risk would not be worth it, because my face is way too important to take that kind of chance. My line of work places a great deal of importance in human interaction and walking around with hypo/hyper pigmentation or scars on my face would totally ruin my career (not to mention self-esteem).
Remember that it’s your FACE that we’re talking about.
I’m actually considering ordering a skin lightening agent (hydroquinone or other kind of formulation) before either my next treatment or the one after that. I actually spent a couple of hours in the sun (with heavy sunblock) because I had to walk around the LA streets a few days ago, and I can tell my skin darkened a SLIGHT bit, and because of that I’m staying out of the sun until my next treatment (for real, no outside time at all for me except when in the car, and you can bet the sunblock is gonna be on in piles!).
[ May 16, 2003, 01:51 AM: Message edited by: Zap ]