Is it safe to swim (in a pool or otherwise) after lasers?
No, it’s NOT okay to swim in a chlorinated pool or any water a day or two later. You are spending time and money on your skin and hope to improve it. It’s not the time to do things that might jeopardize your results or make the healing process more difficult. Swimming is very drying for skin if you are in for any length of time and the chlorine even more so.
It depends always on how the treatment was done exactly. Ask your doctor and follow her/his instructions but here are some general guidelines:
- IPLs and pulsed dye 3-7 days
- Laser hair removal 3-7 days
- Fraxels 14-30 days
- Co2s 14-30 days
- Radiofrequency 2-3 days
Also, remember that swim goggles press on the skin quite intensely around the eyes so if you are having a laser or filler treatment around the eye area, be sure to ask your doctor about this specifically.
Hope this helps, Dr. I
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