I got quite a bit of sun after my laser treatment. What are my risks?

Hello Dr, My question is about unprotected sun exposure during healing after laser skin treatment. Will it increase the risk of sun induced skin cancer as laser make skin vulnerable to sun? I have taken 2 q switched nd yag laser sessions on some nevi to lighten them and 6 non ablative nd yag laser sesssions on post acne scars. During the period of treatment (6 months) I could not apply the sunblock regularly and it was about 200 hours collectively of indirect sunlight (morning light) exposure coming from the window when indoors or in my car as well as some (but not much) direct sun exposure. SO What are the risks of such light exposure on lasered skin or nevi and non regular use of sun block during healing period after laser treatment ? Is there a non invasive imaging test done as a chech up? THANKS SO MUCH

There really isn’t a good answer for this because there is no data on it.  But, from a common sense approach, your best bet is to get skin exams regularly – once or twice a year – with your dermatologist.  That way any changes in your moles or your skin will be caught early.   As you know, when skin cancers are diagnosed early, they can usually be cured.  Bottom line –  see your dermatologist regularly.  More information on  moles.  Dr. I

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