Laser treatments after chemotherapy.

I see in reading your website that laser resurfacing is not recommended after chemotherapy. Can you clarify if there is an acceptable time frame afterwards or will I never be a candidate. I finished my chemo 7 months ago and I was so hoping to treat myself to this procedure as the cancer treatments have aged me so.

I’m so glad you wrote!  It’s absolutely fine to do laser treatment after chemotherapy, just not during the chemotherapy.    And, it’s best to wait until 3-6 months after though to let your immune system and metabolism completely recover to get the best results and to not be at increased risk for post laser infections.   You can ask your oncologist, when in his/her opinion you should be pretty much back to normal on those fronts.  You don’t want to waste your time or money or incur unnecessary risk!

You can help you skin recover it’s cell activity a little faster by following a good skincare regimen.  I’m linking you to mine but the key for you will be the antioxidant, sunscreen and vitamin A cream (retinoid).   Dr. I’s skincare regimen. I wrote a tip of the week on why I change my regimen seasonally, and I have an aritcle coming in a few days on that topic also.

Hope this helps,   Dr. I



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