Sunbeds? in Hair Transplants Posted January 5, 2007 · Report reply Hi, Regarding UV and recipient areas...Dr. Feller advised me strongly, after my transplant (which was on 6/19/06, which put my healing/initial growth stage right in the midst of summer, specifically BEACH season) to keep my head out of the sun for a while...I don't remember his exact time frame, because I had already decided to keep a hat between my newly renovated scalp and the sun at least until the fall. I am both a tad over-cautious, and more than a tad pale. Regarding tanning in general...if it helps, I submit Exhibit A, which consists of all the photos on my weblog with a front-on forehead shot. If you look, you should see, in most of them, a red blemish/spot on the left side of my forehead (i.e., the right side, as you view the photo...those of you viewing said photos in the UK may see it on the left instead ). After several months of it not going away, I saw a dermatologist, who told me, yes, it's skin cancer -- thankfully, however, a "basal cell carcinoma," which is the least severe kind, and which will be eliminated from my life after about 45 minutes of, er, slicing and dicing... My rambling point being...as much as I do indeed love the beach, and outdoor activity, I've never been a "tanner" and in fact have not, or so I thought, exposed my Anglo-Saxon pallor to the onslaught of UV radiation that much; rarely have I seen my skin tanned, or burned. Yet the carcinoma showed up over this past summer, when I was ultra-careful about sheilding my visage and head from sun...granted, my father has had similar things, so I may have lost a genetic lottery here, but after a lengthy talk from my dermatologist about the evils of tanning, I am a believer... Funny; when she was taking the biopsy I made a comment about the local anaesthetic she injected being tame, compared to the industrial needles I got during my HT...she commented that it was a very good job, and hadn't noticed it until I mentioned it. A small tidbit... Benjamin "Pale Rider"