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I had the procedure done, but I was not told if I could tan.
I generally advise patient to wait a month before tanning
Michael D. Ingegno
The doctor (Dr. Herion) would not recommend ultraviolet light tanning beds which may lead to tinting of the skin for the first 2 weeks. Spray tan is OK.
James A. Heinz-M.A.H.A.
It is better wait until the surface is healed. Anytime the skin is perforated (needles/laser) there is an increased chance of developing pigmentation in those areas.
This applies to self tanner also.
If you are undergoing a series of sclerotherapy, then we advise not to tan between treatments.
Part of what we do is to educate prospective patients to start their treatments in the fall and early winter so that they are finished and resolved before the warm weather starts.
Of course we don't recommend tanning at all due to increasing incidence of skin cancer and premature aging. Every "burn" causes permanent damage. A good self tanner is a safer way to go.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT
Avoid sun exposure to the treated area until it has full heals, 4 to 6 weeks.
You should avoid tanning for at least a week after sclerotherapy and use ample sunscreen. Sclerotherapy can displace blood from the veins and the vein walls can burn, even though your skin will not. This will cause dark brown marks in those areas, which is not cosmetically appealing.
Sun exposure in the early stages after sclerotherapy may increase the likelihood of hyperpigmentation, a darker pigment in the skin overlying the treated veins. Wait until you are sure you are not developing hyperpigmentation, a minimum of several weeks.
Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS
I would recommend avoiding sun exposure for at least one week after sclerotherapy and using a sun block for an additional week. Usually within 48 hours all effects of sclerotherapy other than bruising are gone but I do not think it is a good idea to sunburn over areas treated.