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I've read conflicting answers about how long I should wait before applying fake tanning lotions (self-tanners).
I think it is safe to use self tanner immediately after sclerotherapy. However, most doctors want you to avoid sunlight tanning for several weeks after a treatment.
Apply self-tanning lotions once your doctor tells you it is okay, usually after the follow-up exam.
I would advise waiting until after you stop wearing compression hosiery.
Usually 1 to 2 weeks. Self tanners contain suspected carcinogenic ingredients and should not be
applied under stockings or at all. Sunscreen, on the other hand, is acceptable.
Sometimes the sclerotherapy will leave a brown stain for a few months where the veins were treated and sometimes applying tanning lotions can make the stain more visible. However, if there is no staining, then applying the lotion would be fine after a few weeks.
Not any studies on this. Would say 2-4 weeks should be reasonable.
Tanning is only a problem with laser spider vein treatment.
The tanner should be tested First on a remote region to make sure that there is absolutely no irritation. IF there is no irritation, wait a minimum of 72 hours.
Covering the veins with self-tanner may not be in your best interest if you need additional treatments. I'd suggest discussing your treatment plan with the physician who treated you.
You can use it the same day of the sclerotherapy procedure.
I don't think it really matters. I would go ahead and use it as soon as all the needle incisions are healed.
In our office, as long as you don't need or want to have any more sclerotherapy, self-tanner is okay at any time after treatment.
There is no danger of applying self tanner within 24 hours of injection
sclerotherapy. Avoid direct exposure (unprotected) to the sun for 2 weeks.