After surgery/injury the tissues are inflamed as part of the natural healing reaction. This can be a stimulus to the pigment cells in the area and the stimulus can be further increased with sun exposure. All this stimulus on the pigment cells may make the area more pigmented so we suggest using a sun block for as long as the area of healing is red. This may result ultimately in a better appearance of the healed area.
How Long Should I Keep my Legs out of the Sun After a Varicose Vein Procedure?
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Sun Exposure and Varicose Vein Treatment
Thank you for your question. I would avoid sun exposure during laser treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation, burn etc. I would recommend using SPF 30 with zinc and reapplying every 2 hours when outdoor. I hope this helps.
If you are having laser or radiofrequency closure and/or microphlebectomies then you should not go into the sun until the bruising resolves which usually takes about 10 days to 2 weeks. For sclerotherapy 48-72 hours is usually sufficient unless there is a lot of reaction to the treatment. The bottom line is that you should avoid sun exposure until you are healed. Also, sun,in general, is not good for veins and the sun damage can lead to further spider vein formation and to increased pigmentation. You should always wear a sun block.
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Recovery After Sclerotherapy
I often recommend that patients stay out of the sun for two weeks following their sclerotherapy treatment. It's important to make sure any inflammation, bruising, and pigmentation problems have resolved before exposing yourself to the sun, as this may prolong the healing process and do additional damage. Once you are healed, I believe it's best to always wear SPF 30 when outside. Exposing your legs to the sun after treatment causes the treated veins to dilate/enlarge which will prevent their healing. Also, since sclerotherapy causes inflammation to the treated veins, sun-exposure may bring on pigmentation.
Protect Your Skin After Varicose Vein Procedure
In our office, we suggest staying out of the sun for a minimum of two weeks. You want to make sure that any swelling or bruising has subsided and the skin is fully healed before exposing it to the sun.
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Sun after Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment
It's fine to be in the sun, as long as you wear a good, quality sunscreen! (Which you should be doing everyday!!!)
Avoid sun exposure post leg vein treatment
As long as you have any discoloration from any procedures, you should protect the area from the sun. This is true for any kind of injury particularly when the bruise leaves a brown "stain" (hemosiderin). This color seems to be ironed in by sun exposure and is very resistent to any bleaching efforts.
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