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Tanning Salon After Laser Vein Treatment?

I recently got laser treatment for the spider veins on my legs. They recommended that I stay out of the sun for "at least a week or two", which seems very broad to me. I like to go tanning in the spring/summer, but I don't want to risk permanently discoloring my skin! Is there a more specific rule/guideline as to when it will be safe to go lay out in the sun or go to a tanning bed? Also, if I were to go tanning, but covered up the area with shorts or something, is that safe? Thank you!!!

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Tanning After Vein Treatment


Tanning can stimulate pigmentation which can be seen after treatment of leg veins, and can promote the appearance of "staining" which can last up to one year. I wouldn't encourage you to tan at all, and consider a topical self-tanner if absolutely necessary. Sun tanning or indoor tanning will result in greater photodamage of your skin which in the long-term will enhance the appearance of your leg veins (as the dermis gets thinner from the UV damage).

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San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Tanning and spider vein injections Melarase cream


Tanning can stimulate pigmentation. I would recommend topical creams after spider vein treatment such as Melarase topical skin lightener or Scleroquin.  

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tanning after laser vein treatment is a NO NO


Avoid tanning for 3-6 months is what I recommend to my patients otherwise you risk hyperpigmentation. No sun. No tanning.

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Buffalo General Surgeon
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Avoid tanning salons


Tanning salons are never acceptable.  After laser treatment, you should avoid the sun for at least 3 weeks and then use sun protection to prevent darkening of the treated areas.  You must delay further laser treatments if you are tanned.

Toronto Dermatologist
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