How long after laser ablation and microphlebectomy can I swim, shave and use self-tanner?

I had a laser ablation and microphlebectomy for a large varicosity from the inner thigh to the lower shin. When will I be able to shave my legs, go swimming and use lotion with a tanning agent?

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Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Jun 04, 2013

Oftentimes patients can swim, shave and use self-tanner 10 days after a laser ablation and microphlebectomy.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Oftentimes patients can swim, shave and use self-tanner 10 days after a laser ablation and microphlebectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


You should be able to resume normal activities as soon as your incisions are healed completely. I recommend you apply the self-tanner to one small area and watch it for any unwanted discoloration before applying it to the entire leg.

Answered by The Vascular Institute at Teton Radiology (View Profile)

You should be able to resume normal activities as soon as your incisions are healed completely. I recommend you apply the self-tanner to one small area and watch it for any unwanted discoloration before applying it to the entire leg.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

Published on May 30, 2013

This should be discussed with the surgeon since every physician's practice style is different.

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Answered by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

This should be discussed with the surgeon since every physician's practice style is different.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on May 28, 2013

I typically allow my patients to swim about 10 days post-procedure. However, we recommend avoiding direct sun exposure and/or using a high zinc sun screen. Self tanner may make the treated area look darker. You want to avoid increasing pigmentation in the area of the incisions or punctures. You can shave your legs almost anytime, but avoid the treated site until it is completely healed. Self tanners can be used after several weeks, but you should discuss this with your treating surgeon first.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

I typically allow my patients to swim about 10 days post-procedure. However, we recommend avoiding direct sun exposure and/or using a high zinc sun screen. Self tanner may make the treated area look darker. You want to avoid increasing pigmentation in the area of the incisions or punctures. You can shave your legs almost anytime, but avoid the treated site until it is completely healed. Self tanners can be used after several weeks, but you should discuss this with your treating surgeon first.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on May 28, 2013

You need to wait long enough for the microphlebectomy and access sites to heal. This usually takes about 7 to 10 days. It should be safe to do all of the above at the 2 week point, or slightly longer if not healed.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

You need to wait long enough for the microphlebectomy and access sites to heal. This usually takes about 7 to 10 days. It should be safe to do all of the above at the 2 week point, or slightly longer if not healed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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