Spider vein is a common skin care issue that may affect both women and men, particularly after the age of 40. The skin in the affected areas can appear unsightly due to spider veins, and in a few cases, the condition may cause discomfort if left untreated for long.
Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing state of the art solutions for spider veins for patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations.
The consultation for spider vein treatment will lay the foundation for a successful procedure. The patient should play a proactive role during the consultation process, and be prepared to follow the treatment provider’s instructions for pre- and post-treatment phases. During the consultation, the provider will help the patient choose the most appropriate dermatology treatment option to address their condition of spider veins.
New patients will usually have various questions and concerns related to the spider vein treatment as well as the expertise of the dermatologist. They may want to know more about the dermatologist’s experience in this area, skill and training of the support staff, and the facilities provided. The patient should also clarify about different treatment options and their pros and cons so that they can make a well-considered decision.
Cost aspects should also be discussed at the time of initial consultation. The provider or their staff can advise whether it may be possible to receive insurance in certain cases of spider vein treatment. Alternatively, the patient can seek information about any financing options and payment methods at the dermatology practice. Potential downtime and recovery process should also be reviewed during the consultation.
The dermatologist will assess during the consultation whether the patient is a suitable candidate for sclerotherapy or another spider vein treatment method. They may review the patient’s health records and examine the current condition of the affected areas and skin type. Specific issues to be determined during the consultation may include:
- Whether the patient has suffered any pain, injury or skin allergy in the past in the affected area
- Whether the patient has received any surgery in the past around the area to be treated
- Whether any type of vein treatment has been previously received
- What type of prescription and non-prescription drugs the patient may be currently using
- Patient’s history of smoking and drinking
- Any family history of vein or vascular diseases
Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas.
Examining the Veins
The dermatologist will conduct a thorough examination of the spider vein condition in order to plan a customized treatment. If the problem is more extensive, the provider may look for signs of deeper vein issues as well as larger varicose veins. If any swelling, sores or skin changes are noticed, it may indicate more serious concerns.
Following the assessment, the dermatologist will discuss the potential risk factors with the patient. If more serious vascular problems are identified, the patient will be apprised of appropriate advanced vascular treatments to address the condition.