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Patient FAQs

FAQ – Fat Cell Reduction

What Should I Know About Fat Cells?

Fat cells are not just storage bins for excess calories. They are very active cells that produce a variety of substances that influence your body weight, how many calories you eat and how those calories are used as a source of energy. Health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, can arise when these cells begin to secrete too much or too little of these substances.

You are born with a set number of fat cells. If you eat more calories than your body needs, your fat cells stretch to store these extra calories as triglycerides. You can gain new fat cells if the existing cells have enlarged to their maximum size.

Once created, fat cells remain in your body forever. They may shrink in size when you lose weight, but they never go away unless they are removed by liposuction.

What's The Most Important Thing I Should Do After Treatment?

Maintain a healthy lifestyle — a healthy diet and exercise program.

What Happens If I Eat More Calories Than I Expend?

Extra calories will be stored mostly as fat regardless of whether the extra calories come from fats, carbohydrates or proteins.

What Does Weight Loss Do?

Weight loss shrinks fat cells and normalizes their secretions, which can reverse or prevent many of the health conditions associated with obesity.

FAQ – Vein Services

What Is The Difference Between A Spider Vein And A Varicose Vein?

Spider veins are small, dilated veins near the surface of the skin. A varicose vein is a larger, bulging vein.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

The most common predisposing factors in the development of varicose veins are heredity, pregnancy and hormones. Minor factors include prolonged standing, leg injury, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and hot weather.

Why Do I Need An Initial Consultation?

During your first visit, Dr. Zimmet will assess your medical history and examine your veins. This is all that is required in most patients with spider veins. After your vein evaluation, Dr. Zimmet will recommend the treatment that would be most appropriate for you.

For patients with varicose veins — and in some with spider veins — a painless ultrasound evaluation is done to determine if there in an underlying vein in your leg that is causing what is visible on the surface. After this evaluation, Dr. Zimmet will be able to discuss the treatment options appropriate for your condition.

Will I Need To Have Vein Stripping?

There are alternative treatments to stripping that have comparable or better results and can be provided in-office without general anesthesia or incisions. Vein stripping can be avoided in just about all patients, even those with advanced cases of varicose veins.

What Should I Consider When Choosing Who Will Treat My Veins?

No matter whom you choose to see, we highly recommend that you ask about their experience and training in treating vein problems. For example, many vascular or general surgeons have had years of “vascular” experience, but this is often in treating arterial issues — not vein problems. One has little to do with the other.

Dr. Zimmet has treated thousands of patients for vein issues over the last 20 years. He is a leading and internationally recognized authority in the treatment of spider and varicose veins. For more details, please review Dr. Zimmet’s background.

How Effective Are The Treatments? Are They Permanent?

Vein treatments work very well in most patients. However, no available treatment for spider and varicose veins is successful 100 percent of the time. Treatment does not change the genetic makeup of your veins and your predisposition to forming these kinds of veins. Periodic maintenance treatments may be necessary to keep your legs in the best condition.

Isn't Laser Treatment Better Than Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins?

Dr. Zimmet believes that laser treatment is a good choice for facial vein treatment. However, laser treatment for leg veins is usually more expensive, more painful and less effective than well-executed sclerotherapy for leg veins.

My Hand Veins Are Very Prominent. Can Anything Be Done?

Treatment for hand veins is available. Dr. Zimmet most often recommends sclerotherapy; however a specific recommendation can only be made after consultation. For more details about the vein treatments we offer, visit our Vein Treatments section, or contact us today at (512) 402-6694 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Zimmet.

FAQ – Cosmetic Dermatology

What Is Cosmetic Dermatology?

Modern technology has brought treatments for a variety of skin and aging conditions that are easy to undergo and require minimal to no downtime. Conditions that can be treated using these new techniques include sun damage, telangiectasias (broken veins), freckling and pigmentation problems, rosacea, sagging skin, wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines and other common skin problems.

What Are Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport?

They are purified proteins administered by injection via a tiny needle.  They can be used to treat and relax frown and other lines on the face. Botox and Dysport can also be an effective treatment for excessive sweating.

How Experienced Is Dr. Zimmet in Cosmetic Dermatology?

Dr. Zimmet has been providing skin care services for over 20 years, has been performing laser treatment for 17 years and administering Botox injections for over 12 years.

What Can Be Done About My Sagging Skin? Is My Only Option a Facelift?

Non-surgical alternatives for skin tightening are available. Thermage and EndyMed Pro 3DEEP are treatments that help to tighten aging and sagging skin and can be used on the face, neck, eyelids, abdomen, hands and other body areas.

What Skin Peels Do You Offer At Your Office?

We offer microdermabrasion and three different chemical peels. All improve the appearance of the skin, can help with acne and improve the surface texture of your skin.

Who Does The Skin Peel Procedure?

Our licensed aestheticians — who have years of experience — perform all skin peel procedures.

What Skin Care Products Are Available?

At Zimmet Vein & Dermatology, we only carry high quality skin care product lines like Skinceuticals, MD Solar Sciences, Teamine, Nectifirm and Elta MD. Our aesthetician will be happy to consult with you about your skin care regimen. For more details about the various skin-related treatments and products we offer, visit our Skin Treatments section. Or contact us today at (512) 402-6694 to schedule your consultation.

FAQ – Laser Hair Removal

What Areas Can Be Treated?

The face (excluding the eyebrows), neck, legs, arms, bikini, back and ears (especially for men) are areas we commonly treat however, any area of the body can be treated.

Do I Need An Initial Consultation?

Yes! You will initially come in for a complimentary consultation so our specialist can discuss your goals and assess your skin type and hair. Our specialist will develop a custom treatment plan for you and go over the details before you book your first treatment appointment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

In short, everyone is different. There are a number of variables that might affect the number of treatments you will need to get the results you seek. Some of those include hair type/color, area(s) to be treated, and your hair’s growth cycle, etc. Our specialist will advise you on what to expect.

Am I A Good Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

Yes, most people can be treated successfully for unwanted hair on any area of his or her body.

What Should I Do Prior To My First Hair Removal Appointment?

For best results, we recommend not tweezing or waxing the target area for a month before your treatment. The hair needs to be in the hair follicle for the treatment to be effective. It’s important to avoid tanning of the area to be treated. Our specialist will go over everything you need to know in your consultation.

Please see the hair removal section of our website for more information.

Interested in scheduling a hair removal consultation? Contact us today at (512) 402-6694. We look forward to hearing from you.

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