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Austin Dermatologist

dr-zimmet austin dermatologistDr. Steven Zimmet, with more than three decades of experience as a dermatologist, provides state of the art skin care solutions to patients in and around Austin, TX. He makes use of advanced laser techniques to achieve safe, targeted, and highly effective outcomes in various dermatology areas for his patients.

About Dr. Zimmet

Dr. Steven Zimmet received a certification from the American Board of Family Practice in 1981 as well as a certification from the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine in 2008. He also became a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) in 2007. As a leading dermatologist, Dr. Zimmet is associated with various professional organizations. He is the founding president of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, and served as President of the American College of Phlebology from 2005 to 2007.

Dr. Zimmet has received several honors and recognition for his contributions to the field of dermatology. He has received the 2013 HealthTap Top Doctor Award as a “Top Aesthetic Medicine Specialist in Texas” as well as the “Most Influential Doctor in the Austin Region.” He has also received the 2013 Patient’s Choice Award. The Vein Magazine has named Dr. Zimmet as one of the 25 most influential professionals in the field of the vein care globally. He was chosen for this honor through vote of physicians around the world who are related with the field of vein care.

Procedures

Dr. Zimmet provides a number of safe, proven and effective skin care products to his patients in Austin, TX and nearby areas.

Body Contouring

Dr. Zimmet provides non-surgical body contouring procedures that are designed to reduce unwanted fat pockets, which are resistant to exercise and diet efforts. Ultrashape and Venus Legacy are two such innovative techniques available at his practice.

Skin Treatments

Zimmet Vein & Dermatology practice offers Ultherapy and EndyMed 3DEEP skin tightening treatments to reduce the signs of aging in the skin. VariLight laser and other treatments are provided for Rosacea treatment. Fractional CO2 laser and fractional radio frequency treatments are provided for skin rejuvenation through resurfacing. Blu-U Blue Light Therapy, peels, cortisone injections and topical and oral treatments are provided to treat various acne conditions. Treatments for wrinkles, sun damage, melisma, and laser tattoo removal are also available at the practice.

Vein Treatments

As an experienced dermatologist, Dr. Zimmet offers sclerotherapy, which is a non-surgical treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. Laser and pulsed light treatments are provided for the treatment of facial spider veins. Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure is available for the treatment of large varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is another in-office procedure that may be recommended for specific vein conditions at Dr. Zimmet’s practice.

Aesthetic Treatments

A range of peels and refreshers for skin rejuvenation are provided by Dr. Zimmet. Hair removal techniques such as laser hair removal and electrolysis are provided. The practice is also equipped to provide advanced skin rejuvenation techniques such as microdermabrasion and GentleWaves.

Sclerotherapy, or the injection of a sclerosant into a vein in order to close it and make it dissolve, is an effective way to treat spider and varicose veins. However, not all sclerosants are created equal.

There are two excellent FDA-approved sclerosants, Sotradecol and Asclera.  However, you should be aware that many physicians purchase compounded versions of these sclerosants. These compounded medications have not been subjected to FDA testing to determine safety and effectiveness, and the compounding pharmacies  are not regulated by the FDA.  Furthermore, studies have shown that these compounded sclerosants may be either stronger or weaker than labeled. The variability in potency could cause health issues for patients who end up receiving either much less of the drug or much more than indicated.

While there can be legitimate reasons to have a special medication compounded, in this case it is likely the main reason these compounded versions are used rather than an FDA-approved version is because they are much cheaper.

When considering sclerotherapy for spider or varicose veins, it’s important for both you and your phlebologist (vein physician) to be knowledgeable about what sclerosant is being used. Be sure to ask your physician if they are using FDA-approved sclerosants such as Sotradecol or Asclera rather than compounded agents.

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