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Preparing for Spider Vein Treatment

Preparing for Spider Vein Treatment

Preparing for Spider Vein Treatment | Austin DermatologyOutstanding preparation will help to achieve the desired goals of spider vein treatment in a safe and effective manner. A comfortable rapport between the skin care expert and the patient is vital to the preparation as well as treatment process. Patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive spider vein treatments from accomplished dermatologist Dr. Steven Zimmet.


Medical Review

Medical review is a key part of the prior preparation for spider vein dermatology treatment. The provider will:

  • Assess the condition of the involved veins
  • Look for any underlying blood vessel disease
  • Review the patient’s health records to know about recent illnesses or conditions such as heart disease or blood clot history
  • Seek a list of current medications and supplements that the patient may be taking, including blood thinners, NSAIDs, and herbal supplements
  • History of allergies
  • Past treatment for spider or varicose veins and the results



In some cases, the dermatologist may order ultrasound imaging test for the affected areas of the legs. This will depend on which veins are involved. Ultrasound is a quick and painless procedure, and can help the treatment provider to know about the precise nature and extent of the spider veins and plan the treatment appropriately.


Determining the Treatment

The patient may have a choice between sclerotherapy or certain light-based or laser treatments to eliminate unwanted spider veins. The dermatology expert will discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option, and help the patient make the right choice according to their personal needs and goals.


Preparation for Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a time-tested and effective non-surgical procedure to get rid of spider veins. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for sclerotherapy. The patient may be required to take a few simple preparatory steps prior to sclerotherapy, which are listed as follows:

  • Avoid the use of vitamin E or NSAIDs and aspirin for at least one week prior to the treatment, unless instructed by the physician. Tylenol may be a good substitute, but any change should be made in consultation with the physician.
  • Choose comfortable and loose fitting clothing when visiting the dermatology office for sclerotherapy treatment.
  • Keep compression stockings ready for use after the needle procedure. The dermatologist’s staff may help to ensure that the stockings are available and appropriately sized. The stockings may be of medium compression and knee-high or thigh-high depending on the treatment area.
  • Avoid shaving or apply any creams to the legs for at least 24 hours prior to the treatment.
  • Have a nutritious meal prior to the procedure, and maintain sufficient hydration before and after the treatment.


Post-Op Instructions

The treatment provider will give a few post-treatment instructions to ensure safe and quick recovery from sclerotherapy. A cream of gel may be prescribed to expedite the healing of minor bruises. An ice pack may be recommended for the first one or two days after the treatment. Running, weight lifting, and other high impact activities should be avoided for at least 24 hours.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

Your Spider Vein Treatment Consultation

Your Spider Vein Treatment Consultation | Austin DermatologySpider 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.


Pre-operative Consultation

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.


Asking Questions

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.


Health Assessment

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.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

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