Outstanding 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 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.
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.