Spider veins are a common problem, which can create an unsightly skin appearance in the affected area. Sclerotherapy is a time-tested and appropriate skin care procedure in most cases to treat spider veins. At the time of initial consultation, the treatment provider will discuss the steps involved in the sclerotherapy procedure.
The provider will address all questions of the patient related to the procedure and other aspects, and help them make a well-informed decision. Dr. Steven Zimmet is a dedicated dermatologist providing spider vein treatment and various other procedures to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations.
The first step in the spider vein treatment process will be to have a detailed consultation with the skin care expert who will perform the procedure. At this time, the patient will have an opportunity to ask questions and clear all their doubts and concerns related to spider veins and the treatment. The provider will apprise the patient about different treatment options along with their benefits and limitations so that the patient can make the right choice.
The provider may present spider vein treatment before and after photos to help the patient develop realistic expectations. Testimonials of past patients may be shared to give insights about the treatment from their perspective. The provider will also discuss the estimated costs involved in this dermatology procedure at this stage.
Prior to administering sclerotherapy treatment for spider vein removal, Dr. Zimmet will assess the candidacy of a patient for this procedure and determine the most appropriate treatment option. A single treatment approach or a combination of techniques may be employed, depending on the patient evaluation.
Dr. Zimmet will consider the patient’s current condition of spider veins, their previous history with the problem if any, and also the patient’s personal needs and goals. These inputs will be incorporated while creating a customized spider vein treatment plan for the patient.
The actual sclerotherapy procedure may involve one of the three key techniques: liquid sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy or ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. In a few cases, sclerotherapy may be used in conjunction with other vein treatments such as endovenous laser procedure or ambulatory phlebectomy in order to address the condition more comprehensively.
In case of small spider veins, Dr. Zimmet and his team will apply the liquid sclerotherapy technique. In this procedure, the sclerosant solution is directly injected into the targeted veins using small needles. These veins are visible on the surface of the skin, which makes it easier to identify them and eliminate them with injectable medication.
If the patient suffers from larger varicose veins in addition to small spider veins, foam sclerotherapy may be applied for the larger veins. In this case, a specialized foamy solution is created with Asclera or Sotradecol mixed with air or another gas. This increases the potency of the solution and helps to effectively remove the larger varicose veins.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy may be used to address veins that are below the surface. Highly judicious dermatologist Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for spider vein and varicose vein treatments.