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Are You Suffering From A Vein Disease?

About 1 in 3 adult Americans have some form of leg vein disease. While this may be of a primarily cosmetic concern, many people experience significant symptoms that impact their daily quality of life. Even many physicians are unaware of the impact of leg vein disease on a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, major advances have been made in diagnosis and treatment. Minimally invasive treatment is now an effective option even for those with advanced vein disorders.

Dr. Zimmet uses a variety of state-of-the-art techniques to treat vein disorders:

  • SCLEROTHERAPY – This non-surgical procedure addresses problem veins by injecting a solution into the varicose veins or spider veins to make them collapse, shrink and then disappear.
  • FOAM SCLEROTHERAPY – A form of sclerotherapy used to treat varicose veins.
  • ULTRASOUND-GUIDED SCLEROTHERAPY – Used to perform sclerotherapy of varicose veins below the skin surface.
  • LASER & PULSED LIGHT TREATMENT – Treat facial spider veins with this light-based procedure that heats the veins. A light beam is pulsed onto the veins in order to seal them off, causing them to dissolve.
  • AMBULATORY PHLEBECTOMY – This in-office procedure removes large varicose veins through tiny punctures which are so small no stitches are required.
  • ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT (EVLT) – An alternative to vein stripping, EVLT is an in-office procedure, done under local anesthesia without incisions, to treat varicose veins below the skin. Dr. Zimmet places a very thin laser fiber inside the vein and then delivers laser light to the vein. It is remarkably effective.

Dr. Zimmet is a world-renowned vein specialist, and is a Past-President of the American College of Phlebology, the largest medical society devoted to vein disease in the world. He is the Founding President of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, an Officer of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s Vein Center Board, and a Distinguished Fellow member of the American Venous Forum. He was named by Vein Magazine as one of the 25 most influential professionals in vein care worldwide. When you visit Dr. Zimmet, you can feel confident that your veins are being cared for by the someone with years of experience and well-known in the field.

“Dr. Zimmet’s expertise as a phlebologist puts my mind to ease. Before seeing Dr. Zimmet I went to several doctors but none matched Dr. Zimmet’s professionalism and patient care. Zimmet Vein & Dermatology is highly recommended.”

Call us today at (512) 485-7700 with any questions, and/or  to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Zimmet.

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) 485-7700 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Zimmet.
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