For patients who want to ensure a successful aesthetic treatment, a device such as AccuVein can be helpful. This device allows your aesthetic expert to map the veins beneath your skin to ensure your cosmetic treatments and procedures are administered as safely and accurately as possible. Learn more about this vein mapping device before you schedule your first appointment at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV.
Does AccuVein Show Arteries?
In general, a device such as AccuVein cannot locate arteries. Although the infrared technology used by this device is highly accurate, the device is only able to detect and map veins that are sitting right beneath the surface of the skin. Arteries, on the other hand, are located much deeper in the body and are much more difficult to detect.
However, there may be times when arteries are visible. Large arteries, such as the arteries in the neck, may be visible because of their size and location. Sometimes, arteries may be visible if there is a palpable pulse on the part of the body being analyzed by the vein finder, particularly on joint junctions and areas of the body such as the legs.
How Does AccuVein Work?
AccuVein works by using two types of light to scan and map veins beneath the surface of the skin. This particular vein finder combines the power of infrared light and visible red light to accurately and quickly analyze the location of veins. Hemoglobin in the veins absorbs infrared light, which can then be reflected from the veins and detected by the vein finder device.
The vein finder device features a digital screen that creates an image of the vein pattern beneath the skin using visible red laser light. This is important since this allows your aesthetic expert to see a real-time vein pattern throughout your treatment, to ensure each step of your treatment is administered accurately.
How Deep Can the Vein Finder Locate Veins?
AccuVein AV400, which is the model used by our office, can locate veins that are 10 mm deep beneath the skin. To put this in context, a microneedling treatment will usually only penetrate the skin by about 2 mm, and many injectable treatments will be injected on the superficial layer of the skin. In other words, this vein finder device can locate veins much deeper than the areas of the skin that may be exposed to aesthetic treatments.
How Accurate Is This Device?
The accuracy of this vein finder is very high. According to testing, the accuracy of the vein mapping and projection is within 0.05 mm, which is about the width of a human hair. This means that when the vein finder is used during your treatment, your aesthetic expert will have a highly accurate rendering to administer your treatment efficiently.
1. Does It Matter If You Have Low Hemoglobin?
Some people, such as menstruating women and people who have certain forms of anemia, may have low hemoglobin levels. However, having low hemoglobin levels will not affect how accurately the vein finder will be able to map out your veins. The absorption of infrared light will produce an accurate image regardless of how high or low your hemoglobin levels are.
However, if you know you have low levels of hemoglobin because of a medical condition, you should let your aesthetic expert know during your consultation. As part of your consultation, you should provide all of your medical information, so your aesthetic expert can make the best treatment recommendations for you.
2. Does Body Hair Interfere With the Vein Finder?
If you have very dense body hair on any desired treatment location, this can interfere with the visualization of the vein finder. A vein mapping device cannot see through excessive amounts of hair on the skin, which is why you may be asked to shave your treatment location before your appointment. Small hairs on the face, such as vellus hairs, should not interfere with the vein mapping device.
3. Will Tattoos Interfere With the Device?
The pigment used for tattoo ink can block the absorption of infrared light, which means the vein finder may be unable to accurately map veins in that area. However, unless you have a tattoo on your desired treatment location, this should not be a problem during your treatment appointment.
4. Does Scarring Make It Harder to See Veins?
Certain scars may make it more difficult for a vein finder to create an accurate map of the veins under your skin. While shallow or mild scars should not be an issue, very thick scar tissue such as from a burn can make it harder to detect veins. Sometimes, scars with dark pigmentation can also make it difficult for the vein finder to work.
5. Can This Vein Mapping Device Be Used On All Skin Tones?
Yes, this device can be used by everyone regardless of skin tone. Infrared light can pass easily through all skin tones regardless of melanin concentration, so even those with medium to dark complexions can use this device for more accurate aesthetic treatments.
6. When Should You Ask to Use a Vein Finder Device?
Certain aesthetic treatments can be safely administered without the need to use a vein finder device. A topical treatment such as a chemical peel or facial will not require the use of this device since the treatment will only address the superficial layer of the skin. However, advanced treatments and injectable treatments can benefit from the use of a vein finder.
It’s most common to use a device such as this one to map veins when you are having a treatment such as BOTOX® and dermal fillers to avoid making injections into veins beneath the skin. This vein mapping device can also be used if you are having spider vein treatment or if you are using PRP in any of your other treatments, such as microneedling. You should also ask about using this device if you are treating areas such as the under-eye and lips.
7. What Are the Benefits of Vein Mapping?
The main benefit of using a vein mapping device for your aesthetic treatment is the reduced risk of injecting a vein. A common risk of any injectable treatment is the possibility of nicking a vein or injecting a formula into the vein. However, when vein mapping is used, your aesthetic expert can easily navigate around veins to deliver your treatment to the ideal location to produce the best results. Other benefits include:
A huge benefit of this treatment is the fact that a vein mapping device can result in a faster treatment time. If you are using a spider vein treatment without a vein finder, your aesthetic expert will have to take much more time to locate the affected veins during your appointment.
But when a vein finder is used during your treatment, the affected veins can be easily located, even very small ones that can cause new spider veins in the future. A faster treatment time will allow your appointment to conclude more quickly, which will then allow you to return to the rest of your daily activities without delay.
Another benefit of this AccuVein treatment is the reduction of downtime. Many aesthetic treatments may have some downtime due to fluid migration or mild bruising, particularly injectable treatments such as PRP, neurotoxins, and dermal fillers. However, when a vein mapping device is used, the accuracy of the treatment will typically result in a faster recovery. This means you can enjoy your results more quickly and with a much shorter aftercare period.
Finally, patients can typically find more satisfaction in their aesthetic treatments when using a vein mapping device. Because a vein finder can map out your veins, it can also give your aesthetic expert the opportunity to pinpoint the precise areas of your skin that will show the best results from your treatment. Many patients are also more satisfied with their treatment when they can be confident about the treatment’s safety.
Get Peace of Mind With Accurate Vein Mapping
If you want to get the most out of aesthetic treatments such as neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and other injectable treatments, using a vein mapping device such as AccuVein AV400 is a good idea. This device will reduce downtime, improve treatment accuracy, and give you peace of mind during your treatment process. Get in touch with Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV to schedule your consultation appointment today.