When administering an aesthetic or medical treatment, even the most skilled medical providers can sometimes have difficulty finding a patient’s veins. This can result in poor accuracy for administered injectable treatments or missing the veins completely, not to mention longer appointment times and inconvenience to the patient. At Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, we’ve eliminated this struggle with AccuVein, so you can experience comfortable, easy, and effective treatment every time.
By using AccuVein, we’re able to precisely locate your veins, resulting in quick, effective treatment every time. Read on to discover why using this state-of-the-art vein visualization technology makes all the difference in our cosmetic and medical treatments.
What Is AccuVein and How Does It Work?
AccuVein is a handheld vein visualization device used to aid medical service providers in finding a patient’s veins with greater speed and accuracy. It is a ground-breaking technology that has improved the experience of blood work, injections, and other treatments for patients and providers alike. Using specialized imaging technology, this device is able to project a live-updating vein map onto a patient’s skin. This solution to the struggle of finding veins has been backed by scientific studies and is recommended for use by doctors and other medical professionals.
Mapping Your Veins
Using an invisible infrared laser in conjunction with a visible red laser, this device is able to make an accurate image of your veins. The device is held above the skin to emit the infrared light into the blood. The hemoglobin (an iron-rich protein found in red blood cells) will absorb the infrared light, thereby decreasing the light reflected by your veins and sending information about your vein locations to the device.
Then, using an individualized detection process, the device will analyze the information received from your hemoglobin. This information is processed into a map that can then be projected onto the skin. This map is projected onto the skin through the help of a red laser, allowing your medical provider to see the location of your veins with accuracy.
Accuracy and Precision
The major draw to this technology is for its precision and accuracy. The map of your veins produced by this device is accurate up to ten millimeters deep into the skin. Patients are eager to make appointments with providers that use vein visualization; studies have shown that people are willing to drive an average of twenty-eight miles further to receive treatments that use this technology. Clearly, the accuracy and precision of this device makes for greater comfort and satisfaction – it’s a difference worth driving for.
Traditional Vein-Location Methods
Without the aid of technology, medical providers have had to rely on their own knowledge of anatomy to locate people’s veins. Generally, determining a vein’s location was done by sight and feel. A practitioner would look for visible signs of veins, as well as press down on the skin of the patient to feel for the veins. Combined with experience, knowledge, and instincts, practitioners would use this process to estimate vein locations. As you can imagine, this process was not always precise and could be quite difficult. There are many reasons why even the most skilled medical provider might struggle to locate veins this way.
For example, sometimes a patient’s veins are not apparent. This might mean they’re not easily visible under the skin, or that the patient is slightly dehydrated and the veins lack volume or definition and can’t be easily felt. Additionally, when a patient is swollen for any reason, be it weight or a medical condition, finding a vein can be nearly impossible. When a provider struggles to find a vein, multiple failed attempts to draw blood or start an IV may be made. Missing a vein in an aesthetic treatment can result in longer recovery times, suboptimal results, and even bruising.
Impact on Patients
Not being able to find a vein is not only unnerving for the medical provider but can be downright painful for the patient, even causing minor trauma. Being repeatedly poked and prodded can make someone feel like less of a person and more of a science experiment.
In worst-case scenarios, patients can even develop scar tissue in the areas where a provider made multiple failed attempts to find a vein. This can make future blood draws or IVs very uncomfortable, even if the provider is able to find a vein with greater precision. Experiences like these can prevent people from seeking further treatments due to fear of experiencing the same pain and discomfort again.
How Does Vein Visualization Technology Improve Treatments?
By using this device, we can generate a visual of your veins prior to beginning your treatment. This will allow us to administer your injections, start your IV, or perform any other treatments with the utmost accuracy and precision. By using a map of your veins, we’re able to apply your treatments to the most optimal locations. This makes our actions more effective, which, in turn, ensures that you see the results you desire.
Treatments should always be comfortable, quick, and enjoyable. By accurately mapping your veins, we can guarantee you speedier appointment times and greater comfort during your visit. It’s easier to get somewhere with a map. When we have a visual of your veins, we can find the best location to administer your treatments on our first try. This can help minimize discomfort, bruising, and expected recovery times after treatment.
Furthermore, anyone with a fear of needles can benefit from the use of this device. It’s easier to feel more comfortable and relaxed about receiving injectable treatments or IVs when you know that you’re not going to be poked, prodded, and hurt in the process. When injections are done right the first time, it’s easy to find peace of mind throughout your appointment. This technology ensures that your treatment experience is as comfortable as possible.
Which Treatments Can Benefit Most From the Use of Vein Visualization Technology?
Cosmetic Injectable Treatments
Skin-smoothing injectables such as dermal fillers and Botox are popular cosmetic treatments for targeted anti-aging measures. However, the accidental administration of injections to incorrect locations in the face is not unheard of. Even skilled medical professionals have sometimes struggled to administer injections correctly, resulting in bruising, discomfort, and the harming of facial veins. When injections are administered without accuracy, longer recovery periods are required. Luckily, vein visualization technology can ensure that you receive your treatments safely and with greater accuracy.
This device can be used to map your veins and determine an optimal injection site prior to administering your injection. This allows us to ensure that the ingredients you’re paying for are being used effectively. Knowing your injections are being administered properly will allow you to feel more at ease during your appointment, and can minimize recovery times while maximizing results.
Sclerotherapy (Varicose Vein Treatment)
Vein mapping is essential for sclerotherapy, as it allows treatment to be administered in the most effective manner. During sclerotherapy, varicose veins are treated with a sclerosing solution that is injected into the targeted veins. This solution is used to encourage varicose veins to close and decrease in size.
Vein visualization technology can be used at multiple steps during this treatment. We may use it during your consultation to locate your varicose veins and give you visual information as to which of your veins will need to be treated. Then, during your sclerotherapy appointment, this device will aid us in administering the sclerosing solution injection. Precision in this treatment is vital to ensuring we target only the damaged veins and will greatly improve the results of your treatment.
Other Treatments That Can Benefit From This Technology
There are many other treatments which may benefit from the use of vein visualization technology. For example, blood draws and IVs are completed with greater speed, accuracy, and comfort when performed with the aid of vein visualization technology. No matter the treatment you’re looking to receive, during your initial consultation, we can discuss whether the use of vein mapping technology can improve your experience.
The AccuVein Difference
Don’t spend another moment worrying about ineffective, unsuccessful injection attempts and treatments. For the best, most accurate results, make sure your veins are being mapped out with the help of vein visualization technology. Precision and efficiency are paramount when receiving any of our treatments. To experience the AccuVein difference for yourself, book an initial consultation by contacting Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV today.