How Does AccuVein Work?

Though cosmetic injections are designed to make patients look and feel great about themselves, they typically require introducing products under the skin using needles. This means bruising can sometimes occur, regardless of the talent and experience of the physician. This is why Glow MediSpa in Seattle, WA uses AccuVein, a better way to administer injections.

How Does It Work?

AccuVein relies on a technology called vein visualization, also known as vein illumination, which detects veins using Near-infrared (NIR) imaging. This breakthrough device uses two safe barcode-scanner class lasers that work together to provide a real-time image of the arrangement of blood vessels beneath the skin up to ten millimeters deep.

Hemoglobin in the blood absorbs infrared light, so one laser uses this invisible light to detect the hemoglobin in the veins. The second uses a visible red light to project the vein pattern. Because the hemoglobin in the blood absorbs the infrared light anywhere there are vessels, the light glows back red when it shines on soft tissue but black when it illuminates a vessel.

In other words, when an injector holds the device above the skin, veins appear noticeably different from the surrounding tissue. The device looks at the invisible infrared vein pattern and uses advanced, real-time processing algorithms to detect the position of the veins under the skin. It then re-projects the vein pattern back on the skin, forming a crisp digital image. The vasculature clearly shows up on the skin's surface, aiding in vein location and avoidance.

Benefits of AccuVein

Without this device, even a seasoned physician who knows the facial vessel anatomy well is injecting blindly to some degree. But thanks to AccuVein, large and small veins are mapped out and avoided during a cosmetic injection. This can cause a dramatic reduction in bruising because doctors can see the location of the veins through the skin before they inject.

This is the world's first handheld, non-contact vein illumination solution, and it enables health care professionals to be far more effective by seeing peripheral veins under the skin as a map of the vasculature highlighted on the surface. Its benefits include:

  • Less patient discomfort
  • Better effectiveness
  • Improved accuracy and safety
  • Less risk of accidental blockage of blood vessels
  • Minimized potential for bruising or migration of injected fluids
  • Reduction in social downtime
  • Increased patient satisfaction

If you want to be sure your social life isn't affected by a bruise, then finding a doctor who uses AccuVein makes sense for you. The device is especially useful when injecting fillers to address under-eye circles, laugh lines, and lips. Doctors also use it on the wrinkles that form laterally to the eye to avoid the veins that can bruise easily.

A Commitment to Safe and Successful Cosmetic Therapies

At Glow Medispa, patients find great comfort in knowing they are receiving the highest level of treatment and are less likely to have embarrassing telltale signs of a visit to their plastic surgeon. Performing aesthetic procedures with AccuVein is just one way we make patient care and comfort a top priority. If you would like more information about our services, schedule a consultation appointment at Glow Meidapa in Seattle, WA today.

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