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What Is Ultrasound Vein Mapping?

Ultrasound vein mapping is a process used to reveal the delicate blood vessels beneath the skin. Before certain cosmetic procedures, such as injecting dermal fillers, ultrasound vein mapping can be used to reveal the ideal spots for the treatment. This helps to ensure that the procedure goes as smoothly as possible and provides optimal results.

Ultrasound vein mapping can also be used to create maps of the veins and arteries in various parts of the body. This allows doctors to identify blockages and other health conditions. Additionally, ultrasound vein mapping is often used before certain medical procedures, including coronary artery bypass surgery, dialysis, and peripheral vascular bypass surgery.

How Does Ultrasound Vein Mapping Work?

During ultrasound vein mapping, a handheld device connected to the ultrasound mapping machine is passed over the treatment area. The machine delivers high-frequency sound waves through the tissues in the body. Then, the ultrasound mapping machine takes the echoes of those sound waves and converts them into photos and video images. These ultrasound waves also reflect off of the blood cells that are moving inside the blood vessels. As a result, if Dr. Tseng or another practitioner is injecting dermal filler into the face, they will be able to easily avoid the veins and arteries using the images and information they’ve gained.

Benefits of Ultrasound Vein Mapping

If you’re undergoing a cosmetic procedure that involves injections, you may be able to benefit from the use of an ultrasound mapping machine. Potential benefits of ultrasound vein mapping include:

  • Makes it much easier for your injector professional to avoid veins and arteries
  • Helps reduce bruising following your treatment
  • Helps ensure that you heal as quickly as possible after your treatment
  • Improved overall treatment experience
  • Allows you to see your treatment results more quickly
  • Greatly reduces the risk of vascular complications during injections

What Should I Expect During Ultrasound Vein Mapping?

When you’re considering one of our injectable cosmetic treatments at Tseng Plastic Surgery, the first step is to have a consultation with Dr. Tseng. During this meeting, the doctor will discuss the procedure with you and answer all of your questions. If ultrasound vein mapping is a viable option for the treatment you’re having performed, Dr. Tseng will provide you with the option to include it. If you agree, the use of the ultrasound mapping machine will be included in your personalized treatment plan.

Before your treatment begins, Dr. Tseng will set up the ultrasound mapping machine. He will apply a special gel to the treatment area and run the machine’s handheld device over the skin. That will project images of your vascular system and arteries onto a screen, which will show the doctor exactly which spots need to be avoided during the injections.

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    Am I a Candidate for Ultrasound Vein Mapping?

    If you’re being treated with any injectable dermal filler, you could be a good candidate for ultrasound vein mapping. Ideal candidates include:

    • Patients with plans to undergo injectable dermal filler treatment
    • Patient undergoing dialysis treatment, coronary artery bypass surgery, or peripheral vascular bypass surgery

    Why Is Ultrasound Vein Mapping Important?

    Although ultrasound vein mapping is known primarily for its ability to prevent bruising following injectable treatments, that isn’t its only purpose. For example, ultrasound vein mapping can also help ensure that injector professionals don’t accidentally hit the superficial temporal artery, which is located near the temple. If this artery is contacted during a cosmetic treatment, it can result in blindness.

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    Why Choose Dr. Tseng for Ultrasound Vein Mapping?

    Ultrasound vein mapping is an innovative procedure, and Dr. Mark Tseng prides himself on using state-of-the-art equipment and modern techniques. Dr. Tseng is an extremely talented and knowledgeable plastic surgeon, and he’ll use the ultrasound mapping machine to ensure that your dermal filler treatment goes smoothly and provides you with wonderful, natural-looking results.

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