What is Accuvein?
The Accuvein is a medical device designed to locate veins in patients and visualise the vein’s location on the patient’s skin. Accuvein is a valuable tool that enhances safety, precision, and efficiency during cosmetic procedures where there is a risk of disrupting a vein. By helping practitioners avoid veins and vascular structures, these devices contribute to better outcomes and a more comfortable patient experience.
Why is it important to avoid veins?
One of the key concerns of patients undergoing facial injectable cosmetic treatments is bruising. Bruises can be embarrassing and often are difficult to conceal.
Bruises are caused during injectable treatments by disrupting a vein under the skin. Facial veins are not usually visible to the naked eye, especially in those with darker skin types.
Accuvein can visualise veins beneath the skin. This allows the practitioner to adjust their injection points to avoid these veins, reducing the risk of bruising.
How does Accuvein work?
Haemoglobin in the blood and veins absorbs infrared light emitted by the Accuvein device. The Accuvein then projects an image of the veins back onto the skin. This allows the injector to visualise the location of the veins and avoid them.
Advantages of Accuvein
Accuvein can benefit in several ways by helping avoid veins during various cosmetic procedures. Here’s how:
- Minimises the risk of vascular injury: Cosmetic procedures often involve injecting substances like dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections beneath the skin’s surface. Injecting these substances into veins can lead to complications, such as bruising, swelling, or tissue damage. The Accuvein helps practitioners identify the location of veins, reducing the risk of injecting into them.
- Reduces patient discomfort: Avoiding veins during cosmetic procedures minimises the likelihood of hitting sensitive blood vessels, which can cause pain or discomfort for the patient. This contributes to a more comfortable and positive patient experience.
- Reduces complications: Vein-related complications, such as hematoma (collection of blood under the skin) or vascular occlusion (blockage of blood vessels), can occur when cosmetic products are inadvertently injected into veins. By using vein visualisation technology, practitioners can minimise the occurrence of such complications, improving patient safety.
It’s important to note that whilst Accuvein can reduce risks associated with cosmetic procedures, it does not eliminate risk.
Blunt tip cannula and Accuvein – a perfect partnership
Blunt tip cannulae can be used to inject dermal fillers. They tend to be slightly longer than needles, and their tip, unlike needles are rounded. An entry point in the skin is made with a needle. The cannula is then passed through this entry point and then gently directed to the areas to be injected with dermal filler. Because the tip is rounded or blunt, it is significantly less likely to perforate a vein and cause bruising. It simply pushes the vein aside, as opposed to a needle which would pass directly into or through the vein.
In combination with the Accuvein, blunt tip cannula can be used to avoid veins. The Accuvein visualises the locations of facial veins, and the blunt tip cannula can help to prevent perforation of veins as fillers are injected.
Why choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute?
At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, all our practitioners are trained in using the Accuvein vein finder. The Accuvein is available in all of our clinic locations, making access to this device easy for all our patients to reduce the risk of bruising and complications with cosmetic procedures. Consultations are required for cosmetic medical procedures and can be organised by phoning our friendly Customer Care team on 1300 863 824 or you can book your consultation online.