80% of women suffer from abnormal leg veins, including spider and varicose. The main contributors to the progression of these veins are heredity and hormonal factors, including menopause, pregnancy and puberty. When varicose veins are present, they are stretched, oversized, swollen and protrude from the skin. Thread veins (spider veins) are smaller with a blue or red colouration and purple linear or web-like veins located on the skin’s surface.
Thermocoagulation is used during Veinwave treatment for the effective and safe treatment of (telangiectasia) spider veins on both the body and the face. Vascular surgeons developed the procedure for treating smaller spider veins where Sclerotherapy injections can often not be used for smaller spider veins.
Veinwave therapy is appropriate for small spider veins on the face, nose, legs, ankles and other areas. During the procedure, thermocoagulation is used for instantly heating and closing the spider veins.
The treatment requires less than fifteen minutes to complete with absolutely no downtime. Veniwave was created to eliminate spider and telangiectasia or delicate thread veins on the legs. Veinwave is a desktop device that uses radiofrequency through a needle holder similar in appearance to a pen used to insert an insulated and ultra-fine needle. The needle uses thermocoagulation to emit energy through the uni-polar tip of the needle. The procedure is regulated using a foot pedal.
The Veinwave system enables the medical professional to target each vein specifically for treatment. This is a sub-epidermal or beneath-the-skin technique. The tip of the needle is inserted throughout the length of the spider vein. The targeted vessel is not penetrated. A unique micro sheath surrounds the needle to ensure there is no trauma to the skin.
Telangiectasia, broken or thread veins are the little blue or red veins capable of appearing on different body parts. The most common sites are the legs and the face.
The three key methods for treating thread veins are:
- Veinwave (thermocoagulation)
- Laser therapy
The thermocoagulation procedure causes deliberate damage to specific tissue using an electric current. The current is confined to particular areas to limit the resulting tissue damage. The vascular specialist is in control of the thermocoagulation at all times. The current from the thermocoagulation heats the targeted cells to damage their function, resulting in removal.
The Best Candidates for Veinwave
The best candidates for this treatment are all adults in good overall health with smaller spider veins. Veinwave is exceptionally well suited for treating spider veins in almost any location. This includes the more delicate areas where the other options are often unsuitable. The Veinwave treatment can be used effectively for numerous body areas, including the face, ankles, legs, nose, knees and arms. Veinwave is not recommended for individuals with epilepsy, a pacemaker, bleeding disorders or pregnant women.
The Veinwave Procedure
The procedure begins by cleaning the injection site. The medical professional then inserts an insulated, extremely fine needle directly next to the spider vein in the skin. No anaesthesia or numbing cream is necessary. The spider vein is precisely heated and destroyed by the needle without damaging the surrounding tissue. In most cases, the procedure is completed within ten to fifteen minutes. Bandages are not necessary after the process. Before the Veinwave treatment, the targeted area must be free of spray-on or self-tanning products and all cosmetics.
The Veinwave device uses a pinpointed and proprietary thermocoagulation. This provides the individual with a walk-in and walk-out treatment. There is minimal to no pain, pigmentation, scarring, or risk for significant bruising. Some patients have described the sensation as a warm pin-prick. Others have said they experienced a mild sting that did not last. The sensation is dependent on the area being treated. Due to minimal discomfort, Veinwave is preferred over light-based treatments and painful dermal lasers. Veinwave is also more effective.
Since the treatment is performed with an extremely fine needle, most patients do not feel any pain during their procedure. Most patients only require one treatment. Sometimes, two to three courses may be necessary to achieve optimal results. The risk for scarring is minimal.
Other treatments for spider veins, such as sclerotherapy, have a much greater risk of scarring. The effect of the procedure is instant. The spider veins will disappear immediately. Most patients do not have any visible signs of the treatment on their skin other than their spider veins vanishing.
Individuals with susceptible skin may sometimes experience some minor reddening. This is not a cause of concern and will vanish naturally within a few hours or days. When Veinwave treatment is completed, the individual can resume their regular activities.
The patient should use a high-quality sunblock for a few days or avoid sun exposure. A few days after the treatment, extremely small micro-crusts will appear where the treatment was performed. This is similar to the marks left behind from a cat scratch.
The marks are usual and do not require any special care. The marks will go away on their own. If a second treatment is necessary, the area should not be retreated for six weeks. After this period, the medical professional can determine if any small veins remain. Once the spider vein has been treated, it is unable to return. Other thread veins can appear, but they can be treated as well.
Facts Regarding Veinwave Treatment
There is no downtime or bandages necessary for this treatment. Most individuals who have experienced the Veinwave treatment have returned to work or their regular errands right after their procedure. The results of the treatment can be seen immediately. This is because the process closes the spider veins instantly. The results will continuously show improvement during the first few days after the treatment. Any marks or redness are temporary and will fade away. The Veinwave system is a permanent treatment for spider veins.
Once the Veinwave system has successfully treated the spider veins, they are gone for good. The treatment is safe, with minimal side effects such as temporary redness. Large varicose veins should be treated with sclerotherapy as opposed to Veinwave. Veinwave treatments are not painful like laser treatments. If the area treated becomes a little bit dry, the best option is to use an aloe vera gel to help moisturise the skin. There is no evidence that the Veinwave procedure can increase cancer risk or trigger any skin disorders.
Veinwave treatment is inappropriate for individuals with a pacemaker, epilepsy or pregnant women. A fully trained and qualified medical professional and their staff should only perform the treatment. If a woman is breastfeeding, she will be told her treatment needs to be postponed.
Benefits of the Veinwave Treatment
Veinwave treatment offers many benefits over the other procedures currently available for treating telangiectasia and thread or spider veins. This includes:
- Sensitive Areas: Veinwave is appropriate for sensitive areas, including the face and nose, with an excellent degree of safety.
- Minimal Discomfort: Individuals who have experienced this procedure only felt a mild prickling or stinging sensation that did not last for long. This is a far less painful procedure than the available options, such as laser treatment.
- Cost of the Treatment: The cost is reasonable and based on the size of the area requiring treatment.
- Fast Treatment: Veinwave treatment requires as few as ten to fifteen minutes.
- Versatility: Veinwave is appropriate for telangiectasia and spider veins in numerous different locations. This includes the smaller veins on the face, legs, ankles and feet. This option is suitable for individuals with all different skin types.
- Bruising and Pigmentation: In most cases, the treatment will not result in any pigmentation changes or bruising. Some individuals may see a little crusting in the areas that were treated a few days after completing the Veinwave procedure. This crust will go away naturally and does not require any additional treatment.
- Instant Results: As soon as the Veinwave treatment has been completed, the individual will see a visible improvement in the area that was treated.
- No Skin Damage: As opposed to laser therapy, this treatment will not result in any damage to the skin. Veinwave has been approved for treating telangiectasia and spider veins.
- Post-Operative Restrictions: Once Veinwave treatment has been completed, the individual will not need to wear compression stocking bandages or miss any work. The individual can get right back to their schedule after treatment because there is no downtime.
Vein Solutions provides private treatment and private consultation at the following locations:
- Veinwave Treatment
- Veinwave Treatment FAQs
- Understanding Thread Veins
- A Deeper Look At Facial Thread Veins And Why It Happens
- Varicose Veins and Menstrual Cycles