Due to the location and size of these veins, traditional vein therapy cannot be used. Sclerotherapy uses an injection of a solution that will close the vein; however, it cannot be done safely on these facial veins. Luckily, there is a viable and safe alternative.
A new treatment — Veinwave — can remove those ugly veins easily, quickly and with very little pain. While generally used in the facial areas, Veinwave can be used to treat other difficult areas such as the knees, arms, legs, and ankles
Recently approved by the FDA, Veinwave is a medical device that uses thermocoagulation. This is the process that uses heat produced by an electrical current. The heat generated will cause the blood in the vein being treated to coagulate then collapse. The vein is then absorbed by the body.
While you may see immediate results after your treatment, additional sessions may be needed, depending on the severity of your condition.
This new device was developed by a surgeon to treat otherwise untreatable veins. Other options for removing veins such as laser or light therapy present risks such as scarring or burning. Veinwave eliminates these sorts of risks.
The Veinwave Procedure
The Veinwave procedure is simple and quick. First, the treatment area will be cleaned. A fine needle will be inserted subepiderminally; however, it will not penetrate the blood vessels. The needle will deliver radio waves that will destroy the vein, resulting in them disappearing. Most patients say they experience very little to no pain, although some say that the procedure feels like they received a brief, tiny pinprick.
The procedure generally takes between 10 and 15 minutes. There is also no associated downtime.
Other than the veins disappearing, most people will not see any skin changes. Patients with sensitive skin may see some minor blushing or redness that will generally disappear in just a few hours. Patients are told to avoid any exposure to the sun for a few days.
Good candidates for Veinwave include anyone who is in good general health. Alternatively, there are some people who should not undergo Veinwave treatments. If you have any of the following, you may not be a good candidate:
- Bleed disorders