Spider veins are small, visible veins that can appear on nearly any area of the body, but most frequently show up on the legs and face. While these vein networks are not always a serious medical concern, they can be quite unsightly and embarrassing for those who suffer from them. While there are different methods for getting rid of spider veins, the smallest, most superficial vessels are most effectively addressed through an innovative treatment known as Veinwave. Advanced Vein & Vascular Center offers this procedure to patients wanting to say goodbye to nagging spider veins, and achieve clearer more beautiful skin.

What is Veinwave?

Veinwave is the latest generation of minimally-invasive vein treatments. The device has been widely used in Europe for over eight years and by more than 1000 physicians, but has just recently been introduced in the United States. Veinwave is NOT a laser. Instead, the treatment uses thermocoagulation to address superficial veins that are commonly seen in men and women over the age of 40.

Veinwave treats veins on the face with much less pain than a laser causes – in fact, with almost no pain at all – and produces immediate results. Patients can return to work and other activities immediately following the procedure, without needing bandages or heavy makeup to cover up the treatment site. Patients do not need to worry about avoiding the sun for an extended period or wearing compression stockings after this treatment. The procedure is safe for any skin tone, although it is not recommended for recently tanned complexions.

What types of veins does it treat?

Veinwave is effective on superficial spider veins located on the face, legs or other areas of the body. Spider veins are red or purple lines that often form a pattern on the skin resembling a starburst or a spider’s web. These vessels are usually both painless and harmless, but they can become a significant cosmetic nuisance.

Facial veins may appear for many reasons, including:

  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Trauma to the skin
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Use of some types of medications, particularly anabolic steroids
  • Medical conditions such as high blood pressure
  • Skin conditions like rosacea and acne
  • Age, as small vessels are more likely to become damaged over time

Leg veins can also occur due to a variety of factors, including sun exposure and skin trauma. Leg veins can also be a result of pregnancy as well as other hormonal fluctuations and weight gain. In some situations, these networks could be a visible sign of an underlying condition known as venous insufficiency. This disorder occurs when valves inside the vessels wear out, allowing blood to pool inside and increasing pressure in the vein. In these cases, your spider veins may be accompanied by symptoms like leg pain and heaviness and the formation of larger, bulging varicose veins. These signs should always be assessed by qualified vascular surgeon like Dr. Carabasi, who can make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatment options that properly address the root cause of your venous issues.

Who is a good candidate for Veinwave?

Both men and women with bothersome spider veins may be good candidates for Veinwave. At Advanced Vein & Vascular Center, we usually recommend this procedure for visible vessels that are too small to be treated with sclerotherapy, an injectable treatment that is considered the gold standard for eliminating larger spider veins. We might also select Veinwave to eliminate veins in hard-to-reach areas, such as around the knees or ankles. Veinwave tends to be the first choice for facial veins in most cases and is exceptionally efficient in addressing the symptoms associated with rosacea.

What can I expect at my treatment session?

Veinwave does not require any anesthesia and can be performed in just a few minutes in our office. The device uses a very small needle, inserted into the applicator, to penetrate the outermost layers of the dermis without touching the vein to be treated. The needle allows for the delivery of the thermal energy to the area surrounding the vessel, coagulating it so it collapses. Because the needle is encased in a sheath, the heat does not damage surrounding vessels and tissues. Once the treated vein is sealed closed, blood will be automatically rerouted to healthy veins nearby.

Patients can often see the vein disappear during the procedure. Veinwave is not usually accompanied by any significant pain, although some patients experience mild discomfort when the needle goes in and the energy is delivered. This procedure is very quick, treating an extended area of a vessel in just a few minutes in our office.

Is there a recovery period?

After your Veinwave treatment, you should be able to resume your daily routine right away since no anesthesia is used during the procedure. The skin in the treatment area might be slightly red, but this side effect should not be noticeable to others and will subside within a matter of hours afterward. Patients do not typically experience significant discomfort after a Veinwave session that would keep them from their regular activities, including their workout regimen.

What type of results should I expect?

While you will likely see the treated vein begin to disappear during your session, the results will continue to improve in the days following your appointment. The heat emitted from the device coagulates the vessel, which causes it to collapse quickly. However, it may take some time for the treated vein to be completely reabsorbed by the body, which explains why full results might not be immediately visible.

In most cases, just a single treatment with Veinwave will eliminate the spider vein. However, many of our patients opt for more than one treatment session to fully eliminate the visible veins, or treat multiple veins and locations. Once spider veins are gone, they are gone forever. However, additional spider veins may form in the same area, which would necessitate another treatment to maintain your clear, positive results.

Veinwave is an optimal choice for treating small superficial spider veins appearing on the face, legs or other areas of the body. Larger spider veins and varicose veins can also be eliminated through other nonsurgical methods that involve little discomfort and downtime afterward. To learn more about Veinwave or other vein treatments currently available, contact Advanced Vein & Vascular Center today at 610-687-5347.

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