We are excited offer our patients Veinwave™ treatment for small spider veins of the legs and face. Veinwave is a new, FDA approved technology to treat facial spider veins. Widely used in Europe, it has become the “gold standard” for eliminating these tiny veins. Veinwave works by transmitting high frequency thermal energy through a fine probe, causing the vein wall to collapse without damaging surrounding tissue. Until Veinwave, no totally effective and safe treatment for face spider veins was available. Laser has been used but is expensive, painful, can cause burns and scars, and is of limited benefit for these veins. The discomfort experienced with Veinwave is mimimal. It is equally effective in both light and dark skinned individuals. No bandaging is needed. The procedure is sage, and no sun exposure issues or limitations are present. After a few days, small micro-crusts like a cat scratch will appear over the treated area. This is normal and will disappear after several weeks on their own.
Patients can return to normal activities immediately after a 15-20 minute session. In most cases two or three treatments, six weeks apart, are required to obtain maximum benefit.
The most exciting application for Veinwave™ is in the treatment of fine, red vessels complicating the condition rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that that produces intense redness of the cheeks and nose in both men and women. Obstructed pores trap bacteria and inflammation results. Spider veins develop as a response to that inflammation. Therefore, before treating the spider veins, we first treat the obstructed pores with a medicated gel, azaleic acid, applied to the face twice daily.
In our society, having red nose and cheek veins is often thought to indicate alcoholism. This is simply not true. Though alcohol can worsen their appearance, it does not actually cause spider veins. In women, estrogen use and pregnancy contribute to the problem, as does too much exposure to the sun.
To say Veinwave is a revolutionary breakthrough is not an overstatement. It is the absolute best and most effective way to treat small veins of the nose and face. Prior to the availability of this device, these tiniest of veins were the most frustrating and difficult to treat. Now they are the easiest! See video above.
For leg spider veins, Veinwave works best when used with sclerotherapy. Larger spider veins are treated first with injections. Veinwave is then used to treat any tiny veins that may remain. The advantage to Veinwave treatment is that compression stockings need not be worn afterwards. It should be noted that up to ten percent of patients complaining only of spider veins will have saphenous vein reflux. Ideally this should be corrected first (with VNUS Closure endovenous ablation) before the smaller veins are treated.
Dr. Conti will evaluate YOUR special circumstance and recommend the specific treatment best for you.