What is Veinwave?
Veinwave is a revolutionary technique used to eliminate spider veins on the legs and fine thread veins known as telangiectasia.
Veinwave™ is a radiofrequency-desktop-device, which uses a pen-like needle holder into which an ultra-fine insulated needle is inserted. Utilizing the principle of thermocoagulation, this needle emits safe energy (regulated by a foot-pedal) via a uni-polar current at the needle-tip. The Veinwave™ system enables the practitioner to specifically target each individual vein for treatment. The technique involves a sub-epidermal (under the skin) insertion of the ultra-fine needle-tip along the length of the vein, but without penetration of the target vessel. A unique micro sheath surrounding the needle protects the skin from any trauma.
Thread veins, broken veins or telangiectasia, are the small red or blue spider-like veins that can appear at various sites on the body, most commonly on the face and legs. There are three main methods to treat thread veins:
Thermocoagulation is a procedure that causes damage to specific tissue by exposing the tissue to electric current. The current is confined to a limited region ensuring that the tissue damage caused by the thermocoagulation procedure is limited and under the control of the vascular specialist performing the procedure. Essentially, in thermocoagulation the targeted cells are heated with the current thus impairing function and causing them to die.
How does Veinwave work?
A special ultra-fine insulated needle is injected into the spider vein that needs treatment, and the needle acts as a catalyst for the microwave energy that flows through the needle thus breaking down and eliminating the visible vessels. The Veinwave is especially effective in treating those larger red or blue veins that appear on the nose.
How many treatments will I need?
Veinwave treatments are usually done in sessions of around 20 minutes. You may require multiple sessions usually spaced weekly, but the appropriate timing and likely number of treatments will be determined and explained to you during your consultation.
Is Veinwave permanent?
Once a vein has been successfully treated it cannot come back. However, it is possible for new thread veins to appear and these, too, can be treated.
Are there any side effects following treatment?
After a few days very small crusty areas like the marks from a cat scratch will appear in the area treated by Veinwave. This is normal and no special care is needed. These small crusty areas will disappear on their own.
What can I do after treatment?
Your vascular specialist will instruct you on your activities and limitations, which are few, but primarily you will immediately be able to resume every day activities, just avoid the sun for a couple of days or use heavy sunblock.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes, although pregnant or breast feeding women will be asked to postpone treatment.
What are the costs and will insurance cover Veinwave?
The cost will vary based on the size of the treatment area and the number of sessions required.
Many companies consider removal of these small spider veins, or thread veins, to be a cosmetic procedure and, therefore, are not covered by insurance. However, if spider veins are treated in conjunction with varicose veins, your procedure may be covered. We will work with you and provide documentation to your insurance company should treatment be considered medically necessary.
We hope the information on these pages is both informative and helpful, but it is intended for education only. Please do note that no web site, no matter how much information is shared, can replace a consultation with your doctor and a vascular specialist. Medical technology and treatment are continually improving and evolving so before making any decision on treatment, it is always advisable to see your doctor first for a comprehensive evaluation of your vascular disease and other medical conditions.
At the Vascular Center of Wichita Falls, we work closely with your other physicians. If you have concerns about your arteries or veins, contact us. A referral is not necessary to make an appointment.