What is Veinwave?
Veinwave is a revolutionary new procedure for the treatment of spider veins anywhere they may occur on the body. Using microwave energy via a tiny needle, Veinwave is safely able to target locations like the knees and face that are either too bony or too sensitive to be treated with traditional techniques like sclerotherapy. Thermogcoagulation is used to heat and seal shut veins immediately, without the use of lasers that can burn or scar the skin. After being used for years in Europe, Veinwave is finally available in the US for safe, effective, minimally invasive spider vein treatment.
Who should consider Veinwave as a treatment option?
Because Veinwave is minimally invasive, it may be a great choice for anyone who doesn’t have time for a long recovery process. If you are suffering from spider veins or telangiectasia (thin, tangled veins similar to spider veins), are in good health, and are looking for a procedure that can provide instant results, you may be a good candidate for Veinwave.
What areas can Veinwave treat?
Many treatment options for spider veins are not safe for use on delicate areas, but Veinwave is able to successfully treat veins anywhere on the body, including:
Who should not receive Veinwave treatments?
Veinwave may not be a safe option for patients who:
• Are epileptic
• Have bleeding disorders
• Wear pacemakers
• Are pregnant
How does Veinwave work?
A special insulated needle will be injected into the spider vein that needs treatment, and the needle will act as a catalyst for the microwave energy that flows through the needle, breaking down and eliminating the visible vessels. A typical treatment of one injection can treat up to 18 to 20 inches of vessels in as many minutes—with no recovery time, bandages, or anesthetic required.
Does it hurt?
Due to the fact that Veinwave is administered through a very tiny needle, the procedure is almost painless for most patients.
What can I expect from the recovery process?
Because it is minimally-invasive, no anesthetic, bandages, recovery time or restrictions are required before or after your Veinwave treatment, so you can begin enjoying your results immediately.
When will results be visible?
Results can be seen immediately, and improve over time as the blood flow to the targeted veins stops and they fade into the surrounding tissue.
What will the results be like long-term?
One of the best parts of the Veinwave treatment is that the troublesome veins that are treated will never return: once a vein is treated, it disappears permanently.
Are there any risks?
As with any injection, there is a small risk of infection, and very few patients may experience scarring although the likelihood of this is far less than what is associated with many other procedures.
How many sessions will I need?
Depending on the amount of veins you would like to have treated, full results may require two to three treatments, but many people enjoy full results after just one treatment.
When can I get back to work?
Almost all patients resume their normal daily activities right after treatment.
How does Veinwave compare to other procedures?
There are many benefits to using Veinwave instead of other treatments, including:
• Less pain
• No bruising
• Fast treatment time
• No downtime
• Ability to treat areas like knees, ankles and face
• High degree of safety
Is Veinwave approved for use in the U.S.?
Veinwave was recently approved for the safe removal of spider veins and telangiectasia in the U.S. by the FDA, after years of success treating patients in Europe.
Will insurance cover Veinwave?
It is best to contact your personal insurance carrier on this matter, because many companies consider spider vein removal to be a cosmetic procedure not medically necessary. However, if spider veins are treated in conjunction with varicose veins your procedure may be covered.
What are the costs associated with Veinwave?
Veinwave treatments cost from $400 to $800 for each session, though that number can vary based on the size of the treatment area and your practitioner’s particular fees.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By OnlineSurgery.com Staff
Updated: July 31, 2009