Veinwave is a new procedure that uses thermocoagulation to safely and effectively treat spider veins (telangiectasia) anywhere on the body. The procedure was developed by vascular surgeons as a way to treat very tiny veins that cannot be treated with sclerotherapy — which can involve risks of burning and scarring when treated with lasers. Veinwave can also be used to treat veins in difficult-to-treat locations, including the face, ankles, and knees. The treatment relies on thermocoagulation to heat and close vessels instantly, in a procedure that takes less than 15 minutes to perform and involves no downtime.

Who is a candidate for Veinwave?

Any adult man or woman in good general health who has thin spider veins, the tangled, thread-like veins also known as “telangiectasia,” and who is looking for a quick procedure with no downtime, can be an excellent candidate for the Veinwave procedure.

Veinwave is ideally suited to treat spider veins wherever they may occur, including delicate areas where other treatments may not be suitable. Areas that can be treated include:

  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Face

Veinwave is not recommended for the following individuals:

  • Those who are epileptic
  • Individuals with bleeding disorders
  • Men and women with pacemakers
  • Pregnant women

How is the procedure performed?

After cleaning the injection site, your specialist will use a very fine, insulated needle to administer the treatment subepidermally but without piercing the vessel itself. Tiny vessels will be destroyed and disappear quickly. Most procedures take between 10 and 15 minutes to perform, and no bandages are required following the procedure.

Because the Veinwave procedure uses a very, very fine needle, most patients don't experience pain during the procedure, though some report a feeling similar to a brief pin-prick.

While many men and women are successfully treated with only one treatment, others may require two or three treatments to achieve optimal results.

There is a very small risk of scarring, although this risk is less than the risk associated with other vein procedures.

What is the recovery like?

There is no downtime associated with the Veinwave procedure. Men and women treated with Veinwave can resume their normal activities immediately after their procedure. In addition, no bandages are required.

Most men and women return to work and other normal activities immediately after their procedure.

When will I begin to see results?

With the Veinwave system, you will see results immediately following your treatment, as tiny veins close and begin to disappear. Results will continue to improve over the next few days following your procedure.

Treatment of spider veins with the Veinwave system is permanent: once your veins are treated successfully with the Veinwave system, you will no longer be bothered by them.

What are the advantages of Veinwave over other procedures?

Veinwave offers many advantages over other procedures used to treat spider veins and telangiectasia, including:

  • Less pain
  • No bruising
  • No downtime
  • Ability to treat areas like knees, ankles and face
  • High degree of safety

In addition, the Veinwave procedure is also faster than comparable treatments.

Insurance and costs

Most insurance companies consider spider vein treatments to be cosmetic and do not offer coverage. In some cases, however, spider vein procedures may be covered, especially when they occur with more problematic varicose veins. To determine whether or not your procedure will be covered, be sure to contact your insurance company directly.

The cost of your Veinwave treatment will vary based on the extent of the area being treated, but generally will range from $400 to $800 per session.

Reviewed February 9, 2017

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