1. How long has the VeinwaveTM system been available?

The VeinwaveTM has been used in Europe for over 8 years where over 1000 physicians are enjoying the results every day.  The American regulatory body, the FDA recently cleared the Veinwave system.

2. How does the VeinwaveTM work?

The VeinwaveTM system uses an important collection of proprietary technologies to effectively thermocoagulate telangiectasia and spider veins. The process causes the blood vessels to heat up to a point where the vessel walls collapse. (This is similar to sucking the air out of a drinking straw and then gluing the inside walls together.)

3. Does the treatment hurt?

Some patients have a mild discomfort, but it is very tolerable — especially compared to electrolysis, laser, or intense pulsed light treatments. It is not necessary to use any anesthetic needed for the VeinwaveTM procedures. In fact, it is advised NOT to use anesthetics because they can cause undesired vasodilation (widening of the vessels).

4. How long until patients can resume normal activity?

Because the VeinwaveTM is not using photocoagulation (such as laser/light-based energy), the patient may immediately return to normal activity, including normal sun exposure. While you can apply makeup over the treated area, it is recommended that you do so lightly to enable the skin to breathe and recover.

5. How does the treated area look afterward?

Most vessels almost completely disappear immediately after treatment. Some people have a response that resembles a "cat scratch" — with pinkness which will quickly subside. The tiny "micro-scabs" will flake away over the next few days. In some cases, the may appear darker after treatment. This will dissolve by the same process (and over the same time) as a bruise resolving. In patients who have a history of strong flushing or histamine reactions, the doctor may use a topical steroid.

6. Is it necessary to wear compression hose or bandages as a result of a VeinwaveTM treatment?

It is never necessary to wear any compression garments.

7. Will this treat mattes of spider veins?

Absolutely! Some of the best results come from treating the mattes that were caused by sclerotherapy injections or similar treatments. The tiny vessels are difficult to treat with lasers and other technologies, but the Veinwave provides a very high level of patient satisfaction.

8. Is scarring a concern?

No, provided it is used by trained and qualified personnel.

9. Once an area has been fully treated, does the vein come back?

For the vessels that were correctly treated, the body's processes it as unwanted debris and it eventually dissolves/fades away (like a bruise). Your health, metabolism and other factors will dictate how long this takes. Although the coapted vessels are gone forever, this does not prevent new ones from forming.

10. Does the VeinwaveTM work on rosacea?

The Veinwave has been widely used in Europe for rosacea. The European physicians find the Veinwave is very successful at removing the symptoms of rosacea (removing the vascular areas), but not actually curing the disease. The number of treatment sessions depends on severity of the disease state.

11. How precise is the VeinwaveTM treatment?

The tiny probe that touches the skin is only 0.002 to 0.003 inches and is micro-insulated to protect the surrounding tissue.

12. Can I have a VeinwaveTM treatment if I have a sprayed-on suntan or makeup in the area being treated?

These should be discussed with your practitioner since there is a slight potential for an adverse effect.