Unsightly tiny thread and facial spider veins can appear on body and on the face, where they can cause self-consciousness. Noses and cheeks may be affected by these tiny, annoying red lines. Many people think there is no remedy but makeup — but these facial veins are very easy to treat with an in-office procedure that spells no downtime and effectively removes these annoyances. Read on to learn more about our facial spider vein treatment, St. Louis preferred!
Watch VeinWave Treat Facial Veins
Vein specialists treat those small veins on the face and body that can’t be treated with sclerotherapy, quickly and without pain using the VeinWave, which safely delivers radiofrequency to these tiny veins and closes them up. Dr. Thomas Wright was proud to be one of the first 40 vein surgeons in the country to introduce this innovative new solution, VeinWave, to his patients. He has successfully treated hundreds and hundreds of patients with this effective and painless solution.
VeinWave: Treat Red Face and Nose Veins
VeinWave was developed by a vascular surgeon as a way to treat very tiny veins on the surface of the skin that cannot be treated with sclerotherapy. It uses radio waves pulsed directly to the desired area, so vein treatment is quick and pain-free. The other options for treating these tiny veins, laser and light treatments, risk burning and scarring the area around the vessel, which are not risks with VeinWave treatment.
Remove Veins on Face, Ankles — Even Knees!
VeinWave can also be used to treat veins in prominent and difficult-to-treat locations, such as the face, ankles, and knees. The treatment takes less than 15 minutes to perform and involves no downtime. Any adult man or woman in good general health who has thin spider veins, or tangled, thread-like veins known as “telangiectasia,” is a good candidate for this treatment. The small red dots known as “cherry angiomas” that look like little dark pink moles are easy to remove, too. One treatment is usually sufficient to close visible veins; sometimes a second treatment is necessary for larger clusters.
If you’re interested in our Veinwave St. Louis treatment, call today! We’ll make sure to provide you with the best facial spider vein treatment in St. Louis!
Actual Patient – Individual Results May Vary
Bright nose or cheek veins are eliminated in office with no downtime
Actual Patient – Individual Results May Vary
Veinwave Results Angled View
Actual Patient – Individual Results May Vary
Veinwave Results Side View
I have hyperpigmentation after veinwave, and I’ve used fadeout creams but seen no improvement. Is this common? What can be done to improve the hyperpigmentation?
Yes, the Veinwave rarely can cause hyperpigmentation. If this does occur, it is almost always a very small area that will resolve in a few weeks to months. Much more commonly, the Veinwave can frequently cause a dark spot in the vein that it closes. This is the result of microthombi or tiny clot that occurs when the vein is closed. This will go away in a few weeks’ time.
I have some spider “purple” little veins in the penis. Can those veins be treated with veinwave or other treatments?Purple veins on the penis are not abnormal and I would not recommend treating them with the Veinwave.
Can I have a Veinwave treatment if I have 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.
Who is a candidate for VeinWave?Any adult man or woman in good general health who has thin spider veins, or tangled, thread-like veins known as “telangiectasia,” and who is looking for a quick procedure with no downtime, can be an excellent candidate for the Veinwave procedure.
Who is not a good candidate for VeinWave?Those who are epileptic, have bleeding disorders, have pacemakers or pregnant women are not ideal candidates for VeinWave treatments.
I’m not sure what I need, what would you recommend for veins that are showing up in my cheeks?There are several options available . The old standby is the Lyra or KTP laser. It works, but it can take several treatments and it hurts.The Veinwave which use Radio Waves works as well or better and is more comfortable. IPL, Intense Pulsed Light, can help for veins but only on the smallest veins . IPL also can help with skin pigment.
Is there a limit to the size of vein that Veinwave can treat?Yes , the Veinwave is only effective on the smallest red veins. It doesn’t work that well on larger purple/blue veins.
What makes the VeinWave unique?VeinWave is an entirely different treatment than laser ablation. Ablation is done for patients with varicose veins, and is used to seal closed the underlying main vein that is causing the problem which leads to the superficial varicose veins. VeinWave is a new treatment, specifically for spider veins only, and is limited to just the smallest, fine, tiny veins that cannot be treated by injection sclerotherapy. It uses tiny pulse of radiowaves to treat these tiny little vessels, but cannot be used on larger veins.
How many sessions are needed with Veinwave?While most patients are treated successfully with one treatment, other may need two or three to achieve optimal results.
I have moderate Rosacea and have heard that VeinWave can help with this.Rosacea causes pimples, skin irritation and tiny vessels to appear on the face. The Veinwave is very good at treating the tiny red vessels on the face caused by Rosacea but it doesn’t help the acne and skin irritation.
How much does Veinwave cost and will insurance cover it?Because most insurance companies consider spider vein treatments cosmetic they will not cover this procedure. The cost of your Veinwave treatment will vary based on the extent of the area being treated, but generally will range from $400 to $500 per session.
Is it necessary to wear compression hose after a Veinwave treatment?Is is never necessary to wear any compression garments.
How precise is the Veinwave treatment?VeinWave is very precise. The tiny probe that touches the skin is only 0.002 to 0.003 inches and is micro-insulated to protect the surrounding tissue.
What are the risks of Veinwave?There is a small risk of scarring, although minimal and much less than risks associated with other vein procedures.
How does the treated area look after Veinwave?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 “mirco-scabs” will flake away over the next few days. In some cases, they 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.
What types of veins is the VeinWave an ideal treatment for?VeinWave treatment is best for the reddish and very fine bluish veins on the face and body.Thread veins vary in type, size and color, ranging from fine red ones to larger purple or deeper blue veins. Not to be confused with varicose veins, thread veins are usually very near the skin’s surface and under 2mm wideVeinwave is not suitable for treating varicose veins or the larger veins which are best treated with endovenous laser treatments and or sclerotherapy.
Is VeinWave FDA approved? Is it safe to use in the U.S.?Yes , the Veinwave is FDA approved. It was approved in July of 2009 and it is quite safe.
I have tried Sclerotherapy and have been told laser will not work because of possible darkening of skin. Is the veinwave a good alternative?The Veinwave does not cause hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin. The Veinwave may be a good option but it is only effective for very small veins.
Is the Veinwave procedure painful?When using a very, very fine needle during the procedure, patients tend to feel virtually no pain. Some patients have reported a feeling similar to a tiny, brief pin-prick.
I have a small blue vein under my eye. It is becoming more noticeable. Can the Veinwave be used safely to remove this vein?Bluish veins are usually too large to be treated effectively with a Veinwave. Without seeing it, I cannot be sure. The Veinwave can be used near the eye but it tends to be a bit more painful. You should seek evaluation by a physician experienced with Veinwave to advise you the best course of treatment.
I had VeinWave two days ago and now my skin is crusty and flaking around the treatment area. Should I be concerned?It’s not uncommon for you to have a small amount of swelling like a tiny mosquito bite where the skin was treated with the VeinWave. In people who have very sensitive skin there can be some peeling/flaking a day or two after but, that is not common.
Is Veinwave used to treat spider veins?The Veinwave is a new treatment for spider veins. It was approved in 2009 for the treatment of small spider veins all over the body. For the smallest veins it is often the most affordable treatment and it offers the immediate results.
Does the Veinwave work on rosacea?The Veinwave has been widely used outside the USA for rosacea, but has not yet been cleared by the FDA for this. 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 the severity of the disease state.
How does the Veinwave work?The Veinwave 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 together.)
What is the VeinWave?Veinwave works using radio waves that are pulsed directly to the desired area, so vein treatment is quick and pain free.
Is the association between Varicose Veins and pregnancy because of the weight gained during pregnancy? Or are there other factors involved?During the first trimester of pregnancy, hormones are released that cause relaxation of veins. This promotes blood to go in the wrong direction (reflux) which may cause varicose veins. The fact that most varicose veins appear during the first trimester suggests that it has more to do with hormones than with weight gained.
I had a laser treatment done on a deep vein when I was 4 weeks pregnant and did not know I was. I am now 23 weeks and am nervous that the general anesthesia at such a early time in gestation will cause long term effects.I do not know how your procedure was done, but we never do laser ablation under general anesthesia. In our office it is done under local anesthesia, with perhaps a small dose of an oral sedative, and is very safe, even if one is pregnant. There definitely would be some risk to you and your fetus if you did, in fact, have general anesthesia, although for the life of me, I do not know why any physician would perform this procedure using such extreme anesthesia.
Are there complications during pregnancy after having EVLA? I had this surgery a year ago, then again 4 days ago because the first one was not successful. I would like to get pregnant in the next couple of months, but I’m worried about clots. Should I be, or are there other risks?There is no data as to the risk of pregnancy and EVLT. There is a risk of DVT with pregnancy and a risk with EVLT but that risk should be long over in the next couple of months. Ablating the reflux with the EVLT should actually decrease your risk of DVT in theory. I would strongly encourage you to where your compression stockings throughout your pregnancy in any event.
While pregnant with my first child I’ve developed a large number of spider veins on my legs/thighs. Are spider veins more prevalent during pregnancy? Do they go away after delivery? Can I get sclerotherapy while I’m pregnant?Sclerotherapy should be avoided during pregnancy. Spider veins may develop more rapidly during pregnancy and may subside some afterward though they usually will not disappear entirely. Wait until you and your baby are doing well and then see a phlebologist. Elastic support hose and compression stockings are a good idea during pregnancy to help keep up blood flowback to the heart from your legs.
Dr Wright and the staff at Laser Lipo and Vein Center are the BEST! I have had leg vein problems for years and have been to numerous doctors all over the St Louis area. Was still not happy with the results I had achieved with these other doctors. When I found the flyer/coupon for Laser Lipo and Vein Center I thought why not try one more. From my first visit to my last I am so pleased with the results! The staff and Dr Wright were knowledgeable, informative, and very caring about the procedures that were to be done which were basically painless! Besides my co-pymts my insurance covered it all! I would recommend him to all who are in need of the services they provide!