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Facial Spider Vein Treatment in St Louis

Facial Spider Vein Treatment in St Louis

We provide an array of vein treatments in St Louis for problematic vein conditions. Whether it’s collapsing large varicose veins that could result in medical complications in the future or erasing the appearance of smaller spider veins, a comprehensive solution to vein treatment is a safe and effective route to dealing with vein issues. For many, the appearance of facial spider veins can cause a lot of personal and daily distress. While not life-threatening, these spider veins show up most visibly on the face and cheeks, making them difficult to disguise without the use of makeup. Fortunately, there is an extremely safe, quick and effective solution to treating facial spider veins that can be done right in the office as an outpatient procedure. VeinWave makes the removal of facial spider veins fast and painless.

Watch VeinWave Easily Treat Facial Veins

While many patients will have sclerotherapy recommended when it comes to treating problematic veins, facial spider veins that can potentially appear elsewhere on the body as well are too small to be affected by this procedure. VeinWave is the ultimate solution when dealing with small vessels that appear on the surface of the skin. Directing radiofrequency waves towards tiny veins as a means to closing them, VeinWave works quickly and leaves patients free of side effects.

Dr. Thomas Wright at the St. Louis Vein Treatment Center was one of the first 40 vein surgeons in the country to introduce this innovative solution to patients suffering from facial spider veins and has since successfully treated hundreds of patients in the St. Louis area.

Unsightly red cheek veins are simple to get rid of
Veinwave treatment for red face veins before and after Actual Patient – Individual Results May Vary

VeinWave: Treat Red Face and Nose Veins

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While spider veins on the face and nose are a common occurrence, their prominent placement can make them extremely distressing for individuals on whom they appear. In the past, many patients were treated using lasers or lights and ran a high risk of suffering burns or scarring on the delicate areas that were being treated. In the hopes of finding a solution that would offer a no-risk approach with successful results, VeinWave was developed. Quick and painless, this method was built around the knowledge that small, surface level veins must be treated drastically differently than larger veins.

The vein treatment itself is minimally invasive and takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes in the office. Upon arrival, the physician will clean the area to be treated with a disinfectant and will inject an extremely thin needle under the skin next to the problematic spider veins. High-frequency waves are pulsed through the needle, which subsequently heat the veins to a point they can no longer withstand and ultimately, they are collapsed and closed. The precision of these waves allows for surrounding tissue to remain unaffected during the procedure. The minimal size of the needle means that patients don’t require the use of a local anesthetic and at most will feel a small pinch on the surface of the skin at the point of injection. In many cases, a bandage is not even required post-procedure and the majority of patients will only require a single vein treatment to see visible and positive results.

Results and Recovery

This simple and effective laser allows patients to resume normal everyday activities immediately following treatment. Without having to deal with the hassle of bandages that require changing or any downtown, patients find great freedom in choosing this treatment method that gets them back to their daily lives quickly. While the risk of scarring or burns is eliminated with the use of VeinWave, patients may experience a bit of redness around the treated area that generally disappears within 1-2 weeks.

Because VeinWave collapses spider veins with waves, the results are both instantaneous and permanent. For those who have suffered with an amount of self-consciousness due to extensive facial spider veins, this can be an enormous emotional relief. Additionally, those who receive facial treatments will not need to worry about post-procedural bruising or pain.

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Bright nose or cheek veins are eliminated in office with no downtime

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Veinwave Results Angled View

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Veinwave Results Side View


Spider Vein Treatment In St Louis

While VeinWave is celebrated as a premium solution for treating facial spider veins, it’s equally effective at treating small vessels that show up on other parts of the body. Many patients come to the St. Louis Vein Treatment Center in search of solutions for diminishing or removing the appearance of these same spider veins on the ankles or knees. Similarly, patients who struggle with the appearance of cherry angiomas, which look similar to dark pink moles, will find that VeinWave is a successful method for removal as well. No matter where these spider veins or small blemishes appear, the team at the St. Louis Vein Treatment Center provide patients with the skills and expertise required to utilize VeinWave for the most successful results possible. Be sure to check with your insurance company to see if our vein treatment in St. Louis services are covered under your plan. While the treatment of spider veins is generally categorized as cosmetic, those who suffer from additional venous conditions may find coverage readily available.


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? It’s 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? It’s 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 St. Louis 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. Now 23 weeks, I 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!

– D.B.