Telangiectasia, or spider veins, is a condition characterized by clusters of small veins just below the surface of the skin. As the “spider veins” name suggests, it often looks like a spider’s web. Although telangiectasia is usually harmless, it can indicate a serious condition.
What is the VeinGogh™ Procedure?
The VeinGogh™ procedure is a medical treatment for eradicating telangiectasia. It can also be used to treat rosacea, skin tags and cherry angiomas. It is a relatively new procedure that is often used to treat veins that are too small to be treated through laser ablation or sclerotherapy.
What Does the VeinGogh™ Procedure Involve?
This treatment is an outpatient procedure that is performed in our office. The doctor uses a special tool to insert a thin fiber into the affected vein. The tool is attached to a machine that produces “micro-bursts” of high-frequency (4 MHZ) energy that is delivered through the fiber into the spider vein. That energy heats the vein and makes it collapse. The body eventually absorbs it, and the blood is rerouted through a healthy vein.
The tool delivers the heat very precisely, so there is no damage to neighboring tissues. The VeinGogh™ procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the treatment area. Many patients may need more than one treatment to get the desired results.
The patient may feel a “pinch” when the doctor inserts the fiber into the vein. Some patients have compared the sensation to that of having a hair pulled. The doctor may use an icepack before and during the procedure to keep the patient’s skin cool.
What is the Recovery Like?
The patient may resume their normal activities immediately after undergoing the procedure. They will not need any stitches or bandages. The results of the treatment are immediately apparent, but more improvement can be seen over the weeks as the body absorbs the spider veins.
While the treated veins are gone for good, further telangiectasia can develop, and it may even develop in the same place. The patient will, therefore, have to work with our doctor to try to prevent new spider veins from appearing.
Who is a Good Candidate for the VeinGogh™ Procedure?
This procedure is designed for patients with small spider veins. It is not designed to treat deep veins or feeder veins. The VeinGogh™ procedure can be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy, which can be used to treat larger veins.
The VeinGogh™ procedure can be used on most any part of the body, including the face. The ideal candidate will be a patient in overall good health. However, the best way to determine your candidacy for treatment is to visit The Vein Center in Mount Pleasant. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.