Nobody who has spider veins is happy about it. Squiggly blue and red lines that are visible to the naked eye make a person feel like they're rapidly aging, to the point of having translucent and fragile skin. If you're tired of looking at thin veiny squiggles on your legs, VeinGogh might be the solution you've been looking for.

Uses for VeinGogh

The VeinGogh technique is FDA approved for treating vascular lesions including spider veins and telangiectasia on the legs.

This technique is a convenient and practically painless cosmetic solution for those who have spider veins they're looking to remove. Because of the small size of the probe that is inserted into the vein during treatment, the discomfort you will experience is minimal. Many patients have said it feels like a small pinch, and similar to having a single hair removed.

Adult patients who are generally considered to be in good health, with spider veins up to 0.3 mm in diameter are the best candidates for the VeinGogh technique. It is especially effective in treating tiny, reddish veins, which are too small to inject for sclerotherapy. It is not designed to treat the feeder veins or large, deep vessels, which are generally found in the legs.

The procedure

The VeinGogh procedure delivers a high frequency (4 MHz) current to the vein being treated via an insulated probe that is as thin as a human hair.

The current is called peak wave modulation, which is delivered as a microburst. A VeinGogh specialist (which can be a trained medical staff member under the supervision of a practicing physician) manages the treatment through the ease of the autopulse feature, which allows them to focus on treatment while the microburst does the pulsing on its own.

VeinGogh is unique in that it uses Ohmic Thermolysis to deliver the pulse. Once delivered, the microburst heats the selected vein. This causes the blood to coagulate and collapse the vein wall. The collapsed vein is no longer functional and is reabsorbed by the body, which makes it no longer visible.

Treatment time ranges from one minute for smaller areas up to 20 to 25 minutes for a more extensive area.

Complications of the VeinGogh technique are almost non-existent, in most cases. The most common post-treatment result being a chance of mild redness and a very small risk of scarring.

Recovery and follow-up

Patients return to normal activities quickly after undergoing the VeinGogh technique. There is no specific downtime, and no bandages are required.

With the proper treatment, the treated veins should not recur after undergoing this procedure. It is important to note that new veins can develop in the treated or surrounding area, which can require further treatment. This is true of any type of vein treatment, especially as collateral circulation develops around the area.

While only one treatment is usually required to treat a specific area, some providers suggest a follow-up "touch-up" treatment, depending upon the severity of the condition or area being treated.

The results are seen immediately although continuous improvement can be seen over ensuing weeks as the treated vessel is absorbed.

Reviewed February 9, 2017

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