Spider vein treatment
7 Healthcast: Spider vein treatment
Markels Roberts was anxious to try a new FDA approved treatment called Veinwave, which claims to make the spider veins instantly disappear.
"I have very minor spots on my legs but mostly I have these tiny little red veins right here and I've had them lasered twice and they came right back," said Markels Roberts. "It's exciting. I'll believe it when I see it."
And that's just what vascular surgeon Dr. Anthony Carabasi is saying that people can actually see the veins vanish right before their eyes.
"For many of the very small veins and particularly in the nasal area, the results are instantaneous. The vein goes away like an eraser just erasing the vein," Dr. Carabasi claims.
Veinwave works by delivering radio frequency heat right into the blood vessels.
"You place the needle over the target area, press the foot pedal which delivers a small dose of radio frequency energy over the vein and that damages the veins," said Dr. Carabasi.
After the procedure, Roberts face was a little red, which doctors say will go away after a few hours. The veins on the other hand, are gone for good.
Roberts was pleased with the outcome, "Wow, you did all the areas that bother me and more."
Linda Boss opted for Veinwave to get rid of the spider veins on her legs that were driving her crazy.
"It's new and it's working really well," said Boss.
Veinwave costs between $300 and $500 per treatment.
Some people have reported a little discomfort from the tiny needle pricks, but say the pain isn't too bad.
Doctors say Veinwave can be used on any complexion, and while it works wonders on tiny spider veins, they say it's not designed to treat larger varicose veins.
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