Spider veins are a symptom of venous insufficiency, a common and often benign health issue that typically develops as a result of aging. Venous insufficiency occurs when the one-way valves responsible for preventing blood flow from flowing backward begin to fail, causing blood to pool in weakened veins. With blood unable to circulate properly, the affected veins gradually darken as trapped blood collects in smaller vessels located near the skin’s surface, creating patches of threadlike spider veins.
At Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, we offer a variety of effective and minimally invasive treatment options for targeting insufficient veins, including VeinGogh. VeinGogh is a precise and gentle treatment that can be used to eliminate spider veins and safely redirect blood flow to healthier veins. Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, our resident vein care expert, is excited to offer this advanced FDA-approved treatment option to his patients located in the Libertyville area.
How Does VeinGogh Work?
VeinGogh delivers microbursts of high-frequency energy to small blood vessels through a thin fiber about the width of a human hair. The energy coagulates blood and irritates the veins, causing them to collapse. The body then harmlessly absorbs the spider veins and redirects blood flow to healthier veins. Most patients undergo an average of one to three treatment sessions to achieve their desired results, and maintenance appointments may be necessary if the patient experiences recurrent venous insufficiency.
Because VeinGogh provides precise and gentle treatment, sensitive areas of the body can be treated without causing discomfort or creating lasting side effects. The energy emitted by the VeinGogh device is restricted to just the targeted area, leaving surrounding skin and tissue unaffected. As a result, adverse side effects are avoided and patients can receive treatment that requires no downtime or recovery.
The VeinGogh Procedure
During a VeinGogh treatment session, Dr. Rosenfeld will target unwanted spider veins and provide treatment as needed. Once the spider veins have been identified, Dr. Rosenfeld inserts the hair-width fiber of the VeinGogh handheld device into the insufficient vein and delivers microbursts of energy to seal the vein. Multiple sections of the vein will need to be sealed for effective treatment.
The VeinGogh procedure is relatively painless, and most patients find it to be comfortable without anesthesia or numbing cream. Each treatment session typically lasts less than 30 minutes and may be over in just a few minutes, although the duration of the appointment will vary depending on each patient’s needs. Following treatment, patients can immediately walk out of our office and resume all normal activities.
Recovery and Results
As a minimally invasive procedure, VeinGogh does not result in any serious side effects or a need for downtime. Most patients only experience minor redness in the treated area that dissipates a few hours after their appointment. In rare cases, temporary bruising or swelling may be visible. Moisturizer and aloe gel can be used to provide comfort and minimize skin redness, if necessary.
Results are visible during the treatment, as the energy emitted by the VeinGogh device immediately seals off the targeted veins. Results will improve with time as the body continues to absorb the treated veins and redirect blood flow to veins located deeper beneath the skin’s surface, out of sight. Following one to three treatment sessions, patients can enjoy clear, youthful legs and the dissolution of unsightly spider veins.
Results are long-lasting, and the treated spider veins will never return. However, venous insufficiency is often an ongoing health issue that may never be eliminated completely. Spider veins are the symptom of a larger blood flow issue stemming from feeder veins that cannot be targeted by VeinGogh. In order to create enduring results, Dr. Rosenfeld may opt to combine VeinGogh treatments with other vein therapies like sclerotherapy.
Preventing Spider Veins
While spider veins can never be prevented entirely, patients can make simple lifestyle changes to manage their ongoing venous insufficiency and maintain their results following VeinGogh treatments. Varicose and spider veins develop due to a decrease in blood flow, typically in the legs. The stretching of vein walls and weakening of one-way valves is often unavoidable due to aging but taking steps to improve circulation and blood flow can have a direct effect on the development of varicose and spider veins.
Living a sedentary lifestyle and sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time can decrease blood flow to the legs. Dr. Rosenfeld recommends that his patients exercise frequently or walk at regular intervals throughout the day to keep blood circulating. Compression therapy is another useful tool for preventing venous insufficiency and can provide a simple and cost-effective method for improving blood circulation.
The Advanced Vein & Laser Centre Advantage
At Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, Dr. Rosenfeld will deliver treatment for your varicose and spider veins while also recommending conservative therapies to prevent recurrence and maintain your results. If you suffer from unsightly spider veins and are interested in quick, painless treatment, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenfeld to learn about VeinGogh. Call Advanced Vein & Laser Centre today at 847-367-4040 to book your appointment.