Veinwave treatment is a non-invasive, virtually painless micro thermal coagulation procedure to remove smaller thread veins (also known as ‘spider’ veins). This treatment is different to sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation, which are used on larger varicose veins.
Does Veinwave treatment work?
Veinwave treatment is considered one of the most effective therapies for treating smaller thread or spider veins, most commonly found on the face. Results are often clearly visible almost immediately and improve over the next couple of days.
Due to its effectiveness, most doctors would recommend Veinwave over laser treatment for removing thread veins.
How should I prepare for Veinwave treatment?
If you are interested in the Veinwave procedure, the first step will be to schedule a consultation. This should take about 30 minutes, during which time we will talk you through your options and select the right treatment for you.
If you choose to go ahead with the procedure, you will be given a duplex ultrasound scan in order to accurately locate the region to be treated.
Before the procedure, you may wish to talk to your doctor in case there is anything they feel you should avoid.
The Veinwave Procedure
Before the Veinwave procedure begins, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area we will be treating, as well as a cooling agent to protect the surrounding tissue.
A fine needle is inserted into the vein for accurate application, targeting only the affected vein while leaving the surrounding tissue untouched and unaffected. Microwave energy is then released which causes the vein to close and eventually become reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
The procedure usually lasts between 30-40 minutes, with no overnight stay and so virtually no ‘downtime’ required. This means that you can immediately resume your usual activities after the treatment.
We will schedule a follow-up consultation to ensure that your veins are properly closed. You may need to return for further sessions depending on the severity and number of thread veins being treated.
What should I expect after the procedure?
There is little aftercare required following Veinwave. While most patients feel comfortable driving straight away, some prefer to have someone drive them home following the treatment. If you’re likely to spend time outside in the 48 hours following the procedure, ensure you use a good sunscreen with a high level of protection.
The effects of Veinwave treatment may be seen immediately, though it can take up to 5-6 weeks for all signs of the thread veins and treatment to fade.
How much does Veinwave treatment cost?
A detailed breakdown of all of our treatments can be found on our pricing pages here.
For the initial consultation there is a fee of £135. During this session we will explain the procedure thoroughly and ensure that you are comfortable going forward.
The Veinwave treatment sessions themselves cost of £395 each. In some cases, treatment for finer facial veins can be carried out during one session. But as a guide, facial thread veins usually require 1-3 treatments. We recommend a 6-8 week break between sessions.
Where Can I get Veinwave treatment?
More detailed information on how to get in touch with us can be found on our contact page.
Our clinic provides Veinwave treatment, sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation and is located on Harley Street in London, UK. We are a 2 minute walk from Regent’s Park tube station on the Bakerloo line, and a 5-minute walk from Great Portland Street Station on the Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who will perform the Veinwave treatment?
All of our procedures are carried out by one of our medical professionals.
Are there any potential side effects?
While Veinwave is very safe, as with any procedure there are associated risks. You may experience bruising, tenderness or redness after your treatment. Any discomfort can be managed using over the counter pain medication.
In very rare cases patients experience some slight staining of the skin that may not clear up over time.
Is Veinwave available on the NHS?
The NHS generally does not cover Veinwave therapy, as varicose or thread vein treatments are largely considered to be cosmetic, although certain constituencies might make exceptions. Contact your GP for further information on the options in your area.
Does Veinwave treatment hurt?
This is a common question from patients, but the good news is that the procedure is almost completely painless. You will most likely feel a little pinch or scratch, similar to the sensation of a vaccination or a hair being pulled out.
How soon after Veinwave treatment will I see results?
You will most likely see a difference straight away, although there is a chance that the veins will appear irritated immediately after the procedure. However, any inflammation will soon pass.
Am I suitable for Veinwave treatment?
If you have spider/thread veins, then Veinwave is most likely for you. It is not usually used for larger varicose veins. Please visit our sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation pages for more options.
We advise against undergoing Veinwave treatment if you are pregnant, have epilepsy, have an infectious skin condition, have a pacemaker, take anticoagulants or are currently using skin products such as fake tan.
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