The VEINGOGH is the name of a specific radiofrequency machine designed to remove small superficial blood vessels on the skin.
WHY USE RADIOFREQUENCY?
Radiofrequency energy is basically electrical energy that is delivered in very high frequency bursts in the millions of cycles per second (called Mega Hertz or MHz). This energy is a very effective means of generating heat and the heat can be used for a large variety of medical applications including the treatment of spider veins.
WHICH LEG VEINS CAN BE TREATED BY RADIOFREQUENCY?
Radiofrequency technology can be used to treat leg veins in 2 ways
(1) Large Varicose Veins can be treated in a process called CLOSUREFAST. This involves using an Ultrasound scan to place a fine probe under the skins surface inside a large Varicose Vein. This is a walk in walk out procedure done in the clinic rooms with virtually no downtime that can treat Varicose Veins that previously would have needed surgery. For more information visit CLOSUREFAST.
(2) Small Spider veins can be treated by the VEINGOGH machine in a process called ‘Ohmic Thermolysis’ which refers to micro bursts of high frequency energy heating up and sealing off blood vessels on the surface of the skin. It is sometimes called Surface Radiofrequency to distinguish it from the use of Radiofrequency energy below the surface in CLOSUREFAST.
WHEN IS THE VEINGOGH BEST USED?
The VEINGOGH works best on small spider veins up to 0.3mm in size. It can be used anywhere on the skin but is mainly used on the face and the legs. When the VEINGOGH is used to treat leg spider veins it is usually used in conjunction with Sclerotherapy injections to target larger feeder veins.
WHAT DOES VEINGOGH TREATMENT INVOLVE?
A tiny hair thin probe is applied to the skins surface at small intervals to trace along the course of the spider vein. Short micro bursts of energy heat up the blood vessel to coagulate and collapse the vein wall. The time for treatment varies with the size of the area being treated and for leg veins can be 20-25 minutes if they are fairly extensive.
IS THE VEINGOGH PAINFUL?
The feeling is a pinch sensation likened to a hair being removed. Most people find it less painful than laser treatment.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER VEINGOGH?
Immediately after treatment the area can be red and some areas can be slightly swollen. A cold pack is applied for 10 minutes and then a soothing cream such as Centella or Aloe Vera is applied. Some skin redness can persist for several hours after treatment.
The procedure is a walk in walk out procedure and normal activities can be resumed immediately afterwards. It is advisable to avoid very strenuous exercise or swimming for 48 hours as the skin can be slightly sensitive. Small crusts like a cat scratch can appear on the skin as the body breaks down the treated spider veins and these should not be picked or removed but allowed to flake off. Sun tanning should be avoided until the skin has fully recovered which can take 1-2 weeks.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS?
Typically 2-3 treatments may be needed but it does vary with the size of the area being treated and the level of improvement desired. For the best results with treating leg spider veins the VEINGOGH is used in combination with Sclerotherapy. Usually the larger feeding leg veins are treated first with Sclerotherapy then any remaining small spider veins can be removed with the VEINGOGH.
WHAT IS THE COST OF VEINGOGH?
There is no Medicare rebate for VEINGOGH treatments of leg spider veins and the Government also charges GST of 10%. The usual cost of a VEINGOGH treatment is $363 ($330 + gst) per session.