Veinwave, a relatively new treatment approved by the FDA in 2009, is effective in reducing the appearance of spider and varicose veins in the hands. Unfortunately, not every individual who suffers from varicose or spider veins is a good candidate for this type of procedure. Asking the following questions will help you determine if you are a good candidate for this type of hand vein treatment.
Do I Suffer from Any Pre-Existing Medical Conditions?
Veinwave is a safe procedure, but people with certain pre-existing medical conditions should consider finding another type of treatment for their varicose or spider veins.
People with the following conditions should consult with their vein doctors to determine if Veinwave is right for them. Those conditions including:
- Any bleeding disorder
- Cardiac problems, especially those that require a pacemaker
If you suffer from any of these types of conditions, it is important to discuss it with your vein doctor during your consultation. While Veinwave might not be appropriate, other alternative hand vein treatment options may be available.
What Type of Budget Do You Have for Vein Treatment?
Even though Veinwave has successfully treated thousands of cases of spider and varicose veins, it is still considered by many insurance companies to be a cosmetic procedure. Classifying this procedure as cosmetic means, most insurance companies will not pay for it. This leaves patients with the burden of paying for the procedure out of pocket.
Veinwave treatments will vary in cost depending on how many sessions are needed and what area is being treated. Typically, a single session of Veinwave treatment administered by a professional at a vein clinic will cost anywhere from $400 to $800.
How Large are the Veins that Need to be Treated? Are They Varicose or Spider Veins?
While Veinwave can be used to treat both varicose and spider veins, it has more success in treating spider veins than varicose veins. Spider veins react better to the Veinwave treatment because they are smaller.
The smaller size of the spider veins makes it easier for the heat used during the treatment to close the vessels. It is the closing of the vessels with heat that reduces their appearance. Having larger varicose veins does not mean Veinwave cannot be used. It means other treatment options should be explored, as they may produce better results.
Overall, Veinwave is a very effective procedure for eliminating the appearance of spider and varicose veins. However, like all hand vein treatment options, it is important to make sure it is right for your unique situation. Schedule an appointment at the Vein & Vascular Institute in Voorhees, New Jersey, to discuss Veinwave with an experienced vein doctor.