New Treatment For Spider Veins: VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System
The Cardiovascular and Vein Center of Florida takes advantage of state of the art technology to help treat spider veins and telangiectasia, or thread veins. In addition to sclerotherapy and laser treatment, the Vein Center also performs a procedure known as ohmic thermolysis to reduce the appearance of spider veins and thread veins. This procedure has been especially useful for veins that have not responded well to other forms of treatment.
What is Ohmic Thermolysis?
Ohmic thermolysis utilizes electrical resistivity to get rid of unsightly spider veins and telangiectasia. A very thin probe is inserted into the vessel and microbursts of high-frequency energy (4 MHz) are then sent into the vein. These bursts of electrical energy create heat which causes the blood in the vein to coagulate and the vessel wall to collapse. The empty, collapsed vessel will then be absorbed by the body.
The Cardiovascular and Vein Center of Florida performs ohmic thermolysis with the VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System, which uses proprietary Microburst Technology™ for improved results. This system administers the electrical energy down toward the vessel, away from the outer layers of the skin, which helps to minimize scarring and discomfort. The pulsing of the Microburst Technology™ also helps to give the physician more control, minimizing the risk of damage and allowing for more accurate and consistent results. The pulse of electrical energy is controlled by a foot pedal that is attached to the hair-thin probe.
Unlike other vein treatment options, ohmic thermolysis can be performed on any skin type.
Results to Expect From Ohmic Thermolysis Vein Treatment
The heat created by the electrical energy causes the blood to coagulate and the veins to collapse instantly, meaning you will have noticeable results immediately after your treatment. In most cases, only a single session is needed to treat spider veins and telangiectasia.
This treatment is often preferred for very small spider veins or veins that have not responded to sclerotherapy and laser treatment. It can be used to treat spider veins or thread veins that have appeared on the cheeks, chin, nose, ankles, knees, and inner thighs. In addition to treating spider veins, ohmic thermolysis has also been used to successfully treat rosacea and red spots. A treatment session generally takes 20 to 25 minutes.
In most cases, ohmic thermolysis causes very little or no discomfort. Patients are usually able to resume normal activities immediately after a treatment session.