Thermocoagulation is a minimally invasive technique used in the treatment of specific types of veins on the face or legs. Most patients find the treatment to be quick, with minimal discomfort. Thermocoagulation is used for spider veins that are too small for sclerotherapy or to be removed surgically. Appropriate veins include fine telangiectasia, small cherry angiomas, and veins that are resistant to intense pulse light (IPL) treatment.
A hair-thin probe is placed on the unsightly vein, and a microburst of high energy heats the vein, causing it to collapse.
Thermocoagulation can take 15 minutes to one hour.
Telangiectasia is a very common problem that develops from a range of factors, including age, hereditary, lifestyle and diet. These unsightly blemishes can appear on several visible areas including cheeks, chin, nose, ankles, knees, and inner thighs. VeinGogh is the newest technology available for treating these benign vascular abnormalities.
The VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System generates a tiny, regulated, high frequency current delivered to the vessel via a hair-thin probe. A “microburst” of energy selectively heats the vein, coagulating the blood and collapsing the vessel wall, which is quickly absorbed into the body. All this is accomplished without affecting the outer layers of the skin resulting in a quick return to normal daily activities.
VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System: superior solution for the treatment of fine telangiectasia, spider veins and small angiomas
The precise nature of the VeinGogh treatment limits the risk of over-treating, so there is little to no trauma to the skin. Following treatment, there will be some mild redness that usually lasts about 1-2 hours.
Depending mainly upon the size of the area, treatments can range from about a minute for minor lesions on the nose, and up to 20-25 minutes for a more extensive condition covering much of the face or legs.
Immediately. You will see continuous improvement over several weeks as the treated vessels are reabsorbed.
Generally only one treatment is necessary. However, depending on the specific condition, a follow-up treatment may be necessary.
In most patients, 30 minutes of thermocoagulation treatment will cover all of your face or a portion of a leg. This depends greatly on the severity of the problem and the size of the area being treated. During your appointment, we will be able to advise you if several treatment sessions are recommended.
Veins that have been properly treated will not return. However, new veins may develop over time and require treatment. Follow-up visits are recommended for “touch-ups.”
On a pain scale of 1-10, with some laser treatments being an 8-9, VeinGogh is a 2-3. Since the procedure uses a hair-thin probe inserted into the vessel, there can be a slight “pinch.” Patients report it feels similar to a hair being removed.
Results are seen immediately, with continuous improvement over several weeks to two months. Micro-abrasions, swelling and redness may be noticed immediately after treatment. The skin may feel sensitive for a few days, and harsh chemicals should be avoided on the treatment area. The use of aloe vera or aqua-gel can relieve discomfort. It is also important to remember to not scratch the area. Treated veins generally will not return. However, new veins may develop over time, so “touch ups” are recommended.
VeinGogh works best on spider veins up to 0.3 mm. VeinGogh is not designed to treat feeders or larger vessels deep beneath the surface. To effectively treat leg veins, VeinGogh should be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.
You are not a good candidate for thermocoagulation if you have a pacemaker or similar cardiac (heart) device; have a history or present diagnosis of epilepsy (seizures); are pregnant; have used instant tanning or self-tanning products within the last 7 days; and/or have an allergy to metal, especially nickel.
No! VeinGogh can also be used to eliminate cherry angiomas, small hemangiomas, skin tags, spider nevi, and even the redness of rosacea.
This is a cosmetic service and not billable to insurance. Call AMI for current pricing.