Don’t suffer with spider veins. They can be easily treated with our experts at The SHAW Center.

Spider veins, a common form of vascular malformation, are a result of many things — heredity, obesity, hormonal influences like pregnancy and simply standing on your feet all day. They are the small red, purple and blue vessels easily visible through the skin. They most often make their appearance on the face, neck, chest and legs.
Though less serious than varicose vein disease, spider veins, which are not considered to be a health risk, are still unsightly and can cause men and women to be self conscious about showing off their legs. And spring is just around the corner! Don’t suffer through another swimsuit season with embarrassing spider veins.
The SHAW Center’s resident vein expert Lisa Trotta, R.N., has been treating spider veins for more than 20 years. There are a few options to treat spider veins at The SHAW Center:
IPL (intense pulsed light) ablation – Intense pulsed light treatments are a non-invasive way to eliminate spider veins with a specific setting for optimal results. Improvements can be seen with minimal pain and risk.
VeinWave microwave ablation – This FDA-approved vein treatment works by emitting a high-frequency thermal energy through a very thin needle. The heat causes the wall of the vein – and the blood within – to break down, collapse and disappear without damaging surrounding tissue. Treatments are just 30 minutes long, nearly painless and need no downtime or recover time.
The treatments may be used in conjunction to offer patients the maximum results.

The VeinWave treatment is a new way to treat spider veins without pain or downtime.

Spider Veins can be embarrassing and sometimes even painful issue that occurs when the blood flow between larger and smaller veins is disrupted, causing a build up of blood in the smaller veins. They are a common issue, affecting men and women of all age groups. Though they usually are not serious, many want to hide away their legs from the world because of embarrassment from their spider veins.

VeinWave(TM) is a product new to the US. It is FDA approved, and known to be safe and virtually pain free. A very small needle is injected just below the skin, right near the spider vein and sends heat energy via an ultrasonic pulse, causing the blood cells inside to coagulate and disappear almost immediately.

Dr. Alexander Rivkin, a cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles, stopped by the set of The Doctors recently to discuss the Veinwave procedure. “It’s so precise, that spider vein is shut down. It goes away permanently and instantly so you can see it go, and there’s not a lot of collateral damage, so you don’t get the swelling, you don’t get the bruising, you don’t even get the pain. We don’t have to use numbing cream for this.”

Some patients may experience some slight redness at the treatment site which typically only lasts for a couple of days. There are little scars where the veins used to be, but those should clear up within about two weeks. One treatment is all that’s needed, however, though the treated veins won’t return, new veins may still pop up, so more visits may be necessary to clear those up.
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