Healthpoint, a Mubadala Health partner, is consigning cosmetic veins, or spider veins as they are often known, to the history books. The latest innovative technology is exclusively available to Healthpoint patients to access.
The ‘Veingogh’ vein treatment is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that has a successful history of use throughout the United States. Healthpoint has introduced this in line with its commitment to use the latest technologies to deliver the best possible clinical patient outcomes.
The treatment enables the removal of small spider veins and networks of veins called telangiectasia – which are often less than one millimeter in diameter but highly recognizable due to their bright blue or red appearance. The treatment uses a process called ohmic thermolysis, rather than the more traditional techniques using needles. A current of electricity is delivered directly into the vein that results in bursts of heat, collapsing the vessel wall, which is quickly absorbed into the body and the ‘blemish’ disappears immediately.
Dr. Khalil Afsh, a consultant in Lipidology & Phlebology at Healthpoint, with over twenty years of experience, said: “While spider veins are not dangerous as such, they are a cause for discomfort as they can appear vividly anywhere on the body – including on the face, legs, and chest.”
He added: “People are often uncomfortable by the appearance of these veins. This new way of removal is better than laser, which can leave scars or pigmentation. It is, however, important to note that spider veins may sometimes signal an underlying larger vein disease, so it is always important to speak to a physician prior to undergoing this treatment.”
The ‘Veingogh’ vein treatment is considered faster and more reliable than other treatments, with minimal discomfort or marking, as it often feels like little pin pricks. Patients who receive the treatment typically take between four to six weeks to heal. Postoperative care involves applying specific creams for a few weeks until the healing process is complete.
Although spider veins are more often seen in women, they also affect men. Dr. Khalil explained that the treatment is open to both men and women from different age groups. It is worth noting that the procedure is not suitable for pregnant women, anyone fitted with a pacemaker, patients with a history of seizures, or anyone displaying an open wound or showing signs of an infection.