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Q: How does Radiofrequency work?
Radiofrequency is the passage of ultrahigh-frequency radio waves into the skin to eliminate facial veins. Radiofrequency makes very fine, precise, gentle punctures. A thin micro-insulated wire is gently inserted into the unwanted vein. Only the tissue cells immediately adjacent to the electrode are affected.
Radiofrequency is more delicate and is a gentler procedure than other laser and cautery procedures which can cause excessive tissue burns. Radiofrequency provides similar results with faster healing, requiring minimal recovery time, causes less redness and inflammation, minimal to no bruising, swelling, scarring or other complications.
Q: Do I have to go to the hospital for Radiofrequency?
A: You should be able to undergo Radiofrequency in your doctor’s office. The procedure takes only a few minutes. Usually only topical anesthesia is used. You’ll only feel a little tingly sensation. Bleeding is minimal.
Radiofrequency makes very fine, precise, gentle punctures. A thin micro-insulated wire is gently inserted into the unwanted vein. Only the tissue cells immediately adjacent to the electrode are affected.
Q: How does Radiofrequency differ from other procedures for removing facial veins?
A: Lasers and cautery are less delicate than Radiofrequency and can cause excessive tissue burns. This causes slower healing, with more redness and inflammation.
Q: As a patient, what does Radiofrequency mean to me? What are the benefits?
A: Radiofrequency means excellent and consistent results with minimal to no bruising, swelling, scarring or other complications. Plus, Radiofrequency is gentle, effective and you’ll have minimal recovery time.
Sclerotherapy (injection of fluids to scar down the veins) is not only difficult but can have significant complications.
Q: What do I need to do after I have had Radiofrequency?
A: Just wash the area a couple of times per day and apply a soothing gel or lotion with aloe. Make-up can be applied after 24 hours.
Q: How do I know if Radiofrequency is right for me?
A: Anyone with facial veins wishing to improve his or her appearance is a potential candidate. Ask your physician. After a brief examination, your physician can determine if Radiofrequency will benefit you.
Q: Do I need to schedule an appointment?
A: Since treatment only takes a few minutes, your physician may be able to examine you and perform the procedure during the same visit. For more extensive cases, a separate visit may be needed.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: It depends on the number of veins present. Occasionally, a brief second visit may be needed.