Radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, is a minimally invasive alternative to eliminate abnormal veins, redirect blood flow to healthy veins, and relieve discomfort.
The effective and safe technology of RFA makes it one of the most powerful options available for varicose vein treatment without general anesthesia. It is a minimally invasive treatment that improves the appearance of varicose veins by harnessing the power and flexibility of radio waves.
Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center in beautiful Bedford Hills, NY regularly provides this treatment to a variety of patients under the care of our board-certified physician, Dr. Donna D’Alessio. In your initial consultation, Dr. Donna D’Alessio will work closely with you to determine if Radiofrequency Albation alone or in combination with other vein treatments such as sclerotherapy, varithena or VenaSeal is the best course of action to restore your legs to their original beauty.
Radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, is a minimally invasive alternative to previous methods to eliminate abnormal veins, redirect blood flow to healthy veins, and relieve discomfort. Ultrasound imaging guide the doctor in precise insertion of a thin catheter.
The incision is so small that it requires only a dose of local anesthetic to ensure comfort. After the catheter is in position, the radio frequency heating element at the end of the probe is activated, which causes the surrounding vessel to contract, forcing the blood to reroute through healthier veins instead.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and typically takes an hour or less. You may get back to normal activities the same day. Patients wear compression stockings for the following two weeks to help ensure the best cosmetic outcome and prevent formation of small clots.
Covered by most medical insurance plans
Very small incision
Little to no down time
Combinable with other vein procedures for maximum results
Frequently asked questions
Radiofrequency Ablation FQAs
Who are the best candidates for radiofrequency ablation?
Patients with varicose veins are the best candidates. Patients who experience spider veins, leg pain, swelling, cramps or discomfort may also benefit from radiofrequency ablation.
What happens during the procedure?
Patient will lie down on bed, and an ultrasound is used to guide procedure. The leg being treated will be injected with a local anesthetic, and a small needle punctures the vein to be treated. The catheter will be inserted into the vein and more numbing medication will be injected around the vein. Once the numbing medication is placed around the catheter and vein, the catheter will slowly be pulled back. During the time the catheter generates heat, the vein is closed off. This is completely safe and the expected result.
Does radiofrequency ablation hurt?
Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the procedure. You will receive local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
What are the expected results?
It is possible that you will notice a dramatic improvement in the way your legs feel within a few days. Depending on how large and long left untreated, varicose veins may take time to fully disappear. Typically patients have 1 to 4 veins that need treatment, so depending on how severe your case is, it will determine how soon will you see results.