Aging, genetics, and the effects of exercise can leave you with unsightly, bulging hand veins. If you feel self-conscious about your hands, David Jacobs, MD, DABR, DABVLM, of South Shore Vein and Aesthetic Medicine in Rockville Centre, New York, can help. With virtually painless foam sclerotherapy injections, Dr. Jacobs can dramatically improve the appearance of bothersome hand veins. To learn more, call South Shore Vein and Aesthetic Medicine, or book an appointment online today.
There are various reasons why you might have prominent hand veins, the most common being:
Your skin naturally gets thinner and loses its elasticity as you get older, making the veins on your hands stand out more. Circulatory problems that cause sluggish blood flow or pooling of the blood can also increase the prominence of your veins.
If close family members have bulging hand veins, you’re more likely to develop them too.
If you’re underweight or don’t have much body fat, your veins are more noticeable.
Your blood pressure rises when you exercise, making your veins more prominent. The effect usually wears off when your blood pressure goes back to normal after you finish, but if you exercise regularly, your veins might appear enlarged all of the time.
In most cases, bulging hand veins are nothing to worry about. They’re a common condition that’s nearly always a cosmetic issue, and your veins are perfectly healthy.
However, there’s a small chance that bulging hand veins could indicate an underlying health problem. Possible causes include varicose veins, which are swollen, twisted, veins that most often develop on your legs.
Other vascular disorders such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in a vein, or phlebitis, which is inflammation of the veins, may occasionally cause bulging hand veins. Although these conditions are unlikely, it’s always best to make sure there aren’t any circulatory problems.
As an experienced phlebologist, Dr. Jacobs can identify any issues with your hand veins and advise you accordingly.
Dr. Jacobs typically treats bulging hand veins using sclerotherapy. This procedure involves injecting a solution called a sclerosant into the bulging hand veins. Dr. Jacobs will often use an oxygen foam sclerosant, where oxygen is mixed with the liquid sclerosant medication to produce a foam.
Using tiny needles, Dr. Jacobs injects the sclerosant into your bulging veins. The solution irritates the inside of the blood vessels and causes them to collapse. Blood can no longer flow through the treated hand veins, but it finds an alternative route along one of the many other veins.
The collapsed hand veins gradually break down and are absorbed back into your body. The result is smooth, beautiful hands with no unsightly veins.
If you have bulging hand veins, inquire about sclerotherapy by calling South Shore Vein and Aesthetic Medicine, or book an appointment online today.