Treatments for Unwanted Hand Veins
Bulgy blue and purple hand veins can result in hands that look years beyond their actual age. The condition “hand veins” actually refers to the network of veins that pop up on the back of the hands. There is typically a nice healthy layer of fat between the skin and this system of veins, however a number of factors could actually cause this fatty tissue to minimize. Eventually this layer of fat can dwindle away until the veins become visible under the skin. The coloring often resembles a bruise much in the same way that spider veins do. As you could imagine, the result is very unattractive, but have no fear, there are treatments available for hand veins!
What Causes Hand Veins?
This condition can crop up for a number of reasons. Some people are genetically predisposed to having a prominent vein structure in the hands. One’s skin type may also have a lot to do with it. For instance, one who has fair skin is much more likely to have a visual issue with their veins than a person with a darker complexion. Of course, as the skin ages it will naturally begin to lose elasticity as it relaxes and the underlying fatty tissue will also become thinner. Hand veins usually do not cause pain; it is simply the appearance of the hand’s veins standing out a bit more and appearing enlarged.
Although the name might sound a little intimidating, the sclerotherapy procedure is quite simple. It does not require any pain medication such as anesthetic and is an outpatient procedure, which means that the patient has the procedure and goes home in the same day. A qualified doctor will inject a solution which causes the cellular makeup of the veins’ walls to break down and collapse. This procedure causes the visible veins to become blocked off from the rest of the veins so that blood no longer runs through them. It won’t be long before the veins are no longer visible. You are probably thinking, Wait, aren’t those veins there for a reason? There is a huge network of veins working all over the body, some are “deep” and work as the main vessel for blood flow while others are smaller and work to aid the larger veins. Over time, the smaller veins in the body are liable to burst or naturally break down, in which case the other veins in the area will compensate. This typically has no effect on the body’s overall health. The removal of a few superficial veins in the hand, when done correctly, will not result in any physical harm as the other veins in the hand will naturally compensate for the loss.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
The word ‘laser’ probably made you shiver a little, but this procedure doesn’t take long and it is minimally invasive. Over the course of about an hour, one could have drastically different hands through this treatment! A needle containing an optic fiber is inserted through the skin and into the vein to be treated. The optic fiber continues through the vein until it has traveled through the entire portion of the vein that is visible. The fiber is then switched on, in which case it begins to heat up. As the surgeon pulls the optic fiber back through the vein the heat actually causes the vein to close up. Upon detecting this closure the body will naturally re-route the blood to compensate. This vein will be broken down and reabsorbed by the body. The only issue with this type of treatment is that veins which are too small for the fiber to travel through cannot be treated, ruling out this treatment for very tiny veins.
These are the two main treatments for hand veins. If you are interested in having either procedure done, be sure to search around for qualified doctors in your area. As to see a portfolio of past projects and inquire how long they have been practicing the procedure you are most interested in. Cost is another matter to consider, so you may also want to get quotes before settling on a physician/surgeon.