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Eliminating Unsightly Hand Veins

by April Maguire

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For those of us trying to look younger, hand veins are often a dead giveaway to our true age. Unlike other vein issues, however, visible veins in the hand aren't a sign of vascular disease or venous insufficiency. Varicose veins in the legs, for example, rise up beneath the surface of the skin when blood begins to flow backwards and pool. Hand veins don't typically have that problem. These veins become visible because the skin surrounding them loses its elasticity and becomes too thin. Still, the unsightliness of these veins leads many people to try to find a way to eliminate them.

Getting Rid of Hand Veins

The first thing to understand about visible hand veins is that they're typically not dangerous. In fact, veins perform the vital function of returning used blood back to the heart. In some cases, bulging veins can be the result of cardiovascular disease or damaged valves within the veins, but in most cases these veins are perfectly healthy.

There are some methods that can be used to eliminate the appearance of these veins without getting rid of the veins themselves. For example, some people have dermal fillers or fat injected into their hands to improve plumpness and elasticity, which can help to hide the veins. In some cases, this treatment is enough, but for other people, eliminating the veins is the only viable solution.

To remove veins in the hand, there are several options. Sclerotherapy, for example, involves injecting a caustic solution into the affected veins. After injection, the vein walls collapse, cutting off blood flow and destroying the vein. Similarly, endovenous laser therapy uses low-level laser waves to heat up the veins and induce collapse. Both of these methods are typically very effective and require almost no down time.

Another method involves physically removing the affected veins. This procedure, known as ambulatory phlebectomy, involves the physician making a series of small incisions, tying off the vein, and then removing it. Once the vein is gone, the body will automatically reroute the blood flow through other veins. Generally, this method requires more anesthesia and a longer recovery period than sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatment, but it can be more reliable. And some physicians offer variations of ambulatory phlebectomy that are less invasive and require less recovery, such as the RejuvaHands procedure pioneered by Dr. Gabriel Goren in California.

If you're thinking of undergoing any procedure to eliminate the veins in your hand, make sure you talk with a cardiovascular doctor beforehand. That way you can hopefully avoid any ensuing complications.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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