There are several minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein problems, all of which are considered safe, effective, and highly successful with minimal side effects. The procedures are typically performed with local anesthetic only, and take less than an hour, so you can drive yourself to and from the appointment.
According to Dr. Atur Kasha, most cases of bulging veins (varicose veins) on the hands are normal. But although the veins are working normally, their appearance may be a cosmetic concern for many. There are several reasons why people have bulging veins in their hands, including:
- Low body fat, especially on your hands, causing the veins to be more prominent
- Age - the skin gets thinner and loses elasticity as you get older, making your veins more visible. Aging also causes the valves in your veins weaken, which in turn causes blood to pool in your veins rather than flow steadily to the heart, causing the veins to bulge.
- Exercise - it causes the blood pressure in your veins to rise and push them closer to your skin. This is temporary, but lifting weights regularly can make bulging hand veins permanent.
- Genetics - if someone in your immediate family has bulging veins, you’re likely to have them too.
- Hot weather - high temperatures causes vasodilation (blood vessels move closer to the skin surface) for cooling .
- Phlebitis - a situation where trauma, a hand infection, or autoimmune disease causes inflammation of a vein
- Superficial thrombophlebitis - inflammation of a superficial vein (phlebitis) caused by a blood clot (thrombus), due to a vein injury like when inserting an IV catheter
The way your hands look can have a huge effect on your enjoyment of life. Varicose veins are treatable through self-care, endovenous ablation or similar minimally invasive treatments, or surgery. Treatment procedures either remove or destroy the problem veins, such that blood reroutes through other veins in that area. Self-care practices, on the other hand, seek to reduce the symptoms.
If the varicose veins on your hands are causing you to feel embarrassed, you should visit Dr. Kasha at Desert West Vein to discuss your cosmetic vein treatment options.