How to Turn Back the Clock on Your Hands
Believe it or not, your hands may be one of the first places where you begin to see the visible signs of the passage of time. Protruding veins on the back of the hands can make them look older and less attractive, making you self-conscious about putting your hands on display. PCI Vein Center offers options to help you turn back the clock on your hands and achieve a more youthful appearance.
Not Varicose Veins
Protruding veins on the hands are not like the varicose veins that often appear on the lower legs. Hand veins actually do not swell and become varicose at all. The most common cause of these visible veins is loss of elasticity in the skin. As the skin on the back of the hand begins to thin over time, it gives the appearance that veins are starting to bulge.
There are many factors that might contribute to the appearance of hand veins, including:
- Damage from the sun’s UV rays
- Exposure to certain types of chemicals
- Hormonal fluctuations during menopause
- Reduction in collagen production by the body
While you can often ward off the appearance of hand veins for a time with simple steps like wearing sunscreen and using rubber gloves while cleaning, most individuals will develop these protruding veins at some point. The good news is there are effective ways to reduce the appearance of these veins and give your hands a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Hand Vein Treatment Options
Although hand veins are caused by very different factors than varicose veins of the leg, some of the same treatments can be used to address veins in both areas. In addition, injectable treatments commonly used to erase telltale signs of aging on the face can also be used on the hands to support the underlying skin structure and minimize the appearance of hand veins.
Sclerotherapy – This injectable treatment for smaller varicose veins on the leg can also be used to eliminate some hand veins. A sclerosing agent is administered directly into the vein, causing the vein to seal closed. The treated vein is eventually reabsorbed by the body and blood is rerouted through other veins nearby.
Dermal Fillers – Dermal fillers, commonly used to minimize the appearance of lines on the face, can also be used to treat hand veins. These injectable treatments support the underlying skin structure and add volume to the skin, so veins become less prominent.
Finding the right treatment for hand veins requires experience and the right training. Dr. Lawrence at PCI Vein Center is experienced in treating all types of vein conditions, including prominent hand veins. To learn more about your options in eliminating unsightly hand veins, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.