Veins on the back of the hand become more prominent as a natural part of the aging process. Although hand veins may look varicose, the protrusion of the veins is due more to loss of subcutaneous fat and thinning skin than disease of the vein. However, many women find the protruding veins unattractive and have them treated for cosmetic reasons.
While many women focus on facial procedures to turn back the clock on their appearance, the hands often belie the true age of an individual. By treating hand veins, women can achieve a more youthful appearance and greater confidence.
Causes of Hand Veins
The causes of hand veins are very different than the causes of varicose veins. Hand veins do not actually change or become diseased over time. Instead, other changes to the hand, which are the normal part of the aging process, make the veins on the back of the hand more noticeable.
Collagen, a substance that supports the underlying skin structure, is produced in lower quantities by the body as it ages. Sun exposure also affects collagen production. Less collagen means thinner, frailer skin on the back of the hand. These signs of aging appear even faster on the hands than on the face, because the skin on the hand is thinner to begin with and there is less cutaneous fat to support the dermal layers.
Hand Vein Prevention
There is no way to stop the aging process completely. However, there are steps you can take to ward off those telltale signs on the hands for a longer period of time:
- Always wear sunscreen to protect your hands from sun damage
- Keep hands moisturized by applying hydrating creams and lotions daily
- Step up the hydration with an occasional paraffin wax treatment
- Wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes
Once the aging process begins, there are now cosmetic treatments available to make hands look smoother and younger once again. If you would like to learn more about hand rejuvenation treatments that effectively minimize the appearance of hand veins, contact the staff at the PCI Vein Center today.