As you age and your skin loses elasticity, you may develop bulging veins in your hands. This cosmetic issue can cause your hands to look older than your face and other features. If you would like to correct this problem, you may decide to opt for a course of sclerotherapy treatments at R Shaheen Vascular in Mountain View, CA. This hand rejuvenation technique will use a minimally-invasive method to fade your visible veins.
Sclerotherapy for Hand Rejuvenation: How Does It Work?
Sclerotherapy is a popular technique that can fix weakened or visible veins in your legs or hands. This hand rejuvenation treatment will achieve this goal by using a special solution to close up your problematic veins. During your appointment, we will inject a gentle chemical called polidocanol into the veins that you would like us to eliminate.
As this solution enters your veins, it will close up these visible blood vessels. After these veins close, your blood will be rerouted into less visible veins on your hands. Once your blood flow changes, your weakened veins will start to fade away. Removing these weakened veins will give your hands a smoother, more youthful look.
Why Have the Veins in My Hands Become More Visible?
Your lifestyle choices, genetics, and other factors can cause the veins and skin on your hands to change.
The most common cause of bulging veins is age. As you become older, your skin will lose elasticity and become thinner. This change will be especially apparent when you look at the delicate skin on your hands. As your skin weakens, the veins in your hands will become more noticeable.
Further, the valves in your veins will become more fragile and vulnerable as you continue to age. If your valves stop functioning properly, extra blood could pool in your veins. This pooling blood may enlarge some of the veins in your hands.
Your Exercise Habits
Engaging in frequent exercise is a good way to build strength and maintain a healthy weight. However, if you lift weights or perform other types of rigorous physical activities, you will be more likely to have large veins in your hands. Exercise will cause more blood to move through these vessels. This change will make your veins look more prominent.
Your family background will also impact the appearance of your veins. If your relatives have large veins on their hands, you will be more likely to experience this vascular issue as you become older.
Experiencing hormonal changes can alter the condition of your veins. In particular, going through pregnancy or menopause can put extra pressure on your blood vessels. As you experience these life events, the veins in your hands could become more noticeable.
If you are a thin person, you will have a smaller amount of fat on your hands. Your lack of fat will make your veins look more visible. In addition, the veins on your hands are likely to become more prominent if you lose a large amount of weight.
Developing blood clots can impact the appearance of the veins in your hands. Further, your blood vessels will probably look more prominent when you spend time in hot weather.
Who Is Eligible for This Hand Treatment?
Since we will use a very safe, reliable method to improve your hands, you are likely to be eligible for this hand rejuvenation technique. Before we perform this vein treatment, we will look at the problematic veins on your hands. We will also talk about your health and medical history. During this discussion, you should tell us about any health issues that affect your hands or vascular system.
If you are a generally healthy person, you will probably be able to receive this treatment. However, you need to understand that this technique is designed to address the visible veins on your hands. It is not intended to fix your volume loss, wrinkles, or other cosmetic challenges.
What Should I Expect During My Treatment Sessions?
We will typically perform multiple treatment sessions on each of your hands. We will begin by treating the veins on the front of one hand. During your appointment, we will use gentle injections to administer a special solution into these veins. This process is minimally invasive, and you won’t be required to receive general anesthesia during your appointment.
During your next session, we will treat the veins on the back of your hand. It will usually take about 30 minutes to complete each session, and we will wait about two to four weeks between each of your treatments. Spacing out your sclerotherapy sessions will allow you to continue working, caring for your family, and performing household chores during your treatment plan.
Will My Hands Take a Long Time To Recover From My Treatments?
You will have a very brief recovery period after each of your treatment sessions. After you have treated the veins on both of your hands, we will instruct you to wear compression gloves for about 14 days. Since these gloves will be fingerless, you will be able to do chores and work while your hands are responding to your vein treatments.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The specific number of sessions that you receive will depend on the condition of the veins in each of your hands. If you have a larger number of visible veins in your hands, we will probably need to perform more treatments.
It’s common to receive a total of four treatment sessions. We will typically perform two treatments on each of your hands. We will usually schedule your appointments over a period of several weeks.
When Will My Hands Start To Improve?
You will probably notice some improvements in your veins after you receive your initial hand rejuvenation session. After you receive more vein treatments, your veins will become less visible, and your hands will look more youthful.
If your visible veins are causing you to experience discomfort or other physical issues, these problems will gradually improve. You will typically see the most significant changes in your hands after a couple of months have passed.
How Can I Prolong the Benefits of This Vein Treatment?
If you would like to maintain smooth, attractive hands, you should adopt healthy lifestyle habits that will reduce your risk of developing bulging veins. Adopting these changes will allow your hands to look youthful and fresh for a longer amount of time.
Perform Stretches and Exercises
You should try to perform gentle exercises and stretch your hands and fingers. Keeping your hands in a healthy condition will improve the blood flow in your veins.
Avoid the Sun
Developing sun damage will harm the skin on your hands and increase your chance of experiencing loose skin and wrinkles. To reduce your sun exposure, you should always put sunscreen on your hands when you go outside. If you are swimming or staying outside for a long time, you will need to regularly reapply your sunscreen.
Follow a Beauty Routine
Beauty products can improve your skin and give your hands a fresh, healthy appearance. For example, we may advise you to put moisturizing lotion onto your hands. This lotion will prevent you from developing dry or cracked skin that could make your veins look more visible.
You can also receive paraffin treatments from a nail salon. This is a beauty technique that will soothe and hydrate your skin. Receiving these beauty treatments is an easy, inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your hands.
Pamper Your Hands
Using harsh products to wash dishes, clean your bathroom, or perform other household tasks can damage the skin on your hands. To avoid this problem, you should remember to wear gloves when you are performing household chores. In addition, you should try to use gentle soaps when you are cleaning your hands.
Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of My Hand Treatment?
Some medical issues can cause the veins on your hands to become damaged. Developing a blood clot in one of the veins on your arms could change the appearance of your hands. In addition, injuring your hands or developing inflammation in your veins could damage your blood vessels. If your hand treatment is medically necessary, your insurance provider may pay for you to improve your bulging veins.
If you are removing your visible veins for purely cosmetic reasons, your insurance provider will be unlikely to pay for your treatment. Fortunately, this technique is very cost-effective. Since you won’t have to pay for hospital fees or general anesthesia, you will have no difficulty fitting your treatment sessions into your budget.
Can I Remove Visible Veins From My Legs and Face?
We treat many types of vein problems at R Shaheen Vascular. We can use a variety of methods to remove spider veins, varicose veins, and other vascular issues that develop on your face or legs.
Removing Visible Veins on Your Legs
In addition to removing visible veins on your hands, we can use sclerotherapy to fix spider or varicose veins in other locations. If you spend a long time standing or sitting, you will be likely to develop enlarged, noticeable veins in your legs. Receiving a series of vein treatments is an excellent way to correct this vascular condition and achieve youthful-looking, beautiful legs.
We can also use a technique called endovenous radiofrequency ablation to address problematic veins on your legs. This method will use powerful radiofrequency energy to seal up your damaged veins. During your appointment, we will use a catheter to send short intervals of radiofrequency energy into these blood vessels. This energy will collapse your visible veins and enhance the appearance of your legs.
Removing Spider Veins on Your Face
If you have small spider veins on your face, we may advise you to use a technique called VeinGogh to fix this aesthetic condition. During this treatment, we will use a sophisticated Ohmic Thermolysis System to send very small bursts of heat energy into your spider veins. This gentle technique can also be used to remove your skin tags and improve rosacea.
Rejuvenate Your Hands
You shouldn’t let bulging, visible veins make you feel embarrassed or unhappy about the appearance of your hands. We can correct this issue by giving you a series of quick, comfortable sclerotherapy treatments. As you complete your treatment plan, your veins will become less visible and your hands will look youthful and strong. To learn more about this hand rejuvenation treatment, contact us at R Shaheen Vascular in Mountain View, CA.