When you want to ‘look as young as you feel’ you most likely are concentrating on your face? But your hands can give away your age. We work with Spa Medical to treat your hand veins and keep your youthful look. If you have a tender swollen vein on your hand or arm, our VSS team is here to serve your medical concern.
Dilated veins on your hands or arms, usually signify good vein health. Treating them is, therefore, cosmetic. Your hand veins normally become more visible over time as you lose subcutaneous fat and your skin gets thinner. Also, as we age we may have medical treatments requiring intravenous injections. If the veins become red, or tender after an IV treatment, the problem may become medical, and covered by insurance.
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Prominent hand veins can be treated more than one way, through ambulatory phlebectomy, which removes the veins, filler injections to hide them, or sclerotherapy to close them, or a combination of these.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an office-based procedure performed under a gently local anesthetic. The cosmetic veins are marked prior to numbing, followed by micro-incisions (2mm) over the involved veins. The problem veins are gently removed with a specialty hook. This procedure poses little risk since only superficial veins are removed and to the hand vein circulation in deeper layers is unaffected. Of all the treatments, this provides the most immediate and longest-lasting results.
Cosmetic Dermal Filler follows the principles used to treat cosmetic facial concerns by adding volume. The dermal filler is placed in the subcutaneous layer where you’ve lost fatty tissue, recreating youthful-looking hands that hide the prominent veins. This option will need to be repeated as fillers last around a year.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosing agent into the unwanted vein to cause the vein to collapse and scar closed. The body will reabsorb this closed vessel and reroute blood into the deep veins of the hand, where it can’t be seen.
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With both ambulatory phlebectomy and dermal fillers, results are immediate as either the vein is removed, or the filler has disguised it. Ambulatory phlebectomy results are more lasting, but there’s the chance other veins may become prominent over time. Dermal fillers need to be repeated, typically every 12 months. Sclerotherapy requires 2-4 treatments, and results become visible after the 2nd treatment. These results are also long-lasting.
While you may experience temporary bruising, tenderness, or discomfort with each of these treatments, they don’t require much downtime. Compression bandages may be recommended for all but the dermal filler procedure.
Improving Your Veins Isn’t Necessarily Vain®, even if addressing hand veins is more cosmetic than medical. At Vein Specialists of the South and Spa Medical, we understand how unwanted veins can affect your self-image, and we are here to help you. Restore your hands’ youthful look today.
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Since 1997 Vein Specialists of the South has helped thousands of patients like you with varicose veins, spider veins, and leg swelling. Dr. Kenneth Harper a leader in vein health is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Vein and Lymphatic Medicine. Terri Harper, MSN, FNP-C, is a leader in the field of cosmetic spider vein education. Our dedicated nurse injectors have been trained by the best.
At VSS we have a passion for veins big and small. Serving more than 20,000 patients, Vein Specialists of the South is committed to bringing you Better Veins for Life®. Call today to schedule an appointment with the VSS team, ‘where veins are not just one thing we do, they are the only thing we do.’
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