Hand Veins

Have you ever wondered why hand veins become so visible as we age? Or why some people have prominent veins on their hands even when they're young and fit?
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What causes them?

  • Exercise: When you’re exercising or working with your hands, blood flow in the area increases
  • Hot weather: To cool down, your body increases blood flow to your skin and dilates veins. This is a normal response, but it does make veins more visible
  • Weight lifting. Serious weight lifters develop hard muscles and enlarged, rope-like arm and hand veins
  • Age: As we age, our skin gets thinner and body fat is redistributed. This makes the veins more visible
  • Low body fat: Less fat means less tissue covering your veins
  • Genetics: Large veins may run in your family
  • Superficial blood clot: After an injury, you may feel or see a small bulge in a hand vein
  • Phlebitis: Your veins may be inflamed
  • Varicose veins: Although they typically occur in the legs, you can get them in your hands too

BoxBar can help

Whether your hand veins are diagnosed as cosmetic or because of an underlying issue like varicose veins, Dr. Ellen Derrick will work with you to build a personalized treatment plan.  Treatment options include:

  • Laser therapy: Endovenous ablation therapy (EVLT) uses a small laser to heat-seal problem veins closed
  • Ambulatory microphlebectomy: Under local anesthesia, a small hook is used to remove problem veins
  • Sclerotherapy: A chemical is injected into the vein, and the body shuts the vein down

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