Enlarged veins on your hands can give away your age, even if you’ve been taking excellent care of the skin on your face. At Beverly Hills Vein Institute in Beverly Hills, California, Ivan Brooks, MD, offers hand sclerotherapy to reduce the appearance of bulging veins on your hands. If you’re troubled by the veins on your hands, call the Los Angeles area or schedule a consultation online today to find out how he can reduce the appearance of your veins and revitalize the look of your hands.
Like the skin on your face, the skin covering your hands is thin and exposed to a lot of sunlight. These two factors combine to contribute to large visible veins on your hands. As you age, the skin on your hands loses elasticity and becomes thin, which makes your veins more visible. Sun damage can accelerate this process.
Additionally, your risk of vein valve weakening increases with age. Your veins have tiny valves that help push blood back to your heart. When these valves are damaged or weak, your blood doesn’t move as efficiently and can pool in sections of your veins. This can eventually worsen to the point of varicose vein development on your hands.
At Beverly Hills Vein Institute, Dr. Brooks provides comprehensive exams and customized treatments to address bulging hand veins. Following an exam, he might recommend hand sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy.
Many patients opt for hand sclerotherapy because it is quick, relatively painless, and effective. Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatment that involves injecting a small amount of a sclerosant into your bulging hand vein.
The sclerosant is a solution that irritates the lining of your vein. The vein swells, and its walls stick together, effectively closing and sealing the vein. Over time, it drains and collapses, eventually dissolving into the surrounding tissue.
Hand sclerotherapy usually takes about 15 minutes. Dr. Brooks cleans your skin and applies a topical anesthetic. Then, using a small needle and ultrasound guidance, he carefully injects your swollen veins.
After your hand sclerotherapy, you wear compression gloves for approximately 12 hours. The gloves help your treated veins stick together and promote healthy circulation. You need to avoid strenuous physical activity for a day but can return to your other regular activities immediately. You might experience some mild itching or bruising, but these side effects wear off quickly.
If you’re bothered by large or bulging veins on your hands, call Beverly Hills Vein Institute or make an appointment online today to talk to Dr. Brooks about your treatment options.