Unlike varicose veins that appear in the legs, which should be treated for medical reasons, the bulging veins in your hands are not a health risk. But if you don’t like how those veins look as you get older, they can be removed to make your hands smoother and more youthful.
You might notice your hand veins more as you age because our skin naturally thins, the layer of fat and collagen under the skin disappears, and the vein walls lose elasticity, which causes them to bulge.
The old saying goes like this: To tell a woman’s age, look at her hands, not her face.
These veins are not unhealthy, so this procedure is considered cosmetic and most insurance will not cover their removal. If you decide to have the treatment, though, you will experience little or no pain and you will face no restrictions on activity after a day or two.
Sclerotherapy is the typical office-based treatment for removal of hand veins, and it may require two or three visits per hand to remove all the veins. You will be fitted with compression gloves to wear for a day after treatment.
Following the procedure, the veins will not return and your hands will have a newly youthful appearance. Call the Vein Institute of Connecticut to set up a consultation about your hand veins.