While your face and eyes tend to be the areas that reveal the most about your age, the hands are often overlooked as another area where signs of aging can occur. In fact, there’s an old adage that says you tell a person’s age just by looking at their hands, and researchers have even conducted studies on this adage and found it isn’t far from the truth. Because your hands tend to have thinner, more delicate skin than other regions of your body and they are almost always exposed to the elements, they are much more susceptible to displaying those telltale aging symptoms first. One such sign that hints at your age is the prominence of your hand veins.
As you age, your skin naturally produces less collagen and elastin, the two essential structural proteins that keep it looking smooth, supple and youthful. This decline in production results in skin that is more lax and thin, often resembling a translucent, crepe paper-like appearance. Just like your face, your hands also lose their youthful fullness and volume over time as fatty tissue gradually atrophies, making your hand veins, tendons and bones much more apparent than they were in your younger years.
At the Vein Specialists of Tampa, board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Dr. Gary Dworkin and his talented team are ready to provide you with a quick, easy and painless solution for unsightly hand veins. If pronounced veins on the back of your hands are causing you to feel self-conscious or have started to show your true age, schedule a consultation with our vein experts today to learn how sclerotherapy can eliminate those bothersome hand veins.
Sclerotherapy is a gentle and minimally-invasive treatment that utilizes a chemical solution known as sclerosant to treat and eliminate unwanted or damaged veins. Sclerotherapy is intended for use in veins that are smaller in size and are located close to the surface of the skin, such as spider veins or hand veins. Using a tiny, fine needle, the medication is carefully and precisely injected into the targeted vein, in turn, damaging the lining and causing the vein to collapse and vanish from sight over time.
Sclerotherapy has long been the gold standard for treating small visible veins in the legs, ankles and calves affected by venous insufficiency. Each vein in your body has a system of one-way valves that open to pump oxygenated blood back up to the heart and close to prevent blood from back-flowing due to gravity. However, when these one-way valves become damaged or fail to work, the blood becomes trapped within the vein and pools, causing it to swell and become apparent from the skin’s surface due to their blue, purple or red coloring.
However, your veins do not have to be damaged or insufficient to undergo sclerotherapy. There is a vast and redundant network of veins within your hands and arms. So while your hand veins are considered to be healthy and functional, you can safely treat and eliminate these veins with sclerotherapy without compromising blood flow. Healthy hand veins treated with sclerotherapy will simply seal off and be absorbed by the body over time, and blood flow will be redirected to other healthy veins in your network. ‘
Because sclerotherapy is a virtually painless treatment, no anesthesia or numbing agents are necessary. The treatment is performed right in our office and typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of veins you wish to address. During your procedure, a series of injections are made along the targeted vein to treat it. Using a tiny needle, the medication is injected into the vein or veins, irritating the lining and causing them to collapse.
After the treated veins have been sealed off from the sclerosant, blood flow is safely redirected by the body to other veins located further from the skin’s surface and out of sight. Over several weeks, these collapsed veins are then absorbed and processed by your body. You may experience mild burning, stinging or cramping in the injected vein during your sclerotherapy treatment, but most patients tolerate these sensations well.
As a minimally-invasive treatment, there is little to no downtime associated with sclerotherapy. Most patients will resume all normal activities or return to work as soon as their appointment is over. However, you may be advised to wait 24 hours before resuming more strenuous activities. You may experience some side effects after your sclerotherapy procedure, including mild bruising, swelling, or redness at the site of your injections. These effects should subside on their own within a day or two. Dr. Dworkin will provide detailed aftercare instructions after your treatment to ensure you achieve the best possible results.
Upon completion of your sclerotherapy treatment, your results will develop over the course of about 3-5 weeks. You may be provided with compression gloves to add a layer of pressure to your treated hand veins and aid in promoting healthy blood circulation. It’s essential to have realistic expectations about sclerotherapy, as it doesn’t always guarantee there will be no visible traces of veins after your procedure. However, usually, improvements to the vein will be observed after a single treatment. In some cases, a series of sclerotherapy treatments spaced two to three months apart may be required to achieve your desired results.
If you are interested in minimally-invasive sclerotherapy treatments to eliminate your unsightly hand veins, schedule a consultation with the Vein Specialists of Tampa. Dr. Dworkin and his team will take the time to listen to your concerns and evaluate your health history to create an individualized treatment plan that is right for you and your goals. Call the Vein Specialists of Tampa today to book your consultation and be on your way to smooth, youthful hands.