Bulging veins in the hands are common, but they can still be unsightly and uncomfortable. Fortunately, if you have noticed bulging veins in your hands, you may be able to deal with this condition by visiting a vein surgeon for treatment. Below is some information to help you understand how this problem develops and how it can be treated effectively. 

Bulging veins may develop in your hands for a variety of different reasons. Some of the most common causes of bulging hand veins include:

  • Varicose veins – Varicose veins develop when the valves within your veins stop functioning properly. Although these veins are more common in the legs, they can appear anywhere, including the hands. 
  • Age – Most people experience a thinning of the skin with age, as well as a loss of skin elasticity. Both of these changes can cause your hand veins to become more visible. 
  • Blood clots – Certain conditions involving blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis in the arm or superficial thrombophlebitis, can cause the veins in your hands to enlarge. 
  • Phlebitis – If the veins in your hands are swollen because of trauma, infection or some other cause, your hand veins may become more prominent. 

Other possible contributing factors include hot weather, genetics, excessive exercise and low body fat levels. 

Most cases of bulging hand veins are not dangerous to your health. However, you may still want to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons. Regardless of the causes of your visible veins hand surgery may help to eliminate the problem. 

Getting rid of the veins on your hands

If you have visible veins in your hands, certain procedures can eliminate them. Some of the hand vein procedures that may be available to help with your bulging veins include:

  • Sclerotherapy – One of the most common treatments available for patients with prominent hand veins is sclerotherapy. This procedure involves injecting a special solution into the veins to force them to close. 
  • Laser Therapy – Laser therapy involves delivering laser energy to the interior of diseased veins using a thin catheter. This energy heats the walls of the vein, causing the vein to seal off. 
  • Microphlebectomy – Microphlebectomy procedures involve the surgical removal of the abnormal veins in your hands. This procedure is most effective for veins located close to the surface of the skin. 

What to expect after a hand vein procedure

All of the hand vein procedures listed above are minimally invasive. No general anesthesia will be required, and you will be able to return to your normal activities shortly after the procedure is complete. The results you can expect after the procedure will depend on your condition before treatment, as well as the specific procedure used. Talk to your doctor to learn more or follow this link to find what else you need to know about hand vein treatments. If you have bulging veins in your hands, you have several treatment options. Please follow this link to meet Dr. Schulman in Long Island, NY. You can also contact us today to make an appointment.