The veins in the hands often become more prominent with age. If you have noticed changes in these veins, you may be wondering if it is time to start thinking about hand vein treatment. To determine whether you need to make an appointment with a hand vein specialist, ask yourself the following questions about your condition and your treatment goals.
1. Do my veins look abnormal?
The first sign that you may need hand vein treatment is typically a change in the appearance of the veins in your hands. Have you noticed your hand veins looking different? Are the veins more prominent than they once were? If you have noticed changes and they are bothering you, it may be time to make an appointment.
2. Am I bothered enough to see a specialist?
In some cases, you may be unhappy with the appearance of your hand veins even if you are not yet ready to seek professional treatment. However, if you are embarrassed of your hand veins and you would like to improve their appearance, making an appointment with a vein specialist is recommended.
3. Am I ready for treatment?
The bulging hand veins that appear near the skin’s surface are not required for proper circulation. Thus, they can be treated safely and easily. The most common treatment used to address the symptoms associated with these veins is sclerotherapy. During this procedure, a hand vein surgeon uses a thin needle to inject a special sclerosant solution into each of the veins he or she is treating. This solution forces the veins to collapse, and the body eventually absorbs them.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office. It causes very little discomfort and takes only 30 minutes to complete in most cases. The majority of patients are able to return to their normal activities on the same day of the procedure. If this procedure sounds acceptable, you may be ready for treatment.
If you think that you are ready to seek hand vein treatment, please contact the Vein & Vascular Institute today to make an appointment.