Dilated veins are not exclusive to the legs. They can develop on other areas of the body, and forearms, hands and feet are common locations
Hate the look of aging hands? Foot veins are a cosmetic problem?
Prominent veins on your hands and feet not only are unsightly, they are one sign of ageing: can make them look substantially older.
Over the years, the skin gets thinner and loses some of its elasticity and volume. This can result in exposure of tendons and in a more noticeable appearance of lumpy, unattractive veins on the skin’s surface.
Areas receiving a lot of sun exposure tend to show these signs of damage even more quickly.
These unsightly veins are merely a cosmetic problem: they don’t even have a role in the work of the circulatory system. The loss of the treated vein is not damaging because after treatment the blood will be diverted to other normal veins in order to make its way back to the heart. Those on the surface can be safely removed without causing any significant problem.
Therefore, if surface hand and foot veins are cosmetically bothersome, it is quite safe to treat them and rid the hands and feet of their presence.
How cosmetic vascular surgeons treat aging hands, forearms and feet?
Cosmetic Vascular Surgeons are able to turn back the clock on this kind of ageing using minimally invasive techniques
All procedures are carried out on an outpatient basis and under local anesthetic, when required
The treatment of forearm, hand and foot veins is bespoke to the individual
To-date treatment options involved physically removing the veins, a technique known as microphlebectomy, or injecting them with a sclerosant agent (sclerotherapy). Although the success rates are generally good, they can take some time to achieve. This is particularly true for sclerotherapy, whereby several treatment sessions maybe required.
The success rate for treating unwanted forearm, hand and foot veins can be greatly enhanced by the use of endovenous laser ablation therapy, either in isolation or in conjunction with microphlebectomy and/or sclerotherapy.
Micro EVLA for veins in the arm, hand and foot is a novel use for this technology, so there are very few clinicians offering this procedure.
In my practice, I started to use this technique many years ago in the treatment of these unwanted veins.
A catheter is inserted into the troublesome vein and a very tiny laser fibre is passed through, delivering short bursts of energy that heat up the vein and seal it closed. The laser is slowly pulled along the vein, allowing the entire length of the vein to be closed. Blood no longer pumps through it and so it disappears.
In the first weeks following treatment, elastic compression is applied on the treated areas to minimise bruising and minor swelling that might occur.