Foot, Hand & Facial Veins
Varicose veins are not exclusive to the legs. They can develop on other areas of the body, and the feet are a common location. That is due to the pressure placed on the veins of the lower extremities from standing and walking. Varicose veins form when the valves within a vein weaken and allow some blood to flow backward. The vein weakens under the additional strain and balloons outward, raising the skin surface.
Foot veins are more than just a cosmetic problem. If left untreated, they can lead to potentially serious issues including extensive bleeding and the development of phlebitis, which is swelling within the veins.
Sclerotherapy is an effective form of treatment for foot veins. It is performed in the doctor’s office and typically takes only about 30 minutes. Some patients require only a single session of sclerotherapy to completely resolve the issue, while others may require multiple sessions. Anesthesia is not necessary and most patients report experiencing little to no pain, other than a mild burning sensation. After the skin is cleaned with an antiseptic solution, the sclerosant is injected into the affected veins with a very fine needle. The number of injections per session varies based on the number and length of the damaged veins. After the sclerotherapy procedure, cotton balls and compression tape are applied to the injection site.
Prominent veins can make your hands look substantially older. Over the years, the skin loses some of its elasticity and volume. This can result in a more noticeable appearance of lumpy, unattractive veins at the skin’s surface. Areas that receive a lot of sun exposure, such as the hands, tend to show these signs of damage even more quickly.
These bulging veins that we can see near the surface of the skin are not even necessary to the circulatory system. There are veins deeper within the hand that sufficiently transport blood to and from the area. Therefore, if surface hand veins are cosmetically bothersome, it is quite safe to treat them and rid the hands of their presence.
One of the most effective forms of treatment for hand veins is sclerotherapy. This medical procedure involves the injection of a sclerosant solution into the prominent veins, which causes irritation and their eventual collapse. The treated veins are ultimately absorbed into the body and the blood is redirected naturally to flow through other, healthier veins.
There are tiny red blood vessels running along parts of the face just under the surface of the skin. If they dilate, they can become noticeable. Also known as spider veins or broken capillaries, the medical term for them is telangiectasias. They frequently appear on the face, particularly around the nose, chin and cheeks. These facial capillaries may look like a series of lines, tree branches or a spider- or web-like shape, with a red or blue color. While most cases of facial capillaries are of purely cosmetic concern, some patients may also experience uncomfortable symptoms such as aching, burning and swelling from this condition.
Telangiectasia often begins to occur in patients between the ages of 18 and 35 and tends to run in families. They are particularly common in fair skinned persons who have had sun exposure. This condition also affects women much more frequently than men and may progressively get worse. A lot of patients are bothered by the emergence of capillaries on the face, and seek treatment to restore a smooth, clear appearance. Many of these treatments are highly effective and minimally invasive, offering aesthetically-pleasing results without painful or lengthy downtimes.
Facial capillaries develop as a result of a backup of blood within certain veins. As the blood collects, it begins to expand into the capillaries and they become visible under the surface of the skin. This is a common condition and may occur as a result of rosacea, hormonal changes, pregnancy, heredity, sun exposure and other causes.
For more information on Foot, Hand & Facial Veins and the procedures that we use to treat them, call us at 877-VEINCENTER.