Hand and Facial Vein Treatment Traverse City and Cadillac, MI
Everyone is concerned when varicose veins and spider veins show up on their calves and ankles, but people overlook veins that appear on their face and the backs of their hands. Considering how visible these areas are, these veins can really make you look older. At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, we offer cosmetic treatments for veins on the hands and face.
Why are veins showing more and more on my hands?
As our skin thins with age, some of the veins and tendons that become more obvious on the backs of the hands are inevitable. Our production of collagen declines by one additional percentage point every year after we hit the age of 20, so by the time we are in our 50s and above, the declining skin support on the backs of the hands really allows the veins to show. It doesn’t help that they are purple or dark blue because they are carrying deoxygenated blood back to the heart from the hands and fingers.
These are reasons your hand veins are bulging:
- Age — The loss of elasticity and declining collagen production make veins and tendons on the backs of your hands more and more visible.
- Exercise — Exercise is great for your heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and your mind. But it’s not so great for the backs of your hands. This is because during physical exercise, the blood pressure in your arteries increases, which forces the plasma from the blood to pool around the muscles, causing the muscles to swell and harden. This pushes the veins toward the surface where they become more prominent.
- Hot weather — When it’s hot and we’re out at Sleeping Bear Dunes or Crystal Lake, the veins tend to become larger and they have trouble working as efficiently. This makes your veins more prominent when it’s hot out there.
What kinds of veins are showing on my hands?
Generally, the veins on the back of your hand are normal, functioning veins.The vein walls may weaken with age allowing the blood to push the vein walls outward, but typically hand veins are functioning normally. That does not mean that you cannot remove them if you don’t like the appearance. There are plenty of other veins to allow that blood to return from your hand to your heart.
How can I get rid of veins on my hands?
There are two methods we use for removing hand veins: sclerotherapy and microphlebectomy. Both procedures are easy to take and are very effective.
- Sclerotherapy — Foam sclerotherapy works very well for the treatment of hand veins. Dr. Heeringa injects a sclerosing medication into the target veins. This medication causes irritation and scarring of the treated veins, causing them to close down. Your body will then absorb those veins over time and will automatically direct the blood flow to healthy veins. There is no downtime with sclerotherapy, but you will need to wear a compression wrap on the treated hand for a few days. This can be done alone or in conjunction with a microphlebectomy.
- Microphlebectomy — In a microphlebectomy, we remove varicose veins section by section. This sounds highly invasive, but actually this can be done through a series of tiny holes. After numbing the veins and the surrounding tissues, Dr. Heeringa makes a series of tiny punctures down the line of the targeted vein. He then goes in with a special hook-like instrument through the tiny holes and pulls out pieces of the vein. This is repeated until the visible portion of the vein is fully removed. The micro-punctures used are so small that they do not require stitches and show up as just a series of dots for a few weeks before fully vanishing. Patients have no downtime after microphlebectomy.
What kinds of veins are showing up on my face?
The face doesn’t develop varicose veins. Instead the face develops tiny red, purple, and blue spider veins and small telangiectasias (web-like clusters of veins and broken capillaries). These veins are usually too small to treat with sclerotherapy, plus we don’t like using that on the face.
How can I get rid of veins on my face?
Our preferred treatment for spider veins and telangiectasias on the face is called VeinGogh. VeinGogh works on spider veins up to 0.3mm. VeinGogh uses a small stylus that resembles a pen. On the end is a hair-like fiber. Dr. Heeringa inserts the tiny fiber just beneath the surface of the skin, but he doesn’t pierce the targeted blood vessel. The stylus delivers a microburst of controlled heat energy. This heat damages the vein walls and the vein seals shut. With most spider veins, VeinGogh instantly makes the vein disappear visually. If there is any remaining sign of the vein, that goes away as the body scavenges and disposes of it over the next few weeks.
We can also use sclerotherapy and microphlebectomy on larger veins on the forehead.
Are these treatments painful?
VeinGogh is painless, and patients don’t even need topical anesthetic to handle it. The patient can feel a slight pinch when the fiber is inserted beneath the skin, but most patients equate it to the feeling of a single hair being pulled out.
Sclerotherapy and microphlebectomy both use local anesthesia to numb the targeted veins and surrounding tissues ensuring the patient doesn’t feel anything.
Is there downtime after removing hand and face veins?
There is no downtime with any of these procedures. With varicose veins and sclerotherapy on larger veins of the hands, we’ll have you wear compression gloves on your hands for a week or so. With smaller veins, this isn’t necessary.
What results can I expect from these vein removal procedures?
VeinGogh, sclerotherapy, and microphlebectomy are all very effective on removing varicose veins, spider veins, and telangiectasias on the back of the hands and the face. These veins only need one treatment in most cases, and the veins will vanish for the most part immediately. Some larger veins will take a few weeks to fully disappear, but will improve dramatically during the procedure.
Are these treatments permanent?
When Dr. Heeringa and Nurse Seehase remove these veins, they are closed off permanently. They will not reopen and reform. The blood that was running through these veins is instantly re-routed as soon as the vein collapses. They are gone for good. You can still develop other similar veins in the future, however.
Why should the team at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists treat my hand and facial veins?
Veins are all we do at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists. This isn’t a sideline for us. We treat the full spectrum of venous diseases from venous ulcers to edema to visible varicosities, all the way to the tiniest spider veins. This is what we do and we do it better than anyone in Northern Michigan.