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Visible Hand Veins – Causes & Treatment | Palm Clinic NZ

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Our hands age faster than any other part of our body. As we age their youthful plumpness slowly breaks down revealing skinnier, bonier hands with visible hand veins. Many people dislike the look of hand veins and seek hand vein treatment.

Below we discuss hand vein causes and the simple, fast and effective hand vein treatment offered in our Auckland clinic. If you would like to discuss this further please contact our reception team.

Prominent arm veins.
Before and after hand vein treatment using dermal fillers at Palm Clinic, Auckland.

Hand Vein Causes

Hand vein causes are unavoidable for most people. They are not so much to do with the hand veins themselves but with the loss of plumpness and volume in the skin of the hands. However in some cases they can signal a medical condition (DVT or Superficial thrombophlebitis) which will need attention.

  • Genetics: You are more likely to have visible hand veins if other people in your family also have them.
  • Age: As we age our skin loses volume and elasticity causing it to thin, sag, and make hand veins more noticeable.
  • Loss of fat, muscle and collagen: As we age the fat, muscle and collagen in our hands erodes contributing to their thinner, saggier appearance with more hand veins.
  • Sun exposure and hot weather: When our body heats up, our veins enlarge, making hand veins more prominent than they are in cooler weather.
  • Exercise: Like with hot weather, exercise also causes hand veins to expand and become more visible as more blood is pumped through them.
  • Lifting heavy objects: Frequent lifting of heavy objects has the same effect as exercise to create more visible hand veins.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): DVT is a serious medical condition in which a blood clot occurs in a limb. If you experience visible hand veins along with pain and swelling in one hand, this could indicate DVT and requires immediate attention.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis: This is a blood clot in a superficial hand vein and makes the vein feel firm, tender and hot. It requires medical treatment.
Visible hand veins as a result of ageing.

Hand Vein Treatments

If hand veins are not a symptom of a medical condition the treatment we recommend is to use dermal fillers to restore volume in the hand to disguise the hand veins. This hand vein treatment is highly effective, safe, and requires no down time from work.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a hugely popular cosmetic treatment which are most often used to create fullness in the lips, reduce wrinkles and lift sagging facial skin. Filler comes in the form of a gel that gets injected into the skin of the hand.

How are dermal fillers used in hand vein treatments?

We have been treating hand veins using dermal fillers for over 25 years and have found them to be incredibly effective at restoring fullness in the hands so that the veins are far less visible and no longer bulge from the skin.

Dermal filler is injected using a ‘cannula’ which is a safe way to deliver the dermal filler beneath the skin. The hyaluronic acid in the filler acts like a sponge to absorb fluid and replace the volume lost in the tissues with ageing. This creates more padding around the veins to make them less visible.

How long does hand vein treatment take?

Treatment usually takes around 45 minutes, after which you can return to work.

Are results instant?

Results are apparent immediately and continue to develop over the next two to three weeks.

Are there any risks or side effects to using dermal filler for hand vein treatment?

Hand vein treatment is not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. After treatment there may be some redness, tenderness, swelling or bruising around the treated area.

After having treatment we recommend that you avoid intense exercise, alcohol and touching the area for the remainder of the day, and avoid flying internationally for one week.

In extremely rare cases there is the chance of blisters or pustules forming, or painful discolouration in the skin of the hands as a result of vascular compromise, both of which require urgent medical attention.

How long do results last?

Hand vein results can last between 6 and 24 months. The filler we use is Juvederm, which is an industry leading brand and the longest lasting filler available.

What is the cost of hand vein treatment?

A single syringe of dermal filler starts at $930. The amount of filler required will depend on the scale of the hand veins. Before treatment you will be required to book a consultation where your hand veins can be assessed and a hand vein treatment cost will be discussed.

Visible hand veins due to genetics and ageing.

If your hand veins are a symptom of a medical issue, our vein doctors can guide you through the below treatments:

  • Phlebitis treatment: In less severe cases superficial clots can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication and compression to the hands and arms. In more severe cases an anticoagulant (blood thinning medication) may also be required.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis treatment: DVT would require anticoagulants and an ultrasound to check its progress. We would also screen for Paget-Schroetter syndrome which can sometimes be a cause of DVT.

To learn more about hand vein treatments or to book your consultation, please contact our reception team on 0800 4 PALM CLINIC or [email protected]

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