Hand & Facial Veins

Facial veins tend to occur more as we age and generally start to be visible around age 40 but we do see them in much younger patients. The exact cause of facial veins developing are not completely understood. We do know that there are some associated factors to include: sun exposure, genetics, natural aging, and some medical conditions such as hypertension and rosacea.

Facial veins are usually considered a cosmetic issue and treatment is not covered by insurance. They are more common in fair skinned individuals and can range in size from very small to as large as a few millimeters. Facial spider veins generally appear on the nose, chin or cheek area and often occur in rosacea. These veins are most commonly red, and usually appear in three basic shapes: linear, branch-like or spider-shaped, with a dark center point

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Hand & Facial Veins
Treatment Options

The most important principle to remember is that facial veins lie above the heart. As such, we do not have to consider gravity, failure of valves or venous reflux when assessing and treating facial veins. Treatment options for facial veins can almost always be selected from visual assessment alone. As a general rule, the smaller and more superficial the veins, the easier they are to treat and the more commonly they are treated. When thinking about possible treatment options for hand and facial veins, the selection of the appropriate treatment comes down to colour, size and depth of the target vein with a small consideration as to the location once the other factors have been taken into account.

Laser Therapy

Unlike the skin of the leg, the skin of the face is constantly exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and is therefore very resistant to thermal damage. As such, transdermal laser therapy can be used directly to treat appropriate facial veins with low chances of causing skin burns.

Hand and Arm Vein Therapy

Reticular veins on the hand and arm (prominent veins) are quite common, occurring in over 40% of the population. Hand and arm veins become more prominent with aging, due to loss of volume (subcutaneous fat) in the hands, decreased tissue elasticity, decreased muscle mass, and due to progressive sun damage over time. Hand veins typically occur on the dorsum of the hand.

The vast majority of people do not have any symptoms secondary to hand and arm veins. A small group of patients may complain of itching or pain over the veins. Some people find hand and arm veins unsightly and seek treatment to improve the appearance by eliminating the visible hand and arm veins.

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Tips For A Fast Recovery

As with any procedure, some mild side effects might occur. These side effects include slight redness to the skin tone or mild swelling in the treated area.Common recommendations for treated patients include:

Stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds for at least two weeks.

Wear at least 45 SPF sunblock on your face for at least two weeks.

It should be noted that hand and arm veins are commonly used for intravenous access or blood sampling. Treatment of these veins with sclerotherapy will prevent further intravenous access of these veins and necessitate the use of other veins in the arms.

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