Unsightly and embarrassing spider veins can appear in many places on your body, including your face, chest, and breasts. Over time, veins on your hands also become visible, making your hands look years older than your real age. Ned Majid, MD, and Benjamin Yam, MD, at Northeast Laser Vein Institute can improve your appearance and permanently eliminate these veins with quick laser and sclerotherapy treatments. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Ridgewood or West Patterson, New Jersey, or use the online booking feature.
Spider veins frequently appear on the chest, breasts, and face, including under your eyes. These unsightly veins develop when valves that normally keep blood flowing in one direction fail to work properly.
As a weak valve lets blood flow backward, blood accumulates in the vein, and the veins enlarge. When this happens in small veins near the skin’s surface, you end up with spider veins.
Visible hand veins are different from spider veins. In most cases, these are normal veins that become prominent over time, as the natural layer of fat diminishes and your skin loses elasticity. In rare cases, an enlarged hand vein may occur due to a vascular problem in your arm like a blood clot.
Like hand veins, bulging forehead veins are unsightly but not dangerous. However, a visible forehead vein that’s accompanied by pain, dizziness, or vision problems should be examined by your doctor.
The doctors at Northeast Laser Vein Institute use an advanced laser to eliminate facial, breast, and back spider veins, as well as veins that appear under your eye. The laser operates on a wavelength that’s only absorbed by the colored pigments in blood vessels, so it doesn’t affect the surrounding tissues. The laser heats veins to a temperature that makes them break down, then the damaged veins are permanently eliminated by your body.
Spider veins located anywhere on your body can be removed using sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy, your doctor injects a medication that damages the vein, making it collapse and causing scarring. Over time, your body removes the scar tissue, and the treated veins disappear.
Hand and forehead veins may be treated with a laser or sclerotherapy. Since they’re larger than spider veins, they may take longer to disappear after your treatment.
You may also have another treatment option for hand veins: dermal fillers. Your doctor at Northeast Laser Vein Institute may inject a dermal filler to plump up the area around the hand vein, effectively diminishing the vein’s appearance. While the effect of a dermal filler is temporary, it has the advantage of also hiding visible tendons in your hand.
If you have questions about eliminating unsightly veins anywhere on your body, call Northeast Laser Vein Institute or book an appointment online.