Are the veins in your hands too prominent or visible? Dark or overly puffy veins can make otherwise toned, attractive hands look aged. Luckily, you can get rid of your prominent veins and restore a more youthful look with sclerotherapy, a popular vein removal method.

What is sclerotherapy?

During sclerotherapy, your dermatologist injects a special chemical into the unwanted veins. The chemical causes the vein to close, and over the coming weeks, your body absorbs the dead vein tissue. Before long, those veins you once hated will no longer be visible. The procedure usually only takes about 20 minutes.

Does sclerotherapy hurt?

The pain and discomfort are quite mild. Your doctor may use a local anesthetic or numbing gel to keep you comfortable during the procedure. You might feel a slight pinching when the needle is inserted into your veins and a bit of a burning sensation as the chemical begins working to close your veins.

What is the recovery process like?

After sclerotherapy, your hands might be slightly swollen and bruised. These side effects should go away within a few days, and they aren’t likely to keep you from partaking in activities you love. Most patients don’t need to take any time off from work after having sclerotherapy on their hands. Your doctor may have you wear compression gloves for a few days post-procedure. This just helps speed healing and reduce the risk of blood clots.

How long do the results last?

Once a vein has been eliminated with sclerotherapy, it is gone forever. You might need more than one appointment if you have many veins that require treatment, but the results of those treatments are permanent.

If you’re ready to get rid of unsightly hand veins for good, contact us to learn more about sclerotherapy.