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Causes of Hand Veins and Treatment Options

Sep 8, 2021 1:46:33 PM Dr. Michael Ombrellino, MD, FACS
Causes of Hand Veins and Treatment Options

Having veiny hands has never been a comfortable feeling for anyone. It often comes with the struggle to cover them up in public because of how unattractive they appear. Bumpy veins on the back of the hand can be caused by various factors. These include:

  • If you are a fitness junkie who lifts weights from time to time, you are likely to experience veiny hands.
  • Is old age catching up with you? The presence of unsightly veins on the back of your hands could be the aging sign you are looking for. As you get older, collagen production decreases and your skin gets sunken, easily revealing veins.
  • Hot Weather. Exposing yourself to high temperatures or UV rays for longer periods can cause bulging of veins in your hands.
  • Low Body Fat. A reduction of fatty tissues in your body is another cause of visible and unsightly hand veins.
  • Based on family history, you may be simply prone to bulging veins.

Treatment Options for Hand Veins

The best thing about having hand veins is knowing that you can easily get rid of them through modern medically enhanced cosmetic techniques. These days it seems everyone is offering vein treatments, from podiatrists to cardiologists to radiologists. For over 55 years, our vein specialists have been treating patients for a variety of vein diseases. In fact, we have the top-rated vein treatment centers and most experienced vein specialists in New Jersey.

As vascular doctors, we are most qualified to treat the full spectrum of vein and vascular issues. It is our core focus and specialty. We pride ourselves on delivering practical, honest and adept care.

The following are current techniques you can use to smooth out veiny hands, which will rejuvenate their youthful look:


This is a very common procedure for getting rid of small-sized veins. The 15-30 minute procedure involves injecting the affected body part with tiny needles containing a solution that collapses the small veins. For veins (varicose or spider veins) that cannot be found on the skin surface, ultrasound sclerotherapy is done to guide the injections into the skin. The result… injected veins no longer carry blood, which is thereby rerouted to unaffected healthy veins.


This procedure is recommended for veins that cannot be removed through sclerotherapy. It is less intrusive and is performed when the patient is numbed with a local anesthetic. Small incisions are made on the skin to remove the veins and minimal discomfort is experienced. The incisions do not take long to heal and stitching is not required. Strenuous activities are, however, to be avoided for 1-2 weeks for better cosmetic results.

Endovenous Laser Therapy

Laser treatment involves using heat energy to damage the targeted hand veins. There are no incisions or injections involved, just bursts of laser light. Using laser fiber, the doctor heats the veins, rendering them closed. The patient can resume a normal routine after laser therapy. 

Using Health Insurance for Vein Procedures

If you're wondering whether or not you can use your health insurance coverage to get your hand veins treated, note that it depends on whether the treatment is cosmetic or medical. Most of the time, cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance, and you may have to cater for the procedure costs out of your pocket. More importantly, a consultation with your vein specialist will give you a clear way forward on how to settle treatment costs.

Are you looking to eliminate hand veins or seek treatment for other vein-related conditions? The vein doctors at the Vein Institute of New Jersey can help. Contact us today for professional diagnosis and treatment of all vein conditions.

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