We most commonly associate varicose veins with legs. Why is this? Varicose veins form when vein valves are weakened or damaged, so they struggle to properly circulate blood. Valves in the legs work the hardest because they push blood upward against gravity, making the legs the most common area for vein problems. But the vascular physicians in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center know that legs aren’t the only area that can develop these pesky veins. Here are a few places you may not expect to find varicose veins.
We rely on our hands for almost everything, from drinking a glass of water to typing a text on our phones. Varicose veins on the hands are very uncommon, but those who experience them may feel self-conscious. Hands are a central part of our day-to-day lives, making it hard to hide. Who wants to wear something over their hands, especially during the central Florida summer? Luckily, these veins are typically harmless and can still be treated as a cosmetic concern.
Like hands, arms can be a difficult area to hide varicose veins. They most often appear on arms as a person ages, or they can appear in avid exercisers who are pursuing weight loss. If you’re hitting up the gym now, don’t quit your membership to avoid developing varicose veins—there are still many benefits to frequent exercise and veins in the arms can be cosmetically treated.
Everyone has veins around the eyes, and there are several reasons why these can become visible. Similar to veins on the arms, they may become more visible with weight loss. They can also become more visible when pupils are dilated. For some individuals, visibility may simply be due to genetics; their veins are just closer to the skin’s surface.
Varicose veins on the face are generally due to broken capillaries, or tiny blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. These may appear as fine red or purple lines, rather than the dark, bulging ones often seen on legs. Like many of the other areas on this list, veins on the face are typically harmless, but treatable if they make you feel self-conscious.
Varicose veins can appear on the chest for many reasons. Most commonly, however, they tend to appear in patients who have undergone implant surgery. While they can still make some feel self-conscious about their appearance, this is rarely a serious health concern.
Varicose veins can pop up in a lot of unlikely places—although most of the time, they pose no risk to your health. There are treatment options available to reduce the appearance of these veins so that you can feel confident and comfortable with your body. One option is topical laser therapy. Topical lasers, such as our Cutera Laser Excel V, are recommended for surface veins, and they’re gentle enough to require no downtime after use. We simply apply micro-pulses of laser energy to the skin, naturally triggering the collagen in the skin to heal itself.
Vascular physicians in Orlando use the best tools to effectively treat your leg vein issue, from ultrasound machines to properly diagnose and treat to the Cutera Laser Excel V for the finishing touches. You can schedule a consultation with one of our specialists by calling 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547.