Do You Have Veiny Hands? 7 Causes Why Veins Pop Out

Do You Have Veiny Hands? 7 Causes Behind Veins Popping Out

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Many women suffer from the problem of veiny hands – a condition where the veins seem to bulge and are extremely prominent near the surface of the skin. This makes the hands look wobbly and old. It is a common belief that women get veiny hands as they grow older. However, the truth is, growing older is NOT the only reason behind visible veins in your hands!

From anti-ageing creams to moisturisation, you probably have a set beauty routine in place for your face. You need it too, after dealing with all the stress of taking care of your kids and managing your other tasks! However, it’s not just your face but also your hands and feet that need extra attention. Not going the extra mile for your hands may result in stubborn, veiny hands and feet – something you may not be able to get rid of, despite all the manicures and pedicures you could splurge on!

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Veiny Hands


Of course, the most common reason for your hands to look old with bulging veins is ageing. But what if your hands are veiny for a completely different reason? Ageing isn’t the only reason behind veiny hands! Some of the reasons behind veiny hands are downright dangerous and need to be checked even if you have the smallest of indicators. After all, it’s your health we’re talking about and you can never be too careful with it! So what should you watch out for if you have veiny hands? Read on and find out.

7 Reasons Why Your Veins Pop Out

1. Exercise

Yes! Exercise – the ultimate way to maintain beauty and fitness can, unfortunately, have some harsh effects on your delicate hands! Doing strength exercises can cause your arterial blood pressure to increase. This can cause your muscles to harden and push the veins to the surface of the skin, making your hands veiny.

What to do: No matter what its cosmetic effects, exercise (when done in the right way and in right amounts) is completely healthy. You should worry and contact the doctor only if the veins are painful or swell up.

2. Ageing Skin

As mentioned above, your skin needs extra care as it ages and this includes taking care of your hands. However, if you had disregarded your hands completely in your younger days, then you might see veiny hands despite care routines you may have adopted as you’ve grown older, as you missed out on caring for your hands before they showed signs of ageing.

What to do: Don’t worry, it’s really never too late! Continue to care for your hands and you are bound to see a positive difference! A few basic steps like moisturising and scrubbing can help you get younger-looking hands in no time, when done regularly.

3. Genetics

An unavoidable cause of veiny hands may lie in your genes! Genetics play a major role in determining how we look, what diseases we are at risk for and so much more – and include veiny hands as well. If your relatives (e.g. mom, dad, siblings, etc.) have veiny hands, there’s a high chance you already have or are going to have veiny hands too.

What to do: If this is the reason you have veiny hands, there’s nothing to be anxious about! However, if you want to resolve your problem regarding your veiny hands, you can opt for laser treatments or fat-filling procedures as well.

4. Cardiovascular Diseases and Disorders

In some longstanding cardiovascular diseases, venous blood return is sluggish and slow which can result in bulging veins or swelling over hands but has no concern with varicose veins.The body has other symptoms too regarding cardiovascular diseases which can be seen in other parts of the body. Veiny hands are common for most people and need cosmetic concern many times. This is due to the fact that the veins weaken due to over-stretching.

What to do: If you find veiny hands with other symptoms like breathlessness, palpitations then immediately concern your doctor.

5. Low Body Fat Percentage

If you have a low body fat percentage, the amount of fat under the skin would be quite less. This makes the veins appear closer to the skin and results in veiny hands. The ideal body fat percentage doesn’t give the hands an unhealthy look, even if your veins are visible.

What to do: If you feel your body fat percentage is below the ideal requirement, then consult a nutritionist to design a diet plan that will help you gain body fat.

6. Pregnancy

Due to an increase in blood and nutrient supply to nourish the baby in your womb, the blood flow in your veins will be up by 20 to 40 per cent during pregnancy. As a result, not only will you see veiny hands, you will also see visible varicose veins in your breasts, abdomen and feet!

What to do: You don’t need to worry about this. The veins will eventually go back to normal after you give birth.

Watch the video to see what happens to your veins during pregnancy:

7. Weight Loss

When you start losing weight, the fat layer under your skin starts to melt away and your veins become more visible. This can result in veins popping out from your hands.

What to do: You don’t have to panic about this, as it is a normal part of the weight loss process. Consult the doctor only if the veins get painful or swollen.

Now that you know the different reasons behind your veiny hands, you can choose the way forward to deal with them! One of the procedures you can consider is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure which is used to treat varicose veins and spider veins.

In sclerotherapy, a solution (generally, a salt solution) is injected directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, which causes it to collapse and stick together and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades away. You can have sclerotherapy if you take birth control pills. Besides sclerotherapy for hand veins, this procedure is used with fillers but fillers can be used without sclerotherapy too. If you have veiny hands you can consider this treatment, but you must consult a dermatologist or vascular medicine specialist for the same as he will be able to guide you if you really need to undergo the treatment.

Remember veiny hands are just a cosmetic issue (in most cases). So until and unless you feel that it’s a serious indicator of a health issue, you don’t have to worry much about them!

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