Why Are My Veins so Visible?

What Is Normal For Visible Veins?

We all have some veins somewhere on our bodies that we can see. Some veins are more visible on people’s hands, feet and legs than others.

However, the question remains: Which veins on my body is it normal to be able to see?

That answer is not necessarily clear-cut and straightforward as you may think. Certain veins may be visible to some people and not others, however, the most important thing is to ensure that the veins you see on your body are not a risk to your health and well-being.

Visible Veins In Populations With Lower Body Fat

Many people who have a lower percentage of body fat may be able to notice more veins that may seem closer to the skin’s surface. It’s not that the veins are closer to the skin’s surface, however, with less subcutaneous fat underneath the skin, the veins are more likely to show through, especially in “thinner” areas of the skin such as around joints or in the hands and feet.


I can see my veins.

Are My Visible Veins A Health Risk?

It depends on the types of veins that you are seeing. Spider veins are considered relatively harmless, although they may cause some people to feel very self-conscious about themselves if their veins are visible in certain places. The spider veins may also cause some mild discomfort.

The other type of veins that are the ones to be more concerned about is the varicose veins. Varicose veins are usually 3+ millimeters in size and are bumpy and often twisted and feel ropy even through the skin. If left untreated they can result in problems like sores, ulcers, and even blood clots.

However, both spider and varicose veins can rupture and bleed. Unless they break and bleed, spider veins are usually harmless while the varicose veins are more of an issue causing sores and wounds.


Should I Have My Visible Veins Treated?

It depends on the type of veins that you have that are visible. If you have veins that are thick and feel “raised” or ropy under your skin, those may be varicose veins. Either way, if you are concerned about the veins you see on your body, it is best to consult your doctor. Consulting with a vein specialist or dermatologist, as to which type of veins you have and what treatment is appropriate for them is best.

Varicose veins are the veins that will pose more of a health risk which could include sores, ulcers, or blood clots to name a few concerns. However, even if the spider veins do not pose a “threat” to one’s health, many people are often left self-conscious about how the veins look and what other people might think.

veins visible in feet

However, no matter what types of veins you have that are visible and that you want to be removed, laser treatments tend to work well to get rid of many of those veins. Whether varicose or spider veins, each laser treatment will run between $400 and $1000 depending on the severity of the veins and the area that has to be treated.

Depending on your Physician’s assessment, the appropriate treatment is just a click away! Remember: never hesitate to contact a local Vein Specialist and always follow their instructions!

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