Do you have varicose veins on your legs that you are looking to cover-up? For some people, varicose veins are highly visible and may cause feelings of discontentment with the way they look. It is only natural to consider that tattoos may be a good way to feel better about your appearance without going through the process of varicose vein removal or simply learning to live with the appearance of your varicose veins.
At NewDermaMed, we want to help you feel as good about yourself on the outside as you do on the inside. We are here to answer some of the most common questions about varicose veins and whether or not you can cover them up with tattoos. For more information on how to reduce the appearance of your varicose veins see our previous article, How to Hide Bulging Varicose Veins.
Can I Tattoo Over Varicose Veins?
In theory, you could tattoo over varicose veins, but you might not want to. There are many issues that could arise from tattooing over your varicose veins. From simply having tattoos that don’t turn out as you had expected to develop medical issues tattooing over varicose veins might not be your best choice. It could be best to remove varicose veins before tattooing over the area or simply refraining from tattooing over the veins all together.
Having tattoos over your varicose veins can make it more challenging to diagnose an issue with your veins and may also lead to complications. Ruptured veins, infection and even spontaneous bleeding can occur from tattooing over your varicose veins, and it may not be worth the risks for the aesthetic change.
Can I Tattoo Over Spider Veins?
Spider veins are often not as much a concern as bulging varicose veins. You may be able to safely cover spider veins with tattoos without risking any complications or distorted tattoos. It is always a good idea to speak with a medical doctor to determine the safety of doing this as it relates to you and your body. Getting realistic expectations of the hoped-for result from a tattoo artist may also be a good idea.
What Could I Consider Instead?
If you are troubled by the appearance or have discomfort caused by your varicose veins, you may wish to look into having the veins removed. Though varicose veins are generally not dangerous, they may increase the risk of swelling, bleeding, leg ulcers and DVT when veins are severe. Your first step in treating your varicose veins should be to speak with your doctor.
If you choose to have your varicose veins removed, you have a few options to consider. Laser vein removal, sclerotherapy, high ligation and vein stripping are all options that can remove the troubling veins to improve the appearance and reduce discomfort.
Laser vein removal is the least invasive of the vein removal process and can be a good option for many people with varicose veins. Consider reaching out to the experts at NewDermaMed to learn more about this procedure and see how varicose vein removal can be life-changing for you.