Thinking of Tattooing over Your Varicose Veins? Just Don’t.

It may seem like a great idea, a way to turn something not so pretty into a work of body art. Unfortunately, the doctors at Palm Vein Center say tattooing over varicose veins is NOT a good idea.

Whether to tattoo over varicose veins is a question that’s coming up more often as the generations that have most enthusiastically embraced tattoos—Generation X and Millennials—are also starting to develop varicose veins. While young people can and do develop varicose veins, the risk goes up with age, and with childbearing. So these tattooed moms and dads are starting to wonder whether to hide their bulging veins with ink.

You can find videos and blog posts online promoting the practice of tattooing over varicose veins, but don’t believe them. Here are three reasons the medical experts at Palm Vein Center say it’s a bad idea.

  • If a patient doesn’t have enough subcutaneous fat, the tattooing needle could puncture the vein. Although this is rare, it’s not worth the risk. It could lead to infection and make your varicose veins function more poorly and look more unsightly.
  • Tattoos can make it harder to treat your venous disease—and it is a disease, not just a cosmetic issue. Untreated varicose veins can lead to health problems such as skin ulcers, poor circulation, pain, skin discoloration, and hemorrhaging. Getting a tattoo can make it more difficult for your doctor to see your veins clearly and thus more difficult to treat them accurately and effectively.
  • If a varicose vein is damaged during the tattooing process, you could have internal and external bleeding, which can affect surrounding organs. You may find yourself rushing to an urgent care clinic or emergency room to repair the ruptured vein. It’s just not worth the risk to your overall health.

If you want to get a tattoo where you have a varicose vein, have the varicose vein treated first. Minimally invasive treatments such as light-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous radiofrequency treatment, endovenous laser treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy, and VenaSeal Closure can safely remove spider veins and varicose veins.

The doctors at Palm Vein Center can help you better understand venous disease and what treatment may be appropriate for your condition.

Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!