Millions of women are bothered by spider veins—those small yet unsightly, clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it is estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem. Dr. Conkright and his team of professionals have treated spider veins with Sclerotherapy for 17 years. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. If you are considering Sclerotherapy to improve the appearance of your legs, contact our office.
A typical Sclerotherapy session begins with you changing into shorts and having your legs photographed for your medical records. You will be asked to lie down on the examination table and the skin over your spider veins will be cleansed. Using one hand to stretch the skin, Dr. Conkright's professional staff will begin injecting the sclerosing agent into the affected veins. Bright, indirect light and magnification help ensure that the process is completed with maximum precision. As the procedure continues, you will feel small needle sticks and possibly a small burning sensation. However, the needle used is so thin and the sclerosing solution is so mild that pain is usually minimal.
- 30 to 45 minutes
Serious medical complications from Sclerotherapy are extremely rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified professional. However, they may occur. Risks include the formation of blood clots in the veins, severe inflammation, and adverse allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution and skin injury that could leave a small but permanent scar. A common cosmetic complication is pigmentation irregularity—brownish splotches on the affected skin that may take months to a year to fade. Another problem that can occur is "telangiectatic matting"; in which fine reddish blood vessels appear around the treated area, requiring further injections. You can reduce the risks associated by choosing a qualified professional who is well versed in the area of Sclerotherapy.
Most patients are pleased with the difference Sclerotherapy makes. The skin of your legs will appear younger, clearer and more healthy-looking. If you’ve been wearing long skirts or pants to hide your spider veins, you’ll now be able to broaden your fashion horizons. Often, patients are surprised at the dramatic difference in appearance between a treated leg and an untreated leg.