The aim of treating varicose veins is to reduce symptoms and prevent the long term complications developing. The visible appearance will be also greatly improved but with all forms of treatment, it is possible to develop new veins later in life. Up to 95% have no recurrence at 5 years with new techniques.
If veins are untreated, they gradually spread and symptoms increase. Long standing varicose veins can lead to damaged skin with eczema, permanent brown discolouration of the skin and eventually leg ulcers which are very difficult to heal.
When veins are treated, quality of life is improved. Symptoms of aching, cramps etc go away and patients are more confident in what clothes they can wear and the activities that they can take part in without embarrassment.