All patients with spider veins, varicose veins and other forms of venous insufficiency should adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle to help relieve symptoms and prevent further damage to veins and surrounding skin. While many people do not require treatment beyond regular exercise, weight control and graduated support stockings, some will choose additional treatments to improve appearance or relieve symptoms that might persist in spite of trying conservative therapy.
We do strongly recommend treatment for patients who have had or are at high risk of complications related to their varicose veins. These complications include superficial phlebitis, bleeding varicose veins and venous ulcers. Fortunately, these complications are quite rare.