It is not possible to guarantee complete clearance. Treatment should restore an even and uniform appearance to the legs and an improvement of 80-90% can be expected within 3-6 months. Initially the treated legs may look worse, due to bruising and trapped blood, however this will disappear over a number of weeks. Veins treated effectively by sclerotherapy and /or ELVeS should not return. However, even with the most skilled therapist, there is a small group of people whose veins do not respond adequately to treatment. Totally new veins can appear with time. The treatment is therefore directed at the current problem with future treatments likely for some people.
Vein disease is progressive which if left untreated is likely to become worse with time. Increasing symptoms that can occur with untreated varicose veins include leg tiredness, heaviness, aching, throbbing, restlessness, tingling, itching numbness and swelling. More serious complications such as phlebitis, blood clots, dermatitis, and vein ulcers can develop if varicose veins are left untreated.