What happens if spider veins are not treated?
Spider Vein Risk?
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Spider veins can proliferate if untreated
No medical risk.
Spider veins are not associated with any medical risks. If left untreated they will worsen with time. Spider veins, however, are often due to an underlying malfunctioning (refluxing) of the valves of the saphenous system. This could be determined by a venous reflux exam. Treating the reflux can help to decrease the amount and recurrence rate of spider veins.
Spider vein risk
Spider veins that are not treated have no specific risk associated with them. Over time, they may increase in number, but it's hard to predict if, when, and to what degree that will happen. If you feel they are unsightly, you may consider sclerotherapy to treat them cosmetically. If not, there is no medical need to do anything.
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Are Spider Veins necessary to treat
Spider veins are not dangerous and the reason to treat them are for appearances only. That being said they are easily treated by your local dermatologist with a simple procedure called sclerotherapy.
Spider veins may progress rapidly over a 2 to 5 years period of time or they may change very little over that period of time. Unfortunately, this aspect of spider veins and their progression is difficult to predict. Most people are genetically predisposed to develop more and more spider veins as they age. My estimate is that this would occur 80 percent of the time and only about 20 percent of those people would have either no or slow progression over the aging process.
Spider veins are cosmetic and do not need to be treated
Spider veins are great to treat as they are unsightly and many people choose to use sclerotherapy to get rid of tem but they have no health concerns if left untreated. Even if treated you can still get new veins in the future so treating the veins you have may or may not prevent new ones from forming.
Spider veins slowly worsen with time.
Spider veins slowly worsen with time and are easy to treat with sclerotherapy injections which don't hurt and run around $350 per session and require 1-3 sessions a month apart. Sincerely,
Spider veins and natural history
Generally, the caliber of the vessels may slowly enlarge or spreading of the vascularity may occur with time. However, it really depends on the cause (perforators, systemic disease, steroids, etc.)
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