Varicose Veins

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What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins, also known as spider veins, often look blue, purple, or green and can sometimes look like a cluster. They can be slightly raised or look thick and ropey. They are veins that assist in taking blood back to the heart, but over time, they get stretched out. Minimally invasive treatments are available to remove or reduce their appearance. Don’t worry, you have many, many more veins to do the necessary job, so these varicose, stretched out veins are generally a cosmetic issue more than anything. 

For patients bothered by the appearance of spider veins, we offer several treatment options. To learn which treatment option may be right for you, schedule an appointment with Steele Dermatology online or give us a call at (770) 464-6000.

What causes varicose veins?

Over time most of us will get some spider veins of some sort. Sometimes they are deeper, thicker veins and sometimes they’re just the superficial ones, or often both. Veins get older and stretched out over the years and they become visible, especially on the legs. Being “on your feet” a lot can make them show up earlier or make them worse, also child-bearing makes them worse because of increased pressure in the legs during pregnancy, and there is also a genetic component. 

Where do you get varicose veins?

The most common place for spider veins to appear is by far on the legs.  

How do we treat varicose veins?



Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure where a solution is injected into the superficial varicose and spider veins on the skin. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel such that it collapses and therefore, becomes less visible.

Excel 5 Laser

Laser Redness and Vascular Treatment – Excel V

Laser vein treatment is performed for superficial red and deeper blue/purple blood vessels. The Excel V laser that is used specifically targets blood vessels to give the very best results for these types of lesions.

Schedule an Appointment

With offices conveniently located in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Steele Dermatology offers several treatment options for patients looking to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins. To learn which treatment may be right for you, schedule an appointment or give us a call at (770) 464-6000.