Broken veins on the face, also known as telangiectasias, thread veins or spider veins, are web-like clusters of damaged, tiny blood vessels just under the skin’s surface and are often found on the mid-face, around the nose and cheeks.
Broken veins are also often found on the legs. Here, they are often confused with varicose veins, and although both vein conditions are similar and share the exact cause, varicose veins are more prominent, twisting veins that can bulge against the skin’s surface. Varicose veins can be very painful, while spider veins do not typically hurt and can lead to serious health complications.
While harmless, broken veins can be very distressing, especially when they are highly visible. Various treatments can improve the appearance of spider veins.