What are spider veins on the face?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Spider veins are slightly enlarged veins that are visible through the skin's surface. People who have conditions such as rosacea, which involves dilation of the skin's blood vessels, often have spider veins on their face. They may also have more sensitive skin. If you have spider veins on your face, see your dermatologist about possible treatments.
Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD

These are normal, superficial, and far too obvious veins - arterial offshoots of the bigger, robust artery that goes up the nose and the middle of the face. That's why they are usually right near the nostrils. These arterials aren't necessarily broken or dilated; they're just close to the surface.

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Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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