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What are spider veins on the face?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

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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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
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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.

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