Spider veins and broken capillaries may appear anywhere on the face, typically around the nose or under the eyes. The cause of spider veins on the face may differ from what causes them on the legs or other areas. The red or bluish threads are injured veins or capillaries. Spider veins are usually harmless, but some people have a cosmetic concern over the condition.

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Spider veins develop from venous insufficiency which comes from a back-flow of blood in the veins; the pressure causes damage to the vessel walls. Prolonged inflammation, high blood pressure, and obesity are some of the medical causes of spider veins. Sometimes, a non-medical condition causes venous insufficiency. Rubbing or washing the face too hard can cause broken capillaries.

Aging causes the weakening of veins and skin, and the aging skin can make the spider veins more noticeable. Generally, smaller spider veins are reddish, and larger spider veins are bluish. The color of the spider vein stems from the repair capabilities of the veins affected. A broken capillary in younger skin can delegate its function to a larger vein and remain reddish until it repairs. Aging capillaries may not be able to depend on larger veins to do this job if the larger veins are also broken and weak.


Since there are numerous diagnostic procedures and treatments available, it is important to choose a doctor with the right medical background and access to the latest technology.  Athens Vein & Thoracic Specialists services include the following:

Treatments can be combined with Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide System for pain and anxiety relief. Athens Vein and Thoracic Specialists is one of the few practices in the area offering this combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide which is effective enough to ease pain and anxiety without medication.