Spider veins and broken capillaries, Telangiectasia, are abnormally dilated small vessels near the surface of the skin. They are usually only between 0.5 and 3 millimeters in size and can develop anywhere on the body but are typically found on the face and/or legs. These are harmless and generally cause no pain or discomfort as opposed to varicose veins (large enlarged veins), which may be symptomatic. Their main impact is unsightly appearance. The causes of spider veins include: increased age, family history, hormonal changes, pregnancy, various factors increasing blood volume and pressure in the legs (obesity, leg injury, prolonged standing, heavy lifting, etc.), sun exposure, inflammatory skin diseases, such as rosacea, chronic skin irritation/inflammation. (This factor is more relevant for spider veins on the face.) Treatment for Spider Veins or Varicose is Scelerotherapy or Laser treatments. With large varicose veins, surgical treatments, such as vein stripping, may be required.