Facial spider veins (also known as telangiestasias) are usually capillaries or small arteries in the papillary dermis, with weakened elastic fibers in their walls which allow them to dilate and become visible. Facial spider veins can be caused by rosacea, hormones, oral contraceptives, sun exposure or the aging process. The linear and arborizing type of facial Veins occur most commonly around the nose, and the spider type are most common on the cheeks.
Facial vein laser treatments are used to eliminate small, red-to-purple spider veins that appear on the face. Laser therapy of facial spider veins may cause minor bruising which usually improves within a week, but often, recovery is immediate.