When veins are working properly, they return blood to the heart for reoxygenization. When their valves fail, leak or are damaged, some of the blood flows in a backward direction instead of toward the heart, where it may collect in a pool. This can cause the veins to become distended, and that's when you can get symptoms such as pain, burning, itching, throbbing and fatigue. Varicose veins may also limit your ability to work or your capacity for leisure activities.More >> Spider veins are the ones you see closer to the skin's surface that may appear small, threadlike and wispy. They may appear red or purple in color; however, reticular veins or "feeder" veins may appear bluish-green and can have a marbled appearance. Spider veins and reticular veins are generally considered a cosmetic condition and usually not covered by insurance.More >> Facial spider veins range in size from small, wispy red and purple veins to larger blue-green veins.
Small veins are commonly seen on the nose, cheeks and chin. The larger veins may be found in the temple area, around the eyes and along the jaw line. These veins typically do not cause pain and are considered cosmetic.More >>