Facial veins typically do not cause pain, and are usually treated for cosmetic reasons. The smaller veins that appear as fine red lines on the nose, chin, cheeks and the side of the face, are called facial spider veins. These are often related to fair skin complexion, sun exposure, heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, and the aging process. Rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition, may also be associated with “broken capillaries” or spider veins. Treatment is simple and consists of one to three laser or intense pulsed light treatments over a six week period. Facial veins can return however, if the inciting causes are not corrected, like excessive sun exposure.