Spider veins are also referred to as telangiectasia or broken capillaries. They are formed by the dilation of the small veins under the surface of the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the face and legs. The exact cause of spider veins is not known, but contributing factors are widely believed to be heredity, local trauma and hormonal levels. Spider veins become more numerous with age, and mostly occur in women. Treating these vessels often gives people the confidence to wear less makeup and get back into shorts and skirts. Many men suffer from broken blood vessels around the nose, all of which can be easily treated.