Spider veinsSpider veins, thread veins or broken veins are very common problem. These are smaller than varicose veins and are found closer to the skin’s surface and have the appearance of small fine flat red veins or thicker purplish veins, either isolated or in clusters. They often occur on the legs and are also found on the face especially in areas of sun damage such as nose, cheeks and the chin.Spider veins may represent the tip of an iceberg as they may reflect an underlying valve problem in the veins and are often communicating with larger varicose veins just under the surface that are not be visible. Raised pressure in these veins encourages the development of spider veins and affected areas may appear discoloured or look like a bruise that does not healUnsuccessful spider vein treatment is usually due to failure to identify and treat these large underlying communicating veins. If you have developed spider veins, you need to be appropriately assessed by a vascular surgeon before commencing treatment of these spider veins.