Varicose veins are abnormally stretched or swollen veins that protrude from the surface of the skin in a rope-like manner. Generally found on the legs, varicose veins are the result of faulty vein valves or weak vein walls.
Spider veins, or broken capillaries, are medically referred to as telangiectasias. They are dilated capillary veins less than 2mm in diameter that exist just below the surface of the skin on the legs or face. Spider veins are blue, red, or purplish in color with a web-like or linear appearance.