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Venous Lakes

Venous lakes are venous malformations that are enlarged blood vessels typically found on the lips.

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Venous lakes are blue or purple growths that often appear on the lip. It is a venous malformation that can be caused by trauma or sun exposure. They are most commonly seen in adults over the age of 50. While most appear on the lip, venous lakes can also form on the ears, neck, or backs of the hand. 

Venous lakes are not dangerous or painful. However, some patients choose to have them treated for cosmetic reasons. Fortunately, these lesions can be effectively eliminated using a vascular laser device.

The physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York are experts in treating a vast array of cosmetic concerns using nonsurgical laser devices. They have the expertise and experience to know how to customize your treatment session to achieve the best possible results.  

what does a venous lake look like?

Venous lakes are dilated blood vessels that appear as blue or purple papules on the surface of the skin or lip. They are often slightly raised and may enlarge somewhat over time. In most cases, these papules are asymptomatic. However, if they are bumped, they can become sore and bleed. Most patients seeking treatment do so for cosmetic reasons, as these papules are rarely a medical concern. 

what treatments are available?

The most effective treatment for venous lakes is the Excel V laser. This vascular device targets the blood inside the dilated vessel, collapsing the vein so it can be reabsorbed by the body. Excel V is usually performed with no anesthesia, although local anesthetic may be administered to some patients. Patients can expect to see several days of crusting as the treatment area heals. One treatment is generally sufficient for achieving a full result. 

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Questions and Answers

Q: How is a venous lake diagnosed?

A: In most cases, venous lakes can be easily identified by a visual examination. The papule will present as blue or purple but will lose its color if it is compressed due to loss of blood flow.

Q: What can I do to prevent a venous lake from forming?

A: Since sun exposure may be a primary factor in the development of venous lakes, regular sun protection is a must. Beyond that, there are not many other things you could do to lower your risk. The papules typically appear in older adults and tend to affect women more than men. 

Q: Are venous lakes dangerous?

A: Venous lakes are benign papules that are not a significant medical concern. In most cases, people choose to have them treated for cosmetic reasons. 

Q: Will a venous lake go away without treatment?

A: Venous lakes will not resolve on their own. However, the treatment for these papules is relatively quick and comfortable, producing permanent results. 

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