Select Page

Homepage // Conditions / Venous Lakes

Venous Lakes

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

venous lakes 

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. 

venous lake

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. 

Next, read about…

Sagging Skin

The skin’s underlying structure degrades over time, leading to skin laxity and sagging skin. Collagen, the essential protein in our skin, begins to decline as early as our 20s, leaving skin without support from within. Restoring collagen helps to restore the skin’s youthful vitality.

wrinkle and fine lines treatment in new york


Wrinkles are a common and unwanted sign of aging. As you age, your body produces less collagen, creating saggy and wrinkly looking skin. Our customized strategies to combat wrinkles include laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, and wrinkle relaxers.

Brown age spots

Age spots and brown spots (also known as sunspots, liver spots, and lentigines) are a consequence of aging and sun exposure. The most effective treatment for eliminating these spots and other skin pigmentation is laser therapy, which usually includes little to no downtime after treatment. 

Haven't found

WHAT you are looking for?

patient approved

Trusted Worldwide

patient approved

Trusted Worldwide

Our 30,000+ sq foot dermatology center in New York is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art laser and cosmetic skin surgery center in the world. Over the past 30 years we have contributed to the development and testing of many devices, fillers and treatments that are now standard care, so our patients know they are always receiving the most innovative, cutting-edge treatment available.

laser & skin surgery

center of new york

Contact us 



317 East 34th Street New York, NY 10016

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Same-Day Appointments Now Available 

(212) 941-5055



325 Meeting House Lane, Bldg. 1, Ste. C Southampton, NY 11968

Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 9am - 4:30pm

Thursday: 9am - 5pm

Same-Day Appointments Now Available 

(631) 305-2402

Pay Online for Patients of Drs. Geronemus, Anolik, Bae & Seidenberg

Pay Online for Patients of Drs. Abraham, Bernstein, Krant, Shelton, Stern, Weiss, Hoffman, Shim, Murphy-Rose, Wilson, and Petratos

Navaderm logo

By LASER & SKIN SURGERY CENTER OF NEW YORK® | © 2024 All Rights Reserved. Design & Development by Goldman Marketing Group | Sitemap | Privacy Policy | The information available on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace a medical consultation where a physician's judgment may advise you about specific disorders, conditions and or treatment options. We hope the information will be useful for you to become more educated about your health care decisions. If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact us at (212) 941-5055.

*MDs perform 100% of all medical and cosmetic treatments.