Venous lakes, also known as phlebectasis or phlebectasia, are small blood vessels which over time have enlarged and widened. They appear as blue to black lumps, up to 1cm in size and are most commonly seen on the lower lips and on the rim of the ear. If the small lump is pressed, blood may drain out of it, causing it to disappear, but as soon as pressure is removed the blood returns.
The cause of venous lakes is unknown, however long term sun exposure and smoking have been associated with the condition. More common in older men, they are not contagious and are harmless, although if they are knocked they can become painful and bleed. They can look very similar to melanoma skin cancer so if you are worried about a skin lesion, is it important to get it checked by an expert.
Venous Lakes Treatments
Small venous lakes will respond to laser treatment such as the Nd: YAG or pulsed dye laser. This laser treatment works by targeting and heating up the blood, causing the vessel to shrink. Cold point cautery is an age old technique which is still very useful for removal of venous lakes. Freezing the venous lake results in swelling, blistering and crusting of the affected area which leaves a small pale scar.
We can discuss the various treatment options for venous lakes during your consultation.
Before and after Venous Lakes treatment
Why choose Everything Skin Clinic?
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.