What is a Venous Lake?
A venous lake is a vein, or small blood vessel in the skin, which over time has become enlarged and slightly bulbous in appearance. It can be seen as a soft dark blue to purple spot which can measure up to 1 cm in size. It can be most commonly found on lip borders. The cause is thought to be due to sun exposure resulting in a dilated blood vessel/capillary. A laser treatment can safely and effectively treat these lesions and minimally invasive too.
What causes Venous Lake?
It is thought that long-term sun exposure of the skin can cause a venous lake. It is usually seen in people older than 50. They are more common in men than in women.
Venous Lake are common and may affect more than one member of a family, but are not thought to be inherited. They are not contagious or cancerous.
Generally, venous lakes do have any symptoms. They do not feel sore, mainly just unsightly for the client. If they have been knocked or caught, they may become painful or bleed.
A venous lake is a little small soft lump of up to 1cm diameter, which may be flat or slightly dome-shaped.
Normally 1-2 laser treatments using the Gentle Max Pro’s specific probe are effective to remove completely.
Daily sunscreen protection and limiting sun exposure is the best way to prevent new lesions.