Do you have a blue bump or swelling on your lip? If so, you may have a venous lake. These fairly common blue/purple soft bumps or swellings are caused by a single dilated vein. They mainly appear on sun-exposed surfaces such as lips and ears, and generally occur in those over 40 years old. While not dangerous, they usually grow slowly, can get in the way of chewing and eating, and they don’t look particularly nice.
A patient we saw recently had a venous lake on her lower lip and had been told by her dermatologist that the only effective treatment was to have it surgically removed. We hear this far too often. Surgery leaves an unacceptable and unnecessary scar. Not wanting to go “under the knife”, she sought further treatment options at SkinCare Physicians. After one treatment with our Gentle YAG laser, which took all of 30 seconds to perform and caused minimal discomfort, she reported 75% improvement and was thrilled with the results. She was so thankful that she had avoided surgery!
If you are self-conscious about a venous lake on your lip, consider a consultation at SkinCare Physicians for laser treatment.
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Contributing author: Heather Hamilton