Venous Lakes

WHAT CAUSES VENOUS LAKES?

Venus lakes are not related to the planet Venus, but to a skin condition called *venous lake*.

A venous lake is a bluish or purplish spot that appears on the lower lip, earlobe, or other sun-exposed areas of the face and neck. It is caused by a dilation of a small vein under the skin, which fills with blood and gives the spot its color. They are more common in older people and may be related to long-term sun exposure or smoking.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Laser treatment for venous lakes works by emitting focused beams of high-intensity light energy into the affected blood vessels. This energy heats up the walls of the veins, causing them to collapse and seal shut.

The body then naturally absorbs the damaged vessels, and the blood is rerouted to nearby healthy veins. The treatment is usually quick and comfortable, and there is typically no downtime or recovery period necessary.

The laser used for the procedure is carefully calibrated to target only the affected veins, which helps to prevent damage to surrounding tissues.

Overall, laser treatment is an effective and safe way to treat venous lakes, with minimal side effects and high patient satisfaction rates.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE TREATMENT?

A laser system is then used to target the venous lake. The laser emits a beam of light that is absorbed by the blood vessels in the area, causing them to shrink and collapse.

You may experience a slight pinching sensation or a warm feeling during the laser treatment.

Your eyes will need to be covered with safety goggles during the procedure to protect them from the laser light.

The procedure typically takes around 15-30 minutes, depending on the size and location of the venous lake.

AFTER THE TREATMENT?

After the laser treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, or minor bruising in the treated area. Your somatologist may recommend applying ice packs or taking pain medication to manage these symptoms.

HOW MANY SESSIONS

The number of sessions required for laser treatment for venous lakes can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s response to treatment. Typically, 1 to 3 sessions are required with 8 to 12 weeks of intervals between them.

However, some people may require more sessions to achieve optimal results.

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