Vascular Lesions

What causes Vascular Lesions?

Vascular lesions can result from an abundant amount of large vessels forming underneath the skin. Vascular lesions can be many different sizes and forms. Forms can include a large birthmark called a port wine stain, capillaries that have broken, cherry angiomas and hemangiomas. These can also be in the form of keloids, lipomas, benign skin tumors and atypical moles.

These lesions do not go away on their own, however, there is treatment to aid in improving the visual appearance.

The most common treatment for vascular lesions is a Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL), such as VBeam Perfecta, for example. A PDL uses a beam of light concentrated to target those blood vessels which have formed under the skin to create the lesion. This light will then convert to heat and destroy the blood vessel but leave the surrounding tissue intact and healthy. PDL treatments usually only take a few minutes but require more than one in most cases.

Some patients will feel mild uncomfortable heat but is cooled with a mist used during the procedure. There is usually some redness and maybe itching a few days after the procedure but does subside without issue. Rarely, there can be some pigmentation or mild blistering of the skin but these symptoms also recover nicely.

It is important you meet with your dermatologist to discuss treatment for your vascular lesions and possible pulsed dye laser therapy.

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