Reddish or purple patches of blood vessels that have ruptured underneath the skin are called vascular lesions. Some venous malformations are congenital, or present at birth. Others develop and become visible sometime between infancy and adulthood. There are many variations of vascular lesions including:
- port-wine stains (birthmarks),
- salmon patches,
- cherry angiomas,
- spider veins
- varicose veins (telangiectasia).
Vascular lesions can be any size, shape or color intensity. When located on the face, neck, head and other body areas that are difficult to conceal, richly colored vascular lesions that dramatically contrast with the skin’s natural tone can cause deep-seated psychological problems such as social anxiety, social phobia and low self-esteem. While some vascular lesions may be small enough to remain inconspicuous or negligible to the person’s overall appearance, others can be large and cover most of a person’s face, neck, arms or legs.
If you suffer from vascular lesions and have always wanted to improve your appearance by removing or fading the dark discoloration of these lesions, ReSolutions Med Spa has several treatment options that painlessly and effectively diminish the appearance of highly visible vascular lesions.
Port Wine Stains
Geneticists recently identified the genetic marker that causes port wine stains, or birthmarks. Occurring in about three out of every 1000 births, port wine stains are enlarged capillaries that produce purplish-red stains on the skin. Most infants who have port wine stains have them somewhere on the face but birthmarks can appear anywhere on the body. Newborn birthmarks are pinkish and flat but as the child grows, the port wine stain deepens in color.
Hemangiomas are benign, excessive growths of blood vessels that generally develop as solitary patches on the neck or head. Bright red and elevated above the skin’s surface, more severe hemangiomas may ulcerate and bleed, causing pain and scarring. Alternately, cherry angiomas are not as serious as hemangiomas, being smaller, smoother and papule-like. Cherry angiomas develop in adulthood and frequently affect the trunk of the body, increasing in number as a person ages.
Affecting more elderly people than younger adults, venous lakes resemble cherry angiomas in appearance but can appear on the lips, ears, neck and face. Dome-shaped and elevated, venous lakes are dark purple or blue and present no symptoms other than bleeding if bumped or injured. A proliferation of venous lakes covering the face is a harmless condition but presents an aesthetic problem that impels most people to seek cosmetic treatment for the removal of these lesions.
Resembling spider veins when appearing on the legs, telangiectasias represent extremely dilated blood vessels that often occur spontaneously due to aging, hypertension, pregnancy, sun exposure or certain medications. This type of vascular lesion is frequently seen in port wine stains and acne rosacea and may vanish temporarily if pressure is applied to the lesion area. Telangiectasias conditions cause more problems aesthetically than medically, with many people attempting to conceal unsightly lesions with self-tanning lotions or liquid cosmetics. Fortunately,ReSolutions Med Spa offers much more effective treatment methods that can improve the unsightly discolorations of telangiectasias and return your skin to its natural tone without anesthesia, surgery or downtime.