Do you have one or several blood veins appearing under your skin in an intricate pattern that resembles a spider web? If you do or know someone who does, they are likely to be suffering from vascular lesions. They occur when blood vessels are formed just underneath the skin and create an unsightly appearance. Even before you seek specialized help from a dermatologist, it is important to know what causes these vascular lesions and what you can do about them.
What Causes Vascular Lesions?
Vascular lesions are cause by malformations of blood capillaries. In children, this manifests itself as a condition known as hemangiomas. Typically, by the time the child is 12 to 18 months old, these hemangiomas will have faded out completely. However, the problem may persist into adult hood and these lesions will not go away unless treated through a variety of procedures that we will detail. In adulthood these lesions may appear as red splotches concentrated on one spot and are usually as a result of deformed blood vessels. The other form in which this problem manifests itself is in a spider web pattern when tiny blood capillaries are deformed and appear underneath the skin. These ‘spider web’ patterns may be spread over a larger area than the red splotches. Occurrence of these lesions in adults is exacerbated by lack of exercise, sitting in a fixed position for a long time or wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Effects of Vascular Lesions
Vascular lesions are not known to have serious health issues in children or adults. They may occasionally break and bleed but the bleeding is rarely significant and poses little health risk. However, they do cause significant aesthetic problems as they tend to create unsightly red or red-blue splotches on the skin. If they occur in a highly visible part of the body such as the face, then they can make life significantly uncomfortable for the person. Fortunately, there are several options to reduce or eliminate these lesions completely.
Treatment of Vascular Lesions
There are various options when it comes to the treatment and elimination of these lesions. The first thing your dermatologist will do is to determine what has brought them about. The doctor will then guide you on how to prevent the underlying cause from reoccurring. To remove the splotches from your skin, your doctor may follow one of two possible procedures. One is called sclerotherapy which involves injecting a saline solution into the affected area which causes the veins to collapse and eventually fade. The second approach involves laser treatment where tiny beams of laser light are directed into the affected veins. The laser causes small clots to form in the veins and the ensuring blockage ensure that the veins are reabsorbed into the body.
As part of this treatment, your dermatologist is likely to recommend certain lifestyle changes including exercises and a balanced diet to ensure that the problem does not reoccur again.
If you are suffering from vascular lesions, there are treatment options available. At Spark Laser Center, we have years of experience in treating vascular lesions in a safe and patient-centric environment. Give us a call today at 212-245-0940 and book an appointment for a free non-obligatory consultation.