Hemangiomas, or venous lakes, are compressible papules that occur when small veins call venules fill with blood and become dilated. They often appear in the sun-exposed skin of elderly patients, particularly the lips, face, and ears. Pain is not typically associated with venous lakes, but they can cause discomfort depending on their location.
Venous lakes are also totally benign, but are nonetheless important to address because of their mimicry of dangerous malignant lesions, such as melanoma and pigmented basal cell carcinoma. For this reason, Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood removes venous lakes when they appear.
Hemangioma removal at Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa is accomplished with a special diode laser. It is a quick painless procedure. Healing typically only takes a few days, and scarring or complications are quite rare. During your consultation, we will be certain to explain the steps of the treatment and any instructions to follow after the procedure. We are also always happy to answer any questions you may have so you can feel comfortable and confident in the care we provide.
If you suspect you have developed a hemangioma in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, please call our friendly office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist. We are excited to meet you and take care of you!