Laser treatment of Venous Lake lesion

A Venous Lake is a small vascular lesion most commonly seen on the lower lip.  It does not necessitate removal and is of no medical risk to the individual that has it.  A definitive way to ensure that it is a venous lake formation and not something else is to place pressure on it and see if the blood disappears and reappears when pressure is realized.  Treating this in our dental office is a VERY easy!  You do not even need an injection to get numb, because there will be no feeling while removing it.  The procedure takes anywhere from 2-5 minutes, very quick.  We use our 2.5W diode laser to coagulate the blood flow and then use the same laser to remove the clot.  Healing generally takes less than 2 weeks and consists of a small scab forming which will fall off.  There is no pain during healing either.  There will be no scar
formation or any other obvious sign that it was ever there.  There is no chance of recurrence.  Here is one of my patient’s before and after photo.  The after is 3 weeks later.
Venous Lake on lower lip
3 Weeks later (double click to increase size and check no scar)
Overall this is a very safe and simple procedure that with the right equipment and technique can be done quickly, efficiently, and without pain.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us and check out our venous lake page.  I am happy to answer any and all questions regarding this treatment.  As is this patient.  She had been to a plastic surgeon years earlier and will enthusiastically share her story with you about both
experiences, if you wish to discuss with someone who has had it done.  Just ask and we’ll share her contact information.

Bryan Bauer DDS


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4 Responses to “Laser treatment of Venous Lake lesion”

  1. March 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

    I have had a blue bump on my lower lip for a number of years. (At times a hard blue ball) I have had laser treatment on it twice by my Dermatologist and it has not taken care of the problem (removed it). When I was in Florida this winter, I saw a woman with a BIG blue bump on her lower lip. Do they grow? What can I do? Who should I go to? I’m located in Kennebunk Maine.

    • March 19, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      Yes they grow as times goes on. Very few people treat it. It has been my experience that derms are not familiar with treatment. More than half the patients I see have already had failed treatments from derm. I see patients from all over the US because not many people do this. I only know one other person who I believe is in Calgary.

  2. January 25, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

    I am interested in having a venous lake removed from my bottom lip. We live in Tx and are planning a trip to Kentucky during Labor Day. Is it possible to set an appointment for Wed , Sept 9 ? I went to our local dermatologist who said it was a “ venous pool” and he could recommend a plastic surgeon. I was extremely disappointed that he couldn’t remove it himself. I am tired of covering it with lipstick and in my research it seemed to take several treatments. I’m just looking for one treatment to get rid of this unsightly thing. We are going to the Ark for vacation and I saw you were just a few hrs away. I know you need a picture, please let me know where to send it and if I can arrange an appointment on Sept 9, thank you.

    • January 28, 2020 at 11:18 pm #

      I think LeeAnna just spoke with you and took care of this. If not call and we can see you that date.

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