Dr. Harvey Jay Harvey H. Jay, M.D.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Cornell Medical School
  • Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Board-certified Dermatologist
Harvey H. Jay, M.D.
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Treatment of a venous-lake angioma with intense pulsed light.
Harvey Jay, Carmia Borek
Venous-lake angiomas are dilated venules in the upper dermis that are lined by a layer of endothelial cells and a thin wall of fibrous tissue. They appear as tender dark blue nodules and are usually seen on the lips and ears of older people.
Treatment of Venous-Lake Angioma with Pulsed Light - Before Photo   Treatment of Venous-Lake Angioma with Pulsed Light - After Photo

Treatment is for cosmetic reasons or because of recurrent bleeding. Treatment of venous lakes by excision, cyrosurgery, or electocoagulation has been complicated by bleeding , swelling, and pain. Treatment with the argon laser may leave scars, and the flashlamp-pulsed-dye laser produces purpura lasting several weeks. An new intense pulsed light source (IPL), the PhotoDerm VL (ESC Medical Systems, Yokneam israel), characterised by a broad spectrum and a longer variable pulse duration, is effective in the treatment of various vascular lesions with minimal side-effects. A pulse width is chosen to deliver light energy within the thermal relaxation time (cooling time) of the target vessels. The large spot size (8 X 35 mm) allows deeper photon penetration. We report treatment of venous angiama with the Photoderm VL IPL. The treated lesion was 11 mm in diameter and 4 mm deep on the rigth upper lip of a 70 year-old woman (figure top), and had been present for over 3 years. A cool thermosculpting gel, BVL (ESC Medical Systems), was applied to the area of the venous lake before treatment. We used wavelengths above 599nm, a triple pulsemode delivering an average fluence of 67.5 J/cm2 in three consecutive pulses, separated by an average 50ms delay, with an average 5.1 ms duration per pulse. Six such triple pulses were delivered to the lesion during one treatment session. No anaesthesia was required. The lesion lightened immediuately after treatment, with no purpura. 33 days after treatment the area was normal in appearance and to palpation.

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Cornell Universitry Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA (H Jay); and Department of Community Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.

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