Venous lakes are slightly elevated papules that may be blue to purple in colour. They are easily compressible and soft to touch. They appear on the sun-exposed surfaces of the neck, face, lips, ears and also the back of the hands in elderly people. venous lakes are asymptomatic and do not cause any pain. They are often confused with melanoma, so it is a good idea to get them checked out by a doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

The cause if these venous lakes it not well understood. It is believed that the walls of superficial veins can become damaged due to sun exposure. This results in the wall of the vein dilating onto the surface of the skin, thus giving rise to a venous lake.

Trauma to the area may cause the venous lake to bleed. Treatment for venous lakes is mostly for cosmetic reasons. The treatment options include; liquid nitrogen cryosurgery, electrocautery and laser ablation. The excel V vascular laser is an excellent option for treating venous lakes.

Venous lakes may be prevented by applying sunscreen liberally before going out in the sun for extended periods.

We look forward to your visit.

Dr R.Targett

"Trust Your Face to a Doctor Trained in Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine"

Dr Targett is qualified in Primary Care Dermatology with a special interest in Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Medicine.

She is a natural results advocate, facial shaping artist, ambassador of elegance, leader in her field, and the mother of two children.

"At ACM it is our promise to work with you in a spirit of honesty and collaboration to help you achieve your aesthetic goals."

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Our Location

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

Unit 58/41-47 Melbourne St

North Adelaide

SA. 5006

Ph: 0403 690 031


Opening Times

Dr Targett will be away on annual leave from 24th Dec 2019 until 17th Jan 2020.  When she returns, she will be available at Unit 58, 41-47 Melbourne Street at the following times;

Monday10:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday10:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday10:30am to 6.00pm
Thursday10:30pm to 6:00pm
Friday9:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday9:00am to 2:00pm


acm parking

Free car park is available on Dunn St or free on street parking on Melbourne St if available.

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