The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

What does it look like?

Venous malformations look like bruise on the skin, with a bluish hue. These malformations are soft to the touch, will deflate when pressed on and will re-inflate slowly with removal of the pressure. Occasionally, some hard spots are located within the malformation that are phleboliths.
  • Bruise-like appearance on surface of skin
  • Soft to the touch
  • Bluish color if near surface of skin
  • Will shrink when pressed on and will refill slowly
  • Round hard spots can be felt (phleboliths)