What are Cherry Angiomas/Hemangiomas?
Cherry angiomas, sometimes mistaken for “red moles”, are common growths that can develop in almost any area of the body. They are usually found in patients 30 years or older and run in families. Small blood vessels inside of the hemangioma give them their reddish color. The exact cause for these growths is not known, but there may be a genetic factor that causes certain people to get them. These lesions are typically harmless and noncancerous and are not a cause for concern.
Characteristics of cherry angiomas include:
- Red (or purple) growths – usually a few millimeters (less than 1cm) in diameter
- Can occur by the dozen
- Usually scattered over any part of the body surface – stomach, chest, scalp, neck, face, and extremities
- Angiomas may bleed if they are scratched or rubbed
Who is a Good Candidate for Cherry Angioma/Hemangioma Treatment?
Patients who notice that their hemangioma has changed in appearance, or is bothered by their cherry angiomas can benefit from treatment. If your cherry angioma begins to bleed or changes in size, shape or color, treatment may be needed. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is through a consultation appointment. During this time, your dermatologist will assess your skin growth to diagnose it, and create a plan of action for treatment.
What to Expect During Cherry Angioma/Hemangioma Treatment?
During your assessment, your dermatologist may first decide to perform a biopsy, which involves removing and examining a small sample of the angioma to diagnose or rule out other conditions. If the angioma is noncancerous, then there is no medical reason to have it removed. However, some patients choose to have them removed because they are bothersome or unsightly. There are many treatment options available for cherry angiomas, including:
- Cryosurgery: Involves freezing the angioma with liquid nitrogen, destroying it.
- Electrocauterization: This involves burning the angioma using an electric current.
- Laser surgery: A pulsed dye or KTP laser is used to destroy the cherry angioma.
- Shave excision: The angioma is removed from the top portion of the skin.
Following Cherry Angioma/Hemangioma Treatment
Following cherry angioma treatment, there is no downtime required, and patients can return to their everyday routine. Scarring can result from their removal. Because cherry angiomas are noncancerous and do not usually harm a person’s health, there is no follow up needed after treatment.
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To learn more about cherry angioma/hemangioma treatment at HMGS Dermatology, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Our team will assist you in scheduling this appointment, during which you will be able to discuss your symptoms with your dermatologist or physician assistant as well as discuss possible treatment options.
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