Cherry Angiomas are benign, dilated blood vessels seen on the surface of the skin. They range from bright “cherry-red” to purple-bluish in color and are usually small (1-5mm) in size. They are the most common type of angioma seen in adults over the age of 40. 70% of adults over 70 years have cherry angiomas. These cherry-red “bumps” most often occur on the trunk and frequently on the scalp, face, neck, arms and legs. They are not painful or contagious but may bleed heavily if injured. The cause of Cherry Angiomas is unknown.
Treatment for Cherry Angiomas
Treatment for cherry angiomas is usually considered an elective cosmetic procedure. Dr. Ghohestani will evaluate the areas you are concerned with and suggest the most appropriate method of treatment for you. The four different treatments include:
- Electrocauterization: It consists of touching the skin with an electric needle and destroying the cluster of dilated blood vessels. A topical numbing agent may be applied to decrease discomfort.
- Liquid Nitrogen: Liquid nitrogen is a cold, liquefied gas that is sprayed on the skin with a spray gun. This works by freezing and destroying the dilated blood vessels.
- Surgical Excision: This is a sterile surgical procedure where Dr. Ghohestani will surgically remove the cluster of dialed blood vessels and suture the area closed. This procedure will require a follow up visit within 10 days.
- Laser: Laser uses a beam of concentrated light to close down the blood vessel. This is the procedure of choice because laser is the only non-scarring treatment option. When the angioma is flat, typically only one treatment will be needed. However, if it is raised, several treatments may be required. A topical numbing agent may be applied before the laser treatment to decrease discomfort.
Why should you choose Texas Institute of Dermatology for Treating Angiomas?
At the Texas Institute of Dermatology, we want you to have an excellent outcome and to feel that your needs and concerns have been promptly addressed in a caring and sensitive fashion. We strive diligently to ensure your satisfaction, your comfort, your privacy, and your safety. All treatments are supervised or performed by Dr. Ghohestani, a former chief of Dermatology at UT San Antonio with many years of successful experience in a large variety of procedures. Many treatment modalities are available, and we can recommend the one or two that are most likely to meet your needs. At our clinic in San Antonio, Texas, we serve communities throughout Bexar and Kendall counties, including San Antonio, Boerne, Leon Springs, Fair Oaks Ranch, Canyon Lake city. Many of our patients also come from San Marcos, New Braunfels, Kerrville, Austin, Wimberley and Corpus Christi.
|Patient comments (source: Patient Satisfaction Report)|
|2010-1-10 11:33:04||I ejoyed the beauty of the office-a nice place to be. I was anxious to meet the Dr.-and I found him to be great-very thouough,friendly and professional.|
|2010-04-24 18:56:32||I know the Dr. from Philadelphia. Dr. Ghohestani is the best dermatologist I have had… and I have had a few angiomas. For the first time, my skin reacts to treatment. Thank you!|
|2010-05-01 12:04:52||I have been to a number of dermatologists….often it seems as though they have you try this or that but never seem to have a clear plan as to how they will treat ALL of the issues at hand. Thank you for taking the time to address each one of my concerns. You are a great Doc. Thanks|