A cherry angioma is a small growth on the skin. These growths are common and can develop almost anywhere. As their name suggests, they appear red. Inside the cherry angioma are abnormal blood vessels that cause the red color. Also known as Campbell de Morgan spots or senile angiomas, cherry angiomas are usually harmless.
What Does a Cherry Angioma Look Like?
A cherry angioma is usually small; its diameter typically ranges between that of a pinprick and a quarter of an inch. They can be slightly raised, or they can be level with the rest of the skin. While they can occur anywhere, cherry angiomas are most commonly found on the arms, shoulders and torso.
Cherry angiomas can bleed if they are cut, rubbed or scratched. Frequent bleeding, however, may indicate skin cancer. Changes in color, shape or size can also indicate skin cancer.
What Causes Cherry Angiomas?
Researchers don’t yet know why people develop these growths. They do believe that genetics might play a role, for a tendency to developing them seems to run in families. The aging process might be involved, too, for most people don’t develop cherry angiomas until they are over 30. Pregnancy, climate and exposure to chemicals have also been linked to them.
When Should Someone See a Professional?
Cherry angiomas are generally not a problem. On the other hand, if the cherry angioma bleeds frequently or changes in size, color or shape, it’s time to see a professional. You may also want to see a specialist if you simply want these growths removed for aesthetic purposes.
How are Cherry Angiomas Treated?
Some people have cherry angiomas removed because they find them unattractive, or because the angioma is in a place that gets bumped or rubbed a lot. There are several ways to remove a cherry angioma. A lot of methods involve the surgical scraping of the growth; however, less invasive options are also available that are just as effective.
In laser treatment, for example, the medical professional uses a special light to destroy the angioma. The laser generates heat aimed at the angioma. The patient may need to undergo one to three sessions of laser therapy, depending on the number of cherry angiomas being treated.
During a consultation at the Cosmetic Surgical Arts Center in Lynnwood or Mount Vernon, you can get all the facts about how we treat cherry angiomas. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.