Angiomas are benign growths made up of small blood vessels. They can appear anywhere on the body. The three most common types are cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, and angiokeratomas.Since the majority of angiomas are harmless, most people have them treated for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, an angioma may become irritated from external factors such as rubbing against clothing and will need to be removed to avoid further problems. Angiomas are typically benign but should be examined by a medical professional.
Cherry angiomas are also called senile angiomas and cherry hemangiomas. Deriving their name from their color, they are red, roundish, mole-like growths. They often form on women between the ages of 30 and 50 and are more common on fairer skin complexions. Cherry angiomas also often correlate with estrogen levels and commonly appear during pregnancy and postpartum.
Spider angiomas are swollen blood vessels just beneath the skin’s surface. Their name is derived from their appearance, as they often appear as red lines extending from a central red spot resembling the shape of a spider. They are also correlated with estrogen levels and are more commonly found in pregnant women.
Angiokeratoma is a term for a range of capillary skin lesions. These lesions occur when tiny blood vessels called capillaries dilate, or widen, and become clotted near the surface of your skin. They appear as dark red, brown, or bluish spots, and are often rough to the touch. Angiokeratomas often form around the genital areas of both men and women. While angiokeratomas are typically benign, they can be a symptom of Fabry Disease, a rare and potentially life-threatening genetic disease that should receive immediate medical attention.
Angioma Removal and Treatment
There are three common ways to remove angiomas. Electrodesiccation uses an electric needle to destroy the blood vessels in the growth. Cryosurgery involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze away the damaged cells. Laser treatments can also be used where a beam of intense, focused light removes the growth. At Alaska Center for Dermatology, our Board-Certified Dermatologists will work with you to determine the safest and most effective course of action for your skin.Book an appointment to discuss treatment with an Alaska Center for Dermatology Board-Certified Dermatologist today.