Cherry Angioma – How to Remove?
What is Cherry Angioma?
Cherry angioma is also called red moles. They are common growth on the skin which develops on most parts of the body. Cherry angiomas are also referred to as Campbell de Morgan spots or senile angiomas. These skin growths occur on people of age 30 and above. They appear red because of the collection of small blood vessels in them. Cherry angiomas are not a cause for concern unless they are often bleeding or change their shape and size or colour. Therefore, you need to talk to your doctor if you notice a change in their size, their appearance. If they start bleeding that could be early signs of skin cancer.
What causes them?
To date, the exact cause of cherry angiomas remains a mystery; however, there might be a genetic factor that causes some people more prone to them than others. Also, they are linked to exposure of chemicals, medical conditions, pregnancy, and climate. There also is a link between red moles and age. Usually, red moles start appearing when someone hits the age of 30 and older and somehow increases in number as well as size, as the individual continues to grow older. A recent study revealed that up to 75% of all individuals over 30 years have red moles. Find out more on our FAQ click here!
Can they be removed?
Since they are not a cause of despair, you don’t have to treat them; however, they can be removed if need be, for cosmetic purposes. Also, if they have grown in an area that is bumped, you might consider removing them as they are prone to regular bleeding. Normally, there are several procedures used to remove them.
This is a surgical mode of treatment where the red moles are burnt using an electric current from a tiny probe. The procedure also involved a grounding pad placed on your body to ground the rest of the body from the surging electricity.
2) Laser Surgery
IN this procedure, a PDL (pilsed dye laser) is used to get rid of red moles. A PDL is a yellow laser that is concentrated and gives off enough heat to eliminate the lesion. Laser surgery is fast and is an outpatient procedure. One usually would require up to three treatment sessions. It causes slight bruising that can last ten days.
This procedure entails freezing the red moles using liquid nitrogen as it is extremely cold and will destroy the cherry angioma. The procedure is typically quick and easy to carry out. Liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the red moles for about 10 seconds. Only a single treatment session is needed to remove the red moles.
4) Shave excision
This is yet an effective way to remove cherry angioma from your skin. The procedure is an alternative to invasive surgery where the lesion is cut out. Unlike the intrusive surgery that would involve sutures and stitches to cover the wound, shave excision does not require these. With all these methods of removing cherry angiomas, scarring is not common; however, it is possible.