Skin cherry angiomas are common growths that are usually found on the trunk of the body, but they can be found anywhere. These skin growths generally occur after the age of thirty and are harmless. They are noncancerous, and, once diagnosed, they usually do not need any kind of treatment. If skin cherry angiomas prove to be bothersome, they can be removed by a dermatologist.
These angiomas are often bright red and circular in shape, typically ranging in size from a pinpoint to around one-quarter of an inch in diameter. Some cherry angiomas can appear smooth, while others will be slightly raised. When scratched, rubbed, or cut open, an angioma can bleed. However, this should not be confused with spontaneous angioma bleeding, or if it changes in size, shape, or color. If this happens, you should visit a dermatologist, as your growth may be skin cancer.
Skin Cherry Angioma Causes
Most angiomas are the result of a genetic predisposition. The exact cause of these moles is unknown, but they have been linked to exposure to chemicals, climate, certain medical conditions, and pregnancy. Cherry angiomas get their reddish color from an increased number of dilated blood vessels inside the growth.
These moles should not be confused with spider angiomas, which can also appear on the face neck, trunk, and arms. This separate skin condition forms as the result of sphincteric muscle failure. While these growths also pose no cause for concern, people with three or more spider angiomas should seek medical treatment. This is considered abnormal and may be a sign of liver disease.
Cherry Angioma Symptoms
This skin growth can be bright red, purple, or blue-black in color and circular or oval in shape. Sizes of cherry angiomas vary and commonly become larger as the person ages. They can be flat and smooth on the surface of the skin or be slightly raised. People should not be able to feel these growths, but if you experience pain or itchiness alongside an angioma, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Most angiomas appear on the back and arms, which means you may not notice them. Conducting routine skin checks is a great way to keep an eye on any growths that appear, especially as you age.
Cherry Angioma Treatment
Angiomas usually do not need any treatment. If they are cosmetically problematic or frequently bleed, the angioma can be removed. Cherry angioma treatments may include cautery, shaving, freezing, and laser surgery.
While angiomas do not typically require treatment, they may be difficult to identify. If you are unsure whether the mole on your back is an angioma, either a cherry or spider angioma, schedule an appointment at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists.
One of our certified dermatologists can conduct a total body exam to determine whether your growth is benign. In most cases, these little red dots pose no threat to your health, but only a doctor can make that determination. Similarly, if you are in need of a cherry angioma treatment, our doctors can walk you through the process.
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It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
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Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of this country’s leading laser experts. Not only is he unparalleled as a laser surgeon, it is not an exaggeration to state that his superb research helps determine the future of dermatologic laser surgery.
Dr. Zelickson is a highly regarded skin/light expert in our industry. When Candela looks for both medical and scientific advice for new laser applications, we often turn to him for his counsel. The input he provides us always starts with patient safety and satisfaction. We feel fortunate to be able to tap into Brian as an independent resource. The patients who are treated with Candela devices are often the beneficiaries of Brian’s input to us.
Most patients prefer seeing a doctor who is known for a particular specialty or procedure, but all patients want to see the doctor who invented the procedure or therapy. Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the most respected physicians in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured around the world and is one of the most sought–after speakers for all major meetings in dermatology.
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We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
Dr. Zelickson is a very well–respected dermatologist, not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. He is famous for being the author of relevant dermatological studies published in many prestigious medical journals and for the improvements he’s made on minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are being used by dermatologists all over the world.
Our view from Europe of Dr. Brian Zelickson is that he is one of the leading four or five U.S. laser dermatologists. His research contributions, his superb lectures and his expert knowledge of laser skin surgery make him a valued friend, colleague and guest.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in cutaneous laser surgery. He has performed groundbreaking research over the past decade, advancing the field as well as expertly providing the most up–to–date laser treatments for his patients.
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I have met many laser experts in my 20 years of teaching, lecturing and running a busy practice. There is no one who I respect more than Brian. If I have a clinical question or research idea, Brian is one of the few individuals I call, as I know I can count on his intellect, integrity and common sense.
Dr. Zelickson is one of America’s most knowledgeable laser experts. He has done pioneering work with many of the laser and light–based technologies developed in the world over the last 10 years. He is a giant in the field.
Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.