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Evaluation and Removal of Your Unwanted Lesions

While angioma are not usually dangerous, many patients who have them want them to be removed. Other problems may also arise from these lesions. No matter if you want a skin check for your angioma or you’re interested in having it removed, we have you covered. 

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Why Lesion Exams are Important

Not only are lesion exams important for medical reasons, they also provide a sense of calm and peace of mind, which is invaluable. Sometimes patients visit us believing they have one type of lesion when it’s actually something else. Only a dermatologist will be able to truly explain what your lesion is, and how to treat it (if necessary).

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What are Angiomas?

Cherry angiomas are the most common vascular anomalies and usually develop in adults over the age of 30. They get their name from their bright red color, which is created because they are made up of small blood vessels. They can be both raised or flat, and may occur anywhere on the body. 

Characteristics of Cherry Angiomas

  • Are typically bright red, purple, blue, or black
  • Can be single or part of a cluster
  • May grow up to one-fourth of an inch in size
  • Will bleed if struck

Other Types of Angiomas

There are also spider angiomas and angiokeratoma

A spider angioma is a dilated blood vessel that earns its name due to its vessels resembling spider legs. When touched, it briefly disappears. This type of angioma develops more in childhood and pregnancy, and mostly appears on the face, neck, arms, fingers, and the back of the hands.

An angiokeratoma presents as a small, dark spot that may look like a wart and feel rough. This type of lesion develops when an open capillary from a lower layer of the skin becomes covered with extra layers of skin cells. There are several categories of angiokeratoma, and some may bleed if scratched. 

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Are Angiomas Dangerous?

Angiomas tend to be harmless, but some patients choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. However, if your angioma changes in size, shape, or color or bleeds abnormally, you should visit a dermatologist. 

Causes of Angiomas

Although the specific cause of angiomas isn’t clear, individuals who have them seem to be predisposed due to genetics. In addition, they are sometimes associated with chemical exposure, certain medical conditions, and pregnancy.

Treatment for Angiomas

If an angioma is in an area where it’s frequently struck and therefore bleeds often, removal may be recommended. Many angiomas are also removed because a patient is bothered by its appearance. 

There are multiple options for removing angiomas, including:

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Why Choose Greco Dermatology?

Greco Dermatology is a premier and comprehensive skin cancer center focusing on the surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer and suspicious lesions. Founded by double board-certified dermatologist Joseph F. Greco, M.D., we provide individualized care, cutting-edge therapies, and excellent bedside manner.

Dr. Greco served as Director of UCLA Santa Monica Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery for 12 years and has also been recognized annually as a SuperDoctor® in Southern California (2016-2022) as well as a TopDoctor® in Los Angeles in 2018. If you would like to set up a consultation with us, we invite you to contact our office today.

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